Christmas Lunch

Patricia Curd

Mix together sunshine and good company; add Christmas crackers, entertainment and excellent food and you have a recipe for a really superb start to the festive season.

There was Christmas spirit in abundance on 14th December 2013 when 38 members and guests gathered together at la Sansonnière Restaurant in Saint-Georges-sur-Sept-Voies for the traditional pre-Christmas lunch.

John Barritt welcomed all those present. Tim de Alwis read messages from members unable to attend, including one from the President, Edith Prunier, and her husband Jean.

The aperitif served, Tony Oakley set the Christmas mood by leading some hearty carol singing before taking us down memory lane and performing several folk songs, singing and playing the guitar and harmonica.

Tony’s final number was Bob Dylan’s “The Times they are a Changing”:

"It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'”

How true these words were to be as the room was soon ringing with laughter and applause and this was just the start. Next on the programme Lynn Turnbull recited an extremely funny poem “I’m Going to Kill my Husband” by Pam Ayres.

John Turnbull had everyone laughing with a poem about a Barbadian labourer repairing storm damage on his construction site. Although at times his convincing Barbadian accent developed a hint of a Welsh lilt, this added to the fun. Lynn and guest Sue Dunkerley then transformed themselves into Henry and Lisa respectively to perform a children’s favourite, “There’s a Hole in my Bucket” to complete the entertainment.

The food was excellent; the entertainment too. Yet there was more to come. After mince pies and coffee the raffle was drawn. There were many splendid prizes generously donated by members. All too soon it was time to leave. To quote from Charles Dickens, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” This was certainly true at the Christmas Lunch. Many thanks to everyone involved for delivering such an enjoyable afternoon.