Guildford United Reformed Church

83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BS


Holiday at Home 2014

Our eight Holiday at Home, held on Wednesday & Thursday 6th & 7th August was well attended and, once again, seem to be enjoyed and appreciated by all the ‘holiday makers’.

IMG_0737A varied programme was on offer: Chair aerobics was enthusiastically led by Di Ferguson; Rosemary Barton & Helen Davies transported us to Vietnam as they shared their holiday experiences; retired policeman Alan Bridgeman gave an interesting and humorous talk on the discovery of the ‘Wanborough Hoard’ – he was ‘desk sergeant’ at the time! Dick Elsey gave a nostalgic talk on ‘The Golden Age of Wireless’ and by the end of his time slot still had sufficient material left to fill a future session! Wendy & Ray Dunnett led a very informative session on the work of the Guildford Street Angels – entitled ‘Guildford Street Life’! Marion May presented two popular sessions on costume: ‘The Long and the Short of it’ (costumes of the 1920’s) and ‘The Bias Cut’ (costumes of the 1930’s). Dennis May’s session entitled ‘Singing and Swinging with the Big Bands’, drew his usual group of fellow enthusiasts. The ‘Arts and Crafts’ Room (i.e. the Jubilee room!) was available all day with Carol Hobbs and Alison King providing guidance and companionship.

IMG_0719The two afternoons were limited to just one session this year so that there was more time for lunch. On the Wednesday afternoon singer Paul Weakley entertained with a programme of varied songs entitled ‘A Tenors Worth’. On Thursday afternoon the Guildford Scottish Dance Club, which included some familiar faces, provided the entertainment to bring the 2 days to a conclusion. Following their demonstration members of the audience were invited to join them on the floor.

IMG_0710We must record out thanks to Di Ferguson and the catering team who did their usual magnificent job and provided us with excellent lunches on the two days, along with morning coffee and afternoon tea. We were also blessed with a number of willing helpers – who all helped to make the two days both happy and memorable for the guests. A special thank you to Linda Robey, who took over so much of the organisation of this year’s event and provided us with such a splendid programme for our two days Holiday (at Home)!