May Blog 2016

A quick refresher of March, due to unforeseen circumstances of no Steventon Update last month. March flew by, rehearsals took up a lot of any spare time that seemed to be available! Worth it though.

Mike and I actually went aboard the bus from the village hall on the 9th to Basingstoke, first time for Mike! At North Waltham a very jolly group of ladies joined us, obviously a very social time, great fun. The bus runs on Mon. Wed. and Friday from Steventon village hall at 10.00am, returns 12.55 from the Railway station. Also an afternoon bus, only on Wednesdays, leaving from the village hall at 13.35 and returning at 16.55. We must use it or loose it as the saying goes.

Café Church on Saturday 12th proved to be a great morning to take time out and be with friends and neighbours. The delicious bacon baps, croissants and coffee were a great way to start the day. Dodie Marsden’s talk was quite amazing and very informative about all the work that has been achieved so far by the many supporters here and in Mityana. So very humbling to see such enthusiasm from the children who have so very little.

On the way to church for Palm Sunday on the 20th quite a few of us parked by the village hall for a short while. There on the village triangle Martha and Millie had set up a cake stall in aid of Sports Relief. They had made a delicious selection of cakes, many of which quickly disappeared as we all made purchases. They made an amazing total of £168 for Sports Relief. Well done to you both. We arrived just in time to set up our Ukulele’s for the one hymn and blessing of the palms. After, most of the congregation walked to North Waltham where the service continued. Coffee and cake were served after the service, which were very welcome.

Tuesday 22nd at St. Nicholas’ was the Devotion for Passiontide in words, pictures and music. A wonderful evening service with the choir singing four anthems interspersed with poems, pictures, readings and hymns.

The big clean up on Saturday 26th commenced after the heating had been installed in the church. Flower ladies and helpers cleaned, tidied, polished and decorated with spring flowers ready for Easter Sunday. What a transformation! Martha and Millie had made a lovely Easter garden which has lasted so well and is still growing! Everywhere looked and smelt beautiful.

You will all be lovely and warm in the future as the heaters are brilliant. Even warming the seats themselves, wonderful.

April sprang into action with Steventon Goes West on the 8th and 9th in the village hall. A great couple of nights, thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. Great fun in the kitchen while we were changing into the black and white outfits. If anyone wanted to reach for a hat or put a sock on, we all had to go once we were all joined together!! So funny. A great selection of acts, enhanced by the great scenery. Once again the old saying of ‘It will be alright on the night’ proved to be correct. A big thank you to all who helped in any way, community spirit at it’s best. Those of you who came would have noticed the new seats!! Very comfortable, thank you to the village hall committee. A lot of the older black seats have been donated to the church for extra seating when required.

Saturday 16th saw a few from Steventon being picked up near the Wheatsheaf pub by Mervin’s coaches, to join Basingstoke Choral Society in Winchester Cathedral to perform Stabal Mater with Croydon Philharmonic Choir and the New London Sinfonia conducted by David Gibson. Four wonderful soloists combined with the most fantastic acoustics of the Cathedral, made for a tremendous concert. The summer concert ‘Theodor’ by Handel is on Saturday 2nd July at the Anvil at 7.45pm.

Steventon Singers will be one of the choirs at the Anvil on Sunday 10th July for the Festival of Choirs celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Some great music and songs that you will all know, a very patriotic and moving evening, one to be part of. Book your tickets as soon as possible as they are going quite quickly.

I know a lot from the village go on to greater things, but I have to mention my neighbour’s daughter, Hannah Bown. I know Sally and Nigel along with the rest of the family are very proud of her. From my point of view, I knew Hannah first when she was a small girl of 7, taking her to North Waltham pony show with her pony Breeze. In the lead reign jumping and showing classes not wanting her Dad to go far away from the end of the lead rope! Now at 23, after loosing a horse of a lifetime, Finn, she most certainly didn’t expect to find another. Well she certainly did, Sandro’s Storm, known as Stanley as home! along with hard work and dedication in just 18 months Hannah has won the National Winter Dressage in the Restricted Class and has become the Novice Champion. How wonderful is that!

We have spent a few days in the garden lately, as many would have. To watch seedlings appear, colours changing as the season moves on, the vibrant greens as shoots start to unfurl and leaves transform the bare trees and hedgerows. Wonderful. We have the Bluebell Coffee morning this Saturday and by all accounts everyone is in for a treat with the bluebell woods. Happy gardening.