April Blog 2018

Gazing at the sunshine it’s hard to believe only a few days ago snow had covered the every view! However, back to the end of February, Thursday 22nd. A small group from the village joined North Waltham at St. Michael’s church for an evening with Garth Hewitt whose voice and guitar playing were inspirational as he took us through a journey with songs of hope and justice for uncertain times.

Friday 23rd saw the ladies from the book club go walkabout up to Sindy’s where we were all made extremely welcome. As we luxuriated in sofas by the fire, sipped sherry and were treated to an array of nibbles while we thoroughly enjoyed the film of last month’s book we had read ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day’. Thank you so very much Sindy, also for the delicious choc ices we enjoyed at the interval. What a very lovely way to spend an afternoon. Also thank you to Susie for thinking of it and providing the DVD.

On the morning of Monday 26th ‘Coffee & Cake’ was held in the village hall. What a very special time it was, a few only meeting each other for the first time, how wonderful that was. Maybe ‘Chat’ should be added to the title as there was plenty of it and what better way than with a slice of cake! This was also held on the 19th March, not as many made it due to the snow and icy roads!! However, we were very surprised to see as many as there were. Once again a very relaxed and jolly morning.

The first lot of snow arrived for the beginning of March. Schools were closed, much to the enjoyment of the children! UFO on Thursday 1st was held at Amanda’s with the excellent help of Millie. A good morning was had by all, as was the delicious cakes and coffee. Thank you Amanda and Millie.

Friday 2nd had us all wondering if the show would go on! ‘Steventon Entertains?’ certainly did! The audience was down a little due to the amount of snow, however, Saturday’s show was completely different as everybody had managed to get there. What can one say, a superb show. From start to finish it was brilliant, also this was the first time those who were participating actually got to see the other performers. It was just as brilliant and funny as we watched it again on Saturday as we were all sat at the back of the hall. A big thank you to everyone who put so much time and effort into the performances + Tim for superb lighting effects and slides to accompany the Pothole song, Paul for accompanying where needed on the keyboard. The list could go on, thank you to all who helped in anyway, just goes to show what a wonderful community there is in Steventon. Also of course to Marilyn, who has that magical way of getting us inspired, sometimes when we don’t know it!! So watch this space…..Who knows what will be next year’s Steventon production!!

Sunday 4th at 6.00pm Evensong was a very special and intimate service, as there were only a few the choir joined the congregation in the front pews. The evening of the 8th North Waltham W.I. held its 82nd B’day in the village hall. A bring and share meal was enjoyed by all and Trisha Lewis talked on the W.I. in the 1960s in Hampshire, a fun evening.

The Book Club on Friday 9th was held at Linda’s, where we discussed ‘The Lakehouse’ by Kate Morton which was given a score of 6.3. Thank you Linda for your most delicious Hummingbird cake and coffee, a very enjoyable morning.

The Men’s Fellowship on Friday 16th was held at Test Valley golf club. A few villagers joined North Waltham for an excellent evening, good food, good company and an excellent talk by Keith Evans about his career as a pilot in the R.A.F. and civilian airlines.

The snow returned on the 17th overnight, just as much as before, however not as strong winds thank goodness and now has near enough completely gone. The daffodils gradually restored to their former glory and primroses opening their beautiful faces up to the sunshine. Easter is soon upon us and spring has sprung! Apparently there are 80 million Easter eggs produced in the UK every year! The biggest chicken egg ever laid was by a White Leghorn in New Jersey U.S.A. on 25th February 1956. It contained a double yolk and double shell….good gracious and weighed 454g. Happy Easter…