The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville
On Saturday July 11th St George's Church was transformed into a fairy tale scenario by Havant Light Opera. With the help of Gilbert and Sullivan we met Prince Hilarion who was keen to meet his childhood bride, Princess Ida, and make the marriage official. Unfortunately she had discovered the joys of education and had founded a women only university -
The cast of Havant Light Opera sang wonderfully and created a great atmosphere -
A Race Night was held at Glendene on Saturday 18th July.
We arrived with picnics, food for the barbecue, chairs, tables, rugs and even lights.
There were eight races, the numbered cut-
None of the horses I backed managed to win, which is usual, gambling would obviously not be a good ‘career choice’ for me, but as it was in aid of the Church funds it didn’t really matter.
The weather had been warm and sunny for most of the day, but grew chilly with a slight drizzle as the evening progressed, but everyone was determined to stay to the end.
A total of £656 was raised for St George’s Church.
Looking back to June, Saturday 13th was a busy day in the Church Calendar, with the opening of Waterlooville Music Festival, and music throughout the town including at the Church Fete where we were entertained by Cowplain Sambistas and the Urban Vocal Group.
Various stalls, sideshows and games, a lunchtime barbecue and grand draw all helped contribute towards the day’s takings which ended slightly up on the previous year at just over £2,300, an important contribution towards much needed church finances.
The photograph (bottom left) shows Churchwarden Rosy Stone’s grand-
Lynda Sheffield’s 60th birthday was on 14th July and was celebrated with wine and cake in the church hall, see photo on the left.
Thanks to some skilful purchasing by Colin Monk, 67 new chairs have been purchased from Stedham Village Hall. They are comfortable, cushioned and stackable, and will ensure that the hall and the church has sufficient seating for events.
The cost has been met by the Waterlooville Music Festival, and a working party got together to clean them up (photo below) as a result of which the chairs are now in ‘as new’ condition.
with contribution from Rosemary Monk
Churchwarden Rosy Stone’s grand-
Lynda Sheffield celebrating her 60th birthday in the Church Hall
Cleaning up the new chairs