At 2h45 a group mainly consisting of ladies from The Gardens and The Park met at the reception to go carol singing in the Heim. One or two nurses and one gentleman also came. Irmela Blaich accompanied us on a Pan flute, who had prepared a selection of dearly loved Christmas carols in English, German and Afrikaans. She accompanied our singing with a harmonica. We were given electric candles.

On the first floor we sang, “Alle Jahre wieder”; then,” Ihr Kinderlein Kommet.” The English carols included. “Once in Royal David´s City” and, “Away in a manger”, the South African carol, “Welkom o Stille Nag van Vrede” was also sung. We proceeded along the corridor to the sitting room, where we continued to sing at the entrance. We were continually gathering more singers.

We then went to the middle floor and included, “O , Come, all ye faithful”. Some residents opened their doors as we were walking down the corridor, and when we reached the sitting room, we concluded our singing with the well-loved carol,”Stille Nacht”; each one singing in their own language. Two Heim residents joined us, and the choir had meanwhile increased to about 20 singers with several nurses joining us.

It was a very rewarding afternoon and we thank Irmela for organising it.

Jennifer Bransby