SPA UK Sandesh 2017 - Page 58

Birmingham Namaste and Jay Shree Krishna November 2016 saw the election of new goers” present! Thanks to our very trustees and an executive committee talented Mahila team and volunteers for in Birmingham full of purpose, energy preparing some very delicious food. A and enthusiasm and ready to make a fun filled afternoon consisting of party difference. The committee set itself games, food and drink was had by all three key objectives: of increasing the who attended including the hugely member engagement in various Samaj anticipated “Bingo”. events, creating greater vibrancy and working together as one team, and Two of our Mahila who share the thirdly increasing the collaboration pleasure of baking nice cakes, with other nearby branches and local volunteered to encourage other ladies Hindu organisations. to share this hobby and passion with them. With a small team of volunteers, We thank our past trustees for their they organised a “cookery workshop”. timeless dedication and building a It was nice to see a mixed generation of platform for future generations. family members coming together. The workshop started with the preparation Last year proved to be a highly of fluffy light chocolate cupcakes and successful year with many notable a fruit tray bake, followed by how events throughout the year and with to prepare buttercream icing and extremely positive feedback and thereafter everyone was taught the response from many of our members. technique for icing individual cupcakes. We organised events that catered for all groups within the Samaj including We held bhajan programmes to the youth, Mahila, and Seniors. celebrate Maha Shivratri, Ram Navmi, Hanuman Jayanti, and Janmasthami, After a very long time, we held a and finally in the memory of those no Children’s Christmas Party on 3rd longer with us, a very well attended December 2016. This party turned Shradh Bhajans. out to be a huge success with a much higher than expected attendance, with In March 2017, the youth team children having lots of fun creating organised an exciting afternoon of ten cards, decorating Christmas stockings, playing board games, pass the parcel, musical chairs and many more fun activities. The children were also treated with a surprise visit from Santa who distributed gifts. It was lovely to see the children having fun together, children who would not usually get the opportunity to mingle with other children in our community and make new friends. The following day another successful and enjoyable Seniors Christmas party was held with nearly 100 senior “party 56 vol. 42 | Prajapati Sandesh 2017