A corker of a Christmas

Diary posted

2nd January 2014

This month’s entry is a bumper one as appropriately, the festive season was full of festivities for residents at Blagdon Village. First up was our Christmas Party on the 7th, ably organised and executed by Rae Donaldson and Pat Gooding. The restaurant had been rearranged as a “theatre in the round” and a buffet supper, prepared by residents, was laid out in the bar and function rooms.

The main entertainment consisted of a trio of “Alpine dancers” . In reality, they were three of our fellow residents, suitably attired, who had been coached by Pat, a professional dance teacher in an earlier life. Their act caused much amusement!  A second act was a skit based on the Twelve Days of Christmas, which was equally humorous. As a finale five of the ladies paraded in costumes made by Rae; namely a turkey, two parcels, a cracker, and a Christmas tree! In between the acts while the ‘artistes’ were getting ready the audience was kept amused with a few party games.  All in all, a very successful evening.

On the 10th our Singalong Group invited all residents to join in an afternoon of carols. The Group is a well established one here at Blagdon Village, successfully run for many years by Choir Mistress Joyce Morgan and keyboardist Jean Gee. Both Joyce and Jean have decided to retire from their choir roles for 2014, so we’re on the lookout for our next recruits!

Never a village to do things by halves, we hosted not one but two Christmas dinners, to ensure that residents who were away visiting family on the 25th were able to celebrate with their friends and neighbours at the village on a separate occasion. Both ended up being very well attended, but with many residents now trying to shed those extra few pounds gained as a result!

New Year’s Eve consisted of a deliciously comprehensive buffet in our restaurant accompanied by a bumper quiz substituting for the normal monthly one.  After the prizes had been handed out an early “Blagdon Midnight” was declared at 11pm and good wishes shared for the New Year.

See all the fun by clicking on the photos below.

Contribution from resident Michael Pettet