By midday on Sunday 8th December 2019, the main hall of the Hamworthy Club had been transformed into a beautiful setting for our Christmas Lunch. The ten tables were laid, and each one had a beautiful hand-made Christmas tree, complete with lights and hand-made decorations – the Christmas Fairies had been busy again! Much to their delight, each person on the table was given one of the decorations to keep as a memento of the occasion.
The menu for the meal was an appropriately festive one – Turkey carvery, Beef carvery or a vegetarian option of Cranberry, Brie & Walnut Wellington. We were served at our tables by the Hamworthy Club staff, and a generously-portioned, tasty hot meal was enjoyed by all. The serving staff could not have been more helpful and friendly and they received a round of applause for their work. Coffee and petits fours rounded off our meal.
The speaker at this year’s lunch was Ros Liddington who runs history-themed days for schools, has strong links to the Salisbury Playhouse and comes from a line of sewing and craft professionals.
She led us through discussions about what might happened to all the “stuff” we own or create in our textile interests. The talk took us from a consideration of the humble rubber glove through to the world of virtual reality and the “cloud”. It gave us all plenty of food for thought! Ros was thanked for her talk by Jenny Bassett.
An important part of our Christmas lunch event is the exhibition of items in our Christmas Challenge. This year the theme was “Through the Christmas Window” and there were more than a dozen entries. The display was set up by Tricia Hudson and June Low, assisted by members of the committee.
The variety of interpretation demonstrated the wide range and high level of skill of our members. Votes were cast and the winner was Heather Crease who received the trophy as well as a voucher to spend at Cherry Tree Fabrics, donated by Mandy and Steve Springett.
The famous Quarterjack Quilters’ Christmas Raffle comprised items donated through the year by members which were then grouped and packed into mini-hampers by Su Patterson. The array of prizes was a joy to behold, and certainly attracted members and visitors alike. We are delighted to report that the raffle raised over £200!
The afternoon ended with members and visitors wishing each other a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
(Report by Lee Enright)