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Region 4 - Christmas Party at Queniborough Village Hall

Saturday 14 December 2013

An annual Christmas party was organised for members of the community whom we regularly serve - residents of elderly homes where we conduct regular bhajan sessions, local adult groups whom we work with, recipients of meals on wheels service and elderly guests from our Centre.

Our guests were transported to the venue and returned to their homes after the party. A special mini-bus was arranged for guests requiring wheelchairs. Some volunteers arrived early to set up the hall with tables, Christmas decorations and PA.

On arrival, guests were served freshly brewed tea, coffee and non-alcoholic red and white wine together with peanuts and crisps. This was followed by a three course meal which included: vegetable soup and a platter of starters (bhajia and vol-au-vents with creamy mushroom, cream cheese and vegetable fillings), a choice of European and Asian cuisine for the main course and mince pies and trifle for dessert. The European meal consisted of soya and vegetable pie, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, brussels sprouts and gravy. The Asian meal was cauliflower and potato curry, moong dhal, rice and dhal.

In between the courses, we sang Christmas carols and played bingo. There was an open 'mic' session where some of our guests sang popular Western and Bollywood songs. We sang happy birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays on the day. The party ended with all the volunteers singing ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ to our guests and giving them a small Christmas gift.

Everyone attending the party enjoyed it immensely. We received some lovely comments at the end – ‘thank you; it was a lovely party’, ‘we really enjoyed it’, ‘thank you for looking after us so well.’ Many said they did not want to be forgotten for the next event and were looking forward to attending.

Here are a few pictures from the day: