June Blog 2016

Back to the morning of Saturday 25th June which started off an amazing weekend in Steventon. Café’ Breakfast kicked off at 8.45a.m. with delicious croissants & bacon butties, followed with the children acting out a Bible story of the Good Samaritan in modern day, skate boarder included!! Excellent. Later that evening Matt’s 50th B’day celebrations took off in more ways than one. Fabulous in every way. Quite amazing to see everybody dressed up for the night, especially the men. What a transformation into their DJ’s they scrub up really well!! Makes a change from Panto costume!! We danced the night away and took home some great memories, even photos thanks to Matt and the Photo Booth! You even got yourselves an amazing starlight night.

Sunday 26th fete day, the sun shone on the morning for the marquee erecting party, a bit later than normal to allow for the night before! The stalls were overflowing with goodies, the BBQ sold out of burgers and a sell out for the tombola too. The best ever this year with around £2400 shared between the village hall and the church. Great to see the Montessori this year. A big thank you to Dawn and family for bringing their ponies from Horse ology once again, which made a great many children very happy. Thank you to Simon & Harriet for allowing the village to take over their gardens, also for the very welcome Pimms after everything had been cleared and tidied. Last but not least, thank you to all who came to enjoy the afternoon and spend their well-earned cash.

The evening of Tuesday 28th rehearsals for the concert were just underway in the village hall when all the power went off throughout the village. We all gathered everything together and made our way to the music room back at Paul & Marilyn’s where we continued by candle light! A very jolly evening made more so by the glass of wine and beer that arrived very unexpectedly. The following evening of the 29th Steventon Singers were seen to go off in different directions to join either Hospital Male Voice choir, Belles of St. Martins or Basingstoke Choral Society for the last rehearsal for the Festival of Choirs. Great fun.

Saturday 2nd July the concert conducted by David Gibson, Handel’s Theodora, was held at the Anvil. . Fabulous performance by all and once again a privilege to be a part of such a great event. The following Sunday, on the evening of the 10th Steventon Singers were among the 12 choirs that came together for the Basingstoke Festival of Choirs at the Anvil. A tremendous uplifting concert ending with much flag waving during Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and of course Jerusalem. A great part of the concert was when a few of Steventon men performed the Policeman’s Song, with all the actions! Joined by Martha as the youngest recruit, with a large L plate on her back, well done chaps and a very well done to Martha.

Friday 7th a few men from the village joined N.W. Men’s Fellowship for a visit to Brooklands Museum. Vintage cars, bikes and planes were on show. The Wellington Bomber and the Hawker Hurricane were just a few to be viewed at close quarters, also Concord. Mike & Paul came home with a Flight Certificate for the Concord simulator! A great day was had by all. The Barnes Wallis bombs were also on display, which the Book Club group know all about as it just happened, the book of the month was the Dam Busters by John Holland, an exceptionally informative book.

On the evening of Sunday 17th was Jane Austen Evensong. Wonderful to see so many in church. The choir had expanded as our regular extras joined us. A wonderful service shared by all. Afterwards the choir had a lovely bring and share supper back at Marilyn & Paul’s which we all enjoyed in the garden. Also glasses of bubbly were raised to celebrate Paul & Marilyn’s 40th Wedding Anniversary, which they celebrated in Guernsey a few days later, where they had their honeymoon all those years ago. Excellent.

The last couple of months I have been helping with Pony Driving for the Disabled at David & Susan’s at Ashe Warren Farm. I just have to say what a very wonderful and worthwhile job they do, always with a smile. All the volunteers are a very friendly, jolly bunch and the beautiful surroundings are a real treat. So pleased to be part of the team.

Lucy has been doing fantastic with Wella for her ‘Ride for Allegra’, keep the donations going in. Update in next months magazine.

The veggie garden is in full swing, although there has been a huge problem with cabbage butterflies this year. It has been a sight to behold to see Mike like a man possessed, armed with a net, dashing around the veg patch! He has done a great job but they still keep coming. Harvest is now well under way, long may the sun shine. The courgettes have gone mad, trying very hard to stop them going into marrows! More chutney to make maybe? Maybe BBQ weather this weekend, hope so. Anybody like a courgette? Happy Days.