Friday 26 December 2014

Settle Community Christmas Day meal 2014 - Pictures and videos

See poster and details for of Christmas Meal 2015 

First a "Big Thank you" to all the participants who came and the helpers - and the three people too ill to come on the day - We all contributed - It would not have happened if we had not come or planned to come.

Settle Community Christmas Day meal is what it says:  A community meal.

And a thank you to the builders and the caretaker for getting the hall ready in time - Building changes are being made to the church hall.

I'll start the story on the previous evening:  At 5.30pm at St John's Methodist Church we always have "Stories round the tree"  This Christmas eve we learned how to make snowflakes from six squares of paper. I later took mine across to the church  hall.
Our teacher
Judith - proud to finish hers in the 15 min available

Christmas morning:-
For over 100 years Langcliffe people have been singing carols round the (sycamore) tree on Christmas morning. Starting at 9.30am, we sing our last carol just as the sun rise over the hill

Straight after this at 10 am (well 10.10am)  I attend St John's Methodist Church in Settle. The minister has invited us to bring a present to open and show people - so I take the newly published Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes- 2 volumes.

After the service I carry the Posada (knitted crib scene,,  that travels to different houses in the church family up to Christmas, representing Joseph and Mary's search for somewhere to stay in Bethlehem) across to the Church Hall

 ... where Christine is cooking. (Eight of us had help peel potatoes, wrap presents and set tables the previous morning).

I go home to collect more stuff and came back at 11.30 to find our visitors arriving. Including helpers there would be 48 people altogether.

Jane and Tony were serving coffee. Will we squeeze 40 people into the large meeting room to sing carols before lunch?

Of course..

There is even space for Baby Jesus -
Stephen Dawson has brought the very life-like Baby Jesus
 from Langcliffe church - Dorothy Atkinson is holding him

Barbara Denne plays the piano again ( by ear - no music) 

Listen to See amid the winter's snow

One lady in the Hellifield group  is 97 (purple jacket, front right when the video plays)
Revd Dawson says grace. Then we prepare to go into the dining home.

Here are the tables as left the previous day - but we rearrange them herring bone for the meal. See the delightful table decorations by Elga.
I nip back home to collect the Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings I have left in my fridge. Hey Ho. But must have Yorkshire Puddings.

I remember to buy the correct amount of cranberry sauce this year.

Then there's a choice of Christmas Pudding and home-made trifle and trifle donated by the Coop.

Wendy says on behalf of everyone "Thank you"
 to the Servers and helpers  (some are still hiding in the kitchen)

After lunch comes pass the parcel.

We sit round in a circle .. I play the piano accordion. The audience help me keep in time by clapping the time.  We have three soft toys that get passed round and when the music stops people chose their wrapped presents from the bags.

Then I invite people to say party pieces: We have slightly fewer this year - I should have made more effort to ask people

Pauline reads a funny poem about someone retiring from skiing.. Downhill skier by Pam Ayers

And then. Oh it's time to eat again. Tea time.
Here's the cake I bought from the Naked Man Cafe..
it is very popular - people ask to take pieces home

Serving tea

There's spare turkey to take home too.

As the light outside dims, people take their leave, and by 4.30pm many people have left so the helpers can start to clear away.

By 5.15 There's just me and Althea and the Posada left.

All quiet!

Ian comes to collect Althea.

I lock up and leave the Posada in the empty room.

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2015 - to All

Here are Settle Voices singing a favourite carol (on 13 Dec 2014)  to wish you well on your journey onwards.
.. both  up the line, and onwards through life.
(Do set both videos off- even if you don't watch them right through)

New Year's Resolution for the week:
(to remind myself)

Remember, If you live near Settle -  there is still space on Christmas Day at Settle Community Christmas Meal..

Happy 2015!