We would like to introduce you to Village Friends. We meet on the first Thursday of each month, except January and February, in Grateley War Memorial Hall. We enjoy various speakers and events organised by the committee using suggestions from our members.
We only charge a very moderate £2 per person for our meetings which pays for the speaker (if appropriate) and refreshments. There is usually a raffle when the meeting takes place in the village hall. The meetings last about two hours depending on the event. Outings are also enjoyed to various places which are heavily subsided for members. In March we enjoyed a delicious fish and chip lunch at The Plough Inn in Grateley and at our April meeting hot cross buns were eaten with relish.
We would be very pleased if you would like to join our happy band and you can be sure of a very warm welcome to our meetings. If you would like an introduction or further information please contact Shirley on 889312 or Peter on 889186 who will arrange for someone to help you to break the ice. We look forward to meeting you.
The Christmas meal this year was held at a localish pub. The committee had visited a few times and made all the arrangements. We had a good turnout with twenty-one members turning up on the day. As usual we had all people’s choices and Christine had produced a small menu card for everyone with their choices on. Like most people, we cannot remember what we had chosen about two months previously, so this system gets rid of the confusion. We had arranged that the meat would be plated up and that tureens of vegetables would be placed on the tables so that all could help themselves.
Wow forget that! We had a little disagreement with the staff who said that they had no knowledge of what was agreed with the landlady. Luckily Christine had (unfortunately back home) all of the emails about the arrangements. Well, after a short discussion it was agreed that the meat would be carved onto the plates and a posse of the committee with a helper or two would plate up the veggies and deliver the plates to the tables. This actually worked quite well, although several had too many veggies. We, of course, had a minor hiccup with the gravy but that was overcome as well. Apart from this problem the meal was enjoyed by all (well, we didn’t receive any complaints!). The food was cooked beautifully and the meat portions were generous. We had pudding (various choices), tea, coffee and mince pies.
Then came the raffle. The star prize was a hamper, donated by Grateley House School, filled with products produced at the school. They had previously contacted the committee with the gladly accepted offer and they invited the committee to have a tour of the school. We were all very impressed and most interested by the facilities at the school.
We had many raffle prizes: Shirley makes sure that we have a bumper Christmas raffle. Hilary kindly called for a show of appreciation for the committee’s efforts over the year – thank you Hilary and someone – you know who you are – kindly left a present and card for each committee pair on the raffle table, thank you as well, this was really appreciated.
So Christmas has come and, along with the New Year, has gone and we sit back now and await the gradual lengthening days, look forward to the spring when we can get back out in the gardens and plant those seeds and look forward to the best ever year for home grown plants (didn’t I think that last year?).
The committee would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Our next meeting is fish and chips at the Plough Inn,
Grateley, at 12.30 on Thursday 2 March.
Programme for 2017
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