Cllr John Hunt – County, District and Parish Councillor

The Bishops Hull Dinner Party 2017 was a great success.

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For this month’s article, it’s an absolute pleasure to report that the Bishops Hull Christmas Party held in the Village Hall on Saturday 2nd December, was an outstanding success.

When the idea of holding a dinner dance as a way of bringing the people of our village together at Christmas was first muted, many thought it would never happen.
All sorts of reason were given as to why it would fail however, with your support and the dedication of some brilliant volunteers, the impossible became a reality.

At 1pm on the Saturday, a group of us met at the Hall to transform it into a setting befitting a dinner/dance. By 6pm the hall was a thing of beauty, all the tables were dressed, candles flickering, balloons floating above chairs, the sumptuous food was ready to go, the band warming up and the few last minute touches were now completed.

As the first guests arrived, they were warmly welcomed with a glass of Bucks Fizz, Presecco or a soft drink. After 30 minutes or so of socialising, everyone went to their tables and played a short game of ‘Heads or Tails’ which was very amusing.
Dinner was absolutely superb. I’d like to say a very special thank you to Carolyn Bulbeck and her team for their much appreciated hard work.

The raffle followed dinner with donated prizes including ‘Taunton Monopoly’, homemade cakes/puddings, bottles of various drinks and chocolates.

A special ‘shout-out’ for Co-operative Food in Wellington New Road for their support and generosity.

Local band the Wood Pryers started playing around 10pm and our guests (young and a little older) danced the rest of the night away.

It was particularly lovely to see some of our younger villagers present, many were in their 20’s/30’s and judging by the way some of our ‘more mature’ residents were jigging about, it’s safe to say that they clearly felt they too were in their 20’s. You were all ‘absolutely fabulous darlings’.

The event attracted people from many of our village groups. Represented were: the Parish Council, Village Hall & Playing Field Trust, Bishops Hull Hub, Bishops Hull Woodland Volunteers. Frank Bond Centre, the Church, School PTA and Governors.

The event was not a fund raiser however, at time of writing this I reckon we’ve made a profit of around £400, which will be divided equally between the proposed new Bishops Hull Hub, replacing the existing Church Hall and the new Pavilion to be built on the playing Field.

I’d like to say thank you to those who made this event possible, in no particular order and my sincere apologies if I’ve missed anyone.
The Girls: Carolyn Bulbeck, Jane Gurr, Christine Shirley, Jo Thompson, Sue Faire, Becky, Lin Pope and Mandi Trout.
The Boys: David Gurr, Paul Bulbeck, George Howard, Chris Hawkins, Kevin Gibbs and Tim Pope.

And finally, It was wonderful to see you all at the event and YES, it will be happening again next year with the addition of a quite room, for those who’d like to have a little time-out from the fun of the live band. I’ll be sorting out a date in the coming weeks.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

John Hunt

Below are the individual photos from the event. Please feel free to copy any you’d like to keep. Enjoy…

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