Julie’s Weekly Update

Hello All,

Hope you enjoyed pancakes on Tuesday!

Friday: Coffee Morning in village hall, 10am – 12noon. Refreshments, stalls, friendly faces.

Sunday: 11.30am Family Communion with Mike H reader and sidesman; Lizzie D serving.

Coming up: Saturday next week, 24th – Whist Drive in the hall at 7.30pm

Tickets for Shindig’s ‘Finding Nana’ on Friday 9th March, 7.30pm, now available and selling fast from Ros and Stu 01584 811853 or at Harlequin.

Jenny W is fundraising with a Mexican Evening at Green Meal Café on Friday 2nd March 7pm
In aid of Women v Cancer RIDE THE NIGHT (money goes to specifically women related cancers – eg breast, ovarian, cervical etc)
There will be a Margarita welcome drink, Chilli & Jacket Potato, Something Sweet
Hamper Raffles – games. All for £12.50 per head
Please book with Jenny 01584 819888 or at Green Meal.

I’m sure you all join me in letting John S know that we are thinking of him, Naomi and Maureen at this difficult time.

Until next week …..


Christmas Cracker Concert Review

Christmas Cracker Concert

It was the week before Christmas (give or take a few days)… and the St. Michaels Singers were behaving virtuously by offering rich entertainment for the village and its neighbourhood. Of course, this Christmas concert is well-established as a most happy and friendly event to start off the festive celebrations and its reputation is far and wide – I found myself talking with a gentleman from Orleton and there were many others present from Tenbury and the surrounding villages.

We were treated to a fine programme of singing, readings and dramatisations put together by the very resourceful and accomplished Jacqui Cable who was conducting her third (I think) annual concert. She let it be known that the contents had taken nine months from first conception, which struck a strangely familiar bell. The backbone of the evening was a sequence of medleys of both devotional and secular music ranging from Pearsall to Irvin Berlin that the choir addressed lustily and in fine harmonic style. There were a number of “swing” pieces, very well suited to the Singers’ sharp ear for syncopation: “Anything Goes” which closed the first part and the “Forest Gump Medley” that opened the second were two such high points of communal singing. But there were also individual renditions that were really quite outstanding. The sequence of vocalists in “7 Joys of Mary” and both Jacqui and Geoff in “Mary, did you know?” are two points I particularly remember, but there were several others also that delighted at the time.

I relished the introduction of brand new pieces – the lilting, rhythmic “Italian Pipers Carol” and “Away in a Manger” sung in unison to a beautiful alternative melody. Relished too on quite a different tack certain old muckers of mine doing their barbers’ quartet stuff, led by Brian, with the very definitely secular “Dinah won’t you blow” and an emotive “Silent Night”.

Then there was the spoken word. Ros contributing a personal touch with (surely?) her own poetic Christmas Message, Anne Fox giving her all to creating the wolf in a Roald Dahl ditty (excellently delivered by Vicky) and making lateness on cue a theatrical triumph, Pat becoming a sour complaining Mrs Scrooge in another command reading (where did that characterisation have its origins…Geoff?) and Chris B’s “Birth of a Tradition” that contained the best joke of the evening by far. And I’m sorry about that one, Mike J.

Finally, Santa Claus himself appeared in red plush and a wondrous fleece of white hair and beard concealing, some said, Mike E. and drove us all on a rollicking “Jogging along with Mi Reindeer.”

Two matters of organisation for the evening that made very good sense were firstly, this concert included more individual soloists than any I can recall so that we were introduced to many distinct capabilities and secondly, that the male voices were placed centrally in the body of the choir – which lent them a more robust and concerted sound.

Mike Jordan performed his part as compere with suitable panache (and jumper) even if he needed the help of a nine-year old boy for his punch-lines. Quite properly he gave a round of thanks to all who had helped with furnishing the hall, the catering, bar and raffle and in very much particular to Kath Ainsworth, who had slaved away as pianist like an automaton throughout the evening and who was effectively the mainspring of the entire complex machine.

So hearty thanks again to everyone for a most happy evening that sent us off in high spirits to our baking, stuffing-doing and vegetable prepping for that other major event to come. (And thank you also, Mike, for letting me sing the Third King – something I have been waiting to do for the past fifteen years!)

Graham Plender

New Years Eve at the Village Hall

What an astounding success New Years Eve was at the Village Hall. We laughed and chatted all night; played silly games, that were won consistently by team Jordan and Snow White, with a little bit of competition from team Mitchell.

A special thank you has to go to the providers of our hot food. It was so delicious with all tastes and allergies catered for. Each person brought a different pudding which gave us a huge variety to choose from. It was a mouth wateringly wonderful buffet .

Stuart was Master of the Games,dressed in a cows costume, with a blue baseball cap! Ah well it was New Years Eve.

Jennie from the Black Country came up with several quizzes which made sure that our brain cells were working despite the alcohol we consumed .

The four hours to midnight passed so fast, which says so much about the entertainment that had been laid on. It was almost disappointing to have to go home.

Thank you very much to all of you that worked so hard to give us a amazing end to the Old year and a warm start to the New.

Happy New Year to you all.

Theresa Mitchell

Celebration of Cultures

Just a quick reminder that you are very welcome to join us at St Michael’s Church on Sunday 3rd December at 2pm to celebrate cultures with young people from King’s College Saint Michael’s and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy. The programme includes music, drama and readings from both schools.

On Sunday 3rd December, 2pm to 4pm, Kings College Saint Michael’s and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy are holding an event as a collaboration between both schools, in the hopes of creating a link within our community. It will showcase a variety of talents from a range of young people from each school, and will raise money for a local charity. The performances will take place in St Michael’s Church. All are welcome to join us afterwards for light refreshments in the College.

A Tug of War match between teams from each school was planned but due to the ongoing wintery weather, we have postponed the Tug of War match until the spring.

A partnership between Saint Michaels International College and THOA has been developing for a number of years with the aim of encouraging young people from both schools to meet and share experiences. Activities have included art projects linked to the Mistletoe Festival and participation in both schools Talent Shows. These initiatives have enabled young people from the two establishments to develop an understanding of each other’s cultural backgrounds and provided a platform for better community cohesion.

Caroline Palethorpe

The Collected Short Stories of Somerset Maugham

The book for November was “The Collected Short Stories of Somerset Maughan” volume 2.

Somerset Maughan was born in 1974 in Paris, he died in 1965. He studied medicine before turning to writing. Besides being a novelist he was a playwright, an essayist, travel writer and a short story writer for which he is probably most remembered.

Maughan was widely travelled and based many of his stories on life in the British colonies. His writing is descriptive, colourful and exotic. It was agreed the stories were ‘of their time’ however they did not lose their appeal. all ending with a twist and enjoyed by everyone.

Coffee Mornings

We are very privileged to hold a monthly coffee morning in the village, run by volunteers and to enable locals, friends and neighbours to come along, meet, chat, catch up on news, exchange books, imbibe in a bit of produce, raffle or tombola and ‘help’ raise some funds for local evens and charities. So many of these have in the past few years been offered a substantial amount of money to swell funds and support different projects. Thanks to you for coming along.

We often have Linda Perks visit us with a raffle or tombola – she offers quite a voluntarily an amount at the end of the day for our chosen charity or activity. We welcome Kyrebrook clients who are included in the community; the carers have said they value their visits to St Michaels, it is an import visit for them and they are most grateful.

We would like to hear from you if you would be able to volunteer to man a coffee morning with another person. Also if you have any ideas or suggestions to add to these mornings please let us know. The next dates are November 17th, December 22nd, January 19th, February 23rd and March 16th.

Quiz Night Challenge

The quiz night on 10th November was extremely well attended by 10 wonderful teams from all over, some well versed in quiz team questions and some in their early stages!

An excellent variety of questions on a variety of subjects were prepared and organised by Simon and Ann Wallace. It was a very good night and enjoyed by all with added enjoyment at the bar and light refreshments. Certainly an evening to be repeated we hope.

Thank you very much to Ann and Simon for all their efforts.

Chairman’s Report, Village Hall AGM

The village hall has functioned extremely well this year. We have a large number of regular hirers of the hall and have gained two more regulars this year, Scottish dancing and Pilates. There have been more private hirings as well for a variety of uses; the rental income has increased and the hall has been used a lot more. The hall has been kept in good order and decoration this year, being kept clean and all items in good working order. Maintenance has been kept up with regular checks in place for electrics, heating and alarm systems. A defibrillator has been purchased together with the box to house it and is fixed to the side wall of the village hall. It is for everyone’s use and we have had expert advice and training from Chris Woods, our local First Responder, on 2 or 3 occasions.

I’d like to thank all the committee members for their great efforts this year – we have worked as a very good close knit team, supporting each other. There were many people outside the committee who helped a great deal — Cherry & Robin Moore, Peter Crownshaw, Eddie & Carolyn Belfield, Muriel Lanman, Paul & Ros Bayliss and all those who helped with the fete. Thanks also to Ann Wallace for her help with posters and the village calendar; a special thank you to Mark Brooks who has looked after our website. Pictures, information past and present is there; a good reference to use, it needs to be used! I’d like to give a special thank you to people leaving the committee this year — Anne Fox and Simon Wallace. Simon has carried out a marvellous job as treasurer and in producing our accounts.

We held an Open Day in July to showcase what goes on in the village hall. We had representatives from all the user groups of the hall. People were amazed that so many activities were going on in the hall which were Pilates, Scottish dancing, WI, Tenbury Floral Art, Mums and Tots, St Michael Singers, Coffee Mornings, together with the arranged events held throughout the year.

We held two Shindig theatre company plays, Christmas activities, beetle drive, St Georges dinner together with the birth of the St Michaels Morris Men, a summer dance with Hot Climate, summer fete, Black Country night and a variety night. Overall we have made a small profit and put on a large variety of events to suit most tastes.

Stuart Plested