Patnor Trophy

Stockbridge, Hants.

1st - 4th Sept 2011


We arrived on a nice Thursday afternoon to the usual warm welcome by the Marshal’s Dave & Jan & Graham & Linda. We went along to the gazebos for tea/coffee and met up with friends for a chat - the topic was who was going to cook what and how on the B.B.Q on the Saturday for the Patnor cooking competition. Plenty of banter was going around so it promised to be a good time.

Friday arrived - well what weather we were having it was a bright and glorious day and we decided to get the park and ride into Winchester. It was lovely just walking around the old town and taking in the sites, had a lovely Italian meal outside in the sunshine and then did a bit of retail therapy. In the evening more ralliers arrived and again the talk was all about the cooking the next day.

The rules were explained to all who were going to take part. Only £5 per each person was to be spent and every thing that was going to be judged had to be cooked on the BBQ. A nice social evening followed, chatting with friends, but after the heat of the day the evening soon got very cold.

The big day arrived weather had held and it looked like it was going to be another lovely day. In the afternoon the windbreaks were put up by the marshals so there was a designated cooking area for the competition. Tables were laid in various colours and all looked really nice. 7 couples took part with various menus,  moules marinieres, garlic mushrooms etc for some peoples starter's.

Main courses consisted of marinated beef, plaice, chicken etc., and some sweets were attempted and looked very good. All of these had to be cooked solely on the BBQ although it was only a choice of starters/main course or main course/sweet would be judged. The main course of the meal had to be on the table by 7.00pm. The judging was done by Martin (who is Linda’s son) and is a qualified chef.

After all had eaten, the results were announced and the winner was Greg Mann/Paula Mann, Greg doing the cooking and Paula doing a grand job with a table decoration in black/white and silver well done to you both. Joint second was Tony Goodsell and Simon Wrenn, congratulations to them all.

Sunday morning dawned and down came the rain (thought it was to good to be true, British summer eh). Flag was taken by Pete Vowles who thanked everyone for coming,  presented 4 children's plaques to Danielle and Abigail Mann,  Arron Leaver and Louie Wrenn and he congratulated all those who took part in the Patnor Trophy competition.

Home time was approaching and out came the sun which enabled us all to get gazebo’s and awning down in the dry.

My thanks must go to the hard working marshals Dave and Jan Spall and Graham and Linda Barton  who once again organised a brilliant rally and competition.

Pat Vowles

Pics courtesy Pete Vowles
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