We have been planning our Christmas Market for months. Santa had put us in his diary, the sleigh had been polished, the reindeer were ready. We had some wonderful vendors booked in, Peter Kneebone was warming up his voice and the Faversham Choir were practising their scales. We even had a contingency plan, an indoor area designated in case of inclement weather. Nothing could go wrong.
Earlier this week we were alerted to the growing concern around the new variant of the virus and realised that in order to go ahead with the event we would have to come up with a plan B of our own. A few emails later the wonderful team at I do Marquees were on their way to erect a marquee. No more weather concerns, no need for anyone to enter the building, we had room to spread out, mask up and enjoy the evening.
And we did enjoy it, very much. Our residents got ahead of the crowds to look at the stalls and purchase their gifts as soon as the stall holders had set up. They loved the array of items available and certainly took advantage of the opportunity to shop for their families.
The evening was wonderful, Santa, who bore a striking resemblance to a gentleman resident at Canterbury House, took his seat on his sleigh surrounded by his reindeer. Considering how busy he must be right now he was in good spirits and enjoyed meeting the children. Everyone wanted to meet the reindeer and they were very happy to be stroked and petted.
The entertainment was provided by Peter Kneebone who crooned the night away, with his repertoire of swing hits and Christmas tunes, he even stayed and called the raffle. Following Peter’s performance, we were treated to a carol concert by Faversham Choral Society which was so festive, it was quite moving to see everyone singing along.
Thank you to everyone who came along, we raised £250 for charity and had an amazing time. What a great start to our first Christmas at Canterbury House.