This England - - A Royal History Of England - SYLVIA PRATT

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.

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