November 2023

Here is a round-up of the events at The Swan during November, 2023.

3rd November: Chatty Café

Another good turn out for our Chatty Café which are now run on a Friday from noon until about 1.30pm or so. It was a good friendly bunch who enjoyed meeting up for a natter. Do you fancy it? Please do come on down as they say.

The crowd from the Chatty Café down at The Swan.

4th November: Bonfire Night

The Courtyard was busy from early evening all the way through despite it not being one of the warmest of evenings. Early doors it was the fire pit and sparklers, later on it was dancing and singing with BackTrack. A great night of entertainment and all free.

There was a lot of families in to take advantage of the fire pit and the sparklers within a safe environment. The kids loved it and we were pleased to see so many smiling faces of all ages.

Music was provided by excellent BackTrack who rocked The Courtyard (although some preferred to stay in the warm inside The Coach House).

Kinds looking out of The Coach House

Another great night down at The Swan! What's next then Micky? Have a wee peek at our Future Events page and plan out the rest of your 2023.

8th November: Swan Elder

The School were treated to a visit bu Swan Elder, Kulbir Conner, Head Residential Property Director at Aston Bond, a prominent local law firm. Kulbir shared her inspiring journey as a highly regarded property lawyer, giving our students a glimpse into her remarkable path. It was a great session and has sparked some real curiosity about potential legal career paths for a couple of the students. Thanks, Kulbir!

Swan Elder Kulbir Conner from Aston Bond.

8th November: Quiz Night

A tiebreak question was needed to find a winner this week with Swan Patrol eventually crowned team of the week. The winning raffle ticket saw Richard Douglas with a choice of envelopes for the mystery prize picking the now famous 'Packet of Crisps'. This means the cash jackpot is still unclaimed and will be a fabulous £150 at the next quiz on Wed 22 November.

Quiz Winners: Snow Patrol
Raffle Winners: Richard Douglas

12th November: Swan Community Hero

We recognised a true Community Hero in our midst. Dermot Goff has been voluntarily clearing the neighbourhood of litter and rubbish for more years than even he can remember, keeping our environment clean and tidy for all to enjoy! Dermot was presented with an engraved glass tankard by our Community Director, Hollie who declared him a Swan Community Hero. Thanks to Dawn and Richard who put on free tea and cake for all that came to recognise and congratulate Dermot.

Dermot Goff, a true Swan Community Hero.

13th November: Open Forum

The Open Forum occurs every two months and allows stakeholders the ability to communicate directly with the Directors. This month covered the impending share and loan offer and a variety of other topics. The minutes are contained within a PDF which you can download.

17th November: Chatty Café

Today we were joined by our local PCSO, David Bullock, who will be chatted informally about how to keep yourself safe from potential scams. He gave some really useful hints and tips to keep ourselves protected.

Chatty Caféwith our local PCSOm David Bullock.

18th November: Windsor Cycle Hub

The WCH didn't let a bit of drizzle stop them from riding up to Windsor Great Park today from The Swan. Unfortunately thety did get a puncture but, like the Scouts, the volunteers and visitors were well prepared - they all carry tools and inner tubes!

Huge puddle with sign in middle saying no cycling!
The riders leaving The Swan.
Repairing a puncture en route.
All smiles again after repairing the errant bike.

22nd November: Quiz Night

An exciting quiz this week saw another tie-braker needed with the final winners and to many peoples surprise, being The Bar Staff won. Congratulations to them and also to Barbara Percy who had the winning raffle ticket. Having won herself a glass of wine this means that at the next quiz, on Wed 13th Dec, the cash jackpot will be a massive £160! Book your table early so as not to miss out.

Quiz Winners: The Bar Staff
Raffle Winners: Barbara Percy

24th November: Charity Coffee Morning

In aid of Swan Support. Thanks to all our bakers and also to the volunteers who ran the event. The Chatty Caf*eacute; certainly enjoyed the opportunity to get some of the excellent cake on offer for their weekly meeting. Note: full report pending.

Cake spread before the coffee morning started.

25th November: The Stitch Gang

The ladies of The Stitch Gang met again on Saturday afternoon for an afternoon of working on their projects without any family interruptions whilst having a good old natter and a coffee/tea. The gang meet every fortnight with all being welcome. Projects are very varied and the gang are happy to give help and advice.

The Stitch Gang at The Swan

25th November: Windsor Cycle Hub

Another busy day for the Windsor Cycle Hub. Their intrepid Level 4 Adventurers braved the cold to enjoy the sun and leaves in Burnham Beeches. A second group hit the streets of Windsor to practice bike handling skills. Plus loads of bikes were fixed & tyres replaced in The Courtyard.

Bike repar work going on in The Courtyard.
The ride was out in Burnham Beeches.
The briefing before leaving The Swan.

26th November: The Secret Chef

The 'Not So Secret Chef' of young Micky, our Pub Manager was in The Kitchen providing a taste of the Christmas menu for December. He had al the traditional dishes and trimmings and the exercise proved that he was on the ball and ready for the December rush, Booking is advised!

Micky, happy in The Kitchen.
Range of Christmas food.
Sample of the turkey dinner.
Sample of the veggie dinner.

3th November: Christmas Cards

As per previous years, The Friends of The Swan commissioned a pub related Christmas card that would be sold to raise funds for the renovation of the pub. As is well known, the next stages will require us to raise a lot for the B&B or for The Courtyard. Every penny counts and funds are low. Some of the volunteers got together to package up the cards ready for sale.

Some of the Friends of The Swan packaging up the cards.
Packs of cards all ready for the rush of sales.
Cards stacked at the side of the bar ready for sale.

November Newsletters

Although our news page has all the newsletters, we thought it might be easier to access this month's ones from here.

Events in October, 2023 Events in December, 2023