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Ahh, the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen... Trays of different sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes were flooding into the kitchen. The atmosphere of the kitchen was upbeat while being extremely productive...

the only thing we were missing was some music of our own!

We changed things up a bit this year, with the use of catering display trays. Not only was it a very nice visual touch it was extremely practical in allowing us to send the food out in advance without the worry of the savouries or sweets drying out. Once all the savoury and sweet platters were out and waiting for our very special guests to be seated, we were getting all the urns ready for our tea and coffee rush.

The St Johns ambulance team remained seated while the sturdy but quick tea and coffee pourer’s made their way from table to table. Tea and coffee pouring times were dramatically

decreased... a round of tea took us 15 minutes this year on last year’s 50 minutes... how impressive is that!? We have decided that next year decaf coffee and a bottle of squash will be added to the shopping list.

After a few laughs and some snacking we had a full complement of staff yet again for the cleaning, washing and packing up. A few gentlemen took control of the washing up, which did make me smile. This would be a very rare sight in South Africa.

For those who wondered what happened to the left overs, our gorgeous savour and sweet trays were shipped off to the Oxford and Shrivenham’s homeless shelters to make yet more people happy.

I would just like to say thank you to everyone involved in making this event

so successful. The time, effort and generosity of Rotarians, wives and friends make this annual event possible and of course memorable.

Gillian Peaston

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