Members of British Women’s Overseas Club Entertain Children at Christmas Party
Complete with traditional Christmas tree, the party for children of members was a great success, in the Hastings Assembly Hall on Monday afternoon. Many English mothers and brides attended, while several score of children entered heartily into the spirit of their first New Zealand Christmas.
The president of the club, Mrs Malcolm Mason, opened the party by inviting all overseas brides who had arrived in the Dominion in 1945 or 1946 to group themselves, each receiving a posy of flowers from the Christmas “fairies.”
The Christmas ballet and other items were danced during the afternoon by pupils of Miss Jean Ballantyne. Mr Jack Baxter also kindly assisted with entertainment.
A feature eagerly looked forward to was the distribution of gifts, when the children gathered themselves around the decorated and electrically-lit Christmas tree, from which Father Christmas and the “fairies” presented a gift to each small guest. Brides who had arrived since 1945 were also handed presents by the mayor, Mr A.I. Rainbow.
In the adjoining supper-room, tables were beautifully decorated for a delicious party tea, arranged and completely carried out by a number of the club members.