Sunday, 21 March 2010

Party time

Christmas comes later
The “Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party” in Old Buckenham has taken place in March this year. The refurbished village hall kitchen was officially opened on the previous day. Catering for the over eighty people gathered together in the village hall yesterday to eat and drink provided a useful test for all the new facilities.
This was the chance for many of the older village residents to sit down together for a most enjoyable afternoon, to be entertained and, of course, talk.
There were a couple of quiz sheets on the ready-laid tables to keep everyone busy before the meal started. Then a full roast beef dinner was served up to everyone. Each table was also provided with wine, soft drinks, crackers and mints and there was a selection of sweets followed by cheese and biscuits.
The after-dinner entertainment was provided by two members of the Timescape group from Dereham who sang their way through a wide variety of songs from the nineteen forties. Audience participation was encouraged and before long everyone was being persuaded to sing along and even wave small union flags in time with the music.
There were a couple of cards of bingo (with cash prizes) before tea and hot mince pies were served. There was also a large free raffle with lots of prizes and the tables getting most marks in the quizzes were able to take away yet more prizes.
Eileen Oliver, who has taken on the responsibility for this annual event, took the opportunity to thank all those who had helped to make the event possible. There were those who had run events such as cream teas and bingo sessions to raise funds during 2009 and the village OB2000 Trust who had again provided a substantial grant towards the cost. Thanks were also due to all the helpers, both young and old, who had prepared vegetables, cooked the food, served food and drink to the tables, cleared it away and then washed up. In particular she mentioned her husband Brian and Julie, the cook, for their support throughout.
In reply Harold Yates spoke up for the participants and said how much the afternoon was enjoyed by all those attending and how much they appreciated all the effort that Eilleen had put in to make it such a success.

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