Report and Photos of the Annual Display at the Manor Mission 29.04.17.

A new attraction was added to this year’s Annual Display at the Manor Mission Hall – a raffle.  Various items were donated as prizes including a £20 voucher from the Tesco store in Mandeville Way, two bottles of wine, a bottle opening kit, a jigsaw, a ‘Forget-me-not’ plant, a DVD, a box of chocolates, some bubble bath and a bottle of ‘Flash’ spray cleaner.

Visitors started arriving shortly before 11am and the sale of raffle tickets began immediately.   A very good selection of photographs had been arranged by Ken Porter.  A merchandise table had been set up by Nina Humphrey, offering various memorabilia for sale including, maps, postcards, leaflets and books.  Ann Rugg ran the refreshment  ‘cafe’  with the very kind assistance of Margaret from the Manor Mission.   Together they served tea, coffee and an assortment of delicious homemade cakes.

At one point there were at least 60 people in attendance, although many more came and went through the doors during the course of the four hours.  (A very good turnout considering it was a Bank Holiday weekend, a time many people choose to go away).  Some came just to view the display, one or two others brought along a few of their own photos to be scanned.  Many met up with old friends and enjoyed a good chat, exchanging stories and fond memories.

Just after 2:30 John Rugg announced that the raffle had raised £50 and it was time to draw the winning numbers.  All but four of the winners were in the hall and therefore able to collect their prizes.  The remaining four will be contacted by telephone.

The profits from the raffle, merchandise and café, will provide a donation to the Manor Mission for the very kind use of the hall and the remainder will go towards the Laindon Archive’s fund.

Many thanks to everybody involved in making this popular annual event a success, especially all the visitors who travelled long distances to attend.  We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.  Thank you all very much.

Ken Porter at the table surrounded by visitors.
Nina Humphrey (nee Burton)
Plenty to look at in the hall.
Nina Humphrey (nee Burton)
Classmates from left, Valerie Theobald, Helen Brown, Brian Clement, Nina Burton, Maureen Card.
Sue Ranford.
Roger Wicking with his raffle prize.
Nina Humphrey (nee Burton)
Joan Baterip (nee Sarfas) with her raffle prize zigsaw. John Rugg with the bucket of raffle tickets.
Nina Humphrey (nee Burton)

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  • It was very nice to see and chat to Jennifer, granddaughter of Charley Wignall, the bookmaker.  Jennifer still lives in Laindon and is on the far right of the first photo above.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (25/07/2017)
  • I’d like to say a big thank you to Nina and everyone who worked to make the reunion such a success.  It was lovely to meet up with old friends and have a good old natter and catch up, and great to see all the photo’s.  The icing on the cake was winning a raffle prize, I chose the jigsaw as brother Dave loves to do a good puzzle  Thank you all again it was worth the journey over to see you all.  Kind regards, Joan xx

    By Joan Baterip (30/04/2017)
  • Thanks to everyone involved in organising the latest Manor Mission Get-together.  Chris and I especially enjoyed looking at the new lot of photographs on the display boards; very clear and in good condition. We spent a long time talking and reminiscing with quite a few folk; the whole time there was very pleasing.  Ladies – the cakes were divine! I know that Ann and Nina had a hand in baking some really tasty treats so we had to buy some cakes, sausage rolls and mince pies to, take-away! Good to see so many friendly faces.  Andrea.

    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (30/04/2017)

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