Well the weather did it’s best to dampen our spirits, but it failed! Lancing THS is unfortunately over for another year, but what a THS it was!
As usual, the social calendar was busy, as were a significant number of members who helped us support our chosen charity this year, Alzheimer’s Society (See below). We can’t mention them all here, but a special mention does go to Andrea Morris, for which the charity has a special place, and who’s drive and passion helped us all make this years total over £2900! Well done to all those who helped, baked, sold, cooked, begged, borrowed and provided, and of course anyone who donated either directly or just bought a raffle ticket, THANK YOU ALL!
The Charity Saturday started off with the Bake off, with which the quality was again excellent, and possibly even better than last year. Our Guest Judge from Alzheimer’s Society and her Husband (who worked in the catering trade) were most impressed, and even more so that the entries were producing on site, in the camping units (especially the barbequed Scones!!)
Highly Commented in the Junior Category were Lilly and Erin, and for the second year running our Junior Winner was Skye.
In the Adult Category (I daren’t call it “Senior”!!) we had runners up of Lesley and Chris, with Sharon a very close winner. Well done to all those who entered and thank you for making the cakes to sell for our charity.
The Raffle and Auction followed, where our resident Auctioneer, Paul Morris managed to squeeze the last pennies our of us and sell a few items well over their reserve estimate, thank you Paul.
That Evening we were treated to Live Entertainment from West End Star Performer Mr Matthew Goodgame. Matthew is a strong supporter of Alzheimer’s Society and gave up his time to perform for us. Universally applauded by the audience, he entertained us all with an excellent performance of well known songs from musicals and film.
The next weekend started off with Friday Night entertainment from the Bootleg Bandits returning for their second year, entertaining us into the evening.
Then on Saturday morning if you didn’t fancy cooking breakfast, Bacon Baps and Starbucks Coffee were available to accompany the browsing of the tabletop sale and craft fair. Mini Facials, nails and face painting (preferably not after the facial!) were also on offer, with all profits going to the charity pot.
Saturday Evening saw the return of Lancing’s Got Talent, were we were entertained with songs from a number of campers and a poem hot off the press about Lancing THS! …. and just when we thought it was all over, the Blues Brothers popped in on their way back to Chicago!
A great THS with a fantastic total raised for charity, and lots of fun and laughter had by all – cant wait for next year!!
Thank you to all of you that helped out, even if it was only in a small way, and thank you for camping with us.
And last, but by no means least, a big “Thank You” to our stewards, Pat & Chris, Steve and Lin, and Cliff, without whom Lancing THS would not run as smoothly as it does.
This year we supported the Alzheimer’s Society as our chosen charity. Set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, dementia will affect us all. But we can beat it. Together. Every action will bring us closer to finding a cure and giving everyone the support they need. In 2015/16 for every £1 received by the Alzheimer’s Society, 89p was spent directly on improving the lives of people with dementia, and the other 11p went towards generating future income. You will probably know someone who has suffered or is suffering with this terrible condition which isn’t just about memory loss, but with your help people living with dementia can lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.
If you want to find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society, please click this link.