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Monday 1st to Thursday 4th August 2016

An event for the Over 70s, organised by Deacon Alison McMillan and Pastoral Worker, Di Browning. The theme for the week was 'Bread and Fish'.

We have had four wonderful days on our 'Holiday @ Home' at Wimborne Methodist Church. We want to say a big thank you to all who have helped and supported this first time venture. Rather than us telling you how it went, two of our guests have written 'reviews' to tell you all about what we have been up to. Alison and Di

When I heard that Wimborne Methodist Church was intending to organise Holiday At Home for early August, my first thoughts went back to my school days (during the 2nd World War). During holidays we were invited back to school to be involved in sports and games etc. and to be cared for. I imagined that this Holiday at Home would be the same. How wrong can you be?

The four days were so enjoyable. Di and Alison had prepared a very interesting and captivating programme with something all attendants could enjoy.

There were games one could play; a very interesting and instructive illustrated talk; a trip to the seaside; plenty of cups of tea or coffee; a quiet reading room; a jigsaw puzzle station; flower arranging; bread making and so much more.

As one who lives alone it was a real treat to get out and interact with other people in a safe and happy environment.

Well done Di and Alison and all your helpers. You gave us a happy time in what could so easily have been loneliness! We can't thank you enough. Ron Smy.

It was on Monday 1st August that 21 intrepid 'Holiday at Homers' arrived at Wimborne Methodist Church for the start of four fun packed days of activities.
Organised and run by Deacon Alison McMillan and Pastoral Worker Di Browning and ably assisted by a team of helpers, they provided a wonderfully varied programme. We made bread, cards, bath salts and flower arrangements. We played scrabble, ludo and snakes and ladders. There was even a jig saw puzzle for those who like a challenge.

We had a visit from Revd Gwyneth Owen who talked about the theme 'bread and fish'. She cooked a fish and we had to identify the five different types of bread. On Wednesday we had a trip to Milford on Sea. We had morning coffee at the Eye of the Needle Cafe with great views of the Solent and the Needles on the Isle of Wight. Later, we had fish and chips for lunch followed by ice-cream at Milford on Sea Methodist Church Hall.

On our final day we had a quiz and then a tea dance, including a delicious tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes. A little bird tells me that the scone maker was up late the previous evening baking them!

During our time spent at 'Holiday at Home', we have enjoyed many chats over cups of tea and coffee, endless supplies of cakes etc and even greater amounts of fun, laughter and fellowship together. I am sure everyone would agree with me that we had a fantastic time and would like to give their grateful thanks to Alison and Di who worked so hard to make it a big success and to all the cooks and galley slaves who ensured we never went hungry or thirsty.
Well done everyone. I for one can't wait until the next time! Mike Wyatt

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