Christmas Drinks 2016

On a bright, beautiful  December morning we gathered for our yearly Christmas drinks.

We were warmly greeted by our Chairman Kay Day and our hosts Di and Alan Longshaw at their home in Chalfont St Peter.img_0047

A warming glass of wine enjoyed with delicious canapes prepared for by *To Dine For*  As usual the atmosphere was convivial , guests chattering together  – Christmas preparations- activities with friends and families.

Some had attended the London Male Voice choir at the Albert Hall, others to the Christmas concert at Jewin chapel where Huw Edwards was the host. Excitement at learning Huw is to be our guest speaker at next year’s St David’s Day Dinner.

With warm sunshine , the conservatory doors were opened, guests spilled out into the garden and admired the beautiful coy carp in the garden pond.img_0052

Later, before it was time to leave Jonathan Pegler organized the carol signing, unaccompanied this time but the pure Welsh voices  were a delight to hear.

Kay thanked all that had made this event so enjoyable and as we left we picked up our copy of the newsletter.

 

Liz Seely

Christmas Drinks 2015

This year Bill & Dilys Dover kindly allowed their lovely house in Gerrards Cross, to be taken over for our Christmas do.

The Committee had been worried – would enough people turn up? The committee were worried – there were too many people accepting invitations, how could they explain the mass invasion to the Dovers?

In the end it worked out fine about 60 arrived – not too many, not too few.

The caterers, ‘To Dine For’ turned up promptly and took over the kitchen, working expertly to create a variety of canapés.

Guests starting arriving at 12:30, several waiting in their cars until the due time, as they had arrived too early.

Bill & Ann

Bill & Ann

The Dover’s house is ideal for such a congregation, and most people descended on their large conservatory with the lovely views of the garden, to catch up and discuss important society gossip matters.

Pam Britton asks treasurer Graham about annual fees

Pam Britton asks treasurer Graham about annual fees

 

 

Our Treasurer, Graham Beavan, descended gleefully on newcomers to welcome them and demand a token fee for the proceedings.

 

The ladies looked stunning, and many a comment was made about Jayne Pegler’s lovely blouse.

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

The canapés came round and were appreciated by all. Just when you thought you were quite full, another really interesting plate came around, which would be a shame to miss.

 

 

 

Kay looks for the hosts

Kay looks for the hosts

Our Chairman, Kay Day, rounded up our hosts to thank them for their generous hospitality and present them with a token our appreciation.

Chairman Kay thanks hosts Bill & Dilys

Chairman Kay thanks hosts Bill & Dilys

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan prepares for the carols

Jonathan prepares for the carols

Around 4pm as the light began to fade, and people drifted towards the living room where Jonathan Pegler was ready at the keyboard to orchestrate the carols and singing of Welsh favourites.

Hugh singing quietly

Hugh singing quietly