May Blog 2018

While the rain continued into April and all of Easter, we were thoroughly enjoying beautiful weather in Cyprus!! Very sad for the children during their Easter holidays as waterlogged gardens and countryside made it unable to participate in many outdoor activities. There were two glorious days after we arrived home where temperatures soared and BBQ’s were having a first airing, wonderful. The flowers in church still smelt and looked stunning after the flower ladies had decorated every nook and cranny for Easter Sunday, the Easter garden also quite lovely. I’m sure once again it was a very special occasion.

After UFO on Thursday 5th it was decided to stop further meetings until September, however, Chris has a few outings planned for those who are able to make it. The first being a visit in May to Chawton House, where the Jane Austen Quilt is on display.

Sunday 8th the second week of Easter, Matins was held, led by Marilyn and Linton, as Dave and Julia were on a well earned rest. A very cosy service of 10, including choir, enjoyed the jolly service, all of us in the front pews.

Friday 13th the Book Club met at Sue’s. After much chatting, delicious homemade cake and coffee in front of a lovely warm fire, thank you very much Sue, it was thought the discussion of the book should take place! ‘The Winter Queen’ by the Russian author B. Akunin gave an insight during the era before the Revolution in 1917. A score of 4.8 was given.

The evening of the 13th Steventon Film Club, in the village hall, was the venue of ‘Saving Grace’ with Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes. An hilarious film, thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended. During half time Rachel brought over choc ices to be enjoyed during half time, lovely. Thank you Sue, I wonder what the next one will be, a hard one to follow…..As Chris said, it filled her with inspiration and spent all day preparing her greenhouse!!

Monday 16th Coffee and Cake in the village hall was another great success with friends and neighbours which brightened up the morning with much laughter and chatter. Great cakes.

The evening of the 16th was the Annual Parochial Church meeting. Dave Foster retired as treasurer after many years of service, which we all thank him so very much for all the time and effort he has put into doing such a brilliant job. Dave will still be very much involved as a Deanery Synod representative and I am sure much more! Shona Grisalier has gallantly taken over as treasurer which is great. Linda Sennett retired as secretary and was replaced by her husband Tim, Tim stood down as the Electoral Roll representative and was replaced by Linda! Quite a fun evening.

Thursday 19th was the evening of the AGM Parish Council. Apart from other business, which can be viewed on the village web site, the Defibrillator and Plaque in Sally Bown’s memory was on display and has now been fitted. A huge thank you to all who have been involved.

Saturday 21st the village hall gradually filled for Breakfast Together, opened with a prayer by Rev. Julia. After delicious bacon baps, croissants and coffee, the guest speaker, Roger Brynel, from the Christian Blind Missionary spoke about their work in central Africa and Uganda. This is of course driven by Christian values, transforming the lives of people with disabilities, their families and communities in the poorest places of the world. Cataracts, especially amongst the very young, was quite astounding and sadly a very common disability.

A very jolly group on Monday morning of the 23rd helped erect Julian’s marquee for the Bluebell morning. After a very welcome coffee we were treated to a guided tour of the wood and its secrets by the very knowledgeable and lovely Julian. The bluebells will be perfect for Saturday.

Tuesday 24th in the afternoon a group of 38 Australian boys aged between 15-18 plus 4 adults from St. Gregory’s Collage, Sydney visited St. Nicholas’. They were on an English History tour, how wonderful to come to Steventon. Marilyn gave an excellent shortened talk regarding Jane Austen and family after which a small group stayed to take photos, we all then treated to the organ suddenly being played, Amazing Grace plus a few more short pieces. The boys had all behaved brilliantly according to one of the tutors, throughout their trip and were next looking forward to visiting London, Westminster Abbey etc. They finished their visit at the village hall where a delightful array of cakes greeted them along with fresh juice or tea. Quite a joy to behold.

How wonderful to see the lambs gambling in the fields, bird song, especially the blackbirds and robins is a joy. The brilliant colours of the leaves as they burst forth. Blossom appearing everywhere. The primroses have been a sight to behold, so very beautiful. The most fabulous time of the year, we just need the weather to go with once again! If it carries on like this we will be lighting the fire once again. Maybe not such a bad idea for tonight!