Nottingham & Leicester Sai Centres celebrated
their Global Service Day on Sunday 10th July and
this year we took our guests to Rutland Water
for the day.
Rutland Water is the largest
man-made lake in Europe.
Built in the 1970s to supply water to the East
Midlands, Rutland Water is now
Rutland's most popular
tourist attraction, offering activities for all
ages. There are sports such as windsurfing,
canoeing, cycling, nature reserves, or just
relax by the water and watch the action around
the 25 mile shoreline. Our theme for the day was
to ‘just relax by the water and watch the
Our Guests are members of
society who we serve on a regular basis –
recipients of meals on wheels service, residents
of elderly homes where we conduct regular bhajan
sessions, voluntary work with local adult
groups, and elderly guests from our Centre.
The planning for this event started a few weeks
earlier. The management team at Rutland Water
were contacted and we discussed the plan for the
day. ‘Leisure Request Form’ was completed, which
covered Risk and Health & Safety assessment of
our planned activities on the day, including thePublic Liability Insurance cover – lots of
necessary paperwork to complete!
was arranged for all our guests to be collected
from their homes and returned home at the end of
the day. A special minibus with a lift was
arranged for wheelchair bound guests.
refreshments were prepared on Saturday and early
Sunday morning - pasta salad, pizzas, cheese &
potato pasties, and potato ‘shak’. For pudding
we had cakes – and strawberry & cream!
arrival the guests were served with freshly
brewed tea and hot coffee, together with
homemade cookies and scones with jam/butter. A
good selection of food items were prepared to
meet the varied dietary requirements of our
Some volunteers came early to the
venue to set up the site, with gazebos, tables,
chairs, serving tables and registration desk.
As the guests arrived, they were warmly
welcomed and ‘registered’, and were all given
named badge. Volunteers were pre-allocated
guests to ‘care’ for throughout the day, and
they were soon on their way to experience the
walks and activities around the lake.
eryone got together for lunch –
which was served by enthusiastic volunteers with
lots of love, patience and lots of smiles!
And as they say on TV to the winners, we had
laid on ‘a very special treat’ for our guests -
a boat ride, round the lake on Rutland Belle!
Most of the guests went on the ride, and enjoyed
the boat ride. For some it was an experience of
Craft’ tables were prepared for those who wanted
to do something different. There was also a
place to just sit and just enjoy the wonderful
weather, and experience the wonderful sounds of
nature under the trees! Some guests participated
in the ever popular ‘Antakshri’ sing along game.
Garden games were played by some of the more
‘energetic’ guests! Yes, there was something for
Everyone then joined in the
ever popular Bingo game. This is a game that
everyone loves to play, as everyone can join in.
Volunteers were at hand to help out where
necessary. Prizes were handed out for complete
lines and for
‘full house’ – ‘BINGO’ shouted joyously
by many of our guests!
But sadly, all
good things come to an end and it was time to go
home. Tea and scones with cream were served as
we all prepared to pack up and got ready to head
home. The day was concluded by wishing happy
birthdays to all those celebrating their
birthdays on this special day – they made their
wishes on cakes with lighted candles, and
everyone joined in singing the happy birthday
We all felt Swami’s presence
throughout the day. Swami had graced us with
wonderful, warm sunshine, and of course, lots of
Some of the guests came forward and
commented on the day – ‘thank you for a
wonderful day’, ‘thank you looking after us and
for the lovely refreshments’, ‘we have all
enjoyed our day out’. And most said they
couldn’t wait to be invited to our next event –
it couldn’t come soon enough for them!
last comments from one of our guests – ‘we only
have 3 or 4 days out a year, but we always look
forward to this event every year. Highlight of
the year for us!’ Shows how much we all take so
much for granted.