After the relatively inactive summer months it was good to see the social scene coming to life again in September. All but one of our regular activities resumed but, in addition, we had some interesting and entertaining one-off events.
Visit by Nigel Welby, MD of retirement Villages. Mr Welby, in his capacity as Managing Director and Acting CEO, gave a very open and informative talk on the current state of the company, including the financial situation, and outlined future plans. A number of questions were put to him, all of which he answered frankly and honestly. His talks were very well received and much appreciated by all who attended. The general view was that our futures are in very safe hands.
Decade Busters’ Party. We have a long standing tradition in Blagdon Village of an annual get together to congratulate all those residents who are entering another decade of life during the year. This time ten were guests of the village. The weather was perfect and our team of residents who act as purveyors of sandwiches, cakes and cups of tea worked very hard, as usual, to make sure we all had a good time. The afternoon was rounded off with a putting competition.
Last Night of the Proms. We haven’t held a Last Night of the Proms gathering since September 2011 but this year it was resurrected. We don’t sit through the whole programme, just the second half, so proceedings didn’t really get underway until nearly 9pm, the time at which most of our functions have finished! Nonetheless, a colourful group of stalwart partygoers gathered and joined in lustily with the singing. A later night than usual for most of us but a very enjoyable one.
Blind Mans Bluff. Last October we had a very interesting talk on antiques by Christopher Hampton of Hamptons antiques, Exeter, who is a nephew of one of our residents. This time he came back to play “Blind Mans’Bluff” – with antiques. It was an interesting and amusing afternoon, which raised the princely sum of £127.50 for Charity.
Pies and Puds. The last one of the one-off events was another themed evening in our restaurant. Marion our lovely cook produced a selection of pies, followed by some of her delightful puddings for dessert. Thoroughly enjoyable, but some residents were seen the next day taking a little more exercise than usual!
The Wedding. The village is now looking forward to the wedding of June & Geoffrey on the 25th October.
Contribution from resident Michael Pettetv.
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