BODORGAN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP - DECEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER
2021 PENSIONERS’ CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Our first Community Event since lockdown was held on December 10th, in the Pritchard Jones Institute, Newborough, because our own Community Centre remains closed to us. Unlike the Bodorgan Centre, the kitchen facilities at PJI are very limited, so a traditional Christmas Lunch was not feasible. Instead, the Red Squirrel Café in Newborough provided an excellent selection of buffet style food, complemented by tea, coffee, wine, sherry, mulled wine and of course mince pies and Christmas cake. We were joined by Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Mon, and Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, both of whom were very supportive of the drive to reopen our own Community Centre. There was a free raffle, and the final 2021 draw of the 150 Club took place.
Finally – we get together for a Community get-together !!
All pulling together – Ray Robertshaw, Malltraeth Ymlaen’s new Chairman, with Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Mon.
You’ve been framed! Santa’s Santa’s Helpers a.k.a. Jude & Gill
Jude Williams putting Rhun ap Iorwerth MS in the picture.
The catering team – Sue and Di, with Sharon lending a helping hand. A Dream Team!
|Raffle prizes – every guest was given a free ticket, many thanks to all who contributed, especially the over 50s Club.||
There are lots more pictures on the Malltraeth Ymlaen Facebook page.
A big thank you to:
Jude , Gill, Babs, Pat and other members of the Support Group for their hard work and enthusiasm.
The over 50’s Club, who organised the raffle and provided many of the prizes. They also provided John Roberts as a taxi driver (Thanks John ! )
Blakemore, Bethel Shop, Jeff & Katy Hughes Virginia Crosbie for her donation to the event. Everybody who attended, and made the occasion special.
And finally, everybody who supports the 150 Club – this is how the event was paid for !
Apologies to anybody who wasn’t invited. We did our best to include everybody, but we didn’t have access to the list of Pensioners who attended previous events. Sorry if we missed you off the list. For those who were unable to attend because of health issues, we sent out “goody boxes”, apologies again if we missed anybody.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ?
The feedback from our guests was that they really enjoyed the event, and are looking forward to the next one. The Support Group is proposing a St David’s Day Celebration, the actual date to be fixed nearer the time, to avoid clashing with other Community Events. We are hoping to hold this back in our rightful home – Bodorgan Community Centre. This would be a major milestone for the residents of Bodorgan. The new Directors of Malltraeth Ymlaen are working flat out to present an acceptable Business Plan to Anglesey Council, which would allow them to start the acquisition process, and also give access to the premises for Community Events. The Business plan will be submitted mid January, but at the moment there is no way of knowing how long the approval process will take. Without the support of the Trustees, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that Anglesey Council will give us the green light before March. Watch this space!
Speaking of which: have you completed the Business Plan Survey Questionnaire? The more completed survey responses, the stonger our submission to Anglesey County Council. So please take the survey now! Business Plan Survey
The final draw of 2021 was held during the Pensioners’ Christmas Lunch on December 10th. Because it was the last draw, there were six lucky numbers instead of the usual 4 - Sue Broughton (£10), Anwen Thomas (£15), Ray Robertshaw (£20), Paula Jones (£25), Jan Musch (£30) and Len Owen (£35). Our own Bingo machine has apparently been “mislaid”, but Bryn Williams ( Bryn Bach ) stepped in at the last minute and lent us his machine. Thanks Bryn!! The 2022 list is now open to anybody who would like to join. 50% is given out in prizes, and 50% goes to Community Events, such as the Pensioners’ free Christmas Lunch. If you want to join online, be sure to leave your name as the reference for the bank transfer. The Support Group’s bank details can be found on www.malltraeth.com
BODORGAN WI UPDATE from Monica Morris
A very Blessed Christmas and a happy healthy New Year to you all!
OVER 50’S CLUB – from Roz Smith Well, the Christmas Party at the Pritchard Jones Institute on 10th December, was a resounding success. The food was well prepared and well presented – with a wide variety of sandwiches and cakes – not to mention the mulled wine, etc. etc. The seating arrangements were organised with covid restrictions in mind. We had a little bit of fun – naming the little pink dinosaur – (donated by Liz Hughes).The winning name was 'Dino'. We also had a free raffle – with plenty of 'Christmas Cheer!! ‘ As you are all aware, most of our Members are of pensionable age – so the offer of a free, door-to-door, taxi service was much appreciated and took the worry of parking and walking problems off our shoulders. Thanks go to John Roberts – one of our younger members - for his care and thoughtfulness. Also thanks to Alan, Jude and the other helpers for making this event possible. They have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks and were still working after the Party arranging 'goody-boxes' to be delivered to as many pensioners as possible in the community who were unable to attend for health reasons.
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE from Rev Elizabeth Roberts
The true meaning of Christmas often gets lost in the rush of the season: the frantic shopping, the decorating, the writing of Christmas cards and the wrapping of presents. There is very little opportunity to stop and think. The essence of the season, of course, is the fact that over two thousand years ago God gave us the greatest gift of all time - His own Son, Jesus Christ.
The story of the very first Christmas day is familiar to us all. The characters that played a part in the story are well known to us.
As this year draws to an end, may we be filled with the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the wise men, and the peace of the Christ child now and as we approach the year to come. Amen
I wish you all and your families every blessing this Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year.
OBITUARY – from Roz Smith
On a sadder note – it is with deep regret that I have to say that Mrs Yvonne Jones of The Old Rectory, Llangadwaldr – passed away on 8th December, (aged 95 years). A private service was held on 16th December at St Cadwaladr Church - family only.A Memorial Celebration for Yvonne will be held next year. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and family members.
Can anybody provide a good home for a pair of Shetland type ponies? Both male, both neutered, they need to be re housed following the passing of their owner. If you are interested, or know anybody who might be, please contact a member of the Support Group.
On behalf of the Bodorgan Community Centre Group
NADOLIG LLAWEN !
MERRY CHRISTMAS !