Staying in Touch –

at a safe distance!

Today, we have a feast of items.

We start with a Saint Andrew’s Day message from the Branch Chair, Wayne Greer.

Then carrying on the theme we have a dance medley devised by John Drewry named “Saint Andrew’s Square”.

For those of you who might be rusty on the origins of Saint Andrew we have Shaun from Edinburgh with his own unique presentaion about Scotland’s patron saint.

This is followed by a item contributed by Jim Kirkhope with a new twist on Laurel & Hardy.

And finally a poem that seems to sum up 2020 as we ease towards Christmas.

If you have an interesting past time let me know and I can feature it – the branch is full of members with all sorts of past times.

There is a comments area at the bottom of the post where you can also pass on messages and thoughts to other members. So come and participate, all I need is your input!

Happy Saint Andrew’s Day





Xmas 2020⛄🎅🎁🎄
T’was a month before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.
The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.
They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.
Contagious and deadly,
This virus spread fast,
Like a wildfire that starts
When fueled by gas.
Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.
As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their verve.
From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.
When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.
Now it’s November
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.
Frontline workers,
Doctors and nurses,
Try to save people,
From riding in hearses.
This virus is awful,
This COVID-19.
We hope for a cure.
A choice of vaccine.
It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.
And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?
To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
When no one will see it,
No-one but me.
But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!
So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.
Christmas ain’t cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope.
So for those staying home,
Safe out of sight,
Merry Christmas to ya all,
May it be extra bright!
~Author unknown.