Tonight we held our Annual Meal for those who come along to Parkside and we had around 40 people along to enjoy an evening of food and fun.
As usual, different people had signed up to provide a variety of Starters, Main Courses and Desserts and we had a good range of food on offer.
With only a handful of people unable to make it, we took the opportunity to take a group photo of those there and Phil Bray balanced somewhat precariously on the window sill in order to get the image below.
Once the photo had been taken, it was time to get on with the food!
A good selection of desserts was on offer.
After the food had been consumed, as is traditional, the men took charge of the washing and drying up.
After the meal, Paul had organised a small group to sing a comical variation on the song My Favourite Things, centred around old age.
We also did some more singing, before Ben took to the stage to play a couple of tracks on his Dad’s guitar.
Overall it was a great evening and a good chance to spend some time together informally.
In 2005 we held a meal for those who come along to Parkside. Different people signed up to make dishes and puddings and we had a great evening together.
Since then, we’ve had one every year and it’s become something of an annual highlight.
This year, the format remained much the same as in previous years. Around forty of us gathered together to enjoy food and fellowship. Dishes on the menu varied from traditional bangers and mash through chile con carne to cottage pie, and were followed by a smorgasbord of differing desserts.
As is usual on these occasions, the washing up fell to the men and the task was completed successfully, without a single breakage!
Following the coffee and mints, we were entertained by Paul regaling us with some amusing church ‘notices’ that he had picked up over the years.
We also enjoyed a delightful duet from Paul and Rachel and a time of informal guitar playing and singing with Jon, Judith and Kerry.
Another successful evening closed finally around 10pm.