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Potto Village Golf Championship 2014 – Saturday 28.06.14

'Most room for improvement' and VH Committee member Tom Williams

‘Most room for improvement’ and VH Committee member Tom Williams

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The fourth Annual Village Golf Championship took place on Saturday 28th June at Romanby Golf Club. The game was followed by a gathering of players, wives, partners and friends at The Dog & Gun back in the village for a meal and the prize giving. An excellent evening was had by all.

Enjoying a meal at The Dog & Gun

Enjoying a meal at The Dog & Gun

'Longest Drive' - Arthur Smart (right)

‘Longest Drive’ – Arthur Smart (right)

Thanks must go to Tom and Trudy for their hospitality and to Dan Richardson who spent many hours over the previous 12 months organizing the whole event, not a straight forward task. Well done sir. The competition itself was played under the Stableford points system, in the relaxed enjoyable spirit expected of the ladies and gentlemen of Potto along with guests. A big well done to all participants but we are delighted to highlight the success of the members – past and present- of  The Potto Village Hall Management Committee who did themselves proud by winning many of the top prizes.

Gavin and Arthur ready to tee off

‘Par 3 challenge winner’ and V H Treasurer Julie Spuhler

Congratulations to all prize winners, but a special mention must be made regarding Shami Bradley who in her beautiful attire won the best dressed golfer prize. More effort required from the boys next year! One of the consequences of winning the competition is that you are obliged to organize the following year’s competition. The 2015 competition will therefore be organized by that well known golf  bandit and current Village Hall Chairman Phil Harper who won with an outstanding points total of 40.


Overall winner and current  VH Chairman   Phil Harper (right)

Overall winner and current VH Chairman Phil Harper (right)  Tel. 700609

Remember non village resident guest players are welcome under the separate guest rules

Results of the 4th Annual Potto Village Golf Championship

Nearest pin on the 8th                                                               Dan Richardson
Longest drive on the 9th                                                           Julie Spuhler
Nearest pin on the 11th                                                             David Alexander
Longest drive on the 16th                                                         Arthur Smart
Best Team                                                                                    Phil Harper, Michael Southwick and Michael Haines
Best dressed golfer                                                                     Shami Bradley
Best lady                                                                                       Julie Spuhler
Best non-resident                                                                       Michael Haines
Most scope for improvements                                                 Tom Williams
Par 3 challenge                                                                            Julie Spuhler
3rd place (37 points)                                                                  Mark Foster
2nd place (38 points)                                                                 Arthur Smart
The winner & next year’s organiser with 40 pts………………………………..Phil Harper!



Potto Pudding Fest – Saturday 26.10.13

Better ChocoLATE than never! Written by Vicky Williams (click on images to view large)

Well, the first ever Potto Pudding Fest took place just over 4 weeks ago in the village hall on Saturday 26th October 2013. It was nice to see the event so well attended, despite clashing with the mighty Strictly Come Dancing, and that it wasn’t totally ‘desserted’ – or at least only in a good way! Over 40 people turned out to selflessly offer their pallets for the greater good.

Cathy Young, Julie Spulher and Tom Williams kindly gave up their Saturday morning to decorate the hall, leaving it resplendent with the beautiful Bake-Off style bunting and acid green/ psychedelic purple table dressings. Hopefully it wouldn’t make the pudding-stuffed judges too bilious later on…

The Village Hall decorations

The Village Hall decorations

Villagers and their friends rose to the occasion, submitting a combined 17 puddings in 3 categories – chocolate and chocolate-free for adults with a junior category for 11-16 year olds. Recipes ranged from blueberry and almond flan to sticky toffee pudding, finding traditional English apple crumble alongside French peach clafoutis and Norwegian apple pudding. The seasons were ably represented with an Easter-inspired Gran’s Hot Cross Bun Pudding, summery meringues and Christmassy chocolate logs. All of the puddings were marked as part of the 3 categories, but there were diabetic and gluten-free recipes available so that everybody

Anne-Marie's Apple Pie with Butterscotch Sauce

Anne-Marie’s Apple Pie with Butterscotch Sauce

could be involved. The contest wasn’t a ladies only affair, with Phil Harper, Arthur Smart, Ian Wray and Andy Wilde looking to turn up the heat on behalf of the gents.

Every attendee at the Fest was allocated 3 puddings each to taste without any knowledge of who had submitted the entry. Before the tasting began all attendees were given the opportunity view the puddings in all their glory and mark them for appearance out of 10. Everybody found seats (after finding the bar first) and then were called up table by table where Julie and Cathy kindly gave up their time again to serve the puddings to everybody. They were so busy that Cathy almost lost her uneaten puddings when the tables were cleared away for the food-themed quiz and cheese and biscuits!

While the quiz was underway the marking took place in line with traditional sporting event practice. The single highest and lowest scores were discounted and an average of the remaining scores determined the winner of each category. The prizes for first places were a baking book and chocolates for the junior category and £15 each for the chocolate and chocolate-free adult winners.

Georgia Baker's Raspberry Cheesecake

Georgia Baker’s Raspberry Cheesecake

Georgia Baker – no, that isn’t one of my dodgy puns! – was the junior gladiator scoring a fantastic 17 out of 20 for her Raspberry Cheesecake. This was such a pretty and popular entry that the leftovers were the first to go in the

s’crumb’ after the judging had finished. In the chocolate-free class, Sylvia’s Norwegian Apple Pudding was strong contender coming in at 2nd place with a respectable 16.2 out of 20. However, apple was clearly a favourite of the night and just pipping her to the post was Anne-Marie’s Apple Pie with Butterscotch Sauce with a score of 16.5.

Pam Stephany's Hazelnut Meringue Roulade

Pam Stephany’s Hazelnut Meringue Roulade

In the chocolate section Andy Wilde’s Boozy Chocolate Bombs almost took the top spot scoring 16.3 out of 20 but couldn’t blow Pam Stephany out of the water who stormed to the lead with a mighty 17.1 for her Hazelnut Meringue Roulade to take the title. Both ladies have kindly agreed that their desserts can make a highly anticipated return as part of the menu for the Potto New Year Dinner in January so if you didn’t have the opportunity to taste them at the time it isn’t too late. You’d be nutty not to!

So, what do you think about whether we come up with a snappy re-torte to the 2013 winners’ dishes for next year and give them a run for their money?



Potto Village New Year Dinner – Saturday 19.1.13

On Sat 19th of Jan the residents of Potto enjoyed a wonderful evening of gastronomic delight at the 2nd Annual New Year Celebration Dinner.

Pam Fanthorpe spearheaded an enthusiastic team of cooks and helpers who worked extremely hard to produce a very tasty three course meal.

The village hall was transformed by the mood lighting , bunting and table settings. Thanks go to our chairman for his contribution regarding lights, the loan of tables etc from Tom our new landlord at the Dog and Gun and of course all the assistance from committee members and friends of the village hall.

Proceedings got going with a table picture quiz compiled by our secretary Kathy whilst Carolyn Hopper and her team served us with the first course. Everyone was impressed with the efficiency of the village youngsters who volunteered their services as waiters and waitresses and it would have been impossible to have such an evening without their excellent help.

Guests were given a choice of braised beef in horseradish cream or chicken with lemon and walnuts followed by a selection of mouth watering desserts all rounded of with coffee and mints whilst being entertained with amusing poems and tales in wonderful Yorkshire dialect by our guest speaker Alan Weighell. The 2nd annual dinner conclude with a rousing rendition of auld lang syne ending a delightful evening.

A big thank you to all our guests and the committee hope to see you all again in 2014

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Talk by Ian Wray: Guatemala and the Mayan Empire – Saturday 17.11.12

Ian Wray

Ian Wray

The Potto Village Hall Committee would like to congratulate Ian Wray on his highly informative and interesting talk
on Guatemala and the Mayan Empire.
Well done Ian on raising £171 for the poor and homeless children of Guatemala






Potto Village BBQ – Saturday 02.09.12

Our Potto Village Barbecue took place later in the year than usual after being postponed due to inclement weather.
The adults and children who attended basked in beautiful sunshine whilst enjoying a fun day with excellent food and drink, entertainment and activities including foot races, football, musical talent competition, face painting and welly throwing! The annual barbecue has always been a highly enjoyable event over the years and we would like to thank all  the people who attended and the friends of The Village Hall, without whose hard work and support The Village Hall Management Committee would have a much more difficult task.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – Sunday 03.06.12

All of the residents of Potto were invited to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by attending a special tea party in the Village Hall.
A large number of the residents turned out to celebrate enjoying the delicious cakes, buns and desserts whilst paying respects to Her Majesty.

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