This concert had everything – beautiful melodic music, fantastic floral displays, delicious food and lovely sunshine!

With competition from so many popular events in the month of June we were concerned that it might not attract enough people. We need not have worried as those that came comfortably filled our little church and visitors quickly established friendships with those that they had not met before.

Special thanks must go first to the artistes – our own wonderful Sidonie who sang her heart out as always, giving particular expression to the sentimentality of the lyrics from popular musicals in the second half.

Henry, who has been one of her students since the age of eight and is now a teenager with a stunning baritone voice, performed some of the classical pieces that he is practising for his forthcoming Grade VII examination. A star for the future?

Derek Barnes provided a superb accompaniment on keyboard and organ. The concert was introduced by Nigel Stevens who also designed the publicity material, posters and the programme. Roger looked after the ‘door’ collecting tickets and selling to those paying on arrival and generally supervised everything inside the church.

The church itself looked resplendent with floral displays everywhere, for which we were most grateful - all put together by the amazing Sue.
In the interval a traditional English tea was served outside in the church grounds – made possible by the Almighty’s answer to our prayers for a perfect sunny summer’s afternoon.

Angela had surpassed our expectations by single-handedly providing an astonishing spread with sandwiches, home-made cakes, biscuits, strawberries and even providing a range of food cooked for those with special dietary needs. Not to be forgotten too were the stalwart tea-makers and washer-uppers – Daphne, Freda and Jenny – and Sue’s grand-daughter, Ava who helped.

The outcome – a STAGGERING £850 for St Peter’s Church, Woodmancote Fabric Fund. Our thanks to everyone who came and supported this lovely event.


Photographs: Barry Chaston

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