Burns Night Supper – Saturday 4th February 2017
“your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions“. Joel 2:28
With the vision of our Church Development looking as though it is about to come to become a reality – firstly we give thanks and praise!! Those of us who have been supporting this project over many years with coach trips to other Churches who had successfully carried out work to their premises to visits from architects, etc. are breathing a sigh of relief. We have all ‘hung in there’ knowing that in God’s time (which is not ours!!) all would be revealed.
With the launch of an official Fund Raising appeal the Widbury Life Group enthusiastically embraced the idea and launched ourselves into our ‘Event’. We were keen to involve the Church and the Community in our efforts and decided on a “Burns Night Supper”. When we found we could use the Church School and kitchens plans very quickly came together and with the support of South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society we threw ourselves into the organisation.
We knew the haggis would be an important part of our supper menu, therefore the beginning of January saw us trying out a practice Supper at one of our homes. There was a blind tasting of three haggis to chose which would grace our tables – ironically the most expensive one was rejected!! Each person had done their homework to see how we could cater for around 100 people most economically while still giving quality. We hope we achieved this and from the many letters we have received you obviously all had a good evening.
So many people to thank – firstly to those of you who supported us and bought tickets – we actually catered for 120 on the night. Our well versed ‘Toasters’ – Molly Glendinning starting our supper by giving thanks to God for his goodness by reciting the Selkirk Grace, which reminds us that there are still those who ‘do not have meat’. Ian Watt with his dramatic rendition Addressing the Haggis accompanied by brandishing of dirk skilfully removed from sheath. Mike Dawson gallantly addressing and toasting the ‘lassies’.
Christian Cole may not have realised the project he had signed up to when he positively responded to our request to bring the young people to help with washing and clearing up, a major undertaking. We may have learned lessons to invite people to bring their own crockery and cutlery for future events!!!
The evening flew past – ably being kept on track by Mike Tucker who had been given a rough time-table. While eating we were well-entertained by the Dancers and Sue Barker and David Ilott led us in a sing-a-long of some Scottish songs – thankfully words on the screen.
Having been wined and dined and fuelled with a ‘wee dram’ and coffee accompanied with Scottish Shortbread kindly donated from the Royal An Lochan Hotel, Tighnabruaich, Scotland, the evening continued. We had the chance to demonstrate our agility (or otherwise) to practise our pas-de-basque or schottische or just skipped up and down our sets well guided by the Demonstration Dancing Team.
Carriages at 11p.m. the school hall was quickly cleared up – with the support of able-bodied men moving furniture – for Childrens’ Church to take place the following morning. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks to your generosity, with the profits from sales of tickets and some very generous donations the evening realised £2,500 which we have been able to donate to our Church Development Fund. Perhaps we will do another Dance in the newly refurbished Church space in ? years time!!!
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