Events which we have shared in so far include: Safari Meals, Cre8 Youth Weekend, Parent & Toddler joint picnic and Community Fun Day and our Holiday at Home........
Holiday at Home 11th August 2009 Click here for pictures (Walton Churches, FTCCOP and Parish Nursing Summer Outreach Project)
It is fashionable this year to go in for ‘Staycations’ and we in Walton are, as usual, well ahead of the trend. We held a ‘Holiday at Home Day’ for people who can’t usually get away from Felixstowe and in some cases have difficulty leaving their own homes. The theme was ‘By the Seaside’ and the window ledges of church were decorated with buckets and shells. In the hall we had deckchairs, a boat and some beachtowels.
We started at 10.30am with coffee in groups of about six round a table .This led into a session in which people were invited to show their group some small item that they had brought which gave them happy memories. It was a very good way of getting to know more about each other quickly and the conversations could have gone on all day! Items brought varied from tatting to newspaper cuttings and a pocket box of tools.
There followed a photo quiz. With the tables working as a team, we tried to identify bits of Felixstowe shot from odd angles .Some were easy, others were harder, but we were all fooled by the face of the mermaid serpent outside the leisure centre.
It was lunchtime already! We moved from Seaton Road Church to the hall where Daryl and her team had provided a lovely hot lunch. It was served to us by a group of extremely attentive waiters and waitresses that Adrian Wolton, the Christian Youth Worker had brought along from different church groups.
Pudding was super ice cream tubs, provided and served by Rachel from the Little Ice Cream Company - chocolate, bilberry sorbet or vanilla.
Time to nod off we thought! No such luck! The Parish Nurses prescribed chair-based exercise instead. So everyone was soon sitting on chairs waving arms and stretching limbs under Linda’s expert guidance. Even the fitter amongst us found muscles we didn’t know we’d got!
This was followed by a choice of activities for the first part of the afternoon. Carpet bowls had been laid out in the church over lunchtime for the more active, whilst others in groups played scrabble, dominoes and other games in the hall.
At 3.00pm, it was time for a sing song followed by tea and lovely home made cakes, before the party broke up around 3.30pm.
So far the feed back has been good. Both helpers and those invited seem to have had a lovely time, and the sense of fellowship and friendship was tremendous.