September ended with the most amazing concert at the Anvil on the evening of Sunday 30th. Basingstoke Festival of Choirs ‘Voices Together’ featured ten choirs and one children’s choir from St. Mary’s CE Junior school, also Vocal Point and the Heritage Light Orchestra. This fabulous evening brought together hundreds of enthusiastic singers of all ages. After the National Anthem was sung the lights were dimmed, one loud note was played then Wham! The very powerful ‘O Fortuna’ led the way and the rest of the evening flew by with a wonderful mix of music, some of which gave you goose bumps, spectacular. Too many people to mention who give up so much of their time to organise these events, but have to mention David Ogborn Chairman of Festival of Choirs and of course our very own Marilyn Wright who is Secretary.
October kicked off with the Quiz Night on Friday 5th. This was held at Steventon village hall in aid of All Saints’ Church, Deane which was also organised by a brilliant team from Deane. A group of us from the village, took up one table, Marilyn came up with our name of ‘Larks Descending’ which we thought we might very well do!! However, we came joint 4th out of 10 teams which we all considered pretty good. A very enjoyable evening, which also included an excellent Ploughman’s supper and wine.
Sunday 7th was Deane’s Harvest Evensong with United Benefice choir, after the service we were all treated to delicious nibbles and wine while catching up with others during this special time, thank you to those who provided such a bounty.
Friday 12th the Book Club met at Barbara’s to discuss ‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop. Some had not read it, those who had were not that thrilled, however, two gave a score of 8! That is why it is so interesting to hear the varied differences of opinions and makes for a great discussion. A score overall of 5 was given. Thank you Barbara for your hospitality, and giving us another lovely and different view from your conservatory.
On the morning of Sunday 14th here at St Nicholas’ church, Holy Communion service was taken by Rev. Ron Corne while the organ was played by Matt Trigwell. A very well attended service and good to catch up over coffee afterwards.
Monday 15th was Coffee and Cake morning in the village hall, which indeed was even more welcome on a very damp, grey day. Excellent turn out which was wonderful to see. The next one is of course the Charity Christmas Coffee & Cake on Saturday 24th November in the village hall from 10.00am. It will be wonderful to see you all there.
Singing and Ukulele have now started in full, ‘Panto’ keeps coming into mind!!! UFO is starting up once again after the long summer break. Some of us from the village, also North Waltham, are singing with Basingstoke Choral Society, the next concert is on Sunday 18th November at the Anvil, 7.00pm. ‘The Peacemakers’ by Karl Jenkins and ‘No More Sorrow’ by Will Todd, a most stunning piece, unlike anything we have done before, beautiful. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Driving for R.D.A has come to an end as we finish for the winter, although the ponies are still exercised twice a week, weather permitting. A few events are organised for us all to get together, with of course Christmas lunch to look forward to. A big thank you to all who give up their time to help and especially Susan Hewetson-Brown for providing the beautiful venue, her ponies and so much of her valuable time.
There have been some stunning sunrises and sunsets. The sound of the owls still calling as the rose streaks started to appear on one particular morning was quite spectacular. Autumn colours are upon us and can only get more intense, red berries in great bunches reluctant to relinquish their hold on their branches. The crunch of boot on beech nuts and the crisp sound of fallen leaves. A truly wonderful time of the year. This weekend will be the soaking of fruit in brandy for the Christmas cake, just the start! Most likely the fire will be lit as it is supposed to be getting colder, lovely.