What makes a relaxing, enjoyable Friday evening at the end of a busy week? For me, it is laughter and good food shared with friends. And that is exactly what was served in St. Mary’s Parish Church on 12th. June when light hearted entertainment was provided under the title of ‘Songs, Sonnets and Strawberries’, expertly put together by Michael Stagg.
Michael introduced Nick Fowler, professional opera singer and teacher, who performed several popular songs from shows of the 30’s and 40’s, including ‘Isle of Capri’ and ‘Pennies from Heaven’. Nick’s powerful voice was accompanied on piano by Sue Rea and their contribution through the evening was much enjoyed by the large audience.
A wide variety of poems was read by Michael Booth, Michael and Margie Stagg, Veronica Howe and the Rector, Revd. Canon Kevan McCormack, each with its own sense of humour: ‘The Riverbank’ from Wind in The Willows; ‘Ducks’; ‘When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple’; ‘Prayer of the Tree’; ‘I Don’t want to go to School Today’ and a ‘Letter of Thanks’ were greeted with hoots of laughter. But the final hilarious offering, from Michael and Margie, a skit on Romeo and Juliet, was a fitting climax to an evening of socializing and relaxation, much enjoyed by all.
Refreshed with strawberries, cream, shortbread and fruit punch in the interval, ably served by Veronica and Barbara (Churchwardens) and Heather (Parish Secretary), the audience returned home uplifted and in good humour.
Our grateful thanks to all who helped make the evening such an enjoyable and successful event. If you missed it, be sure to watch out for something similar in future. It certainly beats watching TV on a glorious summer evening!
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