May Blog 2017

Bacon rolls, croissants, good company were all enjoyed for Breakfast Together on the last Saturday in March. Dave Foster gave a very informative talk on Basingstoke Food Bank. We were amazed at how many organizations are involved to help all those in crisis, plus nearly 3 ton of food per month is donated, long may it continue.
Saturday 1st April a working party had a good clear out under the stage, amazing what one finds! Apart from the dust! So much room now for extra storage! Plus, very accessible now.
Thank you so much to Laura and Graham for hosting the most splendid evening at Ashe Park on Friday 7th. This was of course the grand showing of Pride & Prejudice in all its glory! The only time we were all able to watch from start to finish and my, did we all enjoy it. The Citations and Oscars were given at the end, amongst very enthusiastic and appreciative clapping. The evening ended with Charlie receiving an Oscar for the most outstanding script. Wonderful. The best ever!
Saturday 8th was the Easter Market. After a slow start the village hall soon started to fill up and everyone enjoyed all the Easter goodies, local food and crafts. A total of £510.94 was raised with the Guess Who Picture Quiz proceeds going to Basingstoke Food Bank. Another successful Easter Market thanks to Rachel, fabulous Easter Egg Hunt too in your tremendous garden. Many thanks to all who made and donated all the wonderful cakes and of course to Emma for her beautiful Easter cake, that was won by Philip & Caroline Sykes. That evening a few from the village sang with Basingstoke Choral Society and Croydon Philharmonic Choir at the Anvil for their concert of St Matthew Passion. Wonderful. So very moving and emotional, tremendous soloists, great conductor, need we say more!
Palm Sunday, the following day, St Nicholas’ church was the start of the story of Easter, palms blessed, ukuleles accompanied the singing of the hymn before a lovely walk across the fields to North Waltham and St. Michael’s to hear the completion of Jesus’ journey.
Tuesday 11th an evening service at St Nicholas’ for a Devotion for Passiontide in words, pictures and music. Images of great works of art were shown and talked about by Wayne Jefferson.
Friday 14th a very jolly group joined Rev. Julia for an Easter Service at Oak Lodge, lovely to see them all once again.
Saturday the flower ladies transformed St. Nicholas’ church for Easter Sunday. Ladies were coming and going at different times from 9.30am. Flowers looked beautiful everywhere, fabulous.
Sunday arrived, the smell of the flowers greeted you when the door was opened. A packed church was simply wonderful, excellent service. Very amazing this year as Paul had to play the organ at Old Basing and Tristen, Paul and Marilyn’s son, played here at Steventon in his place. Also Victoria, their daughter, joined the choir, so a very family time for all. Dave had the children involved during the service and there was an Easter Egg hunt outside after the service, great fun for young and the not so young!
On Friday 14th Hannah completed the Elementary Freestyle Silver in the National Winter Dressage Championships 2017. Her courage and determination over the year has been inspiring. Against a large class, horse and rider became one, to produce a fabulous result with a great score of 71.5 and 5th place. Sandro’s Storm, ‘Stanley’ at home, never looked so good, Hannah looked amazing too. Well done.
Sunday 23rd was the day of the London Marathon. Emily’s challenge was finally here and all her courage and training paid off. Emily completed the marathon in 4hrs. 55mins. Still with a beaming smile at the end. A most fantastic feat and to raise over £8,000 so far for British Heart Foundation, is very remarkable. Well done to you too Emily. You have both worked so very hard and have made everybody so very proud and Mum would have been with you both all the way.
It has started to rain, the fire has been lit, dinner is on the go. An evening in is called for. I can start to think of walking all the Easter Eggs off in the morning!