15th August saw our first Summer Ramble which was very popular. A group of 20 ramblers left the pub on a 9 mile walk and the weather was kind to us. The route was set by Jenny and ventured first to Elmstead then around Allen’s reservoir, out to Crockleford, through Crockleford Wood and then on to the Wooden Fender (thank you Richard for opening especially for us Ramblers!) then back down Green Lane over the railway track past Bobby George’s house then through Jackie’s farm before walking home along Park Road and Ardleigh Road. Amanda did a brilliant job feeding everyone on their return..
On Saturday 10th August a group of 50 people set off for the annual Newmarket Races trip from the Pub. The weather was not too good with the winds blowing at 40 mph but the rain did hold off until we had finished our picnic. A good time was had by everyone but there were not too many winners backed. It was all back to the pub on our return for a delicious chilli and jacket potato courtesy of Vanda and Amanda. A big thank you to Paul Francis who arranged the trip.
On the afternoon of Sunday 28th July we held our official garden opening and combined this with a “thank you” barbeque for all our volunteers. Currently our volunteers continue to carry out more than 150 hours each month covering Financial management, cleaning, building and decorating, garden maintenance, bar shifts, coffee mornings, weekly food events and not forgetting the many helpers who put together the music and charity events. Amanda with assistance of our volunteers continues to be the core support for the success of the Great Bromley Cross Pub. It was a lovely afternoon with the Pimms flowing and the BBQ flaring. A big thank you to Bryn and Dinah for doing all the food prep and cooking with a little help from a few others. We had in excess of 50 volunteers attending and a big thank you to everyone for all the efforts you put in, we could not do it without you.