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Coffee Morning for children in South Africa

posted 21 Mar 2015, 02:58 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 02:58 ]

The Coffee Morning on 13 December at Balmuir, Tarland, advertised in the last edition of the Tattler, was a great success after lots of hard work and planning. It was a gorgeous setting, thanks to the Cunningham's generosity, a lovely, sunny morning, and so many volunteer workers!

The atmosphere was just wonderful, cheerful and a joy. There was a choir singing carols and a young man playing the cello. He played Saint-Saëns’ "The Swan", a favourite of mine. The kitchen folk were very busy and the home- bakes were plenteous, thanks to Rhoda Ross and the Tarland WI. We soon sold out of Andrew Wilson's, award-winning at the Tarland Show, marmalade and his famous delicious cheese scones!

We had stalls of those wonderfully creative folk whom I just admire, and I was on Books.  I met two teenagers who never read anything and a lady who had received a Kindle last Christmas, used it a month and then went back to the hard paper stuff! A lady after my own heart. I had great book chats with so many, agreeing, disagreeing and sharing about our favourite authors. I just loved it!

It was great to see Sue Burgess, Alan and Carole Nicoll and Rev Kate Gibson there.

We made £683 that morning towards a total of £3,210! All in 5 weeks! The village rose up and proudly supported one of our own. Pam Clark is going to teach swimming in Port Elizabeth, and is very appreciative. She flies out on 20th February for 3 months. Pam has great integrity and will spend our money wisely.

Many, many thanks for your support
Mary Donald