Poppies, Puddings and a Murder Mystery at Blagdon this November

Diary posted

12th December 2019

Blagdon Village, Retirement Villages Group

November was a very busy month.  There was a talk, a demonstration by Body Shop, the Blagdon ceremonial flag lowering, a visit and talk by the Poppy of Honour founder, a Murder Mystery dinner, a piano recital and a traditional Christmas pudding stirring. The social calendar was rather full!


Visiting speaker David Bird gave a very interesting talk about the charity the Himalayan Trust, backed up by some superb pictures.  He stressed particularly the vital role played by the Nepalese women and the support that the charity gave them.

Body Shop

As Christmas was approaching it was appropriate that a resident had arranged for a demonstration by Body Shop so that fellow residents could get ideas for Christmas presents and do some advance buying.

Ceremonial Flag Lowering

In common with the rest of the country It is customary at Blagdon Village to fly the Union flag on Armistice Day.  At sunset, resident Douglas Raven who served with the Army in Italy during WWII, gave the traditional reading.  This was followed by the playing of the Last Post on a CD while the flag was slowly lowered.

Poppy of Honour

The Poppy of Honour is a project devised and constructed by a Somerset man who was taking it on a UK-wide tour.  The poppy, constructed of steel and transported on its own dedicated trailer, contained the names of all British servicemen who died during WWI.  The talk described the background to the project and the nation-wide support it has received.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Every year our Play Reading Group put on a performance for the other residents.  No cast member is expected to learn their lines but read from their scripts – occasionally losing their place provides some of the entertainment!  This time it was in the form of a Murder Mystery.  The audience were seated in our restaurant for dinner which was served during an extended interval.  After the dinner the identity of the murderers was revealed to the audience, and to the cast who were also unaware.

Piano Recital

Linda Scott, daughter of resident Judy Skerman, gave a piano recital which was much enjoyed by all present.

Christmas Pudding Stirring

There is an old tradition that the Christmas pudding should be mixed and stirred a month before Christmas Day.  We are believers in this sort of tradition! Our cook Dave produced all the ingredients and a number of residents took turns with the stirring – and the adding of additional ingredients to add to the flavour.  It’s a good thing that the alcohol boils off during the cooking – but the flavour will remain.