Around 100 guests were welcomed to the Chipping Welfare Committee Christmas party, held on Saturday in Chipping Village Hall.
Party organisers also provided teas for 16 people unable to attend due to illness or incapacity.
The event started with a meal of roast meat, potatoes and salad, followed by trifle, cakes, fruit pies and hot drinks.
The entertainment got off to a good start, with sketches and songs from Chipping Cubs and Scouts, who were very well received. Everyone was then treated to a session of organ music by Liz Harrison, a very talented and popular local young lady.
An extra treat was the wonderful songs from Naomi Holland, a local teenager who surprised everyone with the richness of her voice.
All agreed the party was very fortunate to have these two very talented young ladies to provide such top class entertainment.
Chairman Martin Butters welcomed everyone and thanked committee members as well as all the volunteer helpers who had worked hard to prepare for the party.
He said that during the previous 12 months, Chipping Welfare Committee (known as CHAOS) had also organised a number of outings to such places as Boundary Mill, York and Chester, plus the monthly “big-shop” bus to Asda.
Mr Butters thanked local charities and businesses who had provided support. These included Brabin’s Trust and the Edward Helme Charity.
He added that without such support and the fund-raising bingo, coffee mornings and car boot sales, the outings and party could not take place.
Grateful thanks was also given to Bretherton’s Goldline Tours for providing the monthly Asda shopping coach, to the Cobbled Corner Cafe for providing potatoes and butter portions, to Robinson Bros butchers for cooking and slicing the meat and to Townson’s Dairies for providing milk and cream.
Future events have already been planned and these include the annual bingo on Saturday, March 22 and a coffee morning in Chipping Village Hall on Saturday, April 12.
Should any local residents or businesses wish to offer support in the form of bingo or raffle prizes, prize sponsorship or donations, in order to boost funds, then contact Martin and Barbara Butters on 01995 61586.
Saturday’s excellent party concluded with a further session of organ music by Liz Harrison, with a sing-along and dancing – a full programme to suit everyone.