Saturday 20th June saw the first major social event in our re-launched Men’s Ministry programme for 2015. Over 50 men , came together to enjoy an authentic South African Braii and to participate in a variety of activities designed to encourage men to better get to know each other.
With a backdrop of a weather forecast suggesting storms and heavy rain, the afternoon and evening actually turned out to be relatively rain free with just a couple of showers during which rain interrupted, rather than stopped play.
Throughout the afternoon 3 groups of kayakers took to the waters of the Basingstoke Canal. Two of the groups managed to remain in their boats, but a third group, thanks to the “encouragement” of Dayne decide to combine the Kayaking with a swimming lesson!
More sedate activities included a Treasure Hunt around Crookham Village, an archery training session and very gentlemanly (perhaps too gentlemanly) games of Croquet.
The highlight of the evening was the superb food provided and cooked by our South African brothers including Boerwors sausage, steak, lamb and chicken kebabs ( I think there was some salad somewhere as well).
Another South African treat was Beer bread – I heard some people say that it was the nicest bread they had ever tasted.
Finally a traditional South African dessert was enjoyed, Peppermint Crisp. Apparently South Africans do have other desserts that are popular, but we had 5 different varieties of Pepperment Crisp to choose from and it would have been rude not to try them all!
I think that everyone enjoyed the afternoon. The highlight for me was sitting by the fire pit at the end of the evening, enjoying a beer with new friends. Here is to many more opportunities to make and hang out with new friends.
- Mark Mabin