Well it was that time of the year again! The DBE Christmas Tea! What a glorious day it turned out to be
too. Brisk cooler temperatures but a beautiful sunny day.
Our first guests started arriving at about 12.30 pm and then it was a steady stream until all seats were
filled at about 1.10pm at which time Diane Jones State President gave the opening speech welcoming
everyone to this year’s Christmas Tea.
This was a record year with 250 tickets sold and about 245 seats filled. We had eight vendors in the hall
this year as well, with products ranging from Organic bath and beauty products to Photographs and
Postcard, to beautiful jewelry, vintage style Dolls to hand made soaps etc.
After the opening address the DBE Ladies descended on the table with pots of piping hot British Tea and
plates of pastries, cakes, Sausage rolls, Scotch Eggs and various small bites and sandwiches. Soon the hall
was buzzing with chatter and sounds of tea cups chinking.
Our entertainment this year was given by Crystal Yexley and her Friends. Crystal sang a collection of
Christmas songs accompanied by Ben on the Guitar and Vocals and Scott on the Drums. They were great
and I saw many of our guests joining in and singing also. I think I even saw one or two dancing at their
tables. Great Job!
After that there were some raffle Prizes drawn out and distributed to the lucky winners, some of the
prizes had been donated by the Vendors. Thanks to them for supporting us.
Then Phil Perkins, husband to Gill in the Centre Court Chapter, recited a poem about him being the
Grinch at Christmas. This was well received and at times hilariously funny, well done to Phil especially as
he only put it together in the couple of days previous to the event. He even looked like The Grinch in his
After the applause died down, and in fact it was quite a long applause, Diane drew the remainder of the
The next item has been a favourite at our tea for many years. Chico’s of Knoxville gave a wonderful
fashion show which is made more special for us by the ladies of the DBE in Tennessee being the models
for the show. Once again Chico’s outdid themselves and the outfits were stunning and so beautifully
modelled. A huge round of applause to all the ladies.
The tea was wrapped up in the traditional manner where all the ladies of the DBE joined together to sing
We Wish you a Merry Christmas.
After this successful tea and if you are reading this and wish to come along next year get your orders for
tickets in early to avoid disappointment.