As people arrived in the Garden Room of Liston Hall on the evening of Monday the 10th of December, they all received a packet of seeds (donated by Hunts Hardware), before their raffle tickets had won anything! No losers at AiM events!
After partaking of mulled wine (kindly supplied by Waitrose), or fruit juices, followed by mince pies, sausage rolls and a variety of snacks, five teams of expectant contestants all settled down around their tables. There were ‘the Five Brains’, ‘the Highfielders’, ‘the Mad Hatters’, ‘the Beeps’ and ‘the Marfour’.
Mike Miller acted as our MC and read out four sets of questions (10 in each section) compiled by Keith Bracey. Questions such as, ‘Who was the last ‘Queen of Pakistan?’, ‘Which sea has no coast?’, ‘Who was the last Prime Minister not to have wife?’ and ‘Which Country has a zero birth rate?’ left a few of us non-plussed! However, the ‘Highfields team’ answered more than most and each member of the team ended up winning a selection of Burgers chocolates.
Following more drink and grub, our lap-top computer, audio-visual unit and our screen (all purchased from the grant we received from the Local Heritage Initiative) were put to good use. The film shown was an edited version of the many clips taken over the last 12 months, starting with general AIM activities and concluding with an update on the progress of our
We then tucked into the remaining food and drink and extracted our tickets for the raffle. Our raffle was even bigger than last year with over £100’s worth of prizes on offer! Lucky winners took away; a £10 voucher for chocolates, a cyclist’s safety helmet, an electric toothbrush, a shoulder bag, many packets of seeds, pot plants, a bunch of daffodils, eggs, and a selection of fruits, toiletries, archaeological books, two bottles of wine, a bottle of sloe gin, and an address book