IPA UK’s Nottinghamshire Branch’s 60th Anniversary

09 Oct 2018

Notts Branch 60th Anniversary 1The Nottinghamshire branch of IPA UK had an overwhelming success celebrating their 60th anniversary in June 2018 with guests from the USA, Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany, France, as well as from the UK.

We started with a meet-and-greet event at the IPA UK HQ in West Bridgford, which also included an opportunity to tour around the Nottingham Forest Football Club.

The following morning, the Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Craig Guildford officially opened the IPA festivities at the Nottinghamshire Police headquarters, followed by a tour of the control room, the dog section and meeting armed response officers. Following a traditional English afternoon tea, our guests had a tour of Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, and its beautiful 300 acres of gardens.

On day 3, our guests had a choice of either a day’s shopping, a tour of the Council House on the Old Market Square with a visit to the oldest pub in Nottingham , Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, or visit the Major Oak famous for its historic association to the legend of Robin Hood. In the evening, our guests had the chance to relax over a pub meal and a beer or two. Sharing stories of previous IPA trips and experiences continued back at the hotel. Further drinks were enjoyed, but this time with a twist …our Ukraine guests provided us with a gift of Ukrainian Vodka!

On Sunday morning, those with sore heads were able to sleep it off in the mini bus… All guests had the opportunity to experience the historic town of Newark where they were able to watch a traditional Morris dance, followed by a visit to medieval Southwell Minster.  On the laNotts Branch 60th Anniversary 5st evening, Chief Constable Graig Guildford and the Nottinghamshire’s IPA Chair Tony Berrington closed the event with an exchange of gifts with our guests.

We were joined by many more local members, family and friends at the Masonic Hall function room in the city centre, where we all got on the dance floor. We were pleased to raise £162 through our raffle and £155 from selling challenge coins for the Roll of Honour Trust charity.

The evening concluded with further drinks back at the hotel with a timely display of fireworks at the National Watersports Centre. The success of the event could not have happened without the support of the festive committee members. A massive thank you goes to Geoff & Trish Tootell, Jim & Val Quinn, Henryk & Chris Kowalczuk and Andre Bak.

Gurmit Kaur, Region 5 Chairperson IPA UK