Food & Friends at Christmas


We recommenced our meetings at the beginning of September when Betty Hutchinson was our speaker; she entertained us with music and poetry.

In October we had a demonstration of flower arranging by Sandra, this was really interesting, she made some beautiful arrangements and two of these went into Church for the Harvest Festival, which was on the following Sunday.

We welcomed Keith Barber to our November meeting, he took us on a trip down memory lane, he spoke about things we enjoyed in our childhood and how many of these are now banned due to Health and Safety laws.

Our meeting on 2nd December was our Christmas party, the hall was beautifully decorated, likewise the tables with crackers, dishes of sweets and flashing Santa’s and penguins. Many of our friends and helpers wore flashing Santa hats, earrings etc. or Christmas jumpers.

Rev. Brenda Wood started our meeting by telling the Christmas story in a different way.  Each table had a bag on it and in these bags was a parcel, some of the nativity figures and a description of part of the story.  The parcels contained items representing part of the story; we had chocolate stars and animals, a miniature bottle of Baileys to represent the inn, a mince pie for the manger, frankincense and myrrh hand cream (which we all tried) for the three kings and in the last bag jelly babies for baby Jesus.

We sang Christmas carols, we had Christmas poetry, a quiz and we returned to our childhood and played pass the parcel.

We had an amazing dinner cooked by Jennifer and her team, turkey and all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding and rum sauce. This year the kitchen team cooked for over fifty people, the meal was perfect and we can't thank them enough.  A big thank you also to every one of the helpers in the hall.

During the party we presented Joan Wiseman with a plant to thank her for all the work she has done at Food and Friends and previously at the Day Centre.  Joan has decided the time has come for her to enjoy herself as one of the friends rather than as a helper.

If anyone would like to join us, we meet on the first Wednesday in the month starting at 10.30am, we would love to see you and you would be made really welcome.


Christine Pollard