Christmas is on the horizon

Diary posted

14th December 2017

Christmas is on the horizon and our social programme became busier during November.  We had our Armistice Day sunset ceremony, another performance by our Play Reading Group, the usual pre-Christmas jewellery Show, and a talk by a resident.   

Sunset.  Many of our residents attend local Armistice Day ceremonies so we don’t hold our own at 11am.  Instead, in what has become Village tradition, we hold a sunset ceremony.  At 4.30 resident Douglas Raven, standing in for John Kinahan who was unwell, read the Ode of Remembrance.  This was followed by a recording of the Last Post as the Union flag, which had been flying all day, was slowly lowered.  

Play Reading Group Performance.  We have a very enthusiastic group of residents who formed a Play Reading Group some years ago under the energetic and inventive leadership of resident Rae Donaldson, ably assisted by fellow resident Pat Gooding. Two or three times each year they put on a performance in front of a high proportion of our residents.  Their latest offering was even more hilarious than previous ones.  No one expects the players to be able to remember lines so they all read from their scripts which caused even more hilarity when they occasionally lost their places or missed cues.  Who needs the West End!?

Jewellery Show.  A local craftswoman visits us occasionally to display her hand made jewellery.  Residents may buy items from her so she always comes in November or December, which helps with Christmas shopping lists. 

Talk.  Resident Annette Sinclair gave a fascinating talk recalling some of her childhood memories.  It has always been found that many residents are very interested in hearing the experiences of fellow residents so a good sized audience was guaranteed.