On 20th Dec we held a party to celebrate Solstice & to thank ourselves and all our volunteers for our hard work this year. We didn’t advertise it widely as we wanted to keep it small & treat ourselves, so just told volunteers & friends by mostly word of mouth. I think every year we should have a small ‘treat the volunteers’ evening similar to this as a thank you to ourselves. Next year though we will invite everybody to the Solstice, it was an amazing evening!!
Lawrence’s idea was to build a Phoenix from spare branches & willow & burn it just for a fun spectacle. We spent a couple work parties building the bonfire & the Phoenix, decorating the elderflower tree with homemade decorations and Duwayne built us a couple pallet tables and even a pallet couch. On the day of the event we set up festoon lighting connected to a battery & got lots of candle lanterns in bags to light the way from the bottom of the orchard to the top and attached a canvas tent (donated by Lawrence) to the shed. It all looked amazing. Lawrence made a delicious paella dish in his big pan & brought enough pizza ingredients to make pizzas till midnight (which we did) & I made a big stew in my big Dutch pot. So we had lots of food plus St Ives Cider donated a huge casket of ready mulled cider for the evening which everyone enjoyed and we also made up a non-alcoholic mulled cider. We had lots of drums to play & and a guy brought up his harp to play as well which was an lovely treat.