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The Bishops Hull Dinner Party 2018 was a great success.

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For this month’s Community News article, it’s an absolute pleasure to report that the Bishops Hull Christmas Party held in the Village Hall on Saturday 24th November, was an outstanding success and completely sold out.

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 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. The photo above shows the last four standing.

For the second year running, Dinner was absolutely superb. I’d like to say a very special thank you to Carolyn Bulbeck and Christine Shirley for their very much appreciated hard work.

The raffle followed dinner with donated prizes including a well stocked Christmas Hamper, a rather expensive Car Care kit, vouchers from Bishop’s Hull Butchers and the Old Inn, along with homemade cakes/puddings, bottles of various drinks, chocolates and a potted plant called Charlie (you had to be there lol).

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

Local band the Old School (Amanda, Col, Dave and Terry) started playing after a few words from ‘yours truly’ at around 9:30pm 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, including: the Parish Council, Village Hall & Playing Field Trust, Bishops Hull Hub, Friends of Netherclay Community Woodland, the Frank Bond Centre, St Peter & St Paul Church, Bishop’s Hull Primary School Governors.

The event was not a fund raiser however, we made an amazing profit of £1,019, which will be divided equally between the proposed new Bishops Hull Hub, replacing the existing Church Hall and the Village Hall & playing Field Trust.

I’d like to say a huge 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, Sue Faire, Amanda Gallacher, Hannah Lawson, Claire Plumbly, Kate Cooper, Ellen Turner, Diane Bayless and Leanne Lee.
The Boys: David Gurr, Paul Bulbeck, George Howard, John Newall, Chris Hawkins, Alex Gallacher, Andy Plumbly, Tom Parker, Barry Hadley, Jon Lee, Mike Leach and Malcolm Turner.

And finally, It was wonderful to see you all at the event and YES, it will be happening again next year as long as our wonderful volunteers are happy to put in the extra yards once again. I’ll make you all aware of the date in the New Year.

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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