January Blog 2020

2020! Who would believe it…more spring than winter! The many wonderful events all through December seem such a long time ago. This will have to be off the top of my head as the main calendar is at the bottom of a very full recycling bin!!! Going back a bit further to the Christmas Fair at the end of November which started it all off excellently with a great array of stalls, raffles, tea, coffee and cakes!! A large portion of funds raised going to Basingstoke Food Bank. A big thank you to all who helped in any way.

Carol Services got underway with the Hampshire Medical Fund at St Michaels church in Basingstoke on 5th December. Beautifully decorated trees set the scene for a lovely service which included Basingstoke Choral Society and the Pilgrims’ School Choir. Funds raised went towards Advancing Resuscitation & Care for the Emergency Department in Basingstoke. St. Nicholas Celebration on the morning of the 8th was a delight with the story of the Bags of Gold being acted out from scripts handed out that morning!! In the evening Deane had their Carol Service, once again a very joyous occasion. The Benefice Choir together for the first of the services, wonderful. Afterwards we were all invited for drinks and delicious nibbles at Deane House, thank you so very much for your generosity and very warm welcome.

The Book Club meeting on Friday 12th was held at the Watership Down, thanks to Susie, who had organised it all, even down to the last detail of how much we individually needed to pay. A great lunch, we took over the whole of the conservatory, a great time had by all. We did actually talk about the book, “Carte Postale” by Victoria Hislop, which was set in present day Greece. A score of 7.5 was achieved.

A jolly group, some with Ukulele’s! joined Rev. Julia on the 16th for a very festive service and sing-a-long at Oak Lodge, all enjoyed by all. Steventon Singers, led by Marilyn and Paul on the evening of the 17th in the village hall, held the Christmas Singing, open to all. An excellent evening of fun and laughter, mulled wine, and delicious nibbles.

The day of the 19th had arrived, the Senior Christmas Lunch! The hall looked amazing, the tables beautiful and not long before delicious aromas wafted from the kitchen as the turkey arrived followed by all the delicious roasties and veg. All greeted by a glass of sherry before seating themselves just before Julia said grace and serving began. A truly wonderful event, great company and simply delicious food, excellent wine which was donated by Graham & Laura, thank you so much. A very big thank you to Sue Carter for once again providing the most delicious turkey, gravy and Christmas puddings. To all those who helped and Rachel for her organisation skills once again. Great to see some new faces too!

Friday 20th the flower ladies spent the morning at church making it look quite splendid. Thank you Chris for all your hard work, also for delicious mulled wine and mince pies, always a very special time. In the evening the Carol Service saw the church full to bursting, quite wonderful, a spectacular service. Large choir, which is always a joy, just wonderful. All back to the village hall afterwards for a very special time with Dave & Julia. The morning Crib Service on the 22nd was equally as wonderful as Charlie had written, as only he can, a special Nativity Play! Once again involving nearly all who were there and even Laura & Dave’s daughter, Maggie, was baby Jesus. Joy. Tremendous, well done Charlie. The evening of the 23rd Christmas drinks were at Graham & Laura’s, with us all bringing nibbles. Thank you so much from us all, a fabulous evening for young and old, a truly wonderful get together. Christmas Day service was packed, a brilliant start to a very special day. The service at North Waltham on the 29th a Benefice service, was wonderful and also very sad as this was Rev. Julia and Dave’s last service here. One which we will always remember and hold dear to our hearts. We will miss you but also wish you every happiness in your new home and exciting times ahead. 2020 will certainly be a very Happy New Year to start the new journey of the rest of your lives together. So here we are now, back to normal…..Singing, Ukes, UFO to name but a few of events. Most of all looking forward to the Spring….Until then, light the fire and cosy down still on these dark evenings. Still a lot of Christmas cake left!!