November was a very busy month with several extra one-off events on the calendar. We were honoured by a visit from the Mayor for a Coffee Morning and the Boules Group annual lunch.
We also had another Jewellery Show, the Sunset ceremony on Remembrance Day, a tea party, a charity coffee morning, a Residents’ Meeting, and last, but by no means least, another comedy performance by our Play Reading Group. In between there were the regular events. There is plenty to do at Blagdon Village!
The Mayor’s Visit:
The Boules Group initiated this visit when the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams, having met some members of the Group during the annual twinning visit, expressed an interest in our Retirement Village. She was promptly invited to visit.
A coffee morning was arranged so that the Mayor could meet some of the residents. After a tour of the village to see the facilities that are available to us she joined the Boules Group at their annual end-of-season lunch. We had glorious sunny weather throughout, which helped to make this a truly memorable day.
Two or three times each year a local craftswoman is invited to come to the village so that we may see, and buy, some of her hand made jewellery. Her handiwork is always much admired and this time was no exception. The opportunity was taken by many to do some early Christmas shopping.
We don’t hold the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony at 11am because some residents prefer to join the gathering in the town or to watch the TV at home on their own. Instead we hold a Sunset Ceremony at 4.30pm. This year resident John Kinahan again gave the traditional readings, then the flag was slowly lowered to the sound of a recording of the Last Post.
Dorothy and Ian Bruford both celebrated their 90th birthdays this year. They held a private party for their extended family and then a few days later generously invited the village as a whole to a tea party in the Clubhouse. This was most enjoyable for all of us, as well as the nonagenarians.
Macmillan Coffee Morning:
The Tea and Chat Group held a charity coffee morning to benefit Macmillan Nurses. Donations totalled £300, a magnificent sum.
The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the budget for the year and, importantly, the proposed service charge for next year. There was little to cause controversy. The opportunity was also taken to discuss other matters of interest or concern. Residents were also asked to start thinking about nominations for two posts on the Committee, which will become vacant at the AGM in April.
Play Reading Performance:
Our Play Reading Group treated us to another highly amusing performance. The performance, as with previous ones, was made even funnier because some of those involved kept messing up their lines despite reading them from their scripts.
Michael Pettet (Blagdon Village resident)