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Chatsworth Christmas Market

Chatsworth House and Christmas Market

After several months of planning Tuesday 9th November finally arrived and what started out as a History Group and Ladies only trip was upon us. There were a couple of slight complications on the way to the big day ie having to change coach company 4 weeks before and then fill another 4 spaces as the replacement coach was 30 seats instead of 26, but this was achieved. We travelled with Roy’s Minibuses from Finedon and our driver was Dave ably assisted by Ian on the crew seat at the front with the microphone.

On the day everybody arrived at reception on time on a bright sunny morning, and we duly set off to Derbyshire promptly at 8am and as I mentioned before this set out as a Ladies only trip but in fact finished up with 8 of us Men on the trip and in most cases I am sure it was to keep their good lady wives in check. The sausage rolls were soon passed down the coach which were very tasty and thanks to Kim and Sheila for baking these, not long seemed to pass by and these were followed by mince pies and our thanks to Lesley for these which again were very nice. A tub of Quality Street then went up and down the coach very quickly a couple of times and before we knew it we had arrived at Chatsworth House at 10.15am without any hold ups what so ever and more importantly no toilet stops.

The house tour was booked for 11am so we all had time to pop to the toilets before we had to gather at the Golden Gates for entrance into the house. We started to congregate and were advised that as we all had the same entrance time we did not have to all go round the house together providing we all entered before 11.30am. The theme inside the house was Christmas through the years with the emphasis on trees and decorations which was in the planning from July with the majority of the work being done in the month before the doors open.

Once the house tour was completed we were then all free to spend the rest of the day how we wished, our group of which I was the only male (I suppose someone had to carry the bags) decided to head for the food outlets where we had a mixture of hog roasts, jacket potatoes and pasties before embarking on the many huts. I did learn later that day that certain individuals indulged in christmas turkey lunch (yes Alan and Jules) and not forgetting Andrea, Chris and her sister who did the same up in The Stables. The afternoon seemed to go so quickly and very soon it was time to go back to the coach for the return journey.

Everyone returned back to the coach, then it was over to Avril to sell some raffle tickets before we set off. We raised £57 from the raffle of which we gave Dave (our driver) £30 and the balance went to RA funds. Patrick and Lilian won 1st prize which was a bottle of Rose (kindly donated by Ambrose and Andrea) some of the other prizes were a little more contentious with several people picking their own numbers and no one seeming to want the four tablemats.

There were a few mince pieces left which quickly found their way to good homes and another tub of Quality Street appeared and was quickly sent round the coach several times. Avril then led us through a version of 12 days of Yarwell. We arrived safely back at Yarwell around 6.45 pm and I trust everyone had a very enjoyable day out and once again a big thank you to Kim, Lesley and Sheila for baking, Avril for the raffle and 12 days of Christmas and a thank you to all who made it such a great day.