The highlight of the month was undoubtedly the annual Decade Busters party but we also had a talk on historic social housing. The Boules season came to an end for the winter and we are on the hunt for some more coach trip organisers!
Decade Busters. Every year we hold a party to honour those residents who have added a zero to their ages during the year. This year there were 11 but only 8 were able to be present. We were fortunate to have good weather so most residents sat outside to watch, or take part in, the traditional putting competition. This was won by June Baldwin for the ladies and Jim Coote for the men, each of whom received a bottle of wine. Tea followed and the Decade Busters were each given a commemorative card with our hearty congratulations. A great day was had by all!
Social Housing of Old. We were given a talk by a local historian on early social housing in the form of almshouses which were funded by local benefactors. The village was invited to a future viewing of the old almshouses in Taunton.
Boules. Boules, also known as Petanque, has been a regular weekly activity for several years and is played in a nearby park. The season officially finishes at the end of September, although that does not preclude anyone continuing to play if they wish. This year there was an “inter house” team competition, the winners of which will receive their reward at the annual lunch – the date of which has yet to be finalised.
Coach Trips. For the past two years a team of our ladies have been organising, very successfully, coach trips to places of interest within a reasonable distance of Taunton. Unfortunately, these ladies have now retired from this role but we are hopeful that another team can take over for next year – watch this space!