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SSCC President Mrs. Maville Wilson and Mrs. Lois Wilson with other officers of the club displaying some of the handiwork members produced for Yuletide distribution.

It was stocktaking time this week for members of the Sunshine Senior Citizens Club of the Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church. Members go to great lengths every Monday to devote their time and talents towards the care and comforts of persons institutionalised in various homes and hospitals and the community at large.And when they are not engaged in such handiwork, they enhance their own physical and cultural well-being with structured programmes that have proven to be more and more exciting each time.The stocktaking revealed that dozens of stoles, tams afghans, blankets, booties, caps for newborn babies and cancer patients, warm blankets for men’s laps and scarfs, among other pieces, had been produced. The items were beautifully displayed by Lois Scott, who along with Barbara Outerbridge heads the club craft programme. Mrs Outerbridge was unavoidably absent, attending the graduation in Alabama of one of her grandchildren.Also displayed were baskets of toiletries that will be distributed to the Herb Garden Seniors Residence which SSCC has adopted for this season.“We are not a lazy club,” said Mrs Maville Wilson, the effervescent 87-year-old great-grandmother, who has been its president for the past 11 years. The SSCC was founded nearly 20 years ago by the late Joyce Brangman of Scenic Lane, Southampton. She had the vision for the club and brought along her daughter Joyce and as assistants the late Pauline Bean and Gladys Lowe. The format they instituted for spiritual, cultural and social release is still in place. They have prayer, give speeches and receive informative health talks each week.Mother Brangman had worked for many years as a cook in the dietary department of the King Edward Hospital. She and daughter Joyce enthusiastically prepared a full course, well-balanced lunch, complete with dessert each week in initiating the programme. It has become a vitally important, continuing feature of the club’s weekly meetings.As this week was the wrap-up for the year, SSCC had an extra special Christmas programme followed by lunch with all the seasonal trimmings.Students from the Warwick Pre-School, in a long established custom they have with the club, entertained the elders with a delightful song and dance routine.That was followed by impromptu performances by members reciting poetry from memory and singing. This feature was initiated by Eulene Simons, the club’s games and sports coordinator.Highlights included Lorraine Simons’ dramatisation of the birth of Christ as recorded in Luke 2; and a recitation of the poem, ‘Mr. Grumble’ by Marie Waller.

Seated on the right is the senior-most member of the Sunshine Club, Mrs. Alice Augustus aged 97, who hand expertly produced a bulk of stoles and tams for the club. Overlooking her shoulder is Mrs. Lorraine Simons, a former Warwick Pre-School nurse. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Sheila Holder.