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Senior Reds

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Once again a very good attendance was present at the April Lunch, when Neil Palmer was able to give an insight into the problems to overcome when writing a book.  
Since the last lunch, the Senior Reds have presented their annual awards to both Ayman Benarous and Andreas Weimann, Bristol Born Player and Player of the Year, respectively.
The next Lunch will be held on the 19th May, as usual in the Heineken Lounge. This will be the AGM, and will be visited by Brian Tinnion and Gary Davenport, together with the Academy Player of the Year - Jamie Knight-Lebel to whom will be presented with his Trophy.
 
The Membership continues to increase, and anyone who is interested in joining please contact the Membership Secretary Pam Day on 01179 248166. Alternatively, you can also reach her via 156 Longmead Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8QQ.  
 
Thanks to all who read these monthly notes, the Senoir Reds will return next August, with the lunch on the 18th August.

How and when did Senior Reds come about?

The Senior Reds was formed in 1991 by a small number of supporters meeting over coffee and biscuits.
Eventually they offered their services to the Club and the Sweepers were formed to clean the stand and terraces, and continued up to the refurbishment of the stadium.
This progressed to a formal dinner on the third Thursday of every month at Ashton Gate. 


What do the monthly lunches consist of?

This lunch is hosted in the Heineken Lounge which overlooks the pitch and consists of guest speakers, from the chairman to the groundsmen, a three-course meal, a raffle and more. These lunches are a great opportunity for members to socialise with others in the Bristol City community and to see people who they haven’t seen for weeks.

Members arrive at the Stadium for 12.30pm where they then have three-course meal which they have personally selected beforehand. The menu caters for everyone with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available as well as meat dishes.

The meal is then followed by a guest speaker and finished off with a raffle.

The latest guest speaker to talk at the lunch was one of the Ashton Gate Eight, Geoff Merrrick. The ex-Bristol City captain launched his book 'Life with the Robins and Beyond: The Geoff Merrick Story' at the most recent lunch and sold all the copies that were brought.

To round off a great afternoon there is a raffle in which members voluntarily bring a selection of prizes.  

Senior Reds' aims...

Their twofold aims are in welcoming new members to the Senior Reds community at monthly luncheons in an inclusive environment and providing discretionary funds for sports equipment used by Academy players - young players rapidly outgrowing football boots and goalkeeping gloves is an ongoing issue well remembered by the Senior Reds themselves.

Who runs the Senior Reds...

Alan Pruet is the founder member and still attends the monthly lunches decades on from when it used to be just coffees, biscuits and a small number of people.

Bristol City President Marina Dolman is forever present at the lunches and her continued support to the Senior Reds doesn't go unnoticed by the members.

Secretary of the Senior Reds, Keith Perry, attends every event and addresses all the members at the start of the raffle, he has been secretary for over 13 years. 

Assistant secretary Peter Wood makes sure everything is in line for each lunch by sending members either a letter or an email each month giving details of the next lunch, including guest gpeaker and menu choice.

Chairperson Pam Wright, who joined Senior Reds in 1992, still attends the lunches.

Alan Pruet
Marina Dolman (L) AND Pam Wright (R)
Keith Perry
Peter Wood (R)

How to get involved...

If you’re over the age of 55 and a Bristol City fan you can be a member of the Senior Reds by contacting the Membership Secretary Pam Day on 01179 248166. Alternatively, you can also reach her via 156 Longmead Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8QQ.  

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