Centre Christmas Party 2016

On Monday over 80 Abbey regulars gathered together to enjoy our annual Christmas lunch and entertainment to round off the year with some festive cheer.

The Abbey elves got busy in the kitchen to prepare a good spread.

This year we were lucky enough to have the help of some wonderful volunteers from Sainsbury’s Kilburn High Road. Gerry, Vlora, Donna, Mags, Ezmi and Jamie kept us organised throughout the day and brought along the biggest hamper ever to enhance our raffle, along with a £100 giftcard to help with our food costs – brilliant!

Everyone was soon arriving and tucking into the food. Not quite a traditional roast, but we try our best…

After stuffing our faces it was time for a Christmas quiz organised by Leo, with a Kilburn twist! Our winning team below won the most coveted of Christmas prizes – a box of Quality Street, naturally. Excellent NW6 knowledge there.

For those whose Kilburn knowledge wasn’t quite as up to scratch, there were still plenty of chances to go home with a prize. We had our usual raffle plus an extra BONUS raffle – one free ticket each to win the giant hamper courtesy of Sainsbury’s.

Theresa was the winner and was delighted with her prize. Luckily the Sainsbury’s volunteers were able to step in to help her drive it home!

Our final Christmas treat was a carol performance by the top-quality choir from Olswang (who also provided our mince pies – thanks guys!) which ranged from traditional numbers right up to Mariah and everyone’s favourite, Fairytale of New York.

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Thanks Olswang! I think you inspired our own Abbey choir members too.

A few hugs, farewells and card exchanges later it was time to pack up and head home. But it’s not over yet – our Saturday Club tomorrow is looking to be just as big AND we’re doing special Christmas bingo.

The centre will be closed from 19th December to the 3rd Jan, with our full activities programme back in action from the 9th Jan.

Happy Christmas everyone! Thanks again to all our volunteers and donors, not to mention May on photos as usual of course.

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