At the end of March, the ladies, who each week provide the floral displays in St Boniface, decided to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday in April by decorating the church with flowers and artifacts reflecting her Majesty’s interests and achievements.
Attics and charity shops provided numerous appropriate items and everyone worked very hard to fill the space available with imaginative and colourful displays. This culminated in the decorated church being open on the Saturday and Sunday of her birthday week.
Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to a very successful venture – including those who just came to look.
Martin Saunders, Churchwarden
With Ray Sidney from Los Angeles and members from local SO16 churches
- Three families came to us as a result of having purses or wallets stolen over the Christmas period. It was gratifying to be able to show that not everyone is so heartless, by providing these people with some festive cheer.
- A young couple came to us: he had recently lost his job and they had significant debts, meaning they couldn’t afford presents for their two children. With the help of our friends at SCRATCH and the Christmas Complete programme we were able to remedy that, to provide them with food for Christmas and also a Christmas hamper full of goodies.
- We had a letter of thanks from a recent client who had been unemployed for 2 years as a result of needing to care for his terminally ill parents. Part of his letter of thanks said “I want to say a huge thank you for the wonderful bags of food you gave me on Friday last, at the Ecumenical Church in the Lordshill Centre. Your fantastic volunteers did a wonderful job of making me feel welcome. In short I was treated with great respect and kindness.”
On October 31st children gathered for a Light Party at St John’s Church, Rownhams. Rather than ‘trick or treating’ in the darkness and fear that Hallowe’en can bring, these parties offer children a chance to join together in celebrating light and joy, and the other good things in their lives.
Like any party, this one included music, puppets, party food and games, but the highlight (!) was a mega-craft activity, finishing off the build of the 12-foot lighthouse. Seen in the photograph, with children clustered around it, it was topped off with a disco ball symbolising Light in the world.
Organiser Andy Ball encouraged the children – ‘There’s no need to worry about spooks and ghouls, as we celebrate the most powerful Spirit – God’s Holy Spirit offering light to our lives’.
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?!