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Christmas Party on Saturday 14 December 2013 at Queniborough Village Hall

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:

Some of our Guests........
Guests 3072 Guests 3065 Guests 3063 Guests 3061
Guests 3067      
Guests enjoying games from Xmas crackers........
Crackers 3108   Crackers 3102    
Getting ready to serve meals....... 
Serving meals 3202  Serving meals 3200     
Christmas meal being served....... 
Serving Christmas Meal 3262   Serving Christmas Meal 3258  Serving Christmas Meal 3223  Serving Christmas Meal 3080
 Serving Christmas Meal 3203  Serving Christmas Meal 3081    
Guests enjoying Christmas meal.......... 
Enjoying Christmas Meal 3222   Enjoying Christmas Meal 3187  Enjoying Christmas Meal 3209  Enjoying Christmas Meal 3197
 Enjoying Christmas Meal 3207      
Christmas Carols singing....... 
Carol Singing 3140   Carol Singing 3136  Carol Singing 3129  Carol Singing 3111
Carol Singing 3099       
Open 'mic' session!!!!
Open mic session 3270   Open mic session 3141  Open mic session 3160  Open mic session 3147
Open mic session 3119   Open mic session 3125 Open mic session 3150   Open mic session 3149
 Bingo 3233  Bingo 3242  Bingo 3239  
 Bingo 3246  Bingo 3241  Bingo 3243  
Volunteers & Giving Christmas Presents to our guests...... 
Volunteers & Guests 3285   Volunteers & Guests 3276    

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