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December 2007 Newsletter
December is here already and this newsletter seems to have come around very quickly ! December means its time to get your glad-rags out ready for the club Christmas dinner; hope everyone is looking forward to it !
Update ... what has happened in the club since the last newsletter
Bonfire Night Social
Our monthly get together for November was at the Scott Arms in Kingston where we enjoyed a lovely meal, finished just in time to nip outside to watch the fireworks. Not sure if it was Poole's or Bournemouth's displays that we ended up seeing, some may say the fireworks going off in the adjoining gardens provided more entertainment, but at least the rain held off !
Club Trip to Sharm
Eleven IPSAC divers spent last week in Sharm on the third club holiday we've had there this year. This time we treated ourselves and stayed at the Hilton, which was a very different experience to the Ocean Club ! The weather was good, with little wind and some of the calmest seas ever seen at Tiran, allowing us to dive the back of Woodhouse where some of us were lucky enough to spot some white tip sharks. And of course, between dives we lived up to our dining club name ! It was especially good to have Rosie along with us and great to see her back in the water again. And once more a big thank you to Terry for organising everything.
IPSAC on TV!
Well, the club may not have got a mention, but it was still nice to see two of our members, Tracy & Colin, on the telly in an item for BBC Inside Out about the trigger fish off Kimmeridge. We understand that almost 7 hours were spent making the piece, some of the filming being done from Neptune with Chris's help, and the final piece was condensed into a snug 10 minutes or so ! Picture here was taken from the BBC website; you can read the article about it here :
Want to get rid of unwanted kit ?
I've heard several members recently wanting to pass on surplus dive gear, so here's a reminder that the club web site has a For Sale page which is ideal for this ! Remember that this page is only viewable by club members so any personal information entered is safe. Any donations to the club from sales always welcomed !
Up and Coming ... details of forthcoming events
We've had a good response once more for the Christmas party to be held at The Lookout at Durlston on Friday 14th December. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. There'll be a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival, please feel free to bring your own beverage of choice to have with your meal (no corkage will be charged) though there is a limited range of beers and house wine available also. As is tradition, the IPSAC Christmas raffle will take place while we digest our turkey and pudding, so please bring along a raffle prize to add to the entertainment. See you there !
From your Chairman:-
Our try-dive night takes place this Saturday 8th December at the Purbeck Sports Centre. You've still got a couple of days to spread the word to friends, family and colleagues ! Anyone who might be interested, either in try-dives or just joining the club, should contact Chris.
Unfortunately yours truly will be away for most of January so unable to organise the monthly meet up; if anyone else would like to organise a get together, please feel free to do so !
Dates for Your Diary ... a summary of what is planned
Every Saturday Evening Swimming pool sessions at Wareham swimming baths, see below for details.
Don't forget that the swimming pool at the Purbeck Sports Centre, Wareham is available on Saturday evenings, 8.00 - 9.00pm until the 26th April. We're still waiting notification of any 2008 gala events; will e-mail these once known. Sessions are £2.00 per person. Please try to come along and support this.