For those of you who were not able to be with us at the December meeting, you missed a really enjoyable morning.
After coffee, mince pies and a Christmas welcome from Chairman Mary Badge, she introduced our Master of Ceremonies, Jean Thompson.
Jean came in looking very harassed, she had some very bad news. A hot air balloon was in trouble over Tavistock and the only hope of avoiding disaster was to throw one of the passengers overboard! The problem was, which one? The decision was to be ours!!
Each of the very interesting passengers was given an opportunity to say why it should not be them.
Dennis Thatcher (Richard Byrne) was first. The glass of gin in his hand was not a good start. He really didn’t have much going for him.
Margaret Thatcher (Jane Whitehead) was next, with a very large intimidating handbag. A ‘hand bag’ brigade would be the answer to all the present problems, and she was well equipped to lead it, she insisted.
Next came an Organic Waste Disposal Operative (Barbara Schofield) suitably clad and armed with a huge shovel. The threat of what we might have to do in the sewers with such a shovel, should she be ousted, can’t be repeated.
Winston Churchill (Mike Inman) with his usual giant cigar was next. He claimed that he had sorted us out of a major problem before and as an anon academic, soldiering liberal could easily do it again. We were given the ‘V sign’ on his way out.
And finally, the Queen (Mary Badge) with sparkling crown and sceptre. In her very best queenly voice she apologised for her husband’s absence, as he was at charm school. She told us that she was not going to retire and would behead, for treason, anyone trying to get rid of her!
By a vast majority Dennis Thatcher was voted out, – literally.
As soon as the balloon was safely on its way, piloted by Jean – suitably suited & goggled, we were able to return to our Christmas programme.
The three little pigs by Roald Dahl was read to us with much feeling and gusto by the Play Reading Group.
The wolf had two little pigs for lunch, the third called on Red Riding Hood for help. She obliged by shooting the wolf with a pistol from her knickers. She rewarded herself with two wolf skin coats and a ‘Pigskin Travelling Case’!!!
The final item was from our own thriving Choir of 17 ladies and 6 gentlemen who gave us three Christmas carols, one written by the choir leader Helena Rogers, and finishing with the Christmas classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with participation from the audience.
A fitting finish to a most enjoyable morning.
A very big thank you to the Committee who had organised the event and participated so wonderfully, and to all those who helped them.