The British Club plays Bocce Ball on Cinco de Mayo

Twink Gates-Zimdar, Publicity

It was Sunday, May 5, and the British Club celebrated Cinco De Mayo at their annual Bocce Ball event. Another gloriously sunny day in SaddleBrooke with temperatures around 85 degrees Fahrenheit with a nice breeze. Twenty members and four guests of the British Club gathered at the Bocce Ball Courts in SaddleBrooke One for the fun of playing Bocce Ball. They welcomed Margaret Day, visiting from Melbourne, Australia, a friend of Susan and Jim Biestek, sisters Margaret Scott and Rae McElthaney, cousins of Margaret Nodot, visiting from just outside Glasgow, Scotland and Monique Salviejo, French friend of Twink and Bob, living in SaddleBrooke. Alain Nodot, French husband of Margaret Nodot had a chance to enjoy French conversation with Monique.

Following the games, everyone headed to the home of Bob Zimdar and Twink Gates for a potluck picnic where they feasted on a selection of salads: Caesar, coleslaw and potato salad; seven-layer dip with chips, meat and cheese lasagna, quiche, Swedish meatballs and shrimp with cocktail sauce. Accompanying the BYOB a refreshing fruit punch was served with Malibu Coconut rum if desired. With coffee, the players enjoyed a delicious array of desserts: English sherry trifle, peach cheesecake, Belgian chocolate cookies, chocolate covered dried fruits and a bowl of fresh strawberries. At the end of the evening, the Bocce Ball winners, losers and all in attendance, were awarded fun prizes of Hershey’s chocolate bars for their endeavors to make this event so successful!

Everyone agreed it was a fun way to spend an afternoon and evening, and thanked Twink and Bob for organizing this fun event for the British Club.

Every second and fourth Friday of the month the British Club has a social event in the bar area at SaddleBrooke Clubhouse which includes the following activities: Canasta, Mexican Train and maybe Bridge from 1:00 p.m. until around 4:00 p.m. This is followed by a social hour and a bar meal.

For Membership information contact Joan Reichert: 720-375-5516,

Membership is open to any person who was born in Britain or The Commonwealth or holds or has previously held a British passport, and is a current homeowner of either SaddleBrooke One, SaddleBrooke TWO or SaddleBrooke Ranch.

The member’s spouse or partner may be of any national origin.

The British Club now has 32 members from the following hometowns:

England: London, Brighton, Bradford – West Yorkshire, Coventry, Cambridge, Didsbury (Manchester), Battle – Sussex, Dingle and Atherton – Liverpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Louth and Uttersby – Lincolnshire. Felixstowe, Bristol, Cowley – Oxford, Ashbourne – Derbyshire, Southsea – Hampshire, Wigan, Leeds and Newbury, Berkshire Nr. Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey).

Wales: Blaenavon, Swansea – Glamorgan

Canada: Rossland – British Columbia, Calgary – Alberta, Sault St. Marie – Ontario

France: Loches, Loire Valley

U.S.A.: California: San Francisco, King City, Yorba Linda, Chicago; Massachusetts: Needham; New Jersey: Nutley; Montana: Billings; West Virginia: Elkins, Beverley