Christmas and New Year Celebrations at Blagdon Village

Diary posted

5th January 2015

“The Blagdon Festive season”

December saw a number of festive events including carols, our Christmas Party, Christmas Day Lunch, and New Year’s Eve event. In addition, this year there was a revival of “Songs of Praise”.

Christmas Carols.

Our Singalong Group no longer meets as a regular activity but Joyce Morgan got the members together again to lead the singing of well known carols. There was a good representation from the rest of the residents who joined in the singing with gusto.

Christmas Party.

This was not strictly a party in the true sense of the word but a highly entertaining performance by the Play Reading Group and the ladies Keep Fit Group of “Snow White and the Seven Smurfs”, written, produced and directed by Rae Donaldson, ably assisted by Pat Gooding.

In recognition of the limitations of the ageing brains of the performers they read their words, which added to the amusement for the full house of residents. A party spirit was engendered by Bucks Fizz and “nibbles” beforehand and a buffet of mince pies and Stollen afterwards.

Click through the images below to see snapshots of the performance.

Christmas Songs of Praise.

Geoffrey Morton, supported by a number of members of the congregation of the Baptist Church, led a Christmas Songs of Praise which was well attended by residents.  Could this herald a re-introduction of this once popular event, which has not been held for over two years?

Christmas Day Lunch.

As is customary every year a full Christmas Day Lunch with all the trimmings was attended by a good number of residents. It was a very festive event, enjoyed by all.

New Year’s Eve.

For the majority of residents the ability to party until past midnight is a distant memory so for the last two years we have no longer seen in the New Year in the traditional sense.

Instead, we have dinner in our restaurant during which we attempt to complete a quiz. This is bigger than the usual monthly general knowledge quiz, and consists of questions on events during the preceding year.  To offset the added mental effort the prizes are of better quality than usual. Overall, a very enjoyable evening, even though it finished long before midnight.

Contribution from resident Michael Pettet