Take me home please
Noted, 55 Wood Street, E17
Season 2010-2011

ROUND 9
11.03.'11

played
eels (4)
pie (4)
mash (3)
afters (2)
liquor (1)
sum
total
NICK EVANS
9
1
2
1
0
1
16
158
RICHARD LUCAS
5
0
3
2
0
1
19
91
TOM LEADER
4
84
BRIAN CATCHPOLE
5
0
2
1
0
1
12
76
DAVID ARKELL
2
           
62
LEN WILCOCK
2
           
62
EDWARD MOSSE
5
0
2
1
0
1
12
56
PAUL GRICE
3
0
2
1
0
1
12
40
TERRY CECIL
2
           
38
DENISE ROUSE
3
           
35
GRAHAM McLAURIN
2
           
34
PETER HARVEY
1
0
4
4
0
2
30
30
DOUGLAS BENFORD
2
           
30
RON COX
2
           
28
BEN HAYES
2
           
28
MAX SHANKLY
1
           
22
SCOTT CECIL
1
           
20
ANDY POTTS
1
           
16
ALAN SMITH
2
           
16
LUKE ROBERTS
1
           
15
JAMIE TANNER
1
           
15
PHILLIPPA TANNER
1
           
15
JASON SHARP
1
           
14
DANNY WRIGHT
1
0
3*
3
0
2*
13
13
ROB RICE
1
           
13
TED BATTS
1
0
2
1
0
1
12
12
STUART FROST
1
           
12
JOHN LEACH
1
           
12
MIKE WENT
1
           
12
CHARLOTTE HARVEY
1
0
1
1
0
1
8
8
LINDA HOLLIGAN
1
0
1
1
0
1
8
8
SARAH O'CONNOR
1
0
1
1
0
1
8
8
JUDITH DESCHAMPS
1
           
8
PHIL THOMPSON
1
           
8
ROY TANNER
1
           
6
JILL CROPPER
1
           
4

On a splendid early spring day in March, the Pie and Mash Club made its first trip to the Noted Pie and Mash Shop on Wood Street in E17. The beano coincided rather neatly with British Pie Week celebrations. Edward Mosse and myself arrived enthusiastically early at the premises, but it wasn't long before a noted pie-cyclist hove into view.

Brian Catchpole simply had to make that call to his agent but, although frowned upon in polite pie circles, this was not an infringement of the club rules.

A view of my plate from the air.

The warm grey china was something of a visual understatement; what I had before me was flavoursome fodder of the first order.

This chap has done much recently to champion the cause of 'Noted', both here and at Leytonstone. Danny Wright's the name, and he's what they call in modern parlance an 'event content manager'. He certainly had no problem managing the contents of his first two pies, but was unable to finish his third, leaving a slick of liquor and incurring the league's draconian penalty points system. I feel certain this will not happen again.

It wasn't long before more pie week celebrants were crossing the threshold and asking for the Pie and Mash Club.

Here is our new associate Peter Harvey on his way to a comfortable high score of the day with a solid 4-4-2 formation. Clearly no stranger to the fare, Pete has been coming to this shop for 30 years or so and rates it highly. He brought along his partner Indy and daughter Charlotte, seen here tucking in with youthful gusto. Aged 2.5, she's definitely our youngest competitor to date.

You'll be interested to learn that Pete is a scootaholic with a personal collection of 6 vespas and 2 lambrettas, and a longtime contributor to 'Scootering' mag. His personal theme must be 'You Need Wheels' by the Merton Parkas.

It's difficult to tell whose food is proportionally larger. I think old hand and self-propelled outdoor enthusiast Rich Lucas shades it with his 12" platter. His Peter Storm lightweight nylon ensures protection from the most ferocious splash-back.

Bill of fare.

There are great views of London from every seat.

Ladies of note joined us in the refectory. Seen here are Linda Holligan and my dear cousin Sarah O'Connor. Linda has been a fan of pie and mash for considerable time and was thrilled to find a club of fellow connoisseurs online . . . and in reality, which is where it counts. Linda's impressive credentials include Harrington's of both Tooting and Battersea [the latter long since passed].

Ms O'Connor made her debut, confident that any gastric eventualities could be dealt with swiftly at her place of work, nearby Whipps Cross Hospital. It didn't come to that of course.

We were also honoured with the magisterial presence of Ted Batts. In Ted's words, Noted pie and mash was 'the best yet'.

I can finally reveal the true 'Bourne Identity', for here is the man behind the pies, Mr Jason Bourne. Not a bad cover for a top secret field operative is it? That these pies were top calibre completed a picture of authenticity. Word has it that Jason was recently stopped by police and, when asked for his name, promptly arrested. Could he possibly have been driving the wrong way round the North Circular at 120 mph? . . . 'The Bourne Pie-dentity' remains an unfinished manuscript since Robert Ludlum's demise in 2001.

A man whose progress is slower but irresistible is Brian Catchpole, seen here getting ready to plot a westward course across the Hackney Marshes. No wind him shall swerve, but the rum ration should be monitored carefully.

These are the real beautiful people. Not to be confused with these beautiful people.

Pie Week was duly celebrated and the customers were satisfied.

St@