Thursday, December 9, 2010

8 December 2010 - Christmas Social

The December meeting is one of the two social evenings we hold each year. This was not so well attended as most of our monthly meetings. I don’t know if this was due to the inclement weather or down to the Coronation Street 50 year’s bonanza. While Oxford has escaped the worst of the snow and ice that has wrought chaos on much of Britain, temperatures have rarely climbed above zero in the past week or more so it is not surprising that some members choose not to leave the comfort of their own homes. Those who did venture out were rewarded with a most enjoyable evening.

Alex had written a needlework themed cross word that was sufficiently challenging that no team was able to answer all the questions but judging by the groans, many of us realised that we should have been able to fill in at least some of the blanks.

After exercising our brains, we tucked into the lovely selection of food everyone had brought. A home-made cheese ball was a huge hit and judging by the comments that may be gracing a few party tables over the festive season. Thank you to Gaby and Ann for making the fruit punch this year.

Everyone was hoping their raffle ticket would be drawn first so that they could claim the home made Dundee cake. That prize went to Fiona who, despite much encouragement, flatly refused to cut the cake and give us all a slice.

The highlight of the evening was definitely the competition table. When it was suggested that we make inchies this year, most people responded with “what are inchies?” Well, judging by the entries, everyone not only found out what inchies are but had an absolute ball making them. Nearly every member who came to the meeting had made inchies for the competition and variety and skill on display was tremendous. No two sets of inchies were remotely similar. We were all crowded around the competition table for a very long time, admiring and exclaiming over them. The competition is judged by a coin vote and every pot contained several silver coins but the clear and deserving winner was this entry by Kathy Lin.

Congratulations, Kathy.

And in no particular order, here are the rest of the entries.

I'm sorry that the photographs do not do justice to the beauty of these little gems.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone. See you in January.

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