On Saturday 20th July 2016 the club held a surprise party for Ernie and June Merritt. During the party they were both presented with Life Membership certificates in recognition of the long and loyal membership of St. Chads. They thought they were coming to a surprise birthday party for Brian Mackenzie, our President, and despite being asked not to, Ernie and June brought Brian a bottle for his special day. What a surprise they had when walking in and finding that the party was for them instead. June was visibly moved and surprised, Ernie though took it totally in his stride and just beamed that irrepressible rascal smile of his. Brian made a lovely speech which expressed very well the feelings that the club has for these two lovely people who have been such good friends and members of St. Chads. They have worked tirelessly but quietly for the club over the years and it is with great sadness that we will say goodbye to them when they move to be near their daughter. I think I can feel an annual bowling day out to where they go to live might well be on the cards just so we keep in touch albeit from afar. All the best Ernie and June, from all your friends at St. Chads.
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