Stewards Newsletter

November 2017

Hallo and welcome – I am starting to write this on the 2nd October because I am going to Canada on the 17th to see my Canadian family for Birthday and Halloween celebrations. Halloween celebrations are very big, almost as big as Christmas - decorations are outside houses as well as inside with plenty of cobwebs, spiders and witches and of course many pumpkins. Mandy is going to complete the newsletter towards the end of the month and I intend on sending her some details of what we will be getting up to in Canada.   

When I get up in the morning, first thing I do is put the kettle on and then switch on my laptop (my kitchen is also my office) because of the time change, there is often a message from the family in Canada. However, this morning I had an Irish joke from a good friend. Sorry if it is not politically correct but it made me start the day with a laugh so that can’t be bad.   

Paddy and Mike were working on a building site when a slate fell and sliced Paddy’s ear off. Mike found it and asked, “Is this yours Paddy?” “No,” said Paddy, “mine had a pencil behind it.”   

Exciting Extension News I am sure Cathy would like to make you all aware of the brand new opening of our cafe “T @the Park”. We are having a grand unveiling for the General Public on Saturday 18th November from 8.30am – 4.30pm. With every purchase on the day you will be entitled to a free tea or filtered coffee, and you will also be able to see the rest of the new building. Our new cafe team look forward to welcoming you! Mandy   

TURKEY & TINSEL 4TH DECEMBER – here are your joining instructions for our holiday. The coach will pick up a group from Dilkusha Court at 9.15am and then on to the rest of us at the Barley Mow for 9.30am. Please ensure that you have picked up your luggage labels and Entertainment Programme from the office. We will have a stop at Haskins Gift and Garden Centre at Swaythling. There will be plenty of time to have something to eat and drink and there is always a great selection of Christmas gifts there. We then continue our journey on to Eastbourne and the plan is that we arrive at Haddon Hall at approx 2.30pm where we will be greeted with tea or coffee and mince pies.   Details of the 2 included excursions will be given to you on the coach. There will be a 1-day excursion to Brighton and a half day excursion to Alfriston and a Winery for some wine tasting and also included will be tea, coffee and sandwiches. There will be a free day for you to explore Eastbourne and we will be leaving the Hotel on Friday at approx 10.00am for the return journey. We will have a “comfort” stop and should arrive back on Hayling at approx 3.00pm. We will be unable to drop you off at the Barley Mow because they are always busy on a Friday afternoon, but we will be dropped off on the road outside the Community Centre.   Any queries, please ring Brian on 02392 178602 or myself on 02392 469415 (when I’m back from Canada!)   

Let me tell you about a man who left work one Friday afternoon and because it was payday, he stayed out all week-end partying with the boys and spent his entire wage packet. When he finally appeared home on Sunday night he was greeted by a very angry wife who screamed at him for 2 hours. She finally stopped and simply said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for 2 or 3 days?” He replied, “That would be fine by me.” 

Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife, Tuesday and Wednesday came and just the same. Thursday came and he could just see her out of the corner of his left eye.   

TABLE TOP SALE & TOMBOLA on Saturday 2nd December from 2 to 4pm. This will be our last one for this year and you can book your table now. There are usually plenty of Christmas bargains at this one. Once more I am counting on your generosity for gifts for the Tombola and I will not be asking for anything again until Easter 2018.    

QUIZ TIME  The winner of the October Quiz was Michael Rowlands. Congratulations! Please collect your Prize from Reception. The closing date for the November Quiz will be l0am on Monday 28th November.   

I love Christmas, all the decorations and preparing lots of food in advance that can be frozen. As soon as I come back from Canada I shall be going around with my secateurs to do some scrumping for holly, ivy and anything with red berries on, so if you have too much holly in your garden I can come and prune your tree! We always make a “Kissing Bough” to hang over my front door. This tradition started in 1600’s and was a pre-cursor to mistletoe. It is made up of Rosemary, Holly and Ivy tied together with a red ribbon.   “White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin for the 1942 film “Holiday Inn” and he had to write a song about each of the major holidays of the year. Apparently “White Christmas” was the most challenging song to write. The film starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. I have a copy of this and I will start playing this on the 1st of December.    

COACH TRIPS We still have a few seats remaining for the Southampton Christmas shopping and London Christmas shopping coach trips in November.   On Friday 17th the Southampton Coach Trip will be leaving from the road outside the centre at 9.30am and leaves Southampton at 3pm. £11 per person. On Sunday 26th the London coach trip departs from the road outside the Centre at 9am and leaves London at 5pm. Coach drop off point will be Grosvenor Square and it is a short walk through to Marble Arch and Oxford Street and all the shops. £16 per person. Both trips are great value for money and a great chance to get your last minute shopping done! Phone 02392467545 to book your seats now.   

Mandy here… I had a lovely e-mail from Cathy on Sunday who is enjoying the Halloween vibe in Canada. She had been pumpkin-picking and decorating the house with fake cobwebs and skeletons! It has also been her Great-Granddaughter Harper’s birthday so they’ve made sure she’s had a lovely time.