Social Events

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 Hornby Museum that had to be changed to Hendon Aviation Museum

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.  

THE ROCK & ROLL NIGHT (previously The 60s Night) -2018
With numbers restricted to a reasonable number managing the event proved easier than in previous years and with an extended menu and a new band all was looking good. The weather once again did its best to spoil proceedings and it certainly was a wet, windy and cold night, so much so that two of the band members had some difficulty in finding the venue as did one or two of the guests.

Once every one was present the evening proceeded and it must be said that it proved to be one of the very best for some years with the band an outstanding success. Two quality one hour sessions with songs from an era still fresh in the minds of many present and songs which had the dance floor area and the aisles full of dancers. 

With a ‘free’ raffle and our presentation to Kamelia Kids with this year’s charity efforts in the shortened interval it was back to the music in double quick time. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening a success and thank you to those who remained to clear up the resultant debris.



Christmas lights, balloons, bunting and George even provided table cloths this year as we prepared to do our thing to the music of the Bootleg Bandits. A slight change in our usual programme meant that we ate first with a fine hot buffet provided once again by Steve with just about everyone commenting on the quality of the food. The band played a first session of fifty minutes when we all had the opportunity to see just how many individuals had made the effort to come in period costume. Dorothy from Kamelia Kids was given the task of choosing the best dressed man and woman with the prizes going to Geoff in his Sgt Pepper outfit and Louise looking very much the part of a hippy. Bernard forsook his collar and tie of last year tp go the whole hog with his outfit and similarly Dave who proved to be almost unrecognisable.

We reenacted the presentation of our cheque to Kamelia Kids for the benefit of those who haven’t access to the website to see the original presentation and presented the Clubman of the Year award to Steve Wilson. Steve provided the food at our skittles and quiz nights at cost and at the Bikefest event at Goodwood he provided Club members with breakfast and lunch at no cost to members. To cap off his efforts this year Steve as already mentioned came up with the goods with his menu for the night.

The second session from the band saw a few more folk taking to the floor as the alcohol took effect and with the usual comments of ‘its not sixty’s music’ the evening drew to a close. A good few folk stayed to clear up the hall and the Chairman left clutching enough balloons to lift him from the ground. Thanks to everyone for making the evening a success.

Never forget the bar staff!


You never know just how successful these events will be so all that you can do is put the basics in place and trust to luck. Right then the hall is booked, the tickets are sold and the menu choices made, the group have been booked including Lawrie for the interval and the food arranged. A quick pause for breath at this point………… Then the table tennis equipment has to be hidden, the stage scenery put outside, the tables and chairs placed remembering to keep a space for ‘dancing’? blow up multiple balloons and arrange the Christmas lights. Unload the raffle prizes and arrange them on the table so folk can see what is on offer and then they will buy tickets, another pause for breath ……… and the most important ingredient arrives Club members and their partners.

That is it the evening is underway, beverages begin to flow, the group kick into life and once we turn the lights down the performances begin, no names so no embarrassment. Club members plunge into their wallets, purses, pension funds or whatever and purchase raffle tickets to the tune of £241!!

8.45 arrives and the food is served with the usual suspects at the front of the queue and once all have been served it’s time for the presentation of the charity cheque to the representatives from Kamelia Kids. This year’s Club Member of the Year is presented with the shield, a worthy winner although he may have it on a piece of elastic as it keeps coming back to him. Winning raffle numbers called and prizes distributed before it’s lights down and back to the dancing.

All to soon it’s 11.45 and the band winds down and people begin to depart, the bar takings are counted, a record amount for a Club event, and the pack up, balloon popping and sweep up rounds off the evening. Thanks to all who helped, danced, drank and generally had a good time ensuring the evening was a success.


60s NIGHT 11-2015