A good time meeting our community at the annual May Fair
With Ray Sidney from Los Angeles and members from local SO16 churches
Perhaps – at two-and-a-half hours – A Whale of a Time lived up to its name a bit more than we would have liked, but looking back, who could you have left out?
The church was completely full for the fifth in the series of ‘Concerts for Africa’, which was both varied and fun. Eighteen different acts, from young André at the piano
to Grove Place Strummers and Pluckers (a ukulele orchestra), from David singing(?) A Mother’s Lament to Alida Stoman performing songs by Mozart and Jule Styne
– the full programme is reproduced below. Some are already firm favourites – the puppets, Jim Carter’s poems, and the ‘Steady 5’ jazz ensemble, some of whom had come home from university especially to be here – but Alida and the ukuleles were appearing for the first time, as was the Fairy Chorus (with added rappers).
The programme closed with a rousing rendition of ‘Guide me, O thou great Redeemer’; as songs about whales are rare, we chose one from Wales!
It’s invidious to pick out acts individually, so Hilary and Sue want to thank –
- every single performer, young or old, seasoned or quaking at their first stage appearance;
- all the accompanists (Carol, Sarah and Julian)
- all the front-of-house staff (Martin Saunders, Alan Bulpit, Bernard Butcher and Dave Edes) and refreshments team (Vivien Butcher, Sheila Bulpit, Linda Purkess and Simon Purkess)
- David Newbitt, for the programme and screen presentation;
- Pat Wills (video camera) and Graham Cowdery (stills photography)
- Chris Pritchard, for the video interview with Bishop Jackson;
- the Lady with the Candlelighter (Sharon Cambridge)
- and the lovely appreciative AUDIENCE, who have helped us raise over £1140 so far.
If we’ve forgotten anyone, please do tell Sue (it’s her age, you know) so we can put it right!
|‘The Mix’ Puppet Ensemble||Love is shown by what we do
|Linda O’Hara (acc. Carol Bishop)||O Divine Redeemer|
Dwarfs in the Mist
|Angela Jones & Liz Roles||Comfortable Shoes
Climb Every Mountain
|Carol Plunkett||The Footpath to Otterton Mill|
|Mark Williams (trumpet)||Hummel Trumpet Concerto, 1st Movement|
|Fairy Chorus||Nobody loves a fairy when she’s forty|
|Jim Carter||The Blackbird|
|Ian Shatwell & Julian Williams||The Mud and the Stars|
|Jonathan Klein||Running for Love
If there were twenty-five hours
|Steady 5 Jazz Ensemble||Chattanooga Choo Choo
O When the saints
|Julian Williams||The W C
When Night Comes
|Grove Place Strummers & Pluckers||Good Evening
|Ian and Sarah Shatwell||I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
|Julian Williams||Mozart Piano Concerto, last movement|
|David Newbitt||A Mother’s Lament|
|Alida Stoman||Als Luise die Briefe
The Russian Nightingale
|The Entire Company||Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer|
On Saturday October 3rd, rather than chew their nails in front of the rugby World Cup, eager teams of quizzers gathered at the Peter Digby Scouting Centre for the annual Quiz Night. This year Carol Plunkett acted as Quizmaster and she had set some fiendishly difficult questions (as well as some less demanding) which had the contestants racking their brains for the name of the cat in the Simpsons, or what was the proper name of ‘Earth’s second moon?!
It’s Harvest Festival season, and for children and young people in Rownhams – this time it’s personal!
Back in May, children from years 3 and 4 at Rownhams St. John’s Primary School spent a day at St. John’s Church, turning what had been a compost heap into a mini-allotment. They planted onions, potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes, beans and lettuces, then young people’s groups from the church took over to care for the plot and provide the elegantly turned-out scarecrows!
Throughout the summer, vegetables have been regularly provided to the Basics Bank, run at Lordshill Church on Fridays by volunteers from local churches, and last Sunday over 40 kilos of beautiful fresh potatoes were harvested to benefit families in need.
‘What could be a better use for a compost heap?’ asked John McGinty, who co-ordinated the project. ‘Children love to see things growing, and when these can be used to benefit other people it’s a real win-win situation. Fresh vegetables are always needed and these are as fresh as they can be!’ John also runs the Gardening Club down the road at Nursling CofE Primary School, which regularly sends gifts of vegetables to the Basics Bank.
Tinned and packet food from Harvest Festivals in schools and churches all over the area will also go to Basics Bank, but none will be more joyfully offered than these potatoes.
Romsey Advertiser article…..
What better way to celebrate the Trinity 3 Sunday than with a visit to our morning praise service by Trinity – the Christian band from Holland
They were ending a short UK tour and interrupted their journey home to come and play for our service. A 5am departure from Torquay saw them arrive at 8:30am in time to setup for our 10am service…………..
and grab a quick breakfast…..
And what a memorable service it was. A great mix of their material with popular worship songs which included all ages…………
we will look forward to them returning hopefully in 2016