Guests at the Over 65s Mayor’s Christmas party got a real treat of a finale this year with a performance by local famous musician and music producer, Mike Hurst at the Town Hall yesterday afternoon.
The guests were served lunch from Time for Tea which included sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes and scones before being entertained with poems, songs and music performances by Year 5 pupils from Rupert House School, followed by a game of bingo, a visit from Father Christmas and the drawing of the raffle with prizes donated by Waitrose, Tesco, The Caversham Butcher and Kenton Theatre.
Marlene and Max were attending the party for the first time. Marlene commented, “It was advertised where we live in Hanover House and we thought we would try it and it’s been very enjoyable. We’ve met some nice people at the table and the children’s entertainment was so very good particularly as they are so young. I’d like to say a BIG thank you to all the serving ladies for doing all the hard work today. We didn’t have much luck with the bingo but we’re hoping to win something in the raffle (which they did!).”
Ronald and Maureen Sharp who were born and have lived in Henley all their life are regular party guests. Maureen said, “We come because we see people we don’t normally see otherwise and it’s all the old people who we have grown up with and it’s nice to see they’re still around.” Ronald won a big box of chocolate biscuits in the bingo. He said, “I’ve never won at bingo.” Asked whether he will share the biscuits with Maureen, Ronald replied jokingly, “No I don’t think they will do her any good!”
Mike played hits including Hey, Good Lookin’, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Under the Moon of Love and an encore of Living Without You with the guests singing, clapping and dancing along. Afterwards Mike said, “Sarah who I’ve known for a long time asked me to come along today. The point with elderly people like me is I’m giving them their memories that I have too. It’s great and like watching their faces. They love the old songs as they are their songs. I love doing it.”
Henley Mayor, Councillor Sarah Miller said, “The best time was had at the annual Over 60s Christmas Party, and judging from the wonderful feedback, I think everybody else really enjoyed it. It was so lovely to have so many attendees from all over Henley, particularly some guests who were there for the first time. Time for Tea laid on a scrummy feast of sweet and savoury Christmas nibbles, along with endless cups of tea, glasses of wine and sherry. The entertainment consisted of a raffle where most people left with a prize, and bingo. I personally feel I have found my career Plan B as a Bingo caller!! The ever youthful Henley rock star Mike Hurst finished the afternoon with a wonderful repertoire of songs that had everybody clapping and singing – even dancing.
I think this year’s over 60s party rocked! And all thanks to the wonderful supporters and sponsors, but mostly to Leena Wisely and the HTC staff who worked their socks off to make this such a wonderful event and Councillors Eggleton, Hinton, Crooke, Hillier, Arlett and Gawrysiak who all pitched in on the day to help out. Thank you all xxx”