For a short while it seemed like the advance group who had come early to decorate and set up ready for the party on the 28th December were going to be the only guests, when suddenly the door opened to a stream of visitors which rapidly meant a ‘full house’! The tables were set up not only for eating but for Chanukah party games and craft activities too. Many thanks to Bess and her helpers for organising and preparing the fun which included a Chanukkah version of ‘Kim’s Game’ which was won by her great-grandson Riley with a truly impressive recall of 12 of the 14 items on the tray.
There was an excellent mix of ages amongst the guests including a sizeable number of children and young people and a baby. Everyone seemed to quickly find an activity or game that suited them and even the Chanukah banner that has remained only partially coloured in for several years was finally completed. It will be put up next year hopefully!
Of course there was plenty of tasty food including traditional Chanukah fare, thank you to anyone who brought along items and to those who helped cook and heat the hot food. Judging by the (loud) buzz of conversation everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves hugely.
The proceedings then transferred to the shul for a Martin Goldberg Chanukah quiz. The guests formed into teams for the 3 rounds which included a question from last year that still nobody knew or even remembered the answer to! The winning team with 16 correct answers was ‘Robertson’s plus’. Bess then awarded prizes for thewinners and runners up of the earlier party games and colouring competition before leading the candle lighting and a short service. The songs were accompanied by the clarinet and all the children and young people received, sweets, small toys and Chanukah geld.
Thank you to the magnificent team that cleared up so efficiently and quickly and to all who came along nd helped make the party perhaps the best ever of recent years.
Here are a few pictures from the day: