Maldon Life Editorial January 2016

Well it's all over, just like that! It seemed I barely blinked whilst decorations were put up and yet the children's Xmas party has been and gone; Xmas is over, decorations taken down and the New Yearstarted.

So firstly I am going to backtrack to the Children's Party in December. Once again it was a total sell-out with some 96 tickets sold proving what a popular event this is with the local community. Naturally David and Lisa increased numbers again . (They love to increase their challenge each year). In fact so slick is their operation that on turning up to help out pre-event it was so under control that some helpers were not required. Now that's impressive!

The hall as usual looked super with tables looking beautifully festive (see photo), Santa’s grotto ready for his arrival and food being prepared freshly in the kitchen in readiness for the party. The  Xmas lights in the hall were on with the tree lights also twinkling nicely. Finally the excited children aged 4- 10 years arrived and the fun started.

Mr Happy returning for his 9th year,  once more had the children dancing, playing games, watching his magic tricks, having a great time when a certain someone popped his head in to the hall, Santa had arrived. Not on his own as in previous years but with a very special helper this year, his special hound-deer friend Bingo.  Rudolph was not available so Bingo assisted Santa as each child visited him, by selecting an appropriate gift for them.  Thank-you to Santa and Bingo,  we know how busy they are at this time of year and yet they still manage this visit to Maldon to give each child attending a wrapped gift. 

We would also like to  extend a massive “ Thank-you” to David and Lisa once more  whose tireless efforts make this event possible each year and to their small team of special helpers including Tracy who assist with the sale of tickets, preparing food and drinks and serving it during the course of the party. Then of course there are the committee members including Andy and the Care-taking team who install decorations and lights to decorate the centre, put out tables and chairs and then clear it all away afterwards, they do it all so well and it is hard work but so rewarding when you see the children have such a good time and who are so appreciative of the party.

Now you may recall last month I mentioned I  would let you have some  quiz dates for 2016to put in your for diaries. Each quiz is held on a Saturday night and starts at 8pm finishing around 10.30 pm.  The first three dates are as follows:-

February 13th,  April 2nd  and May 21st  If you'd like to find out more call 07823777201 or visit our website.

Now a New Year generally means New Resolutions or at least a determination to change things for the better. Changes can include lots of different things,  becoming more active, losing weight or just getting out more and making friends or learning a new language. The West Maldon Community Centre can help with a multitude of things. Just visit the website to see the program of offerings. There are keep fit classes with Tricia on offer on a Tuesday evening for those who want to exercise more. Weight loss programmes, language lessons with Wendy and why not try Ballroom dancing on a Sunday afternoon if you are a “Strictly” fan.  Just have a look and see what's on offer. It's a New Year let’s make the most of it.