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Tis the season to be jolly!


Yes indeed, although someone needs to tell that to the folk at the Met Office. OK, so it isn’t really their fault that we’re having dark skies and far more than our share of rain at the moment, but someone has to be blamed! I’m not ready for Christmas yet, but my mannequin friend Caroline is getting there. I just wish that I could replace her Victoria Beckham style stare with a cheery smile!

So far this month, I’ve been to two very different Christmas celebrations. The first was for York Writers and took place in the upstairs room of Brigantes on Micklegate.


There was a good turn out and choice of food and I particularly enjoyed the Black Forest trifle. Afterwards, we all slumped over our full stomachs to hear Tracy Rees bring us up to date on what she’s been doing since winning the Richard & Judy first novel award last year for Amy Snow. As a former member of YW, Tracy knows how proud we all are of her achievement and she obviously took pleasure in telling us a little about her new novel, details of which are still largely under wraps.

On Thursday evening, I was in The Golden Lion in Ripon for the Oxfam shop volunteers’ Christmas dinner. About 30 of us sat down to a three course meal followed by a Power Point presentation about the Oxfam Unwrapped scheme and the benefits it provides to communities in different parts of the world.

Next week, I have three functions to look forward to, two of them at The Old Deanery opposite Ripon Cathedral. The first is for Ripon Writers and I have yet to think up a couple of seasonal limericks to read out before the meal. The second is a joint meal for the Ripon U3A Spanish and Book groups and promises to be good fun.

In between, I’ve got two days ‘on set’ in a certain fictional Yorkshire village, so I’m going to be rather tired by next Saturday, especially if I don’t manage to throw off a very inconvenient cold! That will be just in time for the Ripon Activity Project’s Christmas party and RAP’s Got Talent competition at the Bowling Club. Yikes!

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