December Oasis Celebrations

With Christmas being such a busy time of year, it was wonderful that so many of our members were able to celebrate the festive season together at two Oasis events before the big day.
On the 8th a gang of us assembled at The Marsh Harrier near Norwich. How big is a gang? Well for Oasis it was eighteen, as unfortunately, we lost a few dinners at the last minute, due to various forms of lurgy (fortunately not that lurgy!).
The restaurant did a pretty good job in preparing our food, my fish was beautifully cooked but could have been a tad hotter. A few others felt the same, so a bit of negation delivered us a small discount.
Of course, no review would be complete without a comment on the evenings’ fashions. Christmas equals beautiful sparkle, sub-zero temperatures equal warm and woolly.

Queens of the sparkle were Claire, Jules, Vicky, and Serena. but everybody looked beautiful, seasonal, and warm. Take a look at the photos, I’m sure you will agree.

A few days later we met again at December Oasis, which was the first time we’d held a meeting in December since 2019.
The stars of this evening were Quizmas Carole, Tina’s enthusiasm, Beccie’s Crimbo jumper, Theresa and Lorraine’s matching pullovers, and Vicky’s mega mince pies.
One of the joys of Oasis is welcoming new friends and welcoming back old friends. It was lovely to see Eve and Emily again and welcome back Hannah.
Sandwiched between our Ladies’ food (Amy was super generous as usual), and the aforementioned mince pie, complete with custard, was our quiz.

Our enthusiastic contestants proved to be knowledgeable in a diverse range of subjects, including St Stevens Day football, if King Wenceslas held a Czech passport, an encounter with the drummer in Lowestoft’s very own Darkness, and if Die Hard was a Christmas movie. On occasions our participants forgot the cardinal rule of quizzing, ‘Quizmas Carole is always right, even when Lilly is wrong’ and I think I may have failed my audition as the new host of University Challenge. Well done to Team Emily on their resounding win.

We rounded off the evening with a raffle that raised £60 for Crisis At Christmas and £15 for Oasis. Thank you to everybody for your amazing generosity.
Finally, congratulations to Beccie on winning the Christmas Jumper competition. Beccie you looked FAB!
Also thank you to everybody to helped clear the hall, especially to Super Alice Washeruper and my bestie Dee, in stashing the tables and chairs.
Finally the following Monday a few Oasis girls attended the LGBT+ Carol Service at St John’s Church in Norwich.

And so another Oasis year draws to a close. 2020 has been a memorable twelve months and, to celebrate I shall write a review at the beginning of January. If you have enjoyed 2022 half as much as me, you’ve had an amazing time.
From all of us here at Oasis HQ, we send you much Christmas Oasis Love, and we wish you and your families the happiest 2023.
Lilly xxxxx
PS we meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month without fail. Mark Oasis 2023 meetings on your 2023 calendars now, you don’t want to miss out, do you?