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ANNUAL DINNER

Early club dinners  Typical of the moderate behaviour at DCC dinners compared to the E***nThe high standard of dancing at DCC dinners  

Each year, well most years actually, the DCC holds an Annual Dinner to which members and guests are invited.  It is often the only time of the year that partners of members get together and it has been to many venues over the years.  Unlike some clubs (e.g. venerable Buxton ones), we have not had to move on from place to place because of our behaviour but we have changed the venue over the years looking for a reasonably priced meal but convivial surroundings.  A list of venues since 1980 can be read below.

Some people ask about dress code.  Many members will dress up (dinner jackets for the men) but this is not obligatory.  'Clean' is the only real requirement but if you like to dress smart from time to time, this is an opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE that while we welcome members of other clubs and guests of our members, we reserve the right to refuse to sell tickets if we consider that the applicant would not be welcome at the dinner.

Bookings can be made by following this link (members only).

The last few dinners are described below.

2017 Annual Dinner and Dance

The Dinner and Dance will be held on Saturday, 25th November at the Stockport County football ground.  Arrangements are still being made but it is likely to be on the same lines as previous years with a sit-down dinner followed by the awards (Caver of the Year and so on) and a Disco.  Keep an eye on this page for more details and the availability of tickets.

The awards for previous years can be read at this link.

2016 Annual Dinner and Stomp

The dinner and 'dance' was held at Stockport Masonic Guild Hall as in previous years.  It was a three-course meal with wine on the tables followed by music from a live band - The Fuse. 

2015 Annual Dinner and Stomp

A very successful dinner and 'dance' was held at the De Vere hotel at Cheadle.  The three course menu included a carvery for the main course.  Ask Joel about Christmas decorations!

2014 Annual Dinner and Stomp

Ed, Joel, Bev and guests Liz, John, Andy and Steve with partners

This dinner was at the more traditional time of year at the end of November.  As a break with recent tradition, we went to the Cheshire Suite at Stockport County Football ground. The awards this year included Anton Petho as Caver of the Year.  There was a good turnout with a great mix of younger members, older members and guests from other clubs. Everyone enjoyed a superb meal and the disco provided by Paul Dold and Ed, guests from the deep South.  The photos displayed by members in particular showed how much had been going on since the last dinner.

Lauren receives the award from Tom2013 Annual Dinner and Stomp

This dinner took place on June 15th, 2013 at the Guildhall again.  It replaced the traditional 2012 and 2013 November dinners. The awards were given out to various people including Lauren Griffin as Caver of the Year.  The turnout was lower than recently because of the time of year and clash with other events in Buxton. 

Nevertheless, a good time was had by all with the music provided by a live band.

2011 Annual Dinner and Stomp

The dinner was held on 26th November 2011 at the Masonic Guildhall, Stockport. 

Tom, recipient of caver of the year for 2011-12 Left: Tom, recipient of caver of the year for 2011-12

Right: Andy gets the mighty miner award for 2011-12

General view

Andy gets the mighty miner award for 2011-12

2010 Annual Dinner and Golden Anniversary celebration

Tony presenting flowers to Sue at the end of the dinnerJust one of the tablesAn excellent dinner was held at the Old Rectory Hotel in Haughton Green, Denton.  All the organising was done by Sue and Tony with speeches by John New and AG.  The venue was really good with the hotel to ourselves.  A number of members stayed overnight.  Because of pressure of time, the Club awards were not presented after the dinner but were presented at the AGM on 13th December.  If you were not there, then I am sorry to say that you missed a really good night out in the company of more than 100 members, ex-members, guests and friends.  The awards this year went to Nigel for Caver of the Half Century (well slightly less actually), Len, Geoff and Bill for Digger of the year, Ed for Mighty Miner and Liz for Tolerance (putting up with Nigel).  There are more pictures in an album.

2009 Annual Dinner

The 2009 Dinner was held at The Coach and Four, Wilmslow.  There was a short talk by our retiring Chairman and our guest speaker.  Tony got the digging award this year and the Club awarded itself the Tolerance Award for putting up with Simon for so long.  Caver of the Year was not presented this time.

2007 Annual Dinner

Tony in Mustard PotThe 2007 dinner is past history now.  The boat in the Hough LevelHowever, if you heard some foul rumours about bad taste competitions, then you heard correctly.  Thanks to Sue, we had the Guess-The-Bottom competition, a copy of which can be downloaded on the Club pages.

We also had a photo competition with five entries and Simon won because of his superb Alum Pot photos (see our Home Page or caving gallery for example).  Awards were given to Tony Brocklebank for Caver of the Year bearing in mind his support in many ways and not least his contribution to new finds at Matienzo; Phill and Elaine Taylor for Mighty Miner because of their work in Tom's Shaft and looking after the museum; Simon Dillon (again!) for Digger following successes in Matienzo; and Steve for Stunt based on his violin playing and his canoe in the Hough Level.  Sarah Berry got a much deserved Tolerance Award after Allan told her he was only going to be away a week when he went to Matienzo with Simon for a fortnight.

 

Record of past dinners

Locations:

1981Barbecue at Wood Mine and Stomp at Stockport Cricket Club1999Bramhall Social Club
1982Venue unknown2000Monsall Head Hotel, Derbyshire
1983Blossoms Hotel, Stockport2001County Hotel, Bramhall
1984High Lane Village Hall (self-catering)2002County Hotel, Bramhall
1985Stockport Cricket Club2003--
1986Haddon Hall Hotel, Buxton2004Acton Court Hotel, Stockport
1987Haddon Hall Hotel, Buxton2005Acton Court Hotel, Stockport
1988Haddon Hall Hotel, Buxton2006County Hotel, Bramhall
1989Haddon Hall Hotel, Buxton2007Acton Court Hotel, Stockport
1990Haddon Hall Hotel, Buxton2008--
1991Belgrade Hotel, Stockport2009The Coach and Four, Wilmslow
1992Belgrade Hotel, Stockport2010Old Rectory Hotel, Haughton Green
1993Village Hotel, Cheadle2011Stockport Guildhall
1994Village Hotel, Cheadle2012--
1995Village Hotel, Cheadle2013Stockport Guildhall
1996Village Hotel, Cheadle2014Stockport County Football Ground
1997Village Hotel, Cheadle2015De Vere, Cheadle Royal
1998Village Hotel, Cheadle2016Stockport Guildhall

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