Festive feast for senior citizens in Cuckfield

Pupils from Forest House at Warden Park with Rob Helliwell, the new mayor of Cuckfield. SUS-141112-101155001
Pupils from Forest House at Warden Park with Rob Helliwell, the new mayor of Cuckfield. SUS-141112-101155001

On Friday December 5th The Independent State of Cuckfield hosted the Senior Citizen’s Annual Christmas Lunch.

The Queen’s Hall was the venue and a delicious seasonal lunch was provided for the 88 pensioners, plus Christmas crackers, wine, and presents delivered by the one and only Father Christmas.

Waitresses dressed in the colours of Christmas, sporting Santa hats, reindeer horns and shining stars on their heads served the food, and the wine.

As the coffee arrived entertainment was started by the Holy Trinity Primary School Choir. The children sang carols for the guests, enchanted us with their beautiful voices, and allowed Christmas to really begin for both young and old.

Then it was time for the local Cuckfield choirs Singing Allsorts and the Cuckoo Choir to join forces and mingle throughout the hall, and with the help of Tony Elphick, to lead the ‘Sing Along’.

They sang their hearts out to ‘I’m dreaming of a White Christmas’ and participated enthusiastically in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Perhaps this was, a reminder that the art of entertaining ourselves has not been entirely extinguished.

Many people had worked hard to provide such a splendid community feast. So on behalf of The Independent State of Cuckfield, thanks need to go to Annie Rees, Lesley Horne and their amazing culinary and supporting teams on this their swansong Christmas lunch.

Also the drivers who drove the diners, the choirs who entertained, and Year 10 Warden Park pupils who welcomed and assisted with such charm and maturity.

Sainsbury’s who generously supplied the bread and rolls, and everyone who made such a significant contribution to a memorable Cuckfield afternoon.

Report contributed by Kate Fleming. Pictures contributed by Mike Schlup.