8th December 2016

Social Calendar

For a quick reference guide to all up and coming events please download and print the pdf diary of events: MAC Social events list 2017 – updated hand out.


  • No Events

Saturday 9 December 2017 – MAC Christmas Dinner

The MAC Christmas dinner will be held on Saturday 9 December 2017 at The Palmer Arms in Dorney from 7pm (for 7.30pm).  Click Palmer Arms Christmas Menu 2017 to view the menu options.

Payment can be made as follows:

  • Using your PaySubsOnline account – click pay now and select PayPal/GoCardless (you can also select your food choices in PaySubsOnline); or
  • BACS transfer – after making your choices from your PaySubsOnline account do not click Pay Now and transfer cash via BACS – (please email us if you need the bank account information);
  • Cheque – after making your choices from your PaySubsOnline account do not click Pay Now and leave a cheque in the clubhouse in plastic wallet);



Friday 17 November 2017: Quiz night and fish and chip supper

44 members formed 8 teams to take part in MACs 3rd quiz night.  With questions on spotting fake news, demonstrating knowledge on spirit logos, Bingo Lingo and Christmas number ones (when was We can fix it by Bob the Builder the Christmas number one?) to name but a few, teams were tested to their limits.

Such was the calibre of those taking part that at the end of the rounds two teams equal first place and a tie breaker was needed identify the eventual winners, Norfolk Enchants.

The final table is below:

Quiz Night Results

                                                                                                        Quiz Night Results


Friday 27 October 2017: Halloween Fun Run

A mixture of senior and junior members and their families took part in Halloween Fun Run on Friday 27 October 2017.

A short run around Braywick Park (ably assisted by some spooky marshals) was followed by baked potatoes with chilli, guacamole and soured cream plus pumpkin pie and spooky cup cakes in the clubhouse.

Games of pin the fangs on the vampire, spider race, skeleton drive and a ghostly bowling alley were available in the clubhouse too.

Halloween Members in Fancy dress

MAC members in fancy dress

Ghoul playing skeleton drive

Ghoul playing skeleton drive

Haloween Brew

Judi with a glass of Halloween brew


Jack-o-Lanterns outside MAC clubhouse

3 Jack-o-Lanterns

3 Jack-o-Lanterns outside MAC clubhouse

The Jack-O-Lanterns are works of imagination.  Any resemblance to past or present club members is a coincidence!

Saturday 7 October 2017: Awards evening

A great evening of celebration took place on Saturday 7 October.  With awards awarded not only for excellant performances on the track, road and cross country, but also for club members who had notable performances of a different kind such as Headbanger award, Selfie Award, Secret Assassin Award to name but a few.

Full details and photographs are available at Awards 2016-17.

August Adventure

Friday 18 August 2017: Pub run No. 4 from Jolly Woodman pub

14 MAC members and one dog met at the Jolly Woodman pub for a social run/walk.   The weather was not quite the standard we’ve become accustomed too, but even so the rain held off (again!) for a lovely route meandering through quite lanes and footpaths around Burnham Beeches.

The running route left the Jolly Woodman car park on a good footpath heading east towards a lane.  After turning left, the route went straight ahead and followd an undulating path through The Beeches until Egypt Lane.  On turning right and following a zig zag path parallel to Egypt Lane, until a path was met on the right and then soon picked up a grassy path on the left which was followed until the main Beeches car park was reached.  Crossing over the car park and grass and taking a path between two benches, the path followed board walk and good tracks past Middle and Upper Ponds.  Then heading downhill around a hollow to Halse Drive for a steady climb before picking up a path between fences that ran past a Polo field and emerged by the Blackwood Arms.  On turning right, a path was soon picked up on the left to return to the Jolly Woodman.

Some enjoyable post run chat, accompanied by a well earned beer/wine and some food were enjoyed after the run. The runners and walkers where met by members Malcolm, Tim and Jane, who were unable to take part in the run/walk on the evening.

July Jollies

Friday 14 July 2017: Pub run No. 3 from Golden Ball pub

26 MAC members (including guests) met at the Golden Ball for a social run/walk starting on Golden Ball Lane.  It was a beautiful summer’s evening for a social run in the Berkshire countryside.

Golden Ball pub

Golden Ball pub

MAC members group photo

MAC members before setting off on Pub Run no. 3

20 members set off from the pub car park and after a short way alongside the A308 continued to where a path was joined on the right.  After crossing a stile to join this path, it wended its way through Bisham Woods.  The group had to pick its way carefully through the woods over tree roots and under low hanging branches, and apart from one person taking a tumble (thankfully no major injury resulted), everyone was able to carry on for the remainder of the route.

View To Windsor Castle

Looking across wheat fields towards Windsor Castle

After a short climb, and at a crossing path, a left turn emerged into a small copse of fruit trees and continued along fields of golden oilseed rape and wheat (looking ready for harvesting).

MAC members sitting around tables in Golden Ball pub garden

Enjoying a well earned drink at the Golden Ball

The route eventually joined the junction of Winter Hill Road and Choke Lane, where the group followed a good track to return to the Golden Ball where we met up with the walking group.

Friday 7 July 2017: It’s a MAC knockout

On a hot Friday evening in July, some club members gathered together for an intense training session involving tights, water, sacks, eggs and balloons (not necessarily all at the same time!)

Sadly the flap the kipper race had to be cancelled due to the drought like conditions.

Some noteable performances were:

  • Greg and Peter in the three legged race;
  • A close fought egg & spoon race between Greg, Chris and Garry;
  • Fabulous demonstration of technique in the sack race by Leila’s son William;
  • And much more…

Pictures to follow so watch this space.

Sizzling Socials for a Sizzling June

We had a wide variety of social events taking place this June with a Pub run, Summer Party and Monopoly Run.

Wednesday 28 June: Monopoly Run

Monopoly Officials

Monopoly Officials

A wonderful evening of running, on a not so sizzling Wednesday, hosted by John and Benita Scaife (who also were the Monopoly Run officials to ensure no cheating!).

Monopoly Briefing

Preparing to become Property Tycoons

8 teams of 4 to 5 people took part, running to visit “Estate Agents” based at Guards Club, Malcolm’s Corner, Oldfield School gates, Braywick Park entrance  at Hibbert Road and amass a property portfolio.

Each team comprised MAC members across the running speed spectrum, so that everyone had a chance to become property tycoons.

Property values were highest at the venues furthest away from the clubhouse, and with a strict time limit of 50 minutes in which to buy properties, teams had to use guile and cunning to build their property portfolio.

Property deeds had to be left in the team safety deposit box, ably monitored by John and Benita.

The event was won by the team with the highest value property portfolio.  The winners on the night were Team “Battleships” (Judi, Alejandro, Nicky and Mike) with a total property portfolio of £12.6m!

Below are the various Monopoly Teams returning to deposit their Deeds.

Battling for Property Dominance

Battling for property dominance

Another Property Deed Deposited

Another property deed deposited

Deeds Filed for Team Boot

Deeds filed for Team Boot

The battle of the Committee

The battle of the Committee

Filing Property Deeds

Filing property deeds

Teams running to and from the Proprty deposit table.

Running to and from the deposit table.







Off to another Estate Agent

Off to another Estate Agent

Team Wheelbarrow add to their Property portfolio

Wheelbarrows add to their portfolio







Race to deposit deeds

Race to deposit deeds








After all the exertion, there was a BBQ in front of the MAC clubhouse, managed by our very own BBQ Extraordinaire, Garry.

Special thanks got to:

John and Benita who devised the game, all the Estate agents who handed out properties; and Garry for his BBQing skills.

Preparing the food

Preparing the food

Garry in charge of BBQ

Garry in charge of BBQ








Friday 16 June: Summer Party

On a warm June evening at Bray Village Hall was the MAC Summer Party to celebrate MAC Noughties.

With 2 course fork buffet, live music provided by Dawn Band, and selection of games in the bar, including photo quizzes as well as the traditional cake cutting, the evening went with a swing.

Dawn Band in action

Dawn Band in action

Catering Team

Catering Team

Enjoying a drink

Enjoying a drink

Pre dinner chat

Pre dinner chat

Relaxing after the buffet


Post meal chat

Post meal chat

Malcolm’s Sofa

Enjoying champagne

Tucking in

After dinner chat



Studying the menu











Friday 9 June: Pub run – The Bell Inn, Waltham St Lawrence

Another lovely summer’s evening was ordered for the 2nd pub run of the year.  This time we met at The Bell Inn in Waltham St Lawrence.

18 MAC members (plus Rodney the dog) met at the pub to enjoy either a 3 mile walk or a 4.5 mile run around the countryside near

Waltham St Lawrence.

After the Run/Walk members escaped into the pub garden to enjoy a well earned drink and some food.



The next pub run will be 14 July 2017 – venue to be decided, but likely to be near Pinkneys Green.  Watch out for details.

Friday 19 May: Quiz Night – MAC Clubhouse

Another successful quiz evening attended by 24 members.  Fellow Social Secretary Rosie Ellis was the Quiz Master, ably assisted by Chris Ellis, who was keeping score.

Questions were based on a variety of topics, from General Knowledge, TV Pubs, Mobile phones (!) to name but a few, as well as the usual picture rounds.

Food was provided by the attendees and a sumptious feast resulted.  Thanks to everyone who made contributions.

The eventual winners were Pauline Siddons’ team (comprising Ian MacKenzie, Carole MacKenzie, Helen Pocock, John Pocock, Dave Waterman and last, but not least, Pauline herself).

As for the winners of the wooden spoon – the least said about that the better!

Friday 5 May: Pub Run Report – The Pineapple 

Quite an eventful first pub run of 2017.  At 17:15 on 5 May 2017 we learnt there had been a fire at The Palmer Arms (the planned meeting point at 18:45) and that the pub was closed.  Speedy action was needed and a decision was made to change venue to The Pineapple.  Communications via Facebook saved the day, with only one person turning up at The Palmer Arms.

We re-ran the route we did last year – a lovely 4 miles taking in Jubilee River, Fursedon Way (aka National Cycle Route 4 next to Dorney rowing lake) and returning via  Jubilee River to The Pineapple pub for chips, sandwiches, a well earned drink and socialising.

We’re planning more pub runs from June to September. If you have a favourite pub/running route please let us know and we’ll try and accommodate.  The next planned pub run is at The Bell, Waltham St Lawrence, Friday 9 June at 18:45.  See Social Calendar for more information.

Events will be added to the calendar so check back to see what’s coming next.

For more information about regular and previous one-off events visit Socials

Curry Night Report

The first event of the year took place on 24 March 2017 at the Emperor of India on the Braywick Road, Maidenhead.

Curry night was attended by 37 club members and guests.   Some photos from the evening are below.

MAC members socialising at Curry NightMAC members socialising at Curry NightMAC members socialising at Curry Night



The joint social secretaries are Rosie Ellis and Julie Whitaker: macsocial@maidenheadac.org