November Blog 2017

Here we are at the end of October, still relatively mild but definitely on the change. Quite a busy month starting on the 5th with U.F.O. at Chris’s, which was a very inspiring meeting. The final stitches were put in place for the Jane Austen Community Quilt project. A 9 inch square was beautifully designed by Dorothy of St. Nicholas’ church and grounds and has been skilfully and lovingly embroidered by ladies of the U.F.O. It was taken to Chawton at the end of that week by Marilyn, where squares from all over the world have been arriving. They will eventually be sewn together to make one large quilt and will be on display at Chawton House Museum sometime in 2018. I’m sure when the date is known Marilyn will publish it in the Parish Magazine, so watch this space……Thank you Chris for your delicious cakes and coffee.

With Jane Austen still at the forefront, Saturday 7th the concert that was so brilliantly performed at Steventon in the summer, Jane Austen in Words and Music, was performed at Chawton House. The beautiful oak panelled room with the most magnificent fireplace was just the perfect setting, very intimate and atmospheric. The quality of the instrumentalists quite outstanding, so wonderful to hear the Jane Austen Suite once again, quite an outstanding evening. Once again, a big thank you to Marilyn and Paul.

Friday 13th the Book Club met at Linda’s to discuss The Examined Life by Stephen Grotz. A very interesting read with short snippets into a psychoanalysts past meetings with patients. A score of 7 was given. Thank you Linda for your delicious cake and coffee.

Tuesday 17th in the village hall, Steventon Players A.G.M. was held followed by singing where a few more were able to join us. A very jolly evening, enhanced by a glass of wine!

Friday 20th was the anticipated Film Night. La La Land was enjoyed by all, great dance and music, a very family feel good film. A glass of wine was offered as we arrived and choc ices arrived in the interval, lovely. This evening was provided by Steventon Players, thank you Sue for organizing it.

Breakfast Together on Saturday 21st in the village hall was terrific, all places taken. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the bacon baps, croissants and coffee, great company and a lot of chatter. However, when the special guest Revd. David Williams, the Bishop of Basingstoke stood and started to speak, silence! He is quite an amazing, charismatic man who’s belief, love and understanding radiated throughout his too short time with us. Maybe he will be able to come back some time in the future.

Ukes started last night, 24th, thank you Chris and John. A great evening, very uplifting and full of fun, good to see Caroline has joined the group.

Frank Houghton, who lived at 9 Wheatleys Close, was 96 on the 24th. Just to let you know he has moved to Bishops Waltham House, Bishops Waltham. We have been to see him on numerous occasions and we can certainly say that he has settled in wonderfully. Has made a best mate, Ed, who like Frank is quite a character, so between them both they keep the very caring staff on their toes! He is looking so very well and is looking forward to receiving his telegram when he reaches 100.

A very big welcome to John and Linda Smith who will be moving in to No.9 as soon as possible and hope they will be very happy here in Steventon. A warm welcome also, to Graham and Laura who have moved into 2 Stonehills. All the very best wishes go to Nick on his move to Laverstoke and new adventures. A few from Steventon are singing with Basingstoke Choral Society at the Anvil on Sunday 26th November, 7pm. A Night at the Opera, with the New London Sinfonia, conducted by David Gibson. The wonderful Erica Eloff is one of the soloists, it will be a fabulous concert, do hope you could make it.

The sun is shining, goldfinches on the feeders, bluetits greedily feeding on the nuts. Pheasants calling in the field and owls competing with one another in the darkness. The clocks go back at the end of the week! Winter is on its way. The colours are gradually changing, some quite spectacular. Still veggies in the garden, best sprouts to date due to excellent netting, so no caterpillars! One thing I will really miss is Driving for the Disabled which has now finished for the winter, for R.D.A. held at Susan Hewetson-Brown’s in Ashe. It will resume in April, such a wonderful organisation with so many happy helpers. A very big thank you to Susan who is an inspiration to us all. Luckily the ponies still have to be exercised so we can enjoy taking them out and getting together over a coffee afterwards. I think the fire will be lit tonight…..Maybe a glass of something warming.