“Let’s have a party, good homespun fun,” said our chair lady Maggie de Vos, and that’s just what we did.
Our venue was set in the delightful village of Alfriston. What a picture postcard scene we met with on our arrival.
The Olde Worlde shops, with their bright lights spilling out onto the snow covered pavements, and embracing the twinkling trees in the centre, gave it a truly Dickensian air, that one expected Charles Dickens himself to come round the corner at any moment.
Our evening was presented by Lois Caira, who had written an adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Four members, namely Margorie, Christine, Sheila and Lois, imaginatively read in turn the coming of the four Ghosts in Scrooge’s chamber. Marley, Christmas Past, Present and Future. Jacob Marley his partner who had been seven years dead, was the first to appear to warn Ebeneezer that if he did not mend his ungenerous and mean way, he would die and be cast out like himself, chained into an eternal wandering wilderness forever.
Charles Dickens originally wrote these Christmas stories for his children, to make them aware of people who were far less better off than themselves.
His voice reached the conscience of the world. In between each reading we sang all the popular Carols, and throughout we enjoyed helping ourselves to all the dainty delights of Christmas fare and mulled wine, which made us all feel better.
In short we enjoyed ourselves. Our next meeting is on January 18 when we will watch a BBC film of Great Expectations, starring Charlotte Rampling.
A reminder that on February 15 we celebrate Dickens’ birthday luncheon which will be held at the Chatsworth Hotel. For further details phone Maggie on 471615 or Anna 646659.
We, the Dickens Fellowship, wish all our members and readers a very Happy New Year, and as Tiny Tim observed God Bless Us everyone.