It wasn't a bad year 2012. We got two crews to Henley, plenty of new people joined and we were one of the few clubs to be represented in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant. We even won the PLA's safety award. The Christmas Party's always a good time to acknowlege and thank the people who made all those good things happen - not least Lju, who organised it.
It's also a time to exchange rowing kit for something smarter and the basement areas of Linden House for the more elegant upper floors of this handsome Georgian building. It's great to have the Linden House staff there as well - not just because they did a great job with the catering, but also because they are are familiar and friendly faces we see throughout the year.
Greg stepped up to claim Colin's trophy having just posted the best result in the Scullers' Head. The other main award - for club champion - was close run with a number of rowers in the frame. In the end, it was too close to call and the award went to the Henley Wyfolds crew which felt like the right resolution. Ross stepped up with Rory to claim the shield. His recent engagement to Gemma, whom he met at this very event a year or two ago, reminding us that stuff can happen at the Christmas party.
Over on the tables people tried to thread Bond quotes into the conversation without anyone else noticing, food was eaten, drink was drunk and it's rumoured that after one or two of the older members had creaked off into the night (OK, me), many of the young people even danced.