Resident Michael Pettet on everything festive at Blagdon Village

Diary posted

10th January 2017


Well, the festive season is over for another year but we made the most of it.  In addition to our regular monthly events and activities we had a Carols Singalong, a Christmas Party, Christmas Lunch, and a New Year’s Eve Quiz to go with a carvery in the restaurant.

Christmas Carols.  Resident Joyce Morgan, with the Singalong Group, duly led a good proportion of the Village in another memorable singalong.  But it was not all singing, between carols Joyce told tales of Christmas.  As well as being interesting in themselves these short intervals give us time to get our breath back before the next lusty bout of singing.

Christmas Party.  We had another highly amusing performance from our indefatigable Play Reading group and a dance troupe from our Country Dancing Group.  In order to keep up the party atmosphere there was a variation of Pass the Parcel and another of Pass the Balloon.  The evening finished with mince pies and Stollen, both favourites here, with tea or coffee.  And of course the bar was open for those who wanted something stronger

Christmas Day Lunch.  During the Christmas period a large number of residents go away to their families or friends but those who remain in the village can enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch.  On this occasion just under a quarter of our population sat down to turkey with all the trimmings with Christmas pudding to follow.  Superb.

New Year’s Eve.  We had a carvery in the restaurant during which residents could take part in a bumper quiz of fifty questions about the previous twelve months.  This was followed by a novelty quiz to test local knowledge and powers of observation.

The evening was rounded off with a delightful instrumental version of Auld Lang Syne, which was sent by iPhone by a resident who was in Scotland at the time.  This was successfully relayed via our AV system.  A perfect and appropriate ending.