Gilly’s death from pneumonia just before Christmas was a surprise and a shock to all of us who knew her. She was married to Eric Scruby, who coxed at the club for many years and was the Club’s most successful Social Secretary. In her own right however, she played a significant role in unifying the different strands of the club, by forming a team with my wife, Britt, and providing Thursday Suppers for many years. These meals were simple but satisfying single courses for about £3 each. This was so successful that as much as £20,000 was produced and put back into the club in the form of kitchen equipment and the building of the then new kitchen. The effect of these regular meals was to bring all the squads together, giving an immense boost to club morale.
Gilly herself was pretty, very English, decorous, charming and the food was good. Thursday nights were a real attraction!
Everyone in the club sympathises with Eric for the loss of his wife. They were married for over fifty years.