February Blog 2016

On the evening of Saturday 30th January, 5 teams made their way to the village hall for Charlie’s Quiz night. Refreshments of all sorts were soon laid out upon the tables and the clinking of glasses could soon be heard! Our team had decided to have supper by candle light, a real treat. There were a great selection of questions, 10 categories in all, which proved to be something for everyone. A great evening, made more so by the wit and repartee from Charlie, which ensured the participants were kept on their toes throughout the evening. It was a close battle but ‘Unusual Suspects’ just nailed it and with much cheering went to collect their prize of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange each. Thank you very much Charlie.
The following evening, Sunday 31st was Choral Evensong, celebrating the contribution of Paul Wright to the musical life of St. Mary’s Old Basing & Lychpit. 40 years…..What a wonderful achievement. Some of us from Steventon choir were lucky enough to be able to join St. Mary’s choir for this wonderful celebration. To hear the words of the presentation at the end of the service was quite overwhelming. After which Paul played Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach on the great organ, we were moved to tears. Magnificent. Awesome. It makes us realize just what a very special man we have here in the village of Steventon. I guess we kind of knew that though!!
Friday 12th February was the book club, held at Susie’s. Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks was the book discussed. An excellent read, highly recommended, it received a high score overall of 8.9
There has been much to in and fro in this month as groups have been getting together for singing, dancing and Ukulele’s, mostly in preparation for Steventon Goes West on 8th and 9th of April. A great show so book your date, only £5 per ticket, a real bargain!
March 12th is Café Church in the village hall at 8.45am. Bacon Butties are on the menu, a great way to start the weekend off.
A few from the village are singing with Basingstoke Choral Society along with Croydon Philharmonic Choir at Winchester Cathedral on April 16th at 7.30pm. Some fantastic soloists, the New London Sinfonia conducted by the great David Gibson from our adjoining village of North Waltham. It will be the most marvellous acoustic venue for you to thoroughly enjoy this great piece by Antonin Dvorak. Stabat Mater. Book early to avoid any disappointment.
The owls have been at their best most nights and at dawn too, such a wonderful sound. Even more so when you see them fly. A barn owl has been gliding silently across the field, sweeping backwards and forwards so gracefully. Quite a sight in the quietness of early evening.
The fire has been lit once again, sending a warm glow throughout the room, a glass of wine beckons, the weekend will soon be here.