Our Family Gathering 2019

Most but not quite all of the Hall, Latham, Cragg and Fuller-Sessions cousins

With an explanatory introduction for those family members under five or six…

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there were two young people who went out to Africa to live. They were called Douglas and Rachel Hall, and they lived in a country that then was called Northern Rhodesia. (Now it is called Zambia.)

They had three children, Marion, Ruth and John. A long time later those three children grew up, married lovely people and between them had nine children – Ann, Steve, Chris and Tim Cragg, Ruth, Sara and Nick Fuller-Sessions, Thomas and Birdie Hall. These children are all what is called first cousins: Douglas and Rachel were their granny and grandpa.

Douglas and Rachel retired to England and lived in a house called Barnford, in a village called Ringmore, in Devon. All the cousins often used to stay there, in the school holidays, having fun together in the garden and on the beach.

Then these nine first cousins grew up, married lovely people and between them had 22 children who are all each other’s second cousins:

  • Alfie, Emily, Joe, Ollie, Simon, Nick, Seb and Theo Latham who live in Wales, with their parents Ann and Chris.
  • Ben, Hannah, Honor and Miele Cragg who all live in South Africa with their parents Steve and Jenny.
  • Amelie, Stan and Harper Cragg who live in Hastings with their parents Chris and Sadie.
  • Calypso and Artie Cragg who live in Hastings with their parents Tim and Pippa
  • Tom Eastway who lives in Australia with his parents Sara and Derek
  • Joe and Josh Hall who live in London with their parents Susie and Birdie
  • Nell Fuller-Sessions who lives in London with her parents Sam and Nick.

Can you work out how many people that makes? It’s difficult, but last weekend about 30 of us met up in Pembrokeshire, in Wales, and had a really lovely time thanks to Ann and Chris Latham and their family.

We were sad that Steve and Jenny Cragg and their four (in South Africa) couldn’t be there, nor Sara and Derek Eastway and Tom (in Australia).

Land at last, after a very ‘wobbly’ ride

However, we had two lovely barbecues, a trip by (rather ‘wobbly’) boat to Caldey Island, a short football game on the beach there, fish and chips on the Castle Beach in Tenby afterwards.

A ‘Fun’ Run for some

Some energetic souls went on a 5km fun run on Saturday morning. We even managed to sneak in a rather early birthday celebration with speeches, toasts and family dancing for John Fuller-Sessions who will be 80 in a couple of months..

Speeches, toasts and ‘dancing’

The sun shone brightly for us all weekend, and we all had a wonderfully happy time together. It was Nell’s first family gathering and she was looked after so well by the next cousins up in age, Josh and Harper.

The three youngest members of the clan

With eneormous thanks to Ann and Chris and all the Lathams who went to incredible lengthens to give us all such a truly memorable weekend.

And thank you all, our family, just for being you!

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Marion Fuller-Sessions

Retired and downsized, and sadly now widowed, but keeping in touch with family and friends and friends far and wide via my blog

4 thoughts on “Our Family Gathering 2019”

    1. You’re so right, Yvonne. It’s lovely for the younger ones to see more of their cousins as they all grow up, in fact such fun for all the generations.
      It is easier to talk about than do! And has to be planned well in advance so everyone can find accommodation and make sure they can get some days’s leave from work. But it really is so worth it.

  1. Hi great aunt I am missing you lots of love and thinking of you everyday love from Harper 😘

    1. Hello Harper. How really lovely to hear from you! I am sorry to have been so slow replying. I have been rather (very) lazy with my blog recently, and hadn’t noticed your comment. But I have been lucky enough to actually see you, both on the beach at Hastings and at the family gathering in Wales later in August.
      I hope we see each other again soon. Please give my love to your family, and keep lots for yourself.

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