Senior Ciizens' Christmas Party

23rd November 2018

Last year we had so many guests, to get everyone seated an emergency exit was obstructed with tables. This year we therefore restricted invitations to the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party on 23rd November to 40 expecting some last-minute drop outs. Three of the homes had changed their wardens, however, and so were unfamiliar with the event. No guests came from two of the homes and those from the third dropped out the day before. Mike Ogilvie supported by The Lions invited several guests at short notice, so some 30 sat down to tea. We were delighted to again welcome Joan Middleton from Mitchell House, who attributes her 101 years to a small dram each evening!

Peter F dressed in full tails was master of ceremonies, and he opened proceedings singing in the manner of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. It is a matter for discussion at Rotary if he is to reprise it our Christmas lunch! The party goers were welcomed by President Steve and Dave Argent who stood in for the Mayor who unfortunately had been taken to hospital that morning. The kitchen team of Ann Reed, Daphne Vaesen, Rosemary Carlisle, Annie Wells and Janis Livingstone beavered away preparing the food. Our thanks go to Annie Wells, Ruth Willox, Ann Reed, Rosemary Carlisle, Daphne Vaesen, Julia Griffith, Ivy Thompson, Pippa Logan, Joyce Anderson, Kay Blackburn and Janis Livingstone for providing the sandwiches, cakes and scones.
Margot Miller, Graham Tubb and Rosemary Kemp entertained everyone with a variety of songs drawn from old time musicals and the Sound of Music. They were well known to all, so many of our guests joined in.
As the food was being served, tea was prepared and served at the tables by Rotarians.
Following tea, the President and Dave A drew the raffle with seven prizes numbered in random order. Prizes ranged from tins of sweets and biscuits to Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes.
The afternoon festivities continued with a second set from the entertainers. Margot Miller sang some beautiful solo pieces including operatic works from La Bohème. For the finale based on songs from Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat Graham reappeared in his multi coloured coat of many neck ties.
At the end of the afternoon we gave out the table decorations to anyone on their table who had a recent birthday or anniversary.
A big thank you for all the help from Rotarians. Paul V, Jim A, Dave A and Mike O provided help with the transport. President Steve, Keith R, Keith C, Ken H, Peter F, Barry W and Tony H, all made sure the event ran smoothly in the hall. I must also thank Ruth Willox for the lovely table decorations.

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