This eagerly awaited fun competition was thwarted by wintery weather and frozen greens preventing any golf being played. The organisers, Annie Kidman, Diana Smith and Sue Whytock made the best of a bad job and kept the fun going with a best costume competition, best headwear competition, seasonal quiz and caption competition.
The proceedings began with a welcome glass of fizz and the few remaining trophies being awarded of any competitions won since the Closed Meeting. The dining room was full to bursting with diners who enjoyed a delicious and filling Christmas meal followed by coffee and mince pies. Kelly called on Polly West, the representative from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, to accept the giant cheque for the magnificent sum of £12,082.11 which had been collected throughout Kelly’s year as Captain. Polly explained how valuable these donations were, illustrated by a moving story of a local family who had lost their daughter, with the staff at EACH supporting them all the way through their sad and difficult journey. Kelly thanked all those who had helped make her year as Lady Captain a success, touching on the highlights of the year. In response, Kelly’s hostesses (from Lady Captain’s Day) flying high as reindeer presented her with flowers.
Finally, a series of fun prizes were awarded for seasonal headwear and fancy dress and Father Christmas (Julie Stevenson) from the winning fancy dress team thanked the organisers for organising the day. A further prize went to Sue Ecob sporting headwear made by, and worn in memory of, the late Marion Clarkson. As no competition winners existed to organise the following year’s Christmas competition, names were drawn from a hat. It will be a hard act to follow although the weather could be improved upon.