December 2016 Newsletter | I for India

T’is the season to be jolly..the festive season is here now and many of you may have already attended one Christmas dinner and have a few more to go ! Greetings from I for India and it’s a pleasure as always to interact with this ever growing community.

“L for Lille”: Christmas Markets visit on the Eurostar - a post event update

The last weekend was special one for the I for India community, with our Christmas markets visit to Lille in privately hired coaches on the Eurostar. This newsletter is a post event update of this very successful and enjoyable event.

What begins well, ends well… as with all our events, all our patrons kept their time promise and started arriving by 8 am on the Saturday morning at the St Pancras International rail terminal. To allow for a smooth checking in, seat numbers were allocated and the physical tickets distributed to all patrons well ahead of the journey date. Also, all little groups were carefully considered and seats allocated accordingly so all groups (men, women and children) had their best and most familiar company alongside in the journey to Lille.

The trip attracted patrons from all corners of London and even further afield – for instance Colchester, Newbury…. a good 60 miles or 2 hours from Kings Cross. This clearly shows the commitment and eagerness of our patrons to join in the community fun despite the physical distances – thanks once again to all our patrons for their unflinching support to our events which helped us deliver another packed and successful event.

Lille Christmas Market Trip Pics

The 90 minute journey to Lille seemed like a breeze with the patrons engrossed in catching up with their mates or making new friends and acquaintances at the start of this journey. The patrons also received a surprise welcome and visit from our very own Santa on the Eurostar, who greeted everyone on both the coaches and distributed goodies to all the children on board.

The market town of Lille was very conveniently placed, with the main Christmas markets square only a few minutes walk from the rail station. The market town was in full festive mood, with amusement rides, games and a whole host of interesting stalls for food, arts and craft, etc. Furthermore, there was also a busy High Street leading to the Christmas Market square and a large mall just outside the station, so enough to keep our patrons busy the entire day.

What worked really well was that there wasn’t a fixed routine for the group to follow at Lille, which meant patrons could spend spent the day at their own pace, interest and group of choice. We re-convened at the station back in the evening at around 7:30 pm, here again thanks to the time discipline of everyone which allowed us all get through immigration and board our coaches at 8:30 pm. By the time of the return journey, most people knew everyone on board and many had made a number of new friends and acquaintances from the day in Lille. We also had a timely arrival back in London, concluding a very memorable and festive day.

From start to close of the journey, we were blessed to have a very smooth day without any hiccups or incidents, even the weather at Lille was good for what was a day largely spent outdoors. Our thanks again to our patrons for all their support and co-operation to make this another successful event !!

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: 2016 GRAND FINALE - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!!

A quick heads up on New Year’s Eve extravaganza, our grand finale event for 2016 !

Tickets for the event are now available via Event Brite and have been steadily filling up. Please book your tickets by clicking the link below before prices go up or tickets run out !!

For those of you who are new to the event, here are some highlights of the evening:

Date & time: 31st December 2016 (18:00 to 01:00 hrs)
Venue: Nakshatra, Snakey Lane, Feltham, Hounslow TW13 7NA
Program: Kids Entertainer, Music, Variety Entertainment, Raffle, Photo Booth, DJ & Dance
Dinner (inclusive): A vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffet dinner will be served at the venue. Beverages and alcoholic drinks maybe purchased at the venue for a very nominal price.

As always, the event will have all ages covered especially our children for whom we will have a professional kids entertainer with a special meet n greet, balloon modelling, magic show etc. The adults will have their share of fun too with music, games, exciting raffle prizes and of course the DJ and dance floor will run from 9 pm just after dinner until we ring in the New Year 2017 !!

Please book your tickets ASAP and we look forward to welcoming you on the 31st December !!

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