The Gentlemans Ale Sampling Society
Enjoying each others company since 1982 - 39 entertaining years!
FIRST - CHECK OUT THESE SLIDES - THEY DESCRIBE US WELL
THE GENTLEMENS ALE SAMPLING SOCIETY
MEETINGS - 2022
To see what MEETINGS ARE COMING UP, scroll down on this page.
To see what we did in previous meetings click 'PAST MINUTES and MEETINGS' on the button below.
THE NEXT MEETINGS.....
ADVANCE WARNING - 2022 IS OUR FORTIETH YEAR!!!
Forty years of enjoying ourselves has to be celebrated!
Thinking caps on guys.
The very first inklings were at Don Harris's house 'Mole End' on 31st March 1982 where Nick Jenkins and Don Pilcher were among the five guests. The second meeting was at The Chatham Chest PH on the 4th May 1982 were a plan was made to drum up a few good men and true and create an investment society. The inaugural meeting was then actually held at THE CHATHAM CHEST on TUESDAY 1st JUNE 1982 and was attended by three current GASS members - Nick, John and Brian. The rest, as they say, is history!!
TO BE DECIDED - This is normally a quiet one in a pub to cool down after NYE. The date will be 4th January. Anyone got a pub in mind they'd like to visit????
BOOKED! - QUAD BIKE SAFARI - The Wright Event - West Malling. Same excellent location and staff as the car racing from last June. We grabbed a special offer of half price tickets and have booked 20 spaces. Obstacle course over see-saws, parallel logs, ditches and steep slpoes, then a run out over their massive country park. Then either a BBQ with them, or off to a pub dinner locally. www.thewrightevent.co.uk
I HAVE FLESHED OUT THE CALENDAR FOR 2022 WITH SOME IDEAS. THE POINT BEING THAT IF YOU HAVE BETTER IDEAS THEN SPEAK UP NOW AND WE WILL SLOT THEM IN. To see the suggested programme for 2022 click on the red button below
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WE HAVE PLANNED
FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
THEN CLICK THE RED BUTTON BELOW
AND HEAD OVER TO 2022 MEETINGS IDEAS
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HAPPENED AT OUR
LAST FEW MEETINGS?
THEN CLICK THE BEIGE BUTTON BELOW
AND HEAD OVER TO 'THE MINUTES'
A QUICK NOTE ON BUDGETING AND MEETING COSTS
Annual Budget: £40 per head per month. 24 members = £11,520
Pays for Entertainment, Meal, Beers, House Wines & Spirits (anything else members buy themselves).
If a meeting is expected to be expensive then a £20 surcharge will be announced
prior to the meeting by email and whatsapp.
If you don't want to pay the surcharge then don't attend the meeting.
PAY £40 - EXPECT £40
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME - CHECK OUT SOME MORE SLIDES
We Are Occasional
The Gentleman's Ale Sampling Society was formed in 1982 and started life as 20 blokes getting together on the first Tuesday of every month to have a beer and invest a little money on the stockmarket. Invest being a relative term, maybe just 'lose' money on the stockmarket might be a better description. After one share crash or another the point of GASS changed to become simply a good excuse for the guys to do something different every month, as long as it was fun and as long as it also involved beer and food.
Having been doing it now for 39 years we must be doing something right. This website is for our members. It tells us what we are doing next and it reminds us of what we did last month and the months before. This is a new site started in 2018. If you want to see the old site go to www.gass.org.uk for some real history. That site goes back to 2006.
GASS MEMBERS OVER THE YEARS
Names in Brown = The Current Members
Names in White = Members who have left GASS but shown in the year they originally joined
THE GASS ROLE OF HONOUR
1982 - Nick Jenkins, John Brice, Brian Henslow, Chris Spree, Steve Bell
EX: Philip Henslow (RIP), Paul Trumper, Mike Hollis, Peter Dyke, Mike Dakers (RIP), Don Harris (RIP), George Pixley
1983 - Tony Mankelow
EX: Steve Bishop, Mike Tester, Mike Saffery (RIP), John Jenson, Colin Smith,
Peter Lock (RIP), Ollie Else, Roy Heath, Tony Wimble
1985 - Peter Farrer, Hew Edeludalooo (don't ask)
EX: Mike Wade, Dave Dicketts, Phil Grey, Martyn Calder, Ray Dennis, Harry Wood
1987 - EX: Pat Harnady
1988 - Derek Murphy
EX: Murry Evans,
1989 - Phil Cockerton
1990 - EX: Mike Collins, Mike Slack (RIP)
1991 - Len Smith
EX: Danny Revell, Jeff Wilding, John Terry, Barry Coughlan
1993 - Ray Guttridge
EX: Graham Carr, Tom Ryan (RIP)
1994 - EX: Roger Wootten, Spike Simmonds, Mike Edwards
1995 - EX: Paul Rutherford
1996 - Stuart Gilbert
1997 - EX: Keith Angus, John Worely, Alex Thompson, Mike Slator
1998 - Andrew Smith
1999 - Gary Easdown
2000 - Phil Ralph
EX: John Hooper
2001 - EX: Simon Stroud
2006 - Keith Evans, Ian Westlake
2007 - Ron Price
2012 - Graham Bridgewater
EX: Alan Ranger, Neil Rogers
2014 - Owen Brunning
2015 - Wayne Rodriguez
2016 - EX: Steve Riches (again, joined 1983 and 2006) EX: Don Pilcher (joined 1986)
2019 - Steve Riches (back again)
2019 - Ollie Else (back again)
24 members - 12 from 30 years ago - 45 ex-members (incl 7 sadly RIP)
Not bad for 39 years!
Annual General Meetings
Held every September since 1994
1994 - Dublin - Ireland, 1995 - Brussels - Belgium, 1996 - Prague - Czech Republic, 1997 - Budapest - Hungary,
1998 - Krakow - Poland, 1999 - Lisbon - Portugal, 2000 - Athens - Greece, 2001 - Tallinn - Estonia,
2002 - Puerto Banus - Spain, 2003 - Madrid - Spain, 2004 - Dubrovnik - Croatia,
2005 - Riga - Latvia, 2006 - Lubijana -Slovenia, 2007 - Palma - Majorca 2008 - Brno - Slovakia
2009 Bodrum - Turkey, 2010 Butlins Bognor Regis - England, 2011 - Varna - Bulgaria
2012 - OUR THIRTIETH - IBIZA, 2013 - Vilamoura - Portugal, 2014 - Los Cristianos - Tenerife,
2015 - Benidorm - Spain, 2016 - Vilnius - Lithuania, 2017 - Puerto Banus, Spain, 2018 - Ibiza,
2019 - Palma Majorca. 2020 - Bloody COVID 19 so in the garden in Kent.
2021 - Pontins Lowestoft (still Covid)
Drinking Games, Yard of Ale, Country Music Singer, Red Nose Day, Bat & Trap, Black Tie Dinner, Indoor Cricket,
Pancake Tossing,Sponge Ball Throwing, Guess The Logo Competition, Go Karts, Games Evening, Investment Dinner,
Poker Competition, Conker Fight, Greyhound Racing, JCB Racing, Brighton Casino, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Skittle Alley,
Gentleman's Evening (Strippers!), Laser Quest, Bar Fly, Quad Riding, Croquet Match, Shadow Poker, Boule Competition,
Chiselhurst Caves, Trout Fishing, Casper's Telephone Bar, Spoof Night, RE Museum, Blackjack Evening, Arm Wrestling,
Radio Controlled Cars, Rodeo Riding, Ten Pin Bowling, Fireworks Display, Brag Cards Evening, Magic Display,
Flagship Brewery Visit, Archery, Blow Water Polo, Visit Radio Caroline, Great Stour Brewery, Clairvoyant,
Kent Police Museum, Tower Keys Ceremony, Dine in the Dark, Circus School, Champagne Tasting,
Pub Theatre, Land-shuttle, Jet Skiing, Photography Contest, Secret Santa, Kite Flying, River Cruise, Climbing Wall,
Bouncy Football, Blindfold Driving, Throw-Up Golf, F1 Grand Prix, Giant Jenga, Origami, Cartoonist, Pumping Station Visit,
Quick Draw Competition, London Eye, Snail Racing, Ski Slope, Gladiators, Indoor Bowling, Pizza Making, Butchery Skills,
Golf Cross, Mash Potato Wrestling, Ghost Hunt, Cross Country Car Race, Go Ape, Flat Green Bowls, Cabaret Club,
Rifle Range, Trout Fishing, Land Rover Racing, Scooter Racing, Clown Face Painting, Home Made Beer Tasting,
Haunted Pub Tour, Open Topped Bus Tour, Birds of Prey, Paddle Steamer Trip, Rent-A-Crowd, Hard Rock Casino,
Quiz Night, Sittingbourne Light Railway, Auto-test, Backgammon Competition, Palmistry, HMS Belfast, Snow Park,
Calendar Boys, Football Match, Tarot Card Reading, Speedway Racing, Military Vehicles, Paintball, Metal Detecting,
Sailing, Karaoke, Burns Night, Texas Hold-em, Anne Summers Party, Stock Car Racing, Digger Wars, Ice Bar,
Arkwright's Revenge, Airsoft Gunfight, Craps, Jousting, Bay-blast, Beer Crate Piling, Rugby Sing-Song, Maggot racing
Stuffed Horse Racing, Comedy Club, Caveau de Sabrage, Thames Boat Racing, Banger Racing, 20/20 Cricket Match,
Laughter Training, Scrap Heap Challenge, Zorbing, Children's Birthday Party, Flight Simulator, Bingo, Wine Tasting,
Hand Bell Ringing, Fire Walking, Sword Fighting, Helicopter Flying, Sikh Temple Visit, Choclatier Demonstration,
Male Voice Choir, Flower Arranging, Military Band, Humvee Driving, Boat Race, Hot Air Ballooning,
Segway Riding, Pop-Up Restaurant, Pedibus Ride, Cook-Your-Own Indian, Close-up Magic, F1 Simulator,
Kick Boxing, Open Mic Night, Lightship Visit, Gass Olympics, Arctic Explorer Talk, Portrait Photographs
Up at the 02, Walking on Broken Glass, Miniature Railway ride, Gillingham F.C Match, Tanks Museum,
Windsurfing, Pugil Sticks, HMS Belfast, The Tower of London Keys Ceremony, Wig & Pen Club, Falconry,
Ice Skating, Pottery Wheel, Olympic Bobsleigh, Morris Dancing, Punting on the Cam, Body Flying, Horse Racing,
Sumo Wrestling, Tobogganing, Paddle Steamer, Table Football, Wii Competition, Pig Racing, Yachting, Stick Fighting,
Walking on Broken Glass, Scottish Country Dancing, Knife Throwing, Bouncy Boxing, Bull Whip Cracking, Dominatrix Lessons, White Water Rafting,Visit the Shard, Axe Throwing, Japanese War Drumming, Dance the Haka, Rum Tasting, Pantomime, Nude Art Class,Church Bell Ringing, Quarry Visit, Drive Tesla Cars, Line Dancing, Penny Farthing Riding, Samurai Swords, Punch & Judy Show,Close Up Magic Dinner, Kayaking on the Thames, Greek Dancing,
Zoom Virtual Meeting (Coronovirus), Jedi Warrier Training, Dodgems and Skidwheels, Prison Island, Caricatures,
Axe Throwing, Petanque, Spitfire Restoration, Cocktail Masterclass, Electric Go Karts, Hand Casting, Trial Cars,
Christmas Turkey Shoot, Longest Zip Wire riding ......
.......to mention just a few !!!!
Plus loads of quality dinners, black tie events, guest speakers....
And loads and loads of simple pub nights where we just meet and chat.
And all that for forty quid a month - beer, food and entertainment - how do we do it??