December 2019 proved to be one of the best Festive Seasons we have enjoyed at Bladon Village with four well attended events. We had an afternoon of carols, our usual Christmas party, Christmas Day lunch and finally a New Year’s Eve party.
A Celebration of Christmas
Resident Kath Bentham has revitalised our group of singers who are now known as ’The Singing Together’ Group. They led the singing, with Kath directing and playing the piano, for an afternoon of secular and non-secular carols interspersed with some readings, serious and less so. It really was most enjoyable.
The Christmas Party
The Christmas Party is one of the highlights of the Blagdon Village social scene. The party started off with a buffet meal prepared by our cook David who also entered into the spirit of the evening by appearing in costume – and producing canapes. While everyone was eating, the Christmas Draw was held and twelve lucky winners received One4All gift cards or cash varying in value from £5 to £25. As usual, musical duo, Mike and Mandy, had been booked to provide us with the excuse to get up and take to the floor. Mike plays keyboard and sings while his wife Mandy plays tenor saxophone. They have the knack of judging the right type of music to play to take us back to our younger days – rock and roll and the twist – but the do occasionally play something more sedate. It was heartening to see a disabled couple in the Village join in as well.
Christmas Day Lunch
As usual every Christmas residents who remain in the Village can sit down to a traditional Christmas Lunch in our restaurant. As expected, David produced a superb three course meal preceded by his canapes, again served in costume. He and his two waitresses worked flat out to ensure that everyone had a good time. The Christmas pudding was particularly looked forward to as several residents had taken part in stirring it a month previously – it was superb!
New Year’s Eve
This New Year’s Eve we were determined to keep things going until midnight. Proceedings were started an hour later than usual and as David was working on his own the sit-down meal, served buffet style, was drawn out. Nobody minded because they had two quizzes to work on. When the meal was over and David had been publicly thanked for his hard work the diners adjourned to the Function Room for a visual quiz shown on the big screen. After the prize giving our Country Dancing group took to the floor to entertain us and invited others to join in. This kept us going until midnight and “Old Lang Syne”.