Proceedings started in The Chapel, where members of Staff put on a pantomime –
‘Snow White and the Seven Tradesmen’ – cleverly devised and written by Hannah Jackson, Operations Manager (West).
After the curtain call, greeted by tumultuous applause, the audience moved across to The Mardler’s Rest cafe, where a magnificent array of hot and cold food and drink awaited them.
With overflowing plates, they took their places in the main cafe and the conservatory, to enjoy conversation and further entertainment.
Hannah introduced a special guest, Alan Swerdlow, Eastern Counties Co-ordinator of The British Association of Friends of Museums, who presented the Chairman of the Friends of Gressenhall, Ted Peachment, with a framed
certificate and a cheque, for achieving First Place in The BAfM Newsletter Awards, Category 1.
Ted thanked him, and paid tribute to all the volunteer groups who had provided material for the Newsletter, and to Lesley Griffin, who had co-ordinated it.
Hannah said some words of welcome and thanks to all the volunteers, and Megan Dennis, Curator and Volunteer Co-ordinator added her comments, and read out a clever alphabetical tribute to them.
She also presented certificates to those nominated for the Share volunteer awards, including the Winner of The Young Volunteer of the year, James Scott, who works on the farm.
It was now time for the eagerly awaited literary offering from Robin Hanley, who gave his usual
masterly performance, by reading works from the notoriously bad Scottish poet, William McGonagall, including one of his worst, ‘The Tay Bridge Disaster’.
Christmas cake and Cava was served, and toasts were made.
As a finale, the multi-tasking Graham Williamson presented a poem describing the characteristics of some of his staff colleagues.
After the party, there was a Crafternoon available, which raised funds for the charity MIND.
It was a thoroughly pleasant afternoon, and sincere thanks must go to all those involved with every aspect of its organisation.
Chairman of the Friends of Gressenhall
Volunteers' Christmas Party – Photographic Album
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