would like to express his GRATEFUL THANKS to all those who sent him GREETINGS for Christmass and The New Year and gave him GIFTS – your kindness and generosity are much appreciated.

St. Alban's Parish Social Programme for 2019 opened with NO PLATES LIKE HOME”! on 5th January in the Church Hall. Sitting-down to Candle-lit Tables with St. Alban's Red ‘Place-Mats’ and White Serviettes we enjoyed a ‘Winter-Warmer’ of Comfort Food. The Three-Course Meal included Home-made Leek and Potato Soup served with French Stick and Butter. Followed by Home-made Shepherd’s Pie accompanied by Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce and Garden Peas. There was a choice of Three Puds: Apple Strudel, Spotted-Dick or Sticky-Toffee Pudding served with Cream or Custard. Plus Coffee or Tea and Chocolate Mints.

The Raffle entitled ‘Re-Gifted’ was a revelation as to what members of the Congregation had received as Christmass Gifts and were happy to pass-on. From Marks and Spencer The Collection: A Boxed Italian Panettone Al Prosecco – A deliciously moist hand-finished sweet bread from Italy made with juicy sultanas, butter, eggs and a delicate hint of Prosecco; M. & S. The Collection: Italian Chocolate Assortment – A Selection of individually wrapped Classic Italian Chocolates in Milk, Dark and White Chocolate with smooth hazelnut Italian Gianduiotto; A Pack of M. & S. Milk Chocolate Prosecco Caramels with a touch of Golden Sparkle (so St. Alban's, Romford!); A Box of Carluccio’s Amaretti Tradizionali Hand-made Traditional Soft Amaretti Biscuits (quite a Continental Theme running through these Raffle Prizes!!!!); From Tesco an attractive Ornamental Snowman, with a nose that ‘Kevin the Carrot’ would be proud of! and a Woolly Pompon on his hat, containiing Mini Cookies with Chocolate Chips; A Tesco Mulled Wine Filled Candle Jar (Very Seasonal!) – Burning Time: 30 Hours and from Home-Style A Home Décor Butterfly 6 Pack ‘as seen on T.V.’ ‘Escape to The Chateau at Christmass’ (in France) on  Channel 4  (Episode: Sunday 23rd December) A ‘Very Now’ Home Decorative Accessory – well-spotted and remembered Mr. Assistant Churchwarden!

We sold 20 tickets (same as last year) and made a profit of £264.00p (including the Raffle of £49.00p) for The ‘Sticks and Vests’ Fund.

Our Sincere Thanks go to those who organised the evening and undertook the catering: Miss Mary Moore and fellow members of the Social Committee, those who purchased tickets and all who ‘Re-Gifted’ their Christmass Presents.