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
18.50 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