October Blog 2016

Flowers and garden produce once again decorated St. Nicholas’ in all its splendour for the Harvest Festival on Sunday 25th Sept. The delicious lunch that followed was held in the marquee next to the church. A very jolly time was had by all to celebrate this special time of the year. The auction of the produce afterwards, rose just over £100, so thank you to all for your generous donations, also for the Food Bank donations.

Sunday 2nd Oct. the Benefice Choir led the singing for Deane’s Harvest Festival, once more a joyous occasion.

After a life changing experience in May, Emily signed up to run the Blenheim 10k on 2nd Oct. for the British Heart Foundation. She completed this in a grand time of 56 minutes which was brilliant. Along with her cousin, Jennie, they raised £1,750 for this charity. Well done. After hearing Emily’s heart-breaking story they offered her a place in the London Marathon 2017. Emily has to raise no less that £2,500 for the British Heart Foundation’s charity that needs help and support to research all forms of heart disease. An incredible feat to accomplish, but one she will easily rise to with the love and support of family and friends. Emily’s link is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emily-Bown2016 for all those who would like to make a donation. Good luck Emily with your training programme.

On the evening of Tuesday 4th the village hall was taken over by ‘The Regency Dance’ company. An excellent evening full of laughter, as we all tried to be quite serious while gazing into each other’s eyes as they did, easier said than done!

Saturday 9th Oct. at Queen Mary’s college Basingstoke Festival of Choirs held a Bob Chilcott workshop, organized by Marilyn. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and even came away with Bob’s own compositions for Christmas.

Friday 14th the Book club were invited to have their meeting at Anne & Geoffrey’s at their new home in Lindford. We all enjoyed a tour of the garden and bungalow before settling down to a slice of delicious cake, thank you Marilyn, and coffee during a discussion on ‘The Go-Between’ by L.P. Hartley. A highly recommended read, with an overall score of 7. It was lovely to see Anne & Geoffrey in their new surroundings and to see them both looking so well and happy.

UFO has started up once more with a great variety of works, including new kneelers for the church that have been designed by Dorothy. They might take a while but worth the wait. Ukulele’s are on the strum once again and singing has definitely got a ‘Pride & Prejudice’ theme!

Very many congratulations to Nick & Charlie on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter, Araminta Emily France’s Martin. Born on 22nd Sept. and weighed 5lbs 7ozs. Molly the spaniel seems very happy with the new addition too.

A warm welcome to Sam & Jon Walsh and their two springer spaniels Jake & Elwood, who have moved into 5 Wheatlys Close. We hope you will be very happy here in Steventon.

The veggies are gradually disappearing and we have done our best with the apples as they have been so sweet this year. I must say the horses have certainly enjoyed them too! The birds are gradually coming back to the seeds and nuts, ladybirds are making their way into the warmth of the house and the owls are having a competition with the pheasants, quite wonderful to listen to. Stunning sunsets and sunrises. Wonderful. I must just go and give the fruit another stir in preparation of the Christmas cake, also sloe gin needs to be made!