From the smallest sausage roll, to the salads, bread, trifles, cake, bunting, flags, choir, to the minibus, and many people’s time, all were all given freely and from within the community to provide a Royal themed lunch for 60+ elderly residents of the Sinfin Ward. Dozens of people took time out to make individual items for the occasion at St Batholomew’s Church, and many businesses donated food, or provided some modest funding to buy accessories to make the occasion very special for the invitees.
The wider Sinfin team, including Neighbourhood Officers, Councillors, the Local Area Co-Ordinator, the organisers and contacts, knew the local elderly people who would really welcome being invited to the event, to meet old and new friends, and enjoy the whole occasion.
The Mayor of Derby, and his wife were in attendance, and formally opened the event, followed by the ceremonial cake-cutting.
This was not the first time that such a celebration had been arranged – they have been running for several years, and were initiated by Cllr Baggy Shanker. The last one was at Christmas at Sinfin Moor Church and was , by all accounts, “fantastic”.
It was an impressive team effort, and it was non-stop during the day for the organisers Sharon Booth and Jane Buxton, and the many volunteers, in order to make it flow seamlessly. Cllr Nadine Peatfield and her choir provided the musical accompaniment to seal the sense of the occasion.
One of the elderly gents leapt up at the end to generate a big round of applause for all the volunteers and a hearty, hip-hip-hooray!
Personal thanks to Cllrs Baggy Shanker, Joanna West and Nadine Peatfield for being welcoming to me.
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