Our three days of meeting old friends and new through Eynsham OASIS has come to an end! One participant told me that her only complaint was that she must wait a year for the next one.
Once again, I would like to express my thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers from the three Eynsham Churches who, despite being down in numbers, made the days possible.
I would also like to thank Eynsham Parish Council, The Co-Operative Society, Waitrose and WATS.ON of Eynsham for generously supporting OASIS with grants this year.
Attendees had the opportunity to take part in cheese tasting, making gift bags or crafting glass lightcatchers with Ros Duffy on Tuesday.
On Wednesday there was a buzz as participants discussed items relating to The Country Village Then and Now with Sonja from the Museum Services, while others enjoyed an introduction to painting with watercolour with Alice Walker.
Thursday brought the chance to do brass rubbing with Dave Maycock. Richard Woods gave a very interesting talk about the work that is done at Bridewell Gardens to help mental health sufferers with their recovery through social and therapeutic horticulture. Those listening were moved to have a collection and raised £129.
During the afternoons we had talks from Tony Hadland about the last agricultural labourer in his family. Martin Harris spoke about literary connections with our local area (I was amazed by how many there are).
We had our musical finale from the Woodentops, which had everyone smiling and joining in with the well-known songs.
I would like to thank Rev'd Zoltan Biro, Dr Martin Groves and Nick Page for bringing each of the three days to a close with some well chosen words.
The OASIS Carol Service is on Thursday, 5th December at 2pm in Eynsham Baptist Church and is followed by tea and cake.
We look forward to seeing you there.