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St. George's Day Coffee Morning

photos by Sara and Pauline

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Later that day ~ Shakespeare Evening at the Lion

photos by Sara

Cecily with the help of Sara and the Clippesby E-Team organised a Coffee Morning in St. Peter's to mark St. George's Day. People had been very generous in donating prizes for the Raffle, both for the morning's event and the evening too. There was an array of prizes for Jane and Sara's Tombola and Cecily's mystery parcels.

 

Ann and the two Dianes were kept busy looking after everyone who came, about forty people all told, teas and coffees were not on ration and we were treated to delicious cakes. Catering is made so much easier with our new kitchenette, we're loving it. Good old HLF! (Heritage Lottery Fund).

Mardling together is largely what it's all about and there was plenty going on. Roly pointed out a patch of possibly new woodworm activity so we treated that, altogether it was a very successful do.

The monies raised totalled £180.00  and, coupled with the evening Raffle, it came to almost £300.00 which is going towards the purchase of a compost toilet.

To balance up our Burn's Supper we like to have a Shakespeare Supper and we share it with St.George as it's his day too. As usual it was held at the Lion Inn, Thurne with Sid and Clare going out of their way to provide us with a good supper and a warm welcome.

 

Linda bravely took the opening entertaining slot with her excellent recital of two of Shakespeare's sonnets, the first one was the well-known "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" the second one less so, it provided a contrast, but was equally lovely.

 

Sid read the abdication speech of the uncrowned King Edward V111, possibly the first time of hearing it for most of us. He suggested that Shakespeare could have woven it into a play.

 

Two of Shakespeare's songs followed, "Blow, blow thou winter wind" and, as a contrast, "Where the bee sucks there suck I" sung unaccompanied by the Clippesby Hamlets.

 

After this the Repps Players performed "Othello",  a trajedy that strangely transformed itself into a comedy and caused much hilarity; there was John, with his face blackened, about to murder gorgeous Sally with her masses of ringlets, Trevor looked like a hippy with dreadlocks and Heather was a real blonde bombshell.

 

It was the turn of the Flegg Rustics next with their offering of an excerpt from Henry V; Felix's prologue introduced the scene in the French King's Palace with Henry (Chris) eloquently wooing the adorable princess Katherine (Sue) attended by Alice (Cecily), who struggled with Mediaeval French pronunciation.

 

Friends had been very generous in donating prizes for the raffle and were equally generous in buying raffle tickets

 

John, our ever-popular pianist, rounded off the evening with a sing-song  and Auld Lang Syne followed by the National Anthem.

23rd April, 2016

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