Guildford United Reformed Church

83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BS

Holiday at Home 2013

Our 2013 Holiday at Home took place over Wednesday and Thursday, 7th & 8th August in sunny weather! Fortunately the days were not as hot as those we had experienced the previous week!

Although our numbers were down on the recent past, a number of our guests preferring to attend on just one day rather than two, we still entertained 22 ‘holiday makers’ on the Wednesday and 24 on the Thursday.

This year it was a pleasure to enjoy talks and activities supplied by ‘home talent’! For those seeking exercise, Di Ferguson led a morning session of the ever popular ‘Chairobics’ ! Interesting talks on visits to India and Uzbekistan were presented by Rosemary Barton and Helen Davies respectively and Betty Barraclough led another much appreciated poetry session. Marion and Dennis May were once again with us for the two days: Marion enchanting her listeners with her knowledge and examples of dress related to the eras of ‘Edwardian Elegance’ and ‘Dazzling Downton’ and Dennis providing further insight into his knowledge of the ‘Big Bands’ (both British and American) for a number of devotees among our guests. Gillian Lloyd our Church Organist and Musical Director led a very well attended and absorbing session, entitled ‘Pipes and Pedals’, with the audience seated around our Church organ.

Craft sessions were also on offer: Card making led by Ria Lloyd, Flower arranging (in tea cups) led by Alison King and Painting under the guidance of Carol Hobbs. The latter was particularly appreciated by one of our guests over the two days.

We welcomed two ‘outside’ speakers: Marion Dante spoke on ‘Dropping the Habit’, her experiences of her life as a nun, her decision to renounce her vows and return to life outside the Convent. The large audience were delighted by Marion’s humorous delivery. Robert Grimmond led our final session on the Wednesday afternoon entitled ‘Antiques – what is it for? This promoted a great deal of individual discussion (and guessing?) in relation to the antique items he brought along! Our final session on the Thursday was supplied by another member of our Church congregation, Ray Snow, who is also a member of the Magic Circle. Ray captivated us all with his ‘Magic of the Unexpected’ which included some ‘mind reading techniques’ and the one which involved three books (taken from a nearby bookshelf prior to the presentation) and several members of the audience, is still being talked about!

Our guests certainly seemed to appreciate their ‘holiday’, not only for the activities and entertainment along with the excellent lunches, morning coffee and afternoon teas (provided by Di Ferguson and her team) but also for the warmth of the fellowship and chance to make new friends.