groups get into festive spirit at Christmas parties
of two Burnham-On-Sea groups catering for local people with learning
difficulties - The Monday Club and Gateway Club - have this week
celebrated Christmas with two fun-filled parties.
Monday Club gathered at the Oaktree Arena for a traditional lunch
where members, carers and volunteers enjoyed the party and a visit
by Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Ken Smout, who handed out several surprise
gifts to complete the festivities.
Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club held its annual Christmas
Dinner at the town's Rosewood Pub. Ninety members and helpers
made up the biggest party the Club has ever held.
Monday Club received a donation from Mencap Bridgwater and money
raised by the members also made it a successful day. Club organiser
Julia Elswood said: "Many thanks go to Mencap and the excellent
hospitality of the Oaktree - this was an excellent Christmas treat."
find out more about the Monday Club call 07779045602 and for details
on the Gateway club, which meets at Burnhams BAY Centre
on Thursday evenings, call leader Barbara Thorogood on 07879678542.
Above, Ken Smout with members, carers and organisers of the Monday
Club and, below, the Gateway Club celebrations (pics Mike Lang)