KINGSTON WI: Christmas Party, December 11. During the afternoon of December 11 the committee members and some helpful husbands set out the tables and chairs for the evening’s party. Then the committee members dressed the tables with festive tablecloths, cutlery, napkins, Christmas crackers, a centre piece of Christmas baubles surrounding a red candle and a quiz sheet. The tables for the food were covered in a festive tablecloth ready to receive the food. At 6pm the committee members arranged the food, which included salmon, salads, quiches, baguettes and butter, cheese, turkey, ham and condiments. Desserts included several tarts, and pies, meringues, a roulade and trifles. A real feast for the eyes and later the taste buds. Members of the choir had a short rehearsal before the entertainment later in the evening and by 6.30pm members began to arrive, collected a glass of wine or a soft drink and chatted with friends. The evening had begun.

There was a short business meeting and very soon the first tables had begun to select their food from the wonderful buffet. Eventually as all the ladies begun to eat the conversation level dropped and you could hear the sounds of voices praising the food. Second helpings were on offer before each table began to answer the questions on the quiz sheet. Desserts were now being chosen and again everyone was commenting on the super offerings. The organisation for clearing the tables was set in motion, teas and coffees were collected for each table and the quizzes were completed.

Now for the entertainment. There were two carols from the choir, The Grasmere Carol and the Donkeys Carol. Also the whole audience and choir sang familiar carols, with piano accompaniment from Peggy Nicholson. In between the singing several committee members entertained us with readings, some funny, others poignant or just plain interesting. The performers were Anna Phillips, Jan Sumner, Peggy Nicholson, Brenda Neller, and Beryl Burrell.

The evening ended with the answers to the quiz and the winning table received a small prize. A draw was made for a bursary to attend Denman College in 2016, which was won by Brenda Neller. And the evening ended with the tables and chairs stashed away, the floor swept and with happy voices wishing each other season’s greetings as they left. The next meeting is on January 7. (Helen Dudley).

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