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This year our annual Christmas Dinner was held at Shrivenham’s Memorial Hall, The Hall was the idea of Charlotte Barrington and was opened in the Summer of 1926 by HRH Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria.

Starting the evening with the traditional ‘Heads and Tails’ I was grateful to sit down immediately, the game didn’t last long as nearly everyone got each round wrong leaving Rotarian David Langford to walk off with the prize. We were then royally entertained by Dolores who sang a number of well- known modern swing numbers, throughout the evening

Then like magic Peter Wentworth our very own local magician kindly performed for us again this year with his banter and dexterity, changing a lottery application form into a fifty pound note! Why is it that magician’s work? After all they could just collect any number of lottery application forms from CostCutter and make money! I watched very closely Peters hands all the time and not once did they leave his arms, but

with the ‘tricks’ he performed you would have thought they had.

Before our dinner we all tried to complete a Christmas themed quiz which proved mentally challenging to 90% of us. However, Rotarians, Bell, Briarwood and Gerry with the help of their guests won . The three course dinner was provided by Coleshill Catering,and was truly excellent. This was followed by a great variety of ‘Dad dancing’ to the amusement of the less active.

I have to say as I write this there are parts of me that hurt a tad! And to those that couldn’t make the evening, they missed a great event.

Mike Barrett

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