On Saturday, 7th January - the date that the Orthodox Church in Eastern Europe celebrates Christmas - we put on a Christmas Party for the Ukrainian refugees living in Southwell and surrounding villages.
The party was held at Southwell Methodist Church between midday and 3 pm and was attended by about 15 Ukrainian families, along with around five host families. They enjoyed a fantastic buffet of typical Ukrainian dishes such as Borsch, Vinagrette, Pierogi, Pieroski and Kutia, which had been prepared both by our guests and Rama and Mila from the Reindeer Inn on Westgate.
After their festive lunch, we introduced the 20 Ukrainian children, aged from 6 months to 16 years, to traditional English games such as Musical Chairs, Duck Duck Goose, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Splat the Rat and Pass the Parcel.
Having grown up with these games, we thought that they would translate easily but the most fun by far was had when we ‘flew’ the large parachute and the children just ran under it! An enormous amount of thanks are owed to
our guests for joining in the fun and preparing the food
the host families
Southwell Methodist Church
Rama and Mila from the Reindeer
Kimberley Davies-Phippen and Nicky Straw for the games and