April Blog 2020

Breakfast on Saturday 22nd February was once again very well attended, the usual delicious breakfast thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was good to welcome Eddie, the Street Pastor and to hear his very informative, sometimes amusing, presentation. Romy has written a great update so will say no more.

The afternoon of Thursday 27th the group of villagers who received their Parish Magazine delivery from Sylvia, arrived at Tony & Joan’s, thank you both, armed with various goodies. Sylvia decided to retire after 40 years! She used to ride her bike to deliver them many years ago, when lanes were indeed very quiet and her deliveries covered a wider area. With the help of Chris, we all clubbed together and bought a hedgehog house, food and book. Yes, Sylvia loves her hedgehogs and has a wonderful garden which is perfect. Anyway, this had all been arranged secretly, we all felt a bit like undercover spies!! Sylvia had been asked round Joan’s to take Bex for a walk as she thought she might be having her to stay. Imagine her great surprise when she was coaxed into the lounge and was greeted with cheers from us all. A wonderful tea party, even the weather was beautiful, vases of flowers enhancing this lovely occasion. Hedgehog activity has been spotted.

Onto March 5th, U.F.O. was held at Rachel’s and a very enjoyable afternoon it was with delicious cake, lots of chattering and laughter.

Friday 6th was the evening of the Film night at the village hall. ‘Tea with Mussolini’, starring Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Cher to name but a few. Choc Ices at half time added to the enjoyment of the evening. Thank you Sue for organising this once again, amazing film.

Saturday 7th at the Anvil was the Mayor’s Charity Concert. Steventon Singers were one group of many choirs accompanied by Heritage Light Orchestra and Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra. Also Robert May’s School Chamber Choir. Brilliant. £1500 was raised from the raffle and door exit collection boxes for the Mayors charities.

Monday 9th we joined Rev. James for a communion service at Oak Lodge where afterwards we were able to catch up with old and new faces.

Friday 13th the Book Club was held at Sally’s. Wonderful individual cakes, mine being chocolate, very yummy, thank you so much Sally. ‘The Queens Fool’ by Phillipa Gregory, only received a score of 4 !!

Coffee & Cake held at the village hall on Monday 17th was well attended, how things have changed since then.

The village, as everywhere around the country, has been amazing with volunteers, new groups set up via Facebook and WhatsApp. The next thing in the village is Zoom….Have not a clue at the moment but am sure we will pick it up, visual coffee mornings, dinner parties, children parties to name a few which of course will help to keep people busy. How blessed we all are to live in this wonderful part of the world, in these most uncertain times, we are able to enjoy our gardens. Plenty to do there!! Or just to sit and look at nature, which stops for no one. Primroses, daffodils, little violets showing their heads and blossom of shrubs and trees. The birds as incredibly busy at this time of the year, a joy to behold and my, to hear their song is just so wonderful. There we even two partridges calling to one another, challenging each other very loudly. Butterflies are emerging, a large yellow flew passed, bumble bees, even the hawk was forgiven as it sat for a while on the bird table. A Heron was around for a couple of days, had its eye on Marilyn’s pool and the tadpoles I think!! Waving to our neighbours, talking on the phone, emails, all there to enable us to keep in contact and especially with our families many miles away. May this sunny weather continue, so enabling us to get out, even in solitude, our loved ones always in our hearts. Stay safe. God Bless.