As usual there are many festivities on the run up to Christmas at Harroway!
The Christmas Tree has been put up and decorated today and refreshments of coffee and mince pies were had by all.
Christmas Songs will once again be performed by Fetcham Infants School who are excited about coming along to Harroway to sing for us. There will be mulled wine and sausage rolls for the ‘grown ups’ and squash and chocolates for the children.
Sherry and Mince Pie Afternoon will be held in the lounge and we hope that it will be well attended.
Christmas Lunch is booked at Thatchers Hotel, East Horsley.
Christmas Eve & New Years Eve there will be a coffee morning held at the usual time just on a different day.
Owners at Harroway Manor have raised a spectacular £110 for Macmillan by selling Christmas Cards.
Diaries are booked full of events at Harroway Manor in December. We have coffee and mince pies while putting up the Christmas tree, Fetcham Infants performing songs from their Christmas concert, Christmas carols in the lounge and our Christmas meal at La Meridiana in East Horsley, all to look forward to. I’m sure everyone will need a rest by the time Yuletide season is over!
We have welcomed new owners in the last month who are settling in very well.
Many of our owners recently enjoyed the lunch at the local Italian restaurant, we are hoping will become a regular event.
Lots of owners had a great “Pimms” afternoon with with strawberries and cream in July.
Christmas has been and gone with owners raising £75 in lieu of Christmas cards for MacMillan Cancer Support. We are looking forward to holding a gathering for owners in the lounge now the weather is improving and the next theatre trip to see Shirley Valentine at Richmond theatre. We have welcomed new owners too, who we hope will be very happy here at Harroway Manor.
Our dry stone walling has now replaced the old wooden posts and looks superb, as the photo shows.
With Christmas nearly upon us owners at Harroway will be enjoying a pre Christmas lunch at Da Carlo in Fetcham. Also as usual Fetcham Infant School will be performing their festive songs which will be washed down with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or two. New Year’s Eve will see a gathering in the lounge to welcome in 2017 with a glass of bubbles.
A regular pilates class is now taking place on a Thursday lunchtime which is well attended by owners.
Our bin store has been given a lovely new roof in time to keep out the rain and snow.
Mr Peter Corliss, who celebrated his 90th Birthday in April, has been awarded with the Legion d'honneur medal for the part he played in the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944.
Peter was 19 at the time when he reached the beaches in a landing craft, as they prepared to disembark the craft became stranded on a stake planted on the shoreline. The stake had a mine attached to it, luckily it did not go off. The captain ordered the men off the boat as it was laden with 4000 gallons of fuel, this meant they had to take refuge in a crater on the beach overnight and were only able to escape the following morning.
Peter was told last year by the Ministry of Defence that the French were in discussions with the British government about honouring the British Soldiers who fought in the D-Day Landings but he did not hear anymore until October this year. Peter received a package in the post from the French Ambassador containing the Legion d'honnuer medal and a personal letter.
This medal is the highest honour in France, originally established by Napoleon in the 19th Century. He has also been awarded the rank of Chevalier which is the highest rank available in the French military.
Everyone at Harroway Manor is extremely proud of him and delighted he has been rewarded in this way.
Harroway Manor was granted planning permission for a new car park space and the work has recently been completed. All the Owners are delighted with the result.
A trip was planned by Surrey Theatre Goers to see Beautiful at The Aldwich Theatre which many Owners attended and enjoyed. We had an extremely successful MacMillan coffee morning which received fantastic support and generosity and raised over £400! There has also been two 90th Birthdays where celebrations were held in the lounge and attended by many Owners, friends and family.