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Seniors Christmas Lunch 2016 (Unexpurgated)

Sunday the 11th came and you could hear the sharpening of knives and straightening of forks as far away as Pilton as everyone got ready for the DO. You’re intrepid reporter donned his look of total idiot and joined the happy throng on the free meal roundabout. I took the total idiot guise a little too seriously as I had a steamed up lens for my first shot Of Sarah McAlister and Mary Rogers beavering away in the kitchen.

I was unaware that Mary had served time in the Navy. She obviously had judging by the language used to clear me out of the kitchen. Apparently I was getting under foot.


I decided at that point to keep a low profile and settled for “Greeting” people at the door and presenting them with “goody Bags” from the Birch Good Neighbour Scheme. The bags were made up by Sally Cox with help from Joanne Beaver. Then idea being to bring to the village’s attention our own Good neighbours Sceme.

The bags contained a Meissen China Mug with the scheme telephone number on it.

A torch. No batteries, to guard against corrosion.

A tear out note book.

A pen to write notes in the above book.

Oh, and a medicinal bottle of cough linctus for these cold evenings.

So. lets have a look at the hall before the crowds arrived.


All this done by volunteer helpers the day before. I was adrift so cannot put names up, but if someone tells me I will ensure a mention is made.

Following are shots taken during the luncheon.


Janet, Anne, Joanne and Jane discussing the menu.


Old hands and honoured guests, apparently happy enough. Tony did ask if we could do this every other Sunday as he was getting a little bored with Don Paddies.


Cynthia and Dorothy, our much loved senior villagers waiting for seconds.


Just watch Sparks. He had hired a new mask for the occasion, you will notice the same face in every photo.


As usual, if it’s free, Roger gets in the mood. Sylvia can’t control him now he’s had a glass of house red. Dennis has seen it all before of course. Chris and Mary busy discussing the fat-stock closing prices at Melton.


A side view of the mask. I am assured it has nothing to do with the Wine, the latex was just a bit tight on Sparks face.


The Brains Trust Corner. All the better types sat there, Andy taking a break from his labours (things people will do for a free meal) being looked after by Brenda And Sarah while Bryan keeps what can only be called a “Beady” eye on the camera.


Doreen apparently thought the white was not bad and wanted some plated for Monday.


Sarah, June and David enjoying watching the others.


Not quite senior but certainly heavyweights in the village pecking order

Bryan, Charles and Phillipa.


Sheila would insist on bringing her daughter Jacqui along although the organisers had suggested she have lemonade this year. “I’m not very well you know” John looks to be perfectly fit and enjoying himself in this shot. Shows how a camera can lie.


The suspicion is that Barbara is making a fool of herself judging by Vic’s and Trevor’s faces.


But seriously folks this is what an aged fisherman looks like. Not a mark on him and ready, like a coiled spring, to get fishing.


I tried to explain that the camera had a perfectly normal field of view but Gordon and Julia said they liked each other’s company and anyway it saved on fuel.


You can see the shocked expression on John’s face as Richard tells him the draw is fixed.


Maggie and Nick came to the lunch all the way from Norfolk but as you can see Maggie thought the wine was just a little too strong for daytime consumption.

(Note that mask again)


Adrian explaining the finer points of Flamenco dancing to Cynthia and Dorothy. They were disbelieving but Val is showing them the complimentary tram ticket presented to Adrian in Madrid where he was an instructor.


Down to the serious stuff. Anne organised the raffle which raised £150 towards the meal

and is preparing herself to give out the prizes.


The following shots can speak for themselves, These are the Raffle winners at the peak of their excitement. Trevor has just read what is in the box Charles has chosen.

I just want to know how Judith is going to explain away the smell of drink to Patrick.


Chris rounding off the shots of the raffle with her bagging the “Hidden Treasure”

If I can get any more shots I will get them up here for a record.

Bumbling around during and after the event I get the impression everyone enjoyed themselves and I did not hear one complaint, there may be some, Let us know so we can try not to repeat it next time.

Finances for the do are always a worry, fortunately as Treasurer (resign) of the hall, it is not my problem but Mary has yet to learn the finer points of balancing on a razor’s edge.

If you have any shots please let me have them so we can all see.

I have had a communication from the East Midlands Health authority asking that we demonstrate the perils of the Demon Drink. Being a responsibly run community web site I thought as a “for instance” I would include the following as a warning to those to whom temptation beckons.


And these are all respectable members of society!


Wing Senior Citizens Lunch 2016

There will be a Christmas lunch held at the hall on Sunday 11 December 12:30 for 1:00 pm

Same Arrangements as last year, if you are not now a resident you might like to consider a donation, but if you consider yourself senior and you live in Wing then it’s all free. This year the main burden of the cost will be borne by the Thursday Coffee Morning group.

Same catering,  same menu, same good time to be had. 100 Club double prize value again.

What you need to do:- Get your name on the list held by Paul Brewer. He is captive every Thursday morning 10:30 till 12:00 at the Village Hall charming the ladies, well some of them, at Coffee Morning. If you need to use a telephone go straight to the top and let Mary Rodgers know on 01572 737475. Failing that, give your details to any member of the committee and they will ensure you’re details are entered.

This Years Menu, as last year, will be:-Traditional Christmas Lunch followed by,

Christmas Pudding   or   Lemon Meringue Roulade   or   Fresh Fruit Salad

The list will hopefully show your choice of sweet.





Spirits of Christmas


 Come and sing carols around our new Christmas Tree and watch the lights switched on to celebrate the start of the season


£5 entrance

  • Wine by Bat & Bottle
  • Canapés by Otters Fine Foods
  • Christmas sausage rolls by Vivia Crump’s
  • Various Christmas themed stalls.

The  evening will begin with the switch on of Wing’s Christmas lights accompanied by a few carols to get you in the mood.

Entry to the event is £5.00 on the door and you will be given a glass of wine/beer or soft drinks of your choice and a selection of delicious canapes by Otters Fine Foods and some special Christmas sausage rolls by Wing’s own Vivia Crump.

Ben from Bat and Bottle will bring a festive selection of his Italian wines and be on hand to talk you through what makes them special.

There is an opportunity to get your Christmas shopping underway with a select number of stalls selling food and Christmas related products.

The evening will wind up with the prize draw for 2 time-share holidays donated by the Cullens.

We hope you will come and join what promises to be a great, local evening.



Afternoon Tea to Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday

Queen’s 90th birthday afternoon tea was held in Wing Village Hall April 21st 2016. 

Many Thanks to all of you for kindly donating sandwiches and cakes. All expenses were covered by money made from 2015 lunches, so the £82 donated at the party is for Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice at Peterborough.

Judith Oakley

Afternoon Tea
To Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Wing Village Hall
Thursday 21st April 3:30 – 5:30 pm
You are cordially invited to the above event which I am organising with a group of friends.
The cost will be £1.00, to include a free raffle.
If anyone is able to make Sandwiches, Cakes or Scones please contact me – I will reimburse you! Let me know by April 14th if you are able to attend.

Judith 01572 737761                                    

Well. We had the tea, and the Cucumber sandwiches were excellent.

here are some shots taken of the event.

Queens Birthday 2016 a

Alan, on the top table, laying down the law on royal protocol.

Queens Birthday 2016 b

Nice to see Eileen after a while away from us.

Queens Birthday 2016 c

A group of tame Quilters and Roger.

Queens Birthday 2016 d

Roger, relatively happy with the Quilters.

Queens Birthday 2016 e

Never mind the eaters, what about that for a cake stand!

Queens Birthday 2016 f

The foreigners table. Roger moved in with the Harboro gang

Queens Birthday 2016 g

Should have asked John what was so funny.

Queens Birthday 2016 h

They didn’t get a fancy cake stand but nevertheless seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Queens Birthday 2016 j

The assembled tea party.

Queens Birthday 2016 k

Cynthia practising here recruitment pose.

Queens Birthday 2016 m

Them what did for us on the day,Judith of course is TT.

Queens Birthday 2016 n

Look what good teeth I’ve got.

Queens Birthday 2016 s

Dorothy with her solid gold plaque of Buck House.

Queens Birthday 2016 q

And there we all are toasting Her Majesty.

Thanks of course to Judith and her helpers for the superb spread and whoever came up with the bubbly, we did enjoy it!!





The book is now available from the Village Hall Coffee Mornings ,Sunday Teas or from Mary Rodgers
16 Church Street
Tel: 01572737475

The price is £12.00
The proceeds are for the Village Hall.

Also there is a selection of greetings cards available with some of the illustrations from the book and these can be purchased in the Village Hall, from the W I and the PCC. Mary also has a selection in her studio at 16 Church Street.

Wing now has a QR code!

If you are visiting this site occasionally and you own a Smartphone then just use the Scan application to scan the QR Code below and it will capture all you need to know about the village, this website and our sister page on Facebook. It can also be found as the last item on the menu and here .

If none of this makes sense to you then ask your kids or grandkids what it means and the advantages of using this technology if you have an iPhone, iPad or any tablet.

Wing QR

Singlies Lunch 14 March

There was a Lunch laid on in the Hall on Sunday for those residents who lived alone. Your correspondent was present as a side line from writing for the Guardian and because it was thought I looked a little peaky and in need of nourishment. Joanne Beaver did the tricky bit, the cooking, while the rest of us concentrated on what marks to award. The panel were Cynthia, and her friend Margaret from Uppingham, Doreen, Allan, the new villager from the bungalows. Cyril invited Roger the Plot as his friend and at 13:00 Z sharp, we were away. The meal was pronounced a success with full marks awarded and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed mine. On the menu was local Rare Breed Pork generously supplied by Pheasants Roost of Manton. As you would expect from our Blue Riband chef, there were all the trimmings. The main meal was followed by a choice of sweets, A rich chocolate gateaux, a healthy fresh fruit salad and a delicious crumble.  Those that didn’t attend missed a treat. Avoid dissapointment, get your name down for the next one!

Pork Lunch

Margret, Cynthia and Doreen being delicate eaters were coming in last.

Roast pork Joint

What we all enjoyed.