The Museum welcomed Staff & Volunteers to the annual Christmas lunch on Monday - this year, 35 staff & volunteers attended the event of the year!
It was a bit of a squeeze, but we managed to fit everyone into the Colonel of the Regiment's Room for a fun-packed afternoon! As usual, the festivities kicked off with a traditional, Christmas supper of choice from a local chippy - getting 35 suppers from the chippy to the plate while still hot has become a well-honed operation: suppers are labelled with diner's name & supper; collected from the chippy, rushed back to the Museum, before being distributed quickly & efficiently by our team of runners & servers supervised by Steven!
Our shop ladies, Nikki, Liza and Hannah, kept everyone well-plied with the demon drink and, after a few words of welcome from the Regimental Secretary, the assembled throng pulled crackers, donned silly hats and played even sillier games! Pass the bomb turned out to be a little more dangerous than anticipated, even though, Willie, who had lovingly crafted the bombs assured us that they had been deactivated!
A visit from a grumpy old man and the usual array of strange presents concluded the formal part of the party and party-goers were free to socialise.
Joking apart, this is the one time in the year, where we get our staff and volunteers together to thank them for all the hard work and effort that they put in during the year - it is a truism to say that we could not run the Museum without their continued support and we are extremely grateful.
We are always looking for new volunteers and if you would like to join our merry throng, we would be delighted to see you - all sorts of stuff to do from family research, cataloguing and museumy-type stuff to can collections & outreach. No previous experience or references are needed - just get in touch, come in for a chat and we can almost certainly find you something interesting to do!
Always delighted to see veterans who are at a loose end - you can help to identify people & places in photographs, make videos or help with general museum stuff.
There is always lots to do - and, don't forget, you get to enjoy our annual Christmas party!
Incidentally, the photographs are courtesy of Linda Drummond, who volunteers in the White Hackle social club and has just (somewhat rashly!) offered to help at can collections - so, big thank your to Linda!