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> Senior Blues November Meeting, Friday, 1st November 2019, 11am in the Blues Bar
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post Oct 28 2019, 05:46 PM
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The next Senior Blues Meeting takes place this Friday in the Blues Bar at 11am.

Guest Speakers are Blues Director Jeff Banks who will be promoting the Christmas Toy Appeal and the CFU membership campaign, and Chris Holden, a diver with special interest in the wreck of the Royal Charter which sank in 1859 off the Anglesey coast.

The meeting will include the AGM and be followed by a hotpot lunch.

As usual, tea/coffee will be served and all proceeds go to the Senior Blues Youth Foundation. Annual Membership is £5 and renewals are now due. New members and guests are welcome.


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post Oct 31 2019, 11:22 AM
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Have been asked to mention the hot pot will cost £5 smile.gif


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post Nov 1 2019, 06:51 PM
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Report of todays meeting from NFBF, sadly I was busy and couldn't make it.

The well attended November meeting opened up with Jeff Banks’s Christmas Toy appeal, the final day for donations to the appeal is Tuesday December 17th. and news regarding the CFU recruitment campaign which will be in full swing by the next home match against Alfreton.

Our main speaker was Chris Holden a diver who gave a fascinating talk about diving into the wreck of the ship Royal Charter” which sank just off the the rocky shores at Moelfre on the island of Anglesey on October 27 1859.
It was on a return trip from Australia with people who had gone out to find their fortunes in the “Gold Rush” of the 1850s.

Coming around the coast of Anglesey with Liverpool Bay just around the corner, the wrought iron ship was hit by 100mph winds and founded on the rocks 20 yards off the shore. Rescue attempts were made and managed to get some of the passengers and crew off the ship, but an estimated 500 lost their lives. Of course the main interest of the ship was the amount of gold bars, nuggets and sovereigns and jewellery that went down with the wreck, it was estimated that there was possibly six tons of gold on the ship when she went down, worth, in today’s money £200 million.

A lot of it was recovered in the next few years making a lot of people very rich, but over the years the ship is sinking further into the sand and silt, making it very difficult to get at these days.
Chris has dived down and been able to get some artefacts from the ship, but an elusive gold bar is still beyond his reach!

I can recommend the book “Life and Death on the Royal Charter” by Chris and Lesley Holden from Calgo Publications, which gives the whole story and the book is literally stuffed with pictures photographs and maps.

The Senior Blues AGM followed shortly after with the Chairman’s Report, followed by the Financial report from Treasurer Vic Croft. No new members had put their names forward to join the committee, so the members wholeheartedly agreed to keep the present committee for another year. So on behalf of the committee I would like to thank members for their confidence and support for another year.

The meeting ended with yet another splendid Hot Pot kindly arranged again by Alan Case, our thanks to him. A reminder that The Senior Blues along with Alan Case, are arranging a hot pot pre match meal before the Youth Academy match against Hartlepool on Monday November 11th. The cost for the meal is £15. Admission to the match alone is donation only. The meal starts at 5-45. Kick off is at 7pm.

Tickets for the Hot Pot can be obtained at the gazebo on the car park before the Alfreton game but tickets have to be booked and paid for by November 7th please. Please note payment for the Hot Pot cannot be made at the Football Club as this is a Senior Blues Event. Payment by cheque to be made out to Senior Blues Foundation account please.


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