The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville


February Night Fever

On Saturday February 12th, St George’s Players presented, for one night only, a celebration of 70’s music (for many of us a lovely nostalgic trip down memory lane).

The evening began with a delicious three course meal of Prawn Cocktail, Coq-au-Vin and Black Forest gateau, supported by a generous supply of wine and soft drinks. On each table were quiz sheets for all containing “70’s questions”, the results being given later in the evening. Also a raffle was held with the proceeds of 285 donated to the Rowans Hospice in memory of Jules Shepherd.

At the completion of the meal the tables were cleared away and the show began.

This was excellent, very lively and much appreciated by the audience.

I enjoyed it all - my very favourites? Grandad Tony and the children, and the Combined Harvester Song - Ooh, Ah!

DVD’s of the show are available and St George’s Website has video clip excerpts.

Film Club

The February film, Music & Lyrics, starred Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. This started fairly slowly, but evolved into a sweet romantic story about a young lady who came to take care of some plants (very badly!) and turned out to be much better with words than with water.

The March film was Slumdog Millionaire. This film’s description of childhood in the slums of Mumbai was graphic and rather disturbing.

Its continuous bobbing to and fro from past to present required a fair amount of concentration (not my strong suit) but was well worth the effort. A happy ending with hero Jamal answering the last “millionaire” question correctly and being reunited with his childhood sweetheart. A film to remember, I think.

April’s film is The wind cannot read.

Parish Breakfast, 27th February

A group of about 30 “peckish parishioners” met in the church hall at for bacon rolls, croissants and jam, plus juices and hot drinks. Well worth an early start for us “10 o’clockers”  and an opportunity to meet any people who had stayed for breakfast after their service.

Denmead Brass Band

Denmead Brass Band brought its Spring Concert to St George’s, Saturday 26th February at Ably supported by their Training Band, the music included “Stars and Stripes” by Sousa and the beautiful “The Lord is Gracious”. With an interval for refreshments and a raffle this proved to be a very pleasant evening, half of the profits from the Concert being donated to St George’s Repair Fund.

Pancake Party, Shrove Tuesday

About 40 adults and children enjoyed an evening of quizzes and games including “pass the hats” and peg gathering and of course a pancake race. A plenteous supply of pancakes with sweet sauces and hot and cold drinks were also available.

Janet Johnson

Easter Edition 2011

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