Saturday evening, Louise and I were invited by David Gow and Kevin Edser, Chairman and Secretary respectively, to the Annual Foot "Ball" Dinner of PAYFC - Pembury Athletic Youth Football Club.
The function, a black tie dinner at the Ramada Hotel in Pembury, was massively well attended. It was great to see such a huge range of Pembury residents, all with a strong common bond - a simple love of football.
The food was great, the company was superb, and during the evening a table raffle and an auction of promises raised over a thousand pounds. Local band "The Dragonflies" provided excellent live music, and the dance floor was full.
With a membership like we saw on Saturday evening, no wonder that PAYFC achieved the largest single bid to the Football Association, with almost £400,000 given to the club's new pavilion project. Long may PAYFC continue to bring passion and belief to their young footballers and to the Pembury community.