Our Spring Tea Party was held for the fourth year running at Totteridge Village Hall on Thursday 20th April and we entertained almost 40 guests with the assistance of our wonderful volunteers who washed up, drove, danced and generally made the party the success we all hoped for. Four games of Bingo were played with the Full House having the choice of Chocolates, a plant or a choice of the very lavish raffle prizes.
All raffle prizes were given and the proceeds of the raffle were donated to The Marie Curie Fund. £151 was raised and this has been sent to Marie Curie. Our grateful thanks to all who supported this good cause.
Whatever else is planned tea time never comes round fast enough. Adriennne and her kitchen helpers produced plates of sandwiches (kindly donated by Goodwin Court), cake, tea, coffee. fruit, etc. which all disappeared very quickly.
Thank you to each and every one for being there and it is hoped that it was enjoyed by you all.
VV has more than 30 reading volunteers spread over 20 different schools and it was good to have a chance to meet up at Wesley Hall, Barnet last Friday. 16 volunteers came and, after short introductions by Pat and Jody, split up into groups to do a short schools-related quiz and then discuss some questions about their reading experiences.
These questions helped to get some good, interesting discussions going. This was followed by an opportunity to circulate, lubricated by tea, coffee and homemade scones, kindly provided by Adrienne King.
The volunteers appreciated the chance to meet each other and share experiences. All agreed that they really enjoyed their time in the schools and would definitely recommend becoming a school-reading volunteer.
AaCE serves lunch to the residents of the Hornsey Housing Trust facilities every month. They started 2017 with a huge success, serving a fresh, hot roast chicken dinners to almost 30 people on January 10, including a number of meals taken to residents who could not make it to the community room. It included all the trimmings, even Yorkshire puddings, as well as pie and ice cream. The ‘customers’ were very pleased to see each other after the holidays, exchanging greetings and stories throughout the service. Many left with more than a smile on their face and a full tummy…they got ‘to go’ boxes of another chicken dinner for the evening!
It’s cold outside but you couldn’t feel it in the warmth of good cheer of the Christmas Carol evening at Hyde Court this week. A choir from East Barnet Baptist Church sang a selection of Christmas carols accompanied by piano and guitar, as well as the enthusiastic singing of the residents. Afterwards everyone chatted and dined from a lovely buffet provided by Vintage Volunteering and a resident, Peter Boag. It was a great start to the Christmas season, and a wonderful end to 2016.
Christmas carols, lots of sequins and Christmas jumpers, a great variety show and a lovely roast lunch…what better way to spend an afternoon in early December? Residents of Homefield Gardens, Hyde Court and Wilmot Close all signed up for the day on December 5 at Mickie’s Variety Christmas Show which brought singing, laughter and lots of good cheer. A great way to start off the holiday season!
North London Collegiate venue
John Worroll, a reading volunteer at Danegrove Primary School, has started a lunch-time chess club for the pupils. This has proved very popular with the children and has given rise to a team of 8 players who represented Danegrove in the first round of the Barnet Junior Chess League held at North London Collegiate in Edgware on 9 November. It was a massive tournament with 240 children from across the Borough playing simultaneously. The logistics of setting it all up must have been horrendous but it all ran very smoothly. The Danegrove team thoroughly enjoyed it and did very well to get 8 points out of a possible 16 – a very creditable performance as it was their first ever external event. John and the children learnt a lot and are very much looking forward to the next 2 parts of the same tournament, scheduled to be held in the New Year.
Bonfire Night was combined with Halloween at Hyde Court for a Sparkles Evening. Residents were encouraged to wear something sparkly, sparkling sing-a-long music was provided along with a buffet of supper items. The evening was capped with indoor sparklers to begin the festive season. Thank you to Margaret and June for organising this fun event.
On November 4, we hosted a Diwali party at Goodwin Court which is one of the favourite annual events of both volunteers and residents. Many of the residents dressed in saris and the afternoon included dancing, bingo and a lovely special tea.
Volunteers dressed for the occassion
On October 28, we took 5 residents from the Athenaeum Nursing Home to listen to this lovely concert full of oldies as well as contemporary and classic selections at Saint Mary’s Church Hall. They provided tea and biscuits at the intermission, a jumble sale of items to raise money for the choir and a lovely afternoon. Next year’s concert is October 20 and we have it in our calendar already!