Dreel Halls was packed with nuns and the occasional guy in Lederhosen on Sunday 4th December, for the perennial treat that is sing-along Sound of Music. After a cup of tea and some home baking the halls were alive with the sound of singing. It was good to welcome new faces to the monthly Anster Cinema in our cosy hall, with new seating, a big screen and a new sound system. Our next film is wonderfully visual – The Martian on Sunday 8th January at 6.45pm and all are welcome to an event that has really grown in popularity during 2016.
Then on Thursday 8th, Dreel Halls was decked with boughs of holly for the annual AIA members Social. Members pulled their crackers, donned their crowns, downed their mince pies and mulled wine and settled down to hear a medley of readings. The consensus was this was the best year ever for readings, with excerpts from Chekhov, revisiting A Christmas Carol, a tale of Pam O’Shantestun Bankie Park and, of course finishing with our own Alistair Leslie telling us anecdotes from his little black book. We appreciated that one of our speakers was from Canada and two are in their 90s. Well done to Jen Gordon and her team for getting together this Christmas treat, which traditionally finishes with a group singing of ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ . We wish everyone the same.