It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks at Castle Village and residents haven’t been put off by the poor weather conditions.
A newcomers tea was held on Monday 5th February in the Manson House. This event, organised by the village committee was to welcome new residents and introduce them to life at Castle Village. It took place in the ballroom and tea and cake was served in the conservatory. Twenty four people were present, along with committee members and helpers. Chairman John De Morgan managed the proceedings with his usual consummate skill. It began with a chance for new residents to talk to each other and then the committee members have a brief summary of their roles and responsibilities. The afternoon was brought to a close in the conservatory, where residents were served a superb afternoon tea by Monica Tisdale and her splendid team of volunteers. It was truly delicious with homemade sandwiches, lots of cake and cream scones!
Luncheon club continues to be a popular event in the village and on Tuesday 30th January, John Pettit gave another entertaining talk. This time, his subject was his life and career in aviation from 1948 onwards. After a brief account of the influence his father’s ventures had on him, the main story began when he became an air cadet, then joined BOAC in 1967, trained and qualified as a pilot, flew to what seemed like every continent and major City in the word, and ended his retirement from British Airways in 2001. John showed pictures of every important aircraft development of engines and fuselage, from tiny biplanes and flying boats to 500+ seat super jets, many of which he had flown. After the talk, everyone enjoyed sticky toffee pudding and custard.
Some residents in the film club enjoyed an opera film on Saturday 10th February. The 1872 film ‘Carmen’ was a very interesting watch and was well received by the 39 residents who attended the viewing. David Prodger produced a delicious, gourmet Spanish meal half way through the screening. Well done to Maurice Sharp who spent time and energy on setting up the screen and projector. He ensured that this French production showed English sub-titles which added to resident’s understanding and enjoyment. A great evening!
March and April look set to also be very busy months at the village. Stay tuned for an Easter Service, another Luncheon Club, a film show, a guitar concert, line dancing and a popular annual treat – Castle Village’s Art exhibition.