You can never be sure of the weather in London so it was
with some trepidation that participants must have set out for the excellent
venue at the Cricket Club in Staines which offers such a congenial setting with
its vast green lawns and club house facilities.
We need not have worried.
As if on cue, the sun managed to beat off the clouds for the main part
of the afternoon and with the protection of the awning over the terrace and the
option of sitting out at tables and chairs on the grass to enjoy the sun, a
very happy atmosphere prevailed throughout the afternoon.
While food may be top of the agenda for some people, others
come because they know that there will be good music to enjoy and also dancing if highly motivated (as some
people always are), and also raffles, games and general bonhomie. It is encouraging to see many more young
families turning up and enjoying themselves, knowing that they will be linking
up with some other friends that they don’t necessarily see that often.
As always, a very good BBQ grill plus several salads was
provided by the efficient efforts of WZO social secretary Armaity Engineer and
her daughter Benafsha, aided by the loyal helpers who always step up to the
mark when asked.
Alcohol and soft drinks were available without limit and
some wonderful sweets and deserts were
also offered us all. At these events there is no way anyone can
leave hungry as the food is abundant and tasty and there for the taking.
These BBQs are getting better each year, and so it is definitely worth
putting it in the diary and coming along with a bunch of friends to ensure that
you spend a highly enjoyable Sunday.
It’s great value for money and a nice way to keep up the community
spirit!! And remember that if there is
surplus (this year WZO raised £3000+), this means that more charitable
activities to help our own and the world at large can be initiated.