I had a good feeling about our November meeting. 24 people signed up and it felt as if we had turned the corner after a few meetings with low numbers. In the event, two of our members were indisposed with the after effects of their covid boosters so we ended up with a really lovely group of 22. We welcomed Lizzy and her wife, Rachel, and Amy – their first time at Oasis.
Serena thanked Petra and Lorraine for hosting zoom sessions throughout lockdown and presented them with a bouquet and bottle of wine. Theresa and Lorraine also received a bouquet and wine for organising monthly trips out to places of interest. Both of these kept us all in touch throughout a very difficult period.
Serena also reminded those present that it was The Transgender Day of Remembrance. 355 transgender people have been killed around the world this year. (The actual figure is likely to be much higher as many go unrecorded.) Phyllis and Barry, two staunch trans allies and supporters of Oasis lit a candle to commemorate all those who have lost their lives.
Serena and Rachel grappled with the oven and produced sausages and mash, with peas and gravy, followed by some wonderful apple pies, made by Susan, with custard and ice cream. Nothing was left so it can’t have been too bad!
Lorraine called the bingo numbers aided by her glamorous assistant, Theresa, who handed out the fabulous prizes.
Some great news! Vicky is going to do the food and run a quiz for our Christmas Oasis meeting on 18th December. Sequins are in so the ‘theme’ for the meeting will be sequins and sparkle. Let’s have a fabulous fashion parade of glitz and glam with prizes for the best outfit.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 18th.
It’s still not too late to book a place at the Marsh Harrier on 7th December – please get in touch if you would like to join us.
Love and best wishes to you all.
PS There are no pictures of this month’s meeting. I took some with a view to putting them on the website but three of our members wished to remain anonymous and, quite rightly, I have respected their request for privacy.