Shirley Mackintosh: May 2015
Through the month of August, many organisations take a break for a well-earned rest, but for those who rely on the social interaction of these groups, this can be a very lonely time.
On the 19th & 20th August fifteen willing volunteers met to offer a Holiday @ Home to the senior residents of Lambourn. The programme, put together by the organising team had the themes of 'Beside the Sea-side' for Wednesday, and 'Carnival' for the Thursday.
The two-days offered plenty of time for conversations along with quizzes, a 'Crab Drive' to fit in with the sea-side theme (Beetle Drive by another name), plus the opportunity to join in canoe-racing and ten-pin bowling on the big screen curtesy of the Wii computer game, plus a scale model of a traction engine and electric train set!
Probably the favourite event was our very own 'Antiques Road-Show': no valuations, but the opportunity to bring along something precious and talk about it. We had a beautifully embroidered 19th century shawl, an antique candle snuffer in the form of a Nun, some original Melton Mowbray pork pie moulds and a box of silver teaspoons poignantly engraved with the name, 'Nagasaki' — bought many years ago as a keep-sake — and many other precious items.
The food was supplied by The Lambourn Café, personally supervised by Anna, with the addition of copious amounts of cake donated by team members.
The Revd Elaine Rawlings offered a humorous 'Pause for Thought' prior to lunch each day, reminding us of Jesus at the Sea of Galilee and the long tradition of 'Fools' serving Kings, who were able to say things others wouldn't have got away with; she reminded us that we are called to be 'fools for Christ'.
The event was so successful that we are now planning a re-union day in December.
Thanks to everyone for making this so enjoyable.
Deacon Shirley Mackintosh
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