Here is a round-up of the events at The Swan during December, 2023.
2nd December: GRC Winter Fayre
Our students hope that everyone who attended their Winter Fayre had as magical a time as they did. Here are a few pics from the night, and some shots of the Windsor Living Advent performance (The Swan was Day 2 of this Windsor institution).
2nd December: Cycle Hub
Today's Level 1 ride took the hardy gang to Dorney Lake - which was a little hard to see. Despite the mist, they had some good wildlife spots: green woodpecker, heron & loads of cormorants. They were certainly reminded of the importance of layering up & how restorative hot chocolate is.
5th December: Warhammer
What a blast! Warhammer 40k Apocalypse Event 'Nuclear Winter' was an absolute joyride! From rolling our best dice to immersing ourselves in the chaos of the apocalypse, everyone brought their A-game and made it a day to remember. The battlefield echoed with the clatter of dice, and every roll brought cheers, groans, and unforgettable moments. The thrill of strategizing, the laughter shared over unexpected twists, and the immersive experience of our second Apocalypse event were simply unparalleled.
But beyond the battles, it's the incredible community that truly makes these events special. The friendships forged, the shared passion for gaming, and the collective enthusiasm create an atmosphere that goes beyond the tabletop. A massive thanks to everyone who joined in, making 'Nuclear Winter' a resounding success.
Warhammer takes place on a Tuesday evening. For more information or to book a slot, please email the Game Masters of Windsor at firstname.lastname@example.org
9th December: Cycle Hub
Thanks to everyone that supported us today, by volunteering, visiting & donating. We rode to Runnymede, fixed some bikes and had our team Xmas lunch at The Swan. Thanks to our L1/L2 regulars for their generous donation towards it.
13th December: Xmas Quiz Night
This week's Christmas special was a corker, with Quiz Lord Martin compiling a seasonal brainteaser that was tight at the top. For the first time in a year, regulars Santa's Swans pipped the rest by just half a point to win the £25 bar tab!
And at last, the raffle jackpot was won! Dawn Chojnacki picked the correct envelope to scoop the £150 prize - what a Christmas present!! Well done to the Swans and congrats to Dawn! The Jackpot will now reset at £20 for the Quiz of The Year on 27 Dec - book your table now!
15th December: Chatty Café
Despite the colder weather, many of the regulars came along to this pre-Christmas chat and natter sessions at The Swan. The chatters had some nibbles too to keep away the lunchtime stomach grumbles. It's confidential and it's safe. Above all, it is goofd fun to get out for a wee while and meet up with like-minded people. All welcome.
15th December: Christmas Market
Stalls included: The Cheesemunger: Artisan Cheeses, White Lillies Island Honey, Sarah Williams: Silver Jewellery, Pixie Tiger Art: Pottery, Beaulaine Crafts, BooksandHooks: Earrings, Michelle Thomas: Christmas Crafts, Scarves and Friends of The Swan Merchandise with our gorgeous Swan Christmas cards.
17th December: Christmas Carols
It was another special evening of carol singing with the musicians of The Broom Farm Ensemble. Although cold, it was another warm festive evening with the community joining in with well known, traditional carols. A thoroughly enjoyable evening!
18th December: Christmas Carols
We were delighted to have Voci, a local chamber choir, come to the pub to perform a range of Christmas Carols.
There is a small video snippet on our YouTube channel which demonstrates the beautiful harmonies.
18th December: Datchet Morris
It was great to welcome back the Datchet Morris who performed a range of traditional dances in the covered area of The Courtyard.
The players also performed their traditional Mummers Play inside in The Bar. This had the pub totally enthralled as the various characters joined 'the stage'. A magnificent sight and a huge thanks to all those involved.
If you missed it, we have added some videos to our YouTube Channel.
21st December: Bingo Night
Just because it was Christmas week, our regular Bingo players were not resting on their laurels! Our last Bingo of the year turned into a riotous affair, with much singing along to 'Dancing Queen' and 'Staying Alive' with Sue Rigby winning the final golden card cash pot as an early Christmas pressie! Thanks to Trudy for stepping in to do the calling.
22nd December: XMas with Santa
Sanata visited The Swan to have a festive breakfast with local children (and their parents/guardians). The kids had a fantastic time as did Santa who promised to visit them all on Christmas Day. With a Ho Ho Ho! he went off to Lapland to finish packing his sleigh with Christmas presents. BTW, the brekkie was excellent too!
Please note that we have received the appropriate permissions to use photos including children.
27th December: Quiz Night
Despite Quiz Lord Martin being a bit under the weather, his 'End of Year Quiz' went ahead and was enjoyed by all, particularly Four Candles who claimed the Swan Card prize and Peter Clifford who won a house spirit and mixer in the raffle. The cash jackpot rolls over to £30 at the next Quiz on the 10th January.
31st December: Hogmanay Party
There was a "chilli-off" between the directors: Willie (brewery), Richard (school) and Hollie (community). They put blood, sweat and tears (not literally) into making their dishes.
Micky, as well as doing the bar later on, was also acting as waiter bringing out the chillies. You could have a specific one or, as one person had, a taster of all three.
The chillies were well received by the diners in the bar.
Music was provided with Swan favourites Mark & Sherridan.
They played a wide range of classics that had the revellers up dancing.
And there was the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne at The Bells. Was it the best ever version? Probably!
Although our news page has all the newsletters, we thought it might be easier to access this month's ones from here.
- 01/12/2023: Christmas Magic at The Swan!
- 08/12/2023: Festive Fun and Frolics at The Swan
- 15/12/2023: Christmas Market and Live Music tonight at The Swan!
- 22/12/2023: The decorations are up and the celebrations continue
- 29/12/2023: A Hogmanay to remember at The Swan