November was the busiest month we’ve ever had at Blagdon Village. We had a talk, Musical Memories, the Armistice Day ceremonial flag lowering, a piano recital, a Residents Meeting, a coach outing, Christmas pudding stirring, a Jewellery Show and the Boules group lunch. Plus of course the regular activities. In other words, plenty to keep everyone occupied.
The talk was given by a representative of Somerset Sight, a local charity that assists anyone with impaired vision. We were pleasantly surprised by the extent of this assistance.
Resident Geoffrey Morton presented an afternoon of musical memories ranging across the whole spectrum of musical genres taken from his extensive library of CDs. This was the first of a regular afternoon’s entertainment that Geoffrey hopes to repeat approximately quarterly.
We do not have a formal Armistice day ceremony at the 11th hour because many residents prefer to observe it in their own church or in the town. Instead we hold a ceremonial lowering of the flag at sunset. Resident Ernest Hosken, a veteran of WW2, gave the readings and a recorded Last Post was played as the flag was slowly lowered.
Linda, daughter of resident Judy Skerman, is a regular visitor to the village and has accompanied our Singing group on many occasions. She is also a governor of one of our local schools. She gave a superb recital on our digital piano with a repertoire that included classics old and new.
It is normal practice here to hold a Residents Meeting each November. Residents were brought up to date on the financial state of the village, progress towards profitability in the restaurant and details of the social programme, in particular for the festive season to come. The Village Manager updated residents on work in progress.
The final coach outing of the year was to Exeter. Sixteen residents enjoyed a day out shopping and visiting some of the sights of the city.
Christmas Pudding Stirring
A new innovation this year was the introduction of the traditional Christmas Pudding Stirring, one month before Christmas Day. Our cook, David, came dressed for the part and laid out a table with all the necessary ingredients. As the actual stirring got under way some residents added more ingredients – of the alcoholic variety! David assured us that he would also be preparing a second pudding without the latter to give residents the choice. It was a good fun evening.
For some time now a local craftswoman has come to the Village two or three times a year to exhibit a and sell her wares. The quality of her work is always admired but this was probably the last time that she will visit us as she will soon be retiring.
Boules Group Lunch
We have an active group of residents who play Boules each week from April to September. During this period teams play in an ‘inter house’ league. After the end of each playing season there is a formal lunch attended by players, partners and guests at which the trophy is presented to the winning team. Yet another very sociable event.