ROVING REPORTER AT THE PU3A CHRISTMAS GATHERING 2016
On the mid December day of Wednesday 14th around 100 members of Peterborough U3A descended on the Fleet Community Centre for the annual Christmas get together, for music, songs, stories and just general togetherness.
This annual event is ever popular and 2016 proved to be no different. The event was due to start at 2pm, but the desire to get a seat was so great that people started to drift in from 1:30 as the committee members were still trying to get the hall set up, but people pitched in – helping to set out tables and chairs.
On arrival there was an option of a small glass of sherry to warm the vocal chords or a glass of fruit juice, which seemed to be popular with the attendees. These were accompanied by some savoury nibbles
Sherry or Fruit Juice for you
The afternoon got off to a start with the Rythmaires group playing popular Christmas tunes as people chatted to others on their table groups and mingled with other familiar faces they spotted.
The Rythamaires bring on the Christmas Mood
A tombola was run to raise funds for the Air Ambulance charity, however an apology was made for selling more winning tickets than there were prizes (whoops). However it didn’t seem people minded too much as the takings were for such a good cause.
Prizes Galore for the Tombola
After a short break the gathered audience were treated to some seasonal stories from a local raconteur, Alan Lamb, who hails from the Wisbech area.
The refreshments were to follow with tea and coffee provided along with a mince pie of two – again these proved to be really popular.
Sated with a brief afternoon snack the Harmony Group took over singing a selection of carols and Christmas tunes, with some joining in from the song sheets distributed around the hall.
However, a visual treat was to follow as the Belly Dancing group strutted their stuff. The colourfulness and choreography was as good as ever, with the ladies shimmying and shaking from one side of the hall to the other
Shake That Thang
The afternoon came to a close with a combo of the Rythamaires accompanying the Harmony Group with a selection of more carols to send everyone away with a little Christmas cheer.
Our new Chairman, Jacqueline Casson, commented afterwards that she would like to extend her thanks to all of the Committee and other casual helpers who helped to make the whole event such an enjoyable afternoon for those attending.
As a first time attendee I would recommend this event to kick start your Christmas festivities with friends and like minded people
For more photos of the afternoon see the gallery here