Stewards Newsletter

December 2018

Welcome to our last Newsletter for 2018 and wishing you and yours a Happy and Holy Christmas and Good Luck, Good Health and God Bless you in the year ahead.


Plenty of exciting things going on in December.


1st DECEMBER FESTIVE WINTER CONCERT WITH THE HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY BAND. Tickets £10.00 available from Reception.


2nd DECEMBER – CAROLS IN THE COMMUNITY WITH CHURCHES TOGETHER – Mulled Wine, soft drinks & Mince Pies – Free Admission.


5th DECEMBER - STEWARDS CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING from 10am.


8th DECEMBER - HAYLING ISLAND CHOIR CHRISTMAS CAROLS - Mince Pies. Tickets £10.00 available from Reception. 


9th DECEMBER - COACH TO LONDON FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING (Fully booked)


17th DECEMBER - CINDERELLA PANTOMIME AT THE KINGS THEATRE IN SOUTHSEA – a few tickets still available.


Please excuse the four letter words in the following story. I would have deleted them but it would lose its impact without them.


A young couple got married and went on their honeymoon and when they got home, the bride immediately telephoned her mother. “Well”, said her mother, “so how was your honeymoon?” “Oh Mama, the honeymoon was wonderful, so romantic.” Suddenly, she burst out crying. “but Mama, as soon as we returned, Sam started using the most horrible language – things I had never heard before! I mean all those awful four letter words. You’ve got to take me home – Please Mama!” “Sarah, Sarah,” her Mother said, “calm down! You need to stay with your husband and work it out. Now tell me, what could be so awful? WHAT four letter words?” “Please, don’t let me tell you Mama.” wept her daughter, “I’m so embarrassed, they’re just too awful! COME AND GET ME PLEASE.” “Darling, baby, you must tell me what has got you so upset. Tell your mother these four letter words.” Sobbing the bride said, “Oh Mama, he used words like dust, wash, iron and cook.” “I’ll pick you up in 20 minutes.” said her mother.


Many thanks to all the people who went on the Turkey & Tinsel holiday for the lovely card you sent to me – I missed being with you.


Tania is looking at excursions and theatre trips for next year, but I can tell you that we have already booked seats for “Blood Brothers” on the 1st of May at the Kings Theatre. Watch this space! 


QUIZ TIME – The winner of the Crossword was Jean Jevon. Congratulations and a Festive Prize is waiting in Reception for you. No prize for December, but instead a Festive General Knowledge Quiz with the Answers that you can do with the family. No peeking at the answers!


We had a great Table Top Sale and Tombola and the total profit for the Centre was £432.00.  Thank you all for the wonderful prizes for the Tombola.


Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by St Peter at the Pearly Gates. “In honour of this Holy Season,” St Peter said “You must each possess something that symbolises Christmas in order to get into Heaven.” The first man pulled out a lighter and flicked it on and said,” It represents a candle.” “You may pass through the gates.” said St. Peter. The second man fumbled in his pockets and pulled out a bunch of keys. He shook them out and said, “They’re bells.” St Peter said, “You may pass through the gates.” The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of ladies panties. St Peter looked at the man with raised eyebrows and said, “Just what do these symbolise?” The man replied, “These are Carols.”


After being away from home on business for the week before Christmas, Steve thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. He said to the girl in the Perfumery Department, “How about some Perfume?” She showed him a bottle costing £75.00. “That’s a bit much,” said Steve, so she returned with a bottle costing £30.00. “That’s still quite a lot.” Growing a little impatient she came back with a tiny bottle costing £15.00. Steve too was getting a little impatient so he said “What I mean is something real cheap.” So the Sales Assistant handed him a mirror.


Drinking and Driving A friend of mine was at the Office Party last week and had a few too many pints of Beer and a couple of glasses of Prosecco. Knowing full well that he may have been slightly over the limit, yet only lived a few miles from his home, he decided to do something he had never done before – he took the bus home. He arrived home safely and without incident which was a real surprise as he had never driven a bus before and was not quite sure where he had got this one!


Bing Crosby recorded “White Christmas” in 1942 and it had the distinction of marking the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. As the North Vietnamese surrounded Saigon an evacuation plan was set in motion to bring the Americans and some South Vietnamese to safety. The cue to evacuate would be a radio announcement that the temperature in Saigon was “105 degrees and rising” which would be followed by Bing’s “White Christmas.” When the moment of truth arrived, Bing’s voice triggered a mad scramble to the US Embassy where helicopters were waiting. Bing who had quietly opposed American involvement in Vietman, contributed to the American exit.


Christmas without “It’s a Wonderful Life” would not be the same for our family. The scene with flurries of snow floating across the screen was actually filmed in the summer of 1946 during a heatwave. The scenes where James Stewart is sweating with despair were because he was boiling hot and was really sweating!


Have a lovely Christmas and wouldn’t it be nice to have a White Christmas.


Very Best Wishes. 


Cathy Kennealy