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Saturday 8th December - Coffee and Mince Pies

A break from the frenzy that is the run-up to Christmas, and a relaxing morning to meet Friends both old and new. That was the plan. Perhaps not so relaxing when 26 people all turned up at 34 Gladstone Rd. together, but coffee and mince pies (supplemented with mulled wine, sausage rolls, jam tarts and biscuits), seemed to provide the right atmosphere for a very sociable event.

Irene Haslam displayed some of her homemade jewellery, and attracted several enthusiastic customers. The raffle proved something of an event on its own, with the one or two winners of multiple prizes “volunteering” (Gwen Hallam can be very persuasive) to return their extra tickets to the draw, with the result that almost everyone won a prize. As David Cameron would say, we’re all in it together!

The day also offered an opportunity to demonstrate the website to several people who had not previously seen it (the ipad is a wonderful tool). The hope is that it will encourage members to tell their friends all about it, and even to contribute items to the site in the future.

The Friends planned this event, not as a fund-raiser, but as a mark of their appreciation for the support they have received during the year; nevertheless, Friends funds benefited from £110 in donations, for which the Committee are most grateful.

Nigel Swann, on behalf of the Committee, thanked hosts Anne and John Duncan, and expressed his appreciation to everyone for their contribution to making this a most enjoyable and successful day.

Keep watching the website for news of 2013.


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