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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Christmas dinner: Friday 10th December

Connaught Hall's Christmas dinner is at 6.00pm on Friday 10th December.

Follow the link to see the menu and programme of entertainment.

I've also uploaded some photos of past Christmas dinners at Connaught Hall.

I do hope everyone will make the effort to get dressed up: it makes the evening that bit more special!



The current financial climate has made it quite a challenge to get funding and approval for the food, wine, decorations, and table service this year. The package we have agreed will, I hope, match any previous year’s Christmas dinner, but we are not allowed to pay for any extra staff hours in the kitchen – so unlike before, they will not be able to set up and clear away in the dining hall.

So we need a lot of help from residents this year!

Let’s show that we can come together and pull off another brilliant Christmas dinner even with the reduced resources available to us. The Christmas dinner & ball is traditionally the highlight of the social calendar in our Hall, and I really want this year to be the best yet. We can only do it with your help.

Below is the plan for setting up on Friday. If you think you can help with any of these activities, please come and join us in the dining hall.


10.00 Table & chair arranging

11.00 Table cloths on tables & table confetti

12.00 Plates & cutlery to tables

13.30 Glasses to tables

14.00 Candles to tables

14.20 Decorations around dining hall

15.30 Set up music system

17.00 Starters put out on tables

17.40 Staff, committee, musicians meet in dining hall

17.45 Candles lit

18.00 DOORS OPEN, LIVE MUSIC STARTS

18.05 Wine taken to tables

18.10 Recorded music replaces live music

18.20 MAIN COURSE SERVED

18.20 Photographs taken at each table

18.45 SPEECH

18.50 LIVE MUSIC

19.00 Recorded music

19.00 PUDDING SERVED

19.15 Residents clear tables of plates & cutlery

19.20 CHRISTMAS CAROLS

19.20 Photographs by the tree

19.30 Wine glasses cleared away

* 19.40 Set up guest signing‐in table at reception

19.40 Candles cleared away

20.00 Rubbish in bin

* 20.00 Guest checks & wrist bands