Archive for December 1st, 2012

Somerset Care Dec 1st

December 1, 2012

This afternoon saw us at the Aston Rooms in Aston Road, Waterlooville for the annual Christmas Tea Party for clients of Somerset Care.

Still better known locally as Echoes Care, around 100 users of the service and their carers came along and enjoyed the afternoon, with plenty of sandwiches and

The Cup Presentation

The Cup Presentation

Some of the clients and family

Some of the clients and family

Some time ago a cup, known as the Havant Mayor’s Cup, was given to Echoes Care to be awarded to a carer who had performed exceptional service over the previous 12 months. This year I was privileged to present the Cup to two carers who have each given excellent service over a number of years. They each received a certificate, flowers and other goodies, plus a share in the Cup.

There was a raffle with more than 50 prizes, many of which had been donated by local companies.

The Tree Nov 30th

December 1, 2012

After the lantern procession Elaine & I went round to Park Parade just in time for the switching on of the Christmas tree.

This had been organised and decorated by some of the members of the Leigh Park Traders Association, and brought a very festive feel to the area.

The Tree

The Tree

Many of the shops were still open after the switch on, and we were asked to walk around Park Parade so that we could judge the winner of the Best Dressed Window Competition.

It was very difficult to make a decision, as several windows were all deserving of winning but, in the end, and only marginally ahead of Always Flowers, we gave the award to the Pet & Garden Centre.

Lantern Procession Nov 30th

December 1, 2012

At about ten to five it was back to the Leigh Park Grotto to prepare for the lantern parade, along with a very large number of children and their parents and grandparents.

Lanterns were handed out by the volunteers from the Grotto, and then we set out from the Greywell Precinct with much singing and laughter. Once into Park Parade we did a circuit of the shopping area, past the Tricketts amusement rides, and then back up to Greywell and the Grotto.

Ready to go

Ready to go

When we arrivedĀ  back at the Grotto the lanterns were handed back and all of the children were offered a mini fairy cake, each of which had been made and beautifully decorated by one of the volunteers.

Leading the way with Councillor Weeks

Leading the way with Councillor Weeks