December started with decorating our Christmas Tree for the United Reform Church’s Tree Festival. It was decorated by wonderful decorations made by our members. We had prime position in the Foyer (See photo in our Newsletter) but unfortunately, we were not one of the top most popular ones. But it was admired by the TimeBankers.
The same weekend we held our Christmas Coffee morning – a great success. The Church hall was full, a record attendance. We all enjoyed the first performance of our ‘TimeBank Choir’ formed from our ‘Sing for Fun’ group. Mince pies and mulled wine had been donated by Tescos St Neots and members brought along other goodies. We also held a raffle of Christmas hampers, the first being won by our guest from Chile, which was great.
We were extremely pleased and honoured to have been chosen by ‘Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations’ to receive Certificates awarded to two of our members, recognising them for outstanding commitment: First was Tony Webley for volunteering to help the Environmental Health Department in removing rancid, decomposed food and preventing the resident from being taken to court and evicted. The second person was James Corley for his constant help and support for many years of volunteering and helping the Community.
We ended the year with 172 members and a total of 4,550 hours of help given. Christmas came with many cards and emails and many messages of gratitude and thanks, proving that the TimeBank works for all, when people ‘ask and give’.