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NSGOM – Hatchet Harry’s

On the day after mid-summer’s day, a group of Not So Grumpy Old Men decided to venture into the big city of Nottingham, looking to see where they could explore their Inner Viking.

They came across Hatchet Harry’s on Lister Gate and honed their skills in Axe Throwing.

After a bit of practise, they were divided into two teams. The A Team and the Axe- edentz.

It was a close encounter with the victorious Axe-edentz winning by 25 points to the ATeam’s miserable 23.5

Fortunately no injuries were sustained and it proved to be a most enjoyable and social evening.

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NSGOM – Visit to Linney

May 24th, 2022 Visit to Linney Mansfield

This visit was originally planned for March 2020 then deferred but not forgotten. Twelve members took part in what turned out to be an amazing experience.

Some of you will remember Linney as printers based on Westgate in Mansfield. The company began life as a bookshop opened by founder William Linney in 1851. Newspapers were a staple especially the Mansfield and North Nottinghamshire Advertiser (CHAD) launched by John Linney in 1871 in 1995 they sold all their newspapers to Johnstone Press.

They moved to Adamsway in 1998 and today, in a state of the art technological environment, they describe themselves as:
‘We’re your full-service creative resource – from digital development to event production, large-scale print to warehousing and fulfilment. We’re here to help your brand navigate the complexities of marketing in the modern world.’

We were shown how Linney’s dedicated video production team creates inspiring film and animation content for some of the world’s biggest brands including McDonalds, Boots and The Post office.
We were there for over two hours and did not see half of what they do and, both by popular request and by invitation from Miles Linney the current MD, we will be making a follow up visit later this year or early 2023.

David Rose

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In May, the Not So Grumpy Old Men visited the Great British Car Journey.

This hidden gem of an attraction, in the old wireworks at Ambergate, chronicles the history of the British car industry, with 120 vehicles on display. Audio visual tablets guided us from Austin and Morris through the troubled British Leyland years to McLaren.

Worn out by all that reminiscing, the group retired to the on-site Pit Stop Café for lunch.

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April’s outing was to the Whitepeak Distillery in Ambergate. After a presentation about the formation of the distillery and the history of the old wireworks factory in which it is based, the group were led on an interesting tour of the distillery, learning about the process of making whisky, gin and rum before returning to sample some of each. They were given an exclusive opportunity to “invest” in a limited, special edition bottle of whisky that went on sale that day and has now sold out!

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NSGOM – Go-Karting

October saw 14 very competitive budding Lewis Hamiltons descend on the Indoor Go Karting track in Netherfield. A safety briefing began our session with the group learning the meaning of the various flags ie Red meaning stop and a Black for any individual, meaning a temporary return to the pits to be reminded of the rules!!!!!!!!!!!

The first of our two sessions saw us ranked by our fastest laps while the second session saw us lined up in a grid following our lap times.

Competition was fierce from the start and some over-zealous tactics by certain members soon led to the raising of the yellow flag, leaving us to go at walking pace. As the dubious tactics continued, then our leader for the day received a Black flag and was sent to the sin bin, better known as the pits. It should be said that he was unlucky as worse offenders somehow went undetected.!!!!!!!

Eventually, our reigning champion John Saunders finished first, Paul Haigh second and Mark Jackson third.

After thanking our hosts for an excellent session, the group retired to the nearby Ferry Boat at Stoke Bardolph for lunch.

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