Oh, what joy! The EBF Christmas Festivities started from 6am onwards as members started arriving dressed in their fun Christmas wear, be it Pullovers, T-Shirts or full-blown Suits and Ties. Paul enlisted Jill Willis and one or two others to serenade new arrivals with Christmas Carols. Rob Newson arrived in good time to commence his duties as Magician. He started his card tricks early and before we sat down to breakfast.
Everyone made an effort and it turned out to be one of the more entertaining of our meetings. The staff at the venue seemed suitably bemused.
Scott Griffiths, the ultimate organiser, not only was he overwhelmingly clad in a suit of many colours but he also produced bingo to interest us during the meeting. As the meeting progressed there was shameful cheating. The small prizes to reflect completed lines welcomed those who won to the “great big world of Haribo”. Fortunately, nobody spoke with a squeaky voice.
A foreshortened meeting led us first of all to the 60 second round.
The 60 Second Round
Many members were happy enough to simply pass Christmases and New Year’s greetings and thank everybody for referrals etc throughout the year. All very laudable but it doesn’t give me much to write about. What few highlights there were, we were led of initially by John Freeman. The recent blizzard conditions gave him work doing snow clearing and he even got involved with Christmas Trees. I wasn’t quite sure whether this was chopping them down and then putting them up or simply decorating them (trimming I think is what the Americans call it).
Jo Eastwood produced a selection of alcoholic products that included one or two brands of beers that included “Frost Baubles” and “Holy Night”. I believe that the latter was without the K but I could be wrong.
Terry Maylin revealed another area of expertise which happens to be fixing toilet seat for clients… it’s a long story.
Alan Shaw outdid most of us with green David Hockney glasses, green baubles and a rather confused explanation that he had been doing “filling in”. I hold a nipple stud with a Christmas Tree attached which I was given at the end of the meeting by a member of staff who had found it somewhere on the floor. I have it in my car and it is available to be collected whenever you wish Alan.
The Bard of Hadleigh did not disappoint. His neat little poem on Mrs Santa and their insurance needs was as much a tribute to how much time he has on his hands as to his poetic genius.
Brian Painter, very much on message, managed to tell of someone who he finally cured of biting his nails. He had apparently been abandoned in a shopping mall somewhere by his parents. I believe that did come back for him but it was clearly a scaring event.
Scott Griffiths revealed that he has been a member of EBF and its predecessor for 20 years. We are still working out what we can actually congratulate him on.
So there you have it, the last 60 seconds of the year. I am looking for more fertile rounds in meetings to come next year.
This weeks statistics and points of note
Paul Booth is the current leader in the Performance League and after that announcement we went straight into the Referrals and Testimonials Round. Given the season and its being the last meeting for a couple of weeks we recorded a fair amount of money passed and a reasonable number of referrals (eventually).
- 22 Members present
- 1 Visitor, our Magician Rob Newson
- Scott Griffiths is the current longest serving member, 20+ years
- Paul Booth is in the lead in the Performance League
- The Oscar went to the Bard of Hadleigh
Rob Newson, a Magician, demonstrated his skills in the networking session prior to the meeting starting and then went on to give a polished 15 minutes of card and other tricks. Highly entertaining.
Rob also awarded the most stunningly dressed Christmas Reveller who was our Pilgrim Brian Painter.
I finish wishing everybody Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don’t forget the theme for the first 60 seconds of the New Year “My New Year’s Resolution”.