Flaming June! Maybe not. I think everyone has now benefited from this deluge, the water butts are now overflowing and the farmers should be happy with the crops swelling, so let’s have the summer back please. As I look out of the window as the rain falls, it is hard to believe this time last year we were all enjoying vastly differently temperatures!
All changed back in April just before the Bluebell coffee morning on Saturday 27th. What a wonderful morning it was, despite the rain, which did clear, high winds and cold a record amount was raised for St. Michaels’ Hospice, £1,435.00. Wonderful that so many braved the elements and turned up to enjoy the gardens and beautiful bluebell woods, thank you to Julian once again, also for your knowledgeable and very jolly tours. A most fabulous chocolate layered cake, stunningly decorated with iced bluebells, made by Sally, was auctioned and made a wonderful amount of £50. Well done to all and to Chris for organizing this special event with Julian’s blessing once again.
Now into May and on Friday 10th the Book club met up this time at Linda’s. This was after the sheep with their lambs had entertained us on their journey from before the tunnel up past the farm to their new grazing! We discussed ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, excellent. A score of 9 was given, the highest yet! This was after we had celebrated Sindi’s birthday with a delicious light Victoria sponge filled with strawberries and cream. Thank you very much Linda. That evening the ‘Oscar’s’ took place in the village hall. Panto came to life once again at this black tie evening, awards were given out. Nibbles and wine were enjoyed by all as each celebrity relived those wonderful nights! Everyone was fabulous, however, only so many Oscars are given. Wonderful Shona as Josephine. The dancers, Sue, Chris and Rosina…who could forget those fish net stockings!! Charlie for his writing and also, how could we forget Sir Joseph Porter! Tim for best newcomer as Captain Corcoran. Paul and Tim for all the special effects, lighting and music and last but not least, Rachel for all her fabulous and spectacular set design. A tremendous time had by all. I believe something is already in the pipeline for next year!! Watch this space… Also a bit thank you to Paul for the amazing DVD he has once again produced, there may be some left if anyone would like to buy one, so very professional.
Saturday 11th Breakfast Together was held in the village hall, delicious bacon baps and croissants, lovely to see so many enjoying themselves. After which, Wilf Hardy, from Christian Aid, gave a very interesting talk, accompanied by slides, of the various areas they can reach out to and help so many. All donations of the morning went to Christian Aid.
Monday 20th Coffee & Cake was well attended in the village hall, a big thank you to all those who baked, a great time to once again to catch up with fellow villagers.
Sunday 26th the weather was kind for Rogation Walk to each of the churches in the benefice beginning at Deane and ending at North Walham for final prayers followed by a bring & share lunch together. A special time for all to enjoy the beautiful countryside, led by Rev. Julia. Thank you to Barbara Purkiss for organizing lunch arrangements, plus refreshments.
Now into June and the Book Club met this month on Friday 14th at Rosina’s. A delicious chocolate cake was made by Sally especially requested by Julia. It was wonderful indeed to see Julia looking so well and once again back into the fold! Eventually ‘Underground Railway’ by Colin Whitehead was discussed and only a score of 6 was given. Thank you Rosina for your hospitality and refreshments.