Social Events

RAF Manston & Hornby ‘World of Wonder’ Centre 20th May 2024
19 members started out at 7am for the visit to RAF Manston History Museum and Hornby’s Wonderworks. A & A travel provided us with a 28 seat coach so plenty of room for all.  RAF Manston’s museum was a gem. On first appearances it looked small but much was packed inside.   A good selection of aircraft on display including Auster, Meteor, Chipmonk, Avro 504, Nieuport 17 and cockpit displays of Canberra, Victor and Spitfire. Outside there were a number of 50s / 60s jets to look at.  Opposite RAF Manston was the unexpectedly open Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum which I think most members visited. Again a fairly small museum but with quality items to see inside including a pristine Hurricane and Spitfire.  After our 3 hour visit we moved on to the excellent Hornby Wonderworks. We all played with the trains and Scalextric and had a wonderful time reliving our distant youth. An hour and a half was all the time needed at Hornby so we left at 3.15 and returned back at the club car park at 6.15. A very enjoyable day.     [Photos and report by PeterB]  
Quiz Night 16th March 2024
Thanks to Geoff Baker for another great club night out with lots of fun and laughs. The team headed by Mick Jenner won the quiz with a fine score of over 60 points. Dave did his usual raffle with some very nice prizes. 


10th February Skittles Night
Sorry, no photos and no event report received.  

SBMOC 60-80’s Disco Night 18th November 2023
A fun night was had by all.  This year was a bit of an experiment.  A disco with our very own DJ ‘Pete the Beat’ with music from an era reflecting maybe our younger days instead of a big band.   We had outside catering and our thanks again go to Steve Wilson and his team.  There was a raffle, full bar, a quick quiz, stage lighting the whole nine yards.    But we are a little surprised and obviously disappointed that again it wasn’t a sell-out event with not all tickets being taken.  We also had our annual donation presentation, this year £3,500, to Kamelia Kids of Worthing, which is our local designated children’s charity.  This is a nursery specially for children with serious learning and physical disabilities and also they provide some respite for their parents and we heard directly from their team the story of some of the children they have currently.   It’s good to know and understand just how our fund-raising efforts help make a meaningful difference in a local community.  [Photos and write-up from MickP and KeithM]

Friday 21st July 2023.  Trip to Hendon Aviation Museum (which was supposed to be to Hornby Centre and RAF Manston but had to be changed because Hornby  was shut on the day) 

The coach trip to RAF Hendon was a very good substitute for the last minute cancellation of the Hornby visit.     A & A provided us with a very comfortable Mercedes coach along with an excellent driver.    All club members enjoyed the superb, free to enter, museum which has 6 time themed halls of magnificent aircraft and artifacts. It was good to see a range of German and Japanese WW2 aircraft as well as the usual Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs.  While one group was admiring the impressive Avro Lancaster, an official came over to tell them the very interesting history about the aircraft.   It was one of only 30 that had completed more than 100 bombing raids, a remarkable 137 in fact.    It was also possible to sit in a Spitfire which I think one or two members did.    The museums cafe provided good refreshments for the club members who ventured in there [Report by Peter Baker].   Clearly PeterB was very impressed with his flight of (empty) Spitfires! 

Wednesday 21st June 2023
On a not so bad solstice evening a magnificent 7 rode out from the Clymping club house to Southsea seafront for a fish supper and then a ride through old Portsmouth to Portsdown Hill for a brew. [Report by MickP].   (Editor: Don’t normally put F&C runs on the website, but the first photo was sooo nice].  

SBMOC Band Night 3rd June 2023
A brilliant night and some say the best ever social event held by our club.  Unfortunately everyone so enjoyed themselves thinking that someone else would be taking photos, that in the end we had no photos at all.   But if anyone has, then please send them in.  


Skittles Night 18th February 2023
A successful evening with around 50 people attending the SBMOC skittles evening. A scrumptious buffet prepared and presented by our own gourmet chef TrevorD of a variety of sandwiches washed down with a lovely lintel, bacon and minted soup. PeteB’s wife Sue made a variety of fairy cakes which also were very popular. 

Winners of the skittles were DonT’s team ‘the mighty 4’ with a total score of 64. Winner of the darts with a score of 191 was AndyP.  [Report and photos by MickP]

Rock N Roll Night 26th November 2022

The club house rocked!    Starting with some fine cuisine once again prepared and served by our very own Steve Wilson’s ‘SW Catering’ team.   Band kicked off at 8pm and great sounds from Slim Jim and the Wild Cards had toes tapping feet stomping and even people dancing.    A short interval at 9pm for the raffle with great prizes, followed by the all important presentation of the club cheque for £3000 to three lovely ladies Suzanne, Sarah and Denise representing SBMOC’s chosen local children’s charity Kamila Kids in Worthing.   The night continued till late with a cracking 2nd set of classics from the band. Overall, a great night had by all. [Report by Mick P.]


SKITTLES NIGHT 9th April 2022

Team Desperate 7

A good turnout on this first social event since the start of the lockdowns.  The winners were, team Desperate 7…….even though they were only 6 of them.   At the other end of the scoreboard it was the Pagham Pirates but still taking away a booby prize.   We think BobW had a really good night although hard to tell from his expression.