ST. GEORGE AT THE WI
When taking telephone orders from This England and Evergreen customers on St. George’s Day, Dan Rayner, one of our dedicated team manning the phone lines, was determined to join in with the spirit of the occasion. Dan is extremely popular with other members of staff, which might just have something to do with the fact that, remaining loyal to his native county, he occasionally brings in delicious Devon Cream Teas!
The Women’s Institute at Ingoldisthorpe in Norfolk hold Tea and Chat afternoons every two/three months which members and villagers enjoy. The April one happened to fall on the 23rd so our President suggested we have a themed St. George’s Day celebration. As usual members made lots of lovely cakes, but this time many were decorated with the red and white flag. The tables looked lovely with red cloths and flags and a welcoming card inside of which was a quiz with questions relating to England. When we advertised the afternoon we asked people to wear red and white. The support was wonderful and we even had St. George, complete with sword.
The Totton and Eling Branch of the Royal British Legion in Hampshire held a St. George’s Day celebration evening on 23rd April to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Julie Taylor cooked a traditional English supper which consisted of a superb pie and peas meal which was both admired and devoured by everyone. The evening entertainment consisted of a good old-fashioned beetle drive which was a huge success. This was a new experience for many and much hilarity resulted when some people’s confusion about the rules resulted in impossible scores.
Later a quiz based on St. George and the era in which he lived was followed by a raffle for some excellent donated prizes which included champagne, a large jar of sweets, wine and many other prizes. The tables and the hall were beautifully decorated with red and white bunting and flags. A fun-packed evening raised £209.