Wednesday 25th July saw the first ‘Holiday at Home’ held at The Triangle. This was a new initiative aimed at the older members of our congregation and some from the wider community who were not going away on holiday this year.
There were 30 people who came yesterday, some collected by members of the congregation and family members brought others.
Tea, coffee and ‘very nice biscuits’ were served as people gathered. Everyone filled in a contact form ‘just in case’ we had any emergencies – thankfully we didn’t!
Rev Hilary welcomed everyone to the day and read an appropriate psalm about travelling and holidays. The rest of the morning was taken up by a quiz which Don Astley and Norman Lowe presented. There were various rounds and the total scores for each table were added up to produce an overall result. Some of us helpers tried answering some of the questions as well, but it was perhaps as well we didn’t put down our scores! Prizes were awarded which consisted of carrots – real ones – for the team who didn’t do so well, then sticks – celery this time – for another team who hadn’t quite made the grade and finally the winning team received ‘gold bars’ – chocolate ones unfortunately. Don did say that the budget he had been given for prizes didn’t stretch to real gold bars.
Tables were then cleared ready for lunch which had been ordered from the company that provides us with our food at Food, Faith and Fellowship. The food was excellent and consisted of potato pie with trifle to follow.
We then welcomed ‘Travelling Strings’, a music group consisting of half a dozen guitarists and vocalists. The group perform for many charity events and were extremely well received by all. They sang a variety of songs ranging from pop songs including those by Elvis Presley, Billy Fury and The Beatles to more modern songs. Country music and folk music were also included. The group also got everyone singing some of the songs and it was interesting to see how many of the people there could remember all the words. There were smiles and laughter too which was lovely to see. We hope ‘Travelling Strings’ will visit The Triangle again sometime, they certainly seemed to enjoy their visit to us.
The afternoon finished at 3pm when everyone dispersed with smiles on their faces, new friends made and promises to come next week. There are a further 2 Wednesdays to enjoy with different activities each week.
Thanks are due to the organisers who have put together the programmes for the days and to the helpers on the day.
Kindly written by Ann Massey