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Chanukkah Party 5777

posted 2 Jan 2017, 03:29 by Peninnah Pappworth-McAllister
 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 28tht 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 Chanukkah 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 Chanukkah 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 Chanukkah 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 Chanukkah 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 'Robertsons plus'. Bess then awarded prizes for the winners 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 Chanukkah 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.