on the Offensive!
Rankin's account of the 2007 event
This year saw our second OVER 65’s HOLIDAY CLUB take place from Monday
the 18th to Friday the 22nd June. Again we were provided with a full
and varied programme to keep us both occupied and entertained.
Monday morning was just a settling in period, tea/coffee and biscuits
were provided plus a simple quiz, and time to talk to people that we
don’t often meet. In the afternoon we had a visit from two members of
staff from the WAITROSE Supermarket in Formby, plus two of their local
produce suppliers. They were obviously keen to promote the fact that
they do endeavour to support local produce. It made a change to pick up
a pack of tomatoes or strawberries and be able to read the Name and
Address of the grower, rather than the bland statement, Produce of
Country ---, which could be several thousand miles away. Tasting this
local produce made me realise that my taste buds still functioned.
Tuesday morning was cake decorating, not my ‘cup of tea’ as they say,
of more interest to the ladies, who outnumber the men. I was, however,
quite prepared to eat any samples that came my way. After lunch it was
off to St. Helens to visit Pilkington’s World of Glass, a fascinating
place and well worth the visit.
Wednesday morning was ‘pampering morning’. Several people came from
OPERA, an organisation dedicated to helping people of mature years. We
had relaxation exercises, were offered back massage plus having our
arms and hands massaged with fragrant oils. The afternoon was time for
the more energetic types, and yes there were some, to have a go at Line
Dancing. I confine myself to being a spectator.
Thursday was a full day excursion to Llandudno. An unscheduled stop on
the way meant that it was time for lunch when we arrived. Lunch was
what else but, fish, chips, and mushy peas plus bread and butter,
enough to satisfy the largest appetite. After lunch it was do what you
wanted until time to leave for home. For Laura, Peggy and I this meant
a leisurely stroll in glorious sunshine along the Prom.
Friday, our last day, we had a choice of films to watch in the morning.
The chosen film was ‘Ladies in Lavender’ starring Judi Dench and Maggie
Smith. After lunch, and before Afternoon Cream Tea, we were treated to
a recital by the Maestro himself, Father Neil, playing on St. Mary’s
Church organ. To serve Cream Tea this year we had a male and a female
‘Jeeves’ both complete with Black Tie and Tails.
Whilst the foregoing can give some idea of the activities we took part
in, what cannot be measured is the obvious pleasure that some people
got from just being in good company for a whole week. Besides the
activities this is a most important aspect of the holiday.
Our thanks, for a very enjoyable five days, are extended to that
indefatigable pair, Joan Tudhope and Lynne Connolly, who planned
the whole week. We must not forget their helpers either, Linda Dixon
and Peter Connolly, both of whom finished up playing Jeeves
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