January Blog 2016

Just a quick mention about the Rolling Supper on 21st Nov. Fabulous once again, well done Charlie. Great food, great company, all proceeds to a charity to be announced. For the first time coffee was held in the village hall where we could all have a good catch up. This worked perfectly and a big thank you to all who participated.
The Christmas Fayre on the 28th was a great success, especially as the number of visitors were down. Naomi House, the P.C.C. and the Senior’s Christmas lunch were all able to benefit from this super event. Many thanks to Lisa for all the organisation and to all those who baked, donated and gave up their time to help in any way.
December was certainly full of many wonderful services, however, here in Steventon on the 6th was the Celebration service followed by afternoon tea in the village hall. Children participation was excellent. On Friday 18th St. Nicholas’ church was transformed into the beautiful colours of Christmas by the flower ladies. Red candles being the centre of each window display. The Crib service on Sunday 20th was amazing. So many children, all with parts to play and read, having only just seen them that morning!! They were all brilliant. Baby Jesus this year was Silvia’s granddaughter, Molly, who smiled her way through the whole service. Marilyn had produced another masterpiece. Tuesday 22nd was the Carol service. What can one say, it was simply wonderful. Everywhere looked so beautiful with the candles glowing serenely amongst the colours and of course best of all, the church was full, as it was on Christmas Day.
The book club met at the Fox on the 11th and enjoyed cheese soufflés, turkey etc. always superb. The company was pretty good too! And we did get to discuss ‘A Week in September’ by Sebastian Faulks giving a score of 5.4.
The Children’s Christmas party on the 19th in the village hall was and I quote. ‘The best party ever, lovely atmosphere, the children are always amazing with their crafts, enthusiasm and their ability to just have fun’. A big thank you to Rachel and friends for making this such a success.
This year was a ‘first’ for the Senior’s Christmas lunch. This all came about from a small group just discussing the subject over a coffee at Rachel’s! The end result was quite unbelievable but more about that in a moment. The hall looked very festive prior to this for the Children’s Christmas party. The day before a working party came to put the tables and chairs out. Cover the tables with white table cloths, cut out long red centre table runners to go on top. Holly and Ivy adorned the centre of the tables along with red candles. Red and green crackers, red serviettes, sparkling cutlery and glasses all laid out for the following morning. 4 hostess trolley’s were lined up on the stage next to the Christmas tree. The morning had arrived! 12 cooks were busy in their homes preparing and cooking all the Christmas wonders, of which there were many! The same 12, plus more helpers had jobs on the day. Amazingly the rain had held off for Paul to set up the keyboard and stereo system also for us all to bring our Christmas fayre to be transferred to the hostess trolley’s and oven. The power kept going off through all of this. The thought of Christmas lunch by candle light and a couple of Bar-B-Q’s were mentioned!! However, it was all sorted in time and by 12.30 guests were starting to fill the hall. They were invited to partake in a sherry or soft drink before dinner which gave everyone a chance to have a chat. By 1.00pm everyone was seated, crackers were being pulled, silly hats on and jokes to be shared. Seasonal music was quietly being played in the background, just perfect. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their turkey dinner, the Christmas pudding was lit then served along with dishes of brandy butter, cream, also plates of mince pies. After all this delicious food, tea and coffee was served, accompanied with chocolates and Christmas cake. A truly magnificent feast. Carols and festive songs were sung with music played by Paul on the keyboard, in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Some amazing voices could be heard that had not been heard before! Old acquaintances finally meeting up once again and non-stop chattering, truly marvellous. By 4.30 most had wound their way home, all aglow, and not because of the wine! Having had a most wonderful afternoon, what more could one ask. Within no time at all, the washing up had been done, tables and chairs put away, swept and cleaned. Hostess trolley’s back into car boots to be returned, everything back to normal. Frank, who must be most senior in the village now, 95 this year, cannot stop talking about it. As he said, ‘you would not have believed your eyes as you walked through the second set of doors. It was something out of this world as it was so beautiful it took my breath away and the food was tremendous.’ Frank also wanted me to say a very big Thank You to everyone who contributed in any way to such a wonderful afternoon, one he will never forget.
Christmas Eve village drinks were held at Lisa and David’s, a lovely, lovely evening, thank you both so very much from us all.
Many things now to participate in, the village is a busy place!! Much to look forward to.