The Universal Hall was filled to overflowing with festive cheer Friday, 13th December as our neighbours from surrounding farms, villages and towns came to share in the joy of the Christmas season and to be entertained at the Findhorn Community’s Winter Gathering.
This gathering has been a much appreciated tradition for many years and is now organised by the New Findhorn Association, which, since 1999 has provided a unifying structure for the many diverse initiatives which have sprung from the work of the Findhorn Foundation and seeks to create a sense of a larger community in cooperation with the local district.
Many old and new friends of all ages came to enjoy the huge decorated tree, Christmas jazz, a story for the children and a visit from a Glaswegian Santa Claus. The entertainment also included a Russian candle dance, poetry, the teenagers presenting a scintillating ‘Santa Baby’, beautiful harmonies from The Community Singers and a female quartet and a children’s orchestra.
The evening ended with the singing of much loved Christmas carols, filling the hall with the glow of communal warmth and peace and hope for the future.
This general glow was very much echoed in the Ghanean song Medi Medo Kesi sung by Kate O’Connell and three friends – “I’ll give love to my neighbour in happiness and joy, shake my hand” and in the donations of almost £300 made by visitors to the Forres Elderly Infirm Project.