NZWA and guests dined in style in the beautiful Drawing Room at Merchant Taylors’ Hall to celebrate Christmas and the end of a challenging year for the Association. Festivities began with a sparkling wine reception, followed by a two course Christmas meal with wine included.
Before food was served, the Beadle explained that Merchant Taylors is one of the 12 great livery companies in the City of London, which originated in the 14th century, and summarised many events in its long and fascinating history. After lunch committee members individually stood up to recite the John Julius Norwich commentary of the Twelve Days of Christmas which caused much amusement. Exuberant carol singing followed with Barbara Lloyd accompanying on piano.
It was NZWA’s first Christmas away from the Penthouse in Haymarket, London and this year everyone was ‘waited on’ including the committee as self catering was not an option. There was no raffle during the event but those who attended were invited to make a contribution to the Matt Ratana Foundation. He was an inspirational person and policeman who was tragically killed in London in September 2020. A gratifying £324 was raised which will be forwarded to the Foundation.