On Saturday 25th July we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Alexandra Residents Association with a 1950s style Tea Dance.

It was a lovely sunny day, and lots of residents and their friends came and joined in the fun for the afternoon.
The Church Hall was decorated with bunting and fairy lights and a “tea room” with pink tablecloths tempted us all with freshly made sandwiches, scones & jam and various cakes, all brought along by very generous neighbours, and endless cups of tea!

Brian Read provided live music entertaining us throughout the afternoon , and included some dances for our youngest residents.

Samira & Peter (from Albert Road) cut a striking dash on the dance floor and gave us some wonderful demonstrations of Argentinian Tango.


(many thanks to Lynne for the lovely video)

and had many of us up on the floor trying out some steps too – our thanks go to them for helping to make it a most memorable afternoon.

Jill & David made the dance floor their own too with some very energetic jiving.

Many people came beautifully dressed for the occasion, in 1950’s style, a couple of “Teddy Boys” and even one or two in Carmen Miranda outfits


Sue (from Albert Road) danced off in first place for really capturing the look!

A big part of the event was the various competitions which were held to find the best cake, vegetable, bloom and jar of homemade goodness.

Prizes of trophies, pink bubbly, sangria and chocolate-oranges were presented in each category for first, second and highly commended entries.

There was also a photographic competition on the theme of “Life in the Cottages”

and lots of eggs were entered for the “Dress the Egg”

We were absolutely delighted that so many people took part , and the display tables groaned under the weight of all the goodies…. Our judges had a very difficult job of deciding on the winners, and praised every one of the entries. Denis Waugh judged the photographs, and Jim Heath & Ross Howie judged all the home-produce.
Certificates were printed for all the winners.

A great raffle raised some funds towards a Christmas Lunch planned for December for our Golden Oldies Club. There were many donated prizes including a fantastic “Carmen” themed cake.

We are very grateful for the Grassroots and Capital Community Foundation Grants which made it possible for the event to be free to all:

Thanks were given to everyone involved in making the afternoon such a success, and a moment was taken to thank the many past committee members, with us in person or spirit, without whose efforts the Association would not be celebrating its 50th Anniversary – Here’s to the next 50 years !!

(Check out the pictures of the event under Events Photographs)