07/11/2018 - 13:30


Oarsome Chance held our inaugural Dinner Dance, with a swanky 1920s theme, on Friday 2nd November and what a fantastic night it was! The event was held in the lovely Jervis Gallery, in the grounds of St Vincent College in Gosport (also home to our Maritime Workshop) which was decked out for the occasion.

Our guests embraced the Gatsby-style theme and arrived decked out in 1920s finery, and enjoyed a tasty dinner accompanied by The Lady Gatsby Jazz band who impressed with some fantastic live music during the evening. We were honoured to have Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Mrs Diane Furlong and her Consort join us for the entertainment. And other surprises included a video message from our patron, Alex Thomson, recorded specially for us while in France (just prior to embarking on the Route du Rhum round the world yacht race!)

Fun fundraising included a raffle (an Alex Thomson Racing sailing jacket the prize all were after!) professional portraits of guests looking dapper, as well as a fun casino which proved very popular.

We would like to send out some big thank you's to everyone who helped make the event a success:

Our sponsors for the evening:

  • BKB Accountants
  • Pedal Power Training
  • Ellis Wines
  • Origin Wine
  • BetaPrint, Gopsort
  • Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers
  • Dorset Blue Vinny Cheesemakers

The companies who donated raffle prizes:

  • Alex Thomson Racing
  • Sisters Inn Arms Venues
  • Boleh Trust
  • Waitrose
  • The Pump House
  • Arthurs Chandlery
  • Iron Heart
  • Morrison’s
  • Asda

And of course, the fantastic and tireless team at Oarsome Chance who worked so hard behind the scenes to make such a memorable night.

Same again next year?!


Below: looking the part...

Dinner Dance pic 13 

(above Oarsome Chance Principal, John Gillard and his wife, Oarsome Chance Admin Manager, Vikki Gillard)

Dinner Dance pic 24

(Above Chair of Trustees, Paul O'Grady - aka George V - and his wife, Oarsome Chance Trustee, Emma O'Grady)