Alice Cross’ Christmas Drive n Dine brought the spirit of Christmas to the centre early this year.
45 people from Summer court retirement home, The Rise and Bluebird care joined the regular drive n diners for a feast of traditional roast Turkey & Christmas pudding . Dawlish Community Transport and other volunteers collected people from their homes in Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Teignmouth & Shaldon and drove them into the event. A team of volunteers worked tirelessly to meet, greet and seat the visitors. Tony Everest, local magician offered his services to entertain people as they waited with flames leaping from his wallet and mysterious things disappearing in front of their eyes.
The stars of the day were Trinity School Years 4, 5 and 6 choir, run by Mr Tim Crompton and Sarah Robbins , they sang a selection of lovely well known carols including, Silent night and we wish you a Merry Christmas . The audience sang along and the room was filled with the joy of community and festive delight.
Centre Manager, Julia Street said “ This is one of my favourite events in our calendar, Christmas Carols with Trinity School choir, we are lucky that the children can come to sing for us and we all look forward to it very much. I was so pleased that we had such a large audience this year and it’s great that we are still running Drive n Dine, helping isolated people to get out and attend these fun events . The Children were a credit to themselves and their school behaving so well and performing with such style. I am grateful to Doreen and the team of volunteers who decorated the hall with traditional paper chains and stars to help create such a lovely atmosphere. Tony, the magician was fantastic when he entertained the children after they had finished singing, he had them all trying to guess how he did his tricks and even included their teacher, Mrs Robbins as an assistant .
If you are looking for a local entertainer then try Facebook “Tony EVEREST – The Magic Man“. Several of the diners said how wonderful it was for them to meet the young people and listen to them singing , it was a real treat and thanked us for organising it.”
Julia went on to say that “we have a FREE event coming up on Tuesday 18th December, hosted by Drinkwise Age well, there will be a traditional Christmas lunch followed by short presentation on alcohol awareness, and then the Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” , starting at midday , spaces are limited so please call us on 01626 778039 to book your place.” “We also have a few spaces for Christmas Day dinner, so please get in touch, we have confirmed entertainment with a local clarinettist and Amanda Lynn , one of our favourite performers, it’s going to be a great day. “