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Roving Reporter - 2017 Christmas Party

Added on: Fri 15th December 2017



T’is the season to be jolly, and PU3A decided it was their time to join in down at the Fleet.

The hall began to fill up well before kick off time of 2pm on 13th December – the anticipation was almost palpable – or maybe it was the lure of a free mince pie and a glass of sherry.

Many of the attendees dived into the Christmas Spirit by wearing Christmas Jumpers and Hats as asked on our event advert --- well done to you all.

One of our ever-faithful groups, namely the Rythmaires, led by Brian Haswell, serenaded those present as the final preparations were made to the hall and more of our members eagerly found their way to tables to chat and be entertained. By the time we were ready to set off on an afternoon of fun there were over 100 of our lovely members in attendance.

Our new Chairman Brenda Fearon opened proceedings, welcoming everyone to what promised to be a packed schedule of Festive Fun.

First up was the lovely Belly Dancers swaying their stuff across the stage with very festive hats on.  It was another visual delight led by Jackie Marjoram with the ladies all in their sparkled costumes

This was followed by a little cultural prose in the form of our Poetry Group led by Pam Kounougakis. They had written original pieces especially for the occasion and we were treated to 4 different authors reading their own writings. One slightly unusual one was that by Brian Keegan which really seemed less than festive right up until the end with a real seasonal surprise twist.

Things then moved on to a tuneful “Lets all join in” session with our Sing Something Simple group running through a few seasons favourites which many of the audience struck up their best singing voices for. Thank you, Annette Dagless, for encouraging audience participation from the assembled people

This brought us to the halfway point where we would be breaking for tea, coffee and mince pies, however before they made their way to the catering ladies (Thanks Elaine and Hilary) a surprise visitor gate- crashed the event in the form of Father Christmas. He was there to give the answers to the Christmas Quiz which all of the tables had been beavering away at throughout the first half of the event. However, this wasn’t the innocent Santa that the children get to see ---- this one decided that with an adult audience he would regale them with a couple of vaguely risqué jokes – nothing too bawdy, but it certainly raised a couple of dirty laughs from the Belly dancers sitting at the front.

As the audience went off to get their refreshments Hilary Lewis announced the winners of the 30+ prizes raffle. We managed to raise a stupendous total of £122 To donate to the East Anglian Children’s Hospice charity

Putting back on his serious hat, and divesting himself of a seriously itchy beard, Santa gave the answers to the quiz and the table called The Christmas Trees managed a fantastic 11 out of 12 correct answers – well done to them, we hope you enjoyed your prize of Smarties 😊.

A new pair of performers then took the stage in the form of the relatively new Acoustic Strings group, fronted by Derek Henson. They gave 4 renditions of more modern Christmas tunes – this reporter was more than impressed with their guitar skills.

The final “act” for the afternoon was the Singing for Pleasure Group led by Margaret Smith on the keyboard, who also had a sing along session of seasonal favourites. For

Brenda then closed the party and thanked everybody for turning out on a cold wintery day.

Thanks to all those who helped the Committee packing up the tables and chairs to allow the following Karate group to use the hall

Also thanks from the Committee to the following for Organising and running the day

Jan Bearman-Brown for organising the whole event
Hilary Keegan organising the acts schedule and also assisting in the tea room
Hilary Lewis, Joy Green and Chris Wareham for running a successful raffle
Elaine Locke for running the refreshments


A full gallery of photos from the day can be seen here


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