We run all kinds of events from sociable lunches and teas, to bluebell walks and trips to the seaside. Here are some of the things we’ve done recently.
On 25th January we were fortunate enough to have Maureen Summers along once again. Several Members and volunteers were encouraged to do some fun exercises to music. There was a lot of laughter and tea and biscuits!
We were met by the warmth and smells of a home-cooked Christmas dinner as we entered the community centre. The mulled wine flowed as we sat down. Popping crackers and sharing the jokes added to the hilarity and the food was divine – crisp, hot, roast potatoes with loads of gravy, stuffing and vegetables, all served with your choice of turkey or a chestnut and star anise roast, Christmas pudding, mince pies and brandy sauce.
Overflowing, we padded through to the Rose room and sat in a circle, nursing our cups of tea. The circle stories began, first with memories of Christmas past: How much more basic and materially smaller life had been then, yet in our memories, this had only added to the warmth and love, families sharing simple things together. We shared tales of handmade decorations and fairy costumes; of licking the glue on paper chains and the smell of a new pack of plasticine; of a redcoat Christmas at Butlins and we had exotic tales of an Indian Santa arriving by elephant and of the heat, colour and sweet smells of a Caribbean Christmas and corn dollies.
Back in the Rose room, we continued to talk about things from our lives that we were proud of and it was interesting that so many of our female members struggled with the concept of self-admiration choosing instead to talk of pride in their children and families. It’s a topic we must return to at a future circle meeting. Finally we all made our fond farewells to Cynthia who has been a stalwart member of our group from the beginning. She moves on to new pastures near her family in Cornwall. Hugs were exchanged and a few tears flowed as we parted and tread out into the nightfall and Forest Row’s twinkling fairy lights.
Visit to Snowhill
On 23rd November a small but perfectly formed group of Wednesday Club members visited the Haskins Garden Centre at Snowhill. We were able to select from a huge range of Christmas presents (they have a craft centre on top of everything else) and relax with a cup of tea and unfeasibly large slice of cake!