We arrived late afternoon and were greeted by our friends with a cup of tea. After catching up with what we'd been doing over the last few weeks we made our way over to the hall for Cliff's ipad quiz. After a few minor technical hitches and connection problems, the quiz started. It involved answering a multitude of questions, some of which were multiple choices or you entered the first letter of the answer. We decided the default answer if you didn’t know was "S"! User error added to the fun by accidentally pressing the wrong answer or touching the screen and deleting the photos. The rest of the evening was spent catching up with other friends.

Monday morning began with a dance lesson with Kate to learn the "Cha Cha Cha". By the end, we could appreciate how hard the strictly contestants work as we were shattered after an hour. A leisurely lunch was eaten back at the van, rested and refreshed for an afternoon of playing board games in the hall or just a chat.

The evening continued with Andy's family James Bond games evening, which amongst other things, involved throwing Oddjobs bowler hat, sending Moonraker around the planets, code breaking and making the golden gun. The James Bond Cocktails which had been shaken, not stirred were very well received.

Tuesday morning was free time, which some spent shopping or going home to shower or making cakes for the cake decorating competition. At 1pm, a large group of pirates and a crocodile boarded the coach to see Peter Pan at the Civic Theatre. After playing musical chairs, we settled down to watch another fantastic performance. The coach brought us back with just enough time to a have a quick drink and change before the fish and chips arrived. The evening finished with a game of table Pictionary organised by Gary and Linda, which involved not only guessing the songs and films, but the year as well. I can honestly say that I will remember Mark's interpretation of Octopussy for many years to come!

New Year's Eve morning started with the children showing of their skills at biscuit decorating whilst Mo and her team prepared a traditional English lunch with an amazing spread of sandwiches and cakes served on cake stands and tea served in china cups and saucers.

This year, there were no table decorations (sigh of relief). The men looked very dapper in their Tuxedo’s, the ladies looking very glamorous in their cocktail dresses. The evening was spent dancing to the sound of the professional disco. As the clock struck 12, the balloons were released, Auld Lang Syne sung and much kissing and wishing of happy New Year.

New Year's Day started with the usual cleaning up party and coffee morning with yet another excuse to eat cake.

My family look forward to the New Year's meet more than they do Christmas. Once again we had an amazing time, which would not be possible without the dedication of the social committee and other members that give up their time to make such meets possible.

Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable new year and hope to see you next year!

Julia, John, Hannah & David