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We held our annual Pensioners' Party on Friday 8th April at St Thomas' Church Hall in Boston Road Hanwell, entertaining 65 (older) local residents.
We got off to a poor start when the electrics in the kitchen blew when we turned them on! Full marks to our catering team who boiled water in saucepans to ensure our 65 guests had a cup of tea on arrival! To add to our difficulties the trees immediately outside the main entrance to the hall were apparently scheduled to be trimmed that day just as our guests arrived! Workmen servicing the church organ next door had parked their vans in the hall car park and a security chap blocked off a small service road used by hall users to exit the car park, so our arrival this year was a challenging experience!
However once all our guests had arrived and we had managed to summon help to restore the electrics, a group of hand bell ringers, entertained our guests by ringing well known songs for our guests to join in.This was followed by a session of bingo during which one could have heard a pin drop! We are very grateful to 3 hardworking members of Waitrose staff from West Ealing branch who helped particularly our blind guests.
The high tea (almost all home made) was very well received again and was followed by a raffle with 3 prizes on each of the 9 tables. Pass the parcel with prizes in each layer, a musical quiz (with prizes) and a further game of bingo kept our guests busy. Towards the end of our party we provided drinks (with 'snowballs' yet again being the most popular!) plus a piece of 'well laced' fruit cake decorated as a Rotary wheel. All our guests went home with a small 'Goodie Bag' kindly donated by Tesco Perivale.
Some of our prizes were donated by Tesco Yeading and M&S Ealing Broadway and for which we were very grateful.
Despite our early challenges, our guests seem to have enjoyed themselves again and we have already been asked for the date of our party next year! Our party would not be possible each year without the hard work of all members and their partners so a very big thank you to you all.