Coronavirus has made it impossible to have a Christmas Party for the past two years. We were smaller in number this year but it was very good to be celebrating together again.
Unfortunately, our Chairman Peter Tuitt was not able to be there after a stretch in hospital with pneumonia, but thankfully we heard on the day that he is home again now. We missed our Honorary Secretary Val Painter too due to illness. The Vice Chairman, Sue Whitehead welcomed everyone and invited us to enjoy the great spread of food everyone had provided.
There was time to chat and catch up with others news as people queued for the food and passed friends on other tables.
After the savoury fare there was a beautiful cake provided by one of new members, Ben Jose, which was cut by our President, Liz Seward, so that people could enjoy a slice along with some of the delicious trifles, cheese cake or camembert also on offer.
We were sitting in four tables of six and every table was invited to invent a name for themselves and to have a go at a dastardly quiz. Our thanks go to Jenny Colquhoun, the quiz master, who devised her quiz for us by popular request.
One table had quite an international flavour to it with Olga from Colombia, Andria from Los Angeles and later from Hamburg in Germany, while Patti originates from the United States although she has been living in England for sometime. It must be admitted Steve is from Kent.
At the end of the evening there was the traditional raffle when the wrapped Christmas gifts that people had brought were raffled off. Despite being quite a small group this year we raised £100 for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as a result.
Finally it came time to clear away and say our goodbyes and share Christmas cards and Christmas good wishes.