January Blog 2018

The Christmas Fayre on 25th Nov. was a great success raising almost £700 for Naomi House, amazing for such a small village to have managed to improve on last year’s total. All credit to Lisa and all those who helped in any way. The following evening a very multi-lingual Choral Society performed ‘A Night At The Opera’ fantastic, best one ever, along with the wonderful Erica Eloff.

December 3rd St Nicholas Celebration Service followed by tea and cakes started the month of celebrations off well. The evening of the 6th many from the Ukulele club joined the Folk Group at Overton for their Christmas meeting. A brilliant evening full of songs and laughter all with the theme of Christmas, except for ours!! We did Dixie Darling which was very well received and very different!

The Book Club met at the Fox to discuss ‘The Damsel in Distress’ by PG Wodehouse. After much redesigning of the Bar, which we seemed to fill, in a short space of time a score of 4 was given. We then settled down to enjoy delicious cheese soufflé amongst other delights and to have a good natter, which meant changing seats at one point as there were so many of us! The evening saw many from the Uke’s go along to the Jam session at the Viables, once again a very relaxed and informal evening.

Saturday 9th a few from Steventon joined Marilyn to sing for the Mayors Carol Service at St. Michaels, Basingstoke, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. The following evening of the 10th the choir were joined by North Waltham to celebrate at Deane Carol Service. This was followed by nibbles and mulled wine, thank you Deidre and helpers.

Saturday 16th the village hall had been transformed for the Children’s Christmas Party with tree, lights and tinsel much to the delight of all. Well done Shona for yet another success.

Sunday 17th was the Crib Service. Another great service full of fun and laughter, some great acting. Alexandra making her parents, Laura and Graham very proud as baby Jesus. That afternoon Rachel and friends sorted out the village hall for the following day, the Senior’s Christmas Lunch. What a fabulous time was had by all. As usual the tables looked amazing with crackers, decorations and candles. The food was fabulous, thanks to all the cooks. A special thank you to Sue Carter for her succulent turkey crowns and delicious Christmas puddings. Also to Mouse Harrison for her donation. This year we had Fiona Burchill from Fleet, who used to be a librarian in Basingstoke, came along and told a few very funny and expressible stories. Thank you to Rachel for coordinating this great event. Tuesday 19th a festive group joined Rev. Julia for a Christmas service at Oak Lodge plus festive songs which all thoroughly enjoyed. That evening was the Singalong, open to all for wine, nibbles and a good festive sing. Very enjoyable, thank you to Marilyn and Paul. Friday 22nd the flower ladies met in the morning to transform the beautiful little church into it’s Christmas glory. Thank you Chris, also for the mulled wine, coffee and nibbles. The evening Carol Service looked quite magical with all the candles lit, the choir had expanded, also Steventon Singers came to sing the Christmas Gloria, which was all so very wonderful. All back to the village hall for nibbles and mulled wine where everyone could catch up. The choir all enjoyed supper back at Paul & Marilyn’s afterwards, thank you so much to you both.

Thank you so very much to Charlie and Rachel for hosting Christmas Eve drinks. Once more a magical time. Christmas morning, I’m sure many were woken early! The turkey was stuffed and ready to go into the oven. Steventon was lucky enough to have Christmas Day service at 10.15 so the beautiful church was once again full for this very special and joyous service.

So here we are now in 2018, singing has started up, as have Ukes, book club, UFO. Many events coming up to look out for in the Parish Mag. Decorations all down, time for finding the items we put ‘away’ for Christmas! Some of the turkey in the freezer for another time! Have made sausage rolls and mince pies for the last time yesterday……Horror as I discovered there was no sloe gin!! Lets hope it is a good year for them this year. Definitely a day now for lighting the fire with a good book.