Some 30 members and guests came to enjoy the delicious Christmas Bakery served at the Advents Afternoon in aid of the Wings Appeal on 23rd November 2013 at the Portcullis Club. A variety of Christmas cookies, poppy-seed cake and Christmas Stollen, all homemade by Evelyn Klein, were on offer. Evelyn also had arranged a small Christmas Stall with handicrafts ranging from hand-painted silk scarves and teddies to Christmas decorations and cards.

The afternoon concluded by announcing the winning bid of the silent auction of the special RAFA calendar, autographed by twelve RAF WW2 veterans.

After a good chat over tea and cakes, the programme continued with more activities. The children present were challenged to solve the mystery of the identity of two youngsters posing on photos dating back to the 1950’s. Of course they were photos of Evelyn and Hartmut when they were children at their Christmas celebrations in 1954 and 1957.

Next came the highly anticipated raffle with some rare prizes. The winning tickets were drawn by our young and very enthusiastic assistants Lotti Simms and Aaron Wise. This was followed by a quiz which was all about Christmas. Hartmut Klein asked the audience to split into two teams, the ‘Angels’ and the ‘Santas’, before putting the questions to them.

It turned out to be the Santas who won the quiz slightly ahead of the Angels. In the end, everybody was a winner. Each of the Santas received fittingly a ‘Ginger Bread Santa’ as did the Angels, just their’s was one size smaller.

The afternoon concluded by announcing the winning bid of the silent auction of the special RAFA calendar, autographed by twelve RAF WW2 veterans. AND THE WINNER IS: Carl Roche of Kenley. His bid was the highest and secured him this rare piece of memorabilia. Hartmut thanked Carl for his generous bid of £90 which will go towards the Wings Appeal.

Hartmut closed the event by giving a brief review of the activities in supporting the Wings Appeal in 2013. In total almost £4,000 were raised and transferred to RAFA Headquarters in Leicester. Hartmut thanked all who helped to raise the money, by organising events, collecting on streets or in front of supermarkets and train stations, attending Wings Appeal events, making donations, etc.

A lovely afternoon with much cheer came to an end. Here’s a selection of photos from the event. Click on a photo to view large.