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Coffee Morning 26th October 2013

The final event of the 2013 Friends programme was a traditional coffee morning. This was a relax-and-chat sort of day; an opportunity to meet both Friends and friends of Friends. It was a great pleasure to welcome Fr David to the event, and he took full advantage of the opportunity to get around and talk to most people.

Gwen and Tony Hallam were our hosts and around 30 people arrived to “have the crack” as they say. Coffee and biscuits were available throughout, (Gwen doing a sterling job with multiple coffee machines) and a raffle, bring-and-buy stall, and jewellery stall (courtesy of Irene Haslam) were there as added areas of interest.

As usual, everyone started off in the kitchen, but pressure of space eventually drove us out into the other rooms. Irene’s jewellery stall proved very popular (necklaces all round for Christmas this year!) and overheard conversations included the weather (and the reluctance of everyone’s lawns to stop growing), Christmas, life during the Interregnum and the problems of recruiting new members to voluntary organizations these days, to name but a few. The atmosphere was jolly, and increasing noisy as people got to know each other better.

All-in-all, an good end to what has been a good year for the Friends; and £174 was raised for the Friends funds. Thank you to Gwen and Tony for hosting, and to everyone who supported us, both at this event and the others through the year.

Next year’s programme will appear on the website shortly.

John Duncan

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