The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville


Burns Night 25th January

Our traditional Burns Night evening began with hot punch, a Welcome Address and Toast to Robert Burns by Colin and the Selkirk Grace by Dick.

After leek and potato soup there was the piping in of the Haggis (with Caroline Henton on the bagpipes) and the “Address to the Haggis”.

We ate Haggis (of course) and veg, followed by sherry trifle and tea or coffee. Dancing and a raffle completed a very Scottish evening.

272.19 was raised for St George’s with 297.97 for the Waterlooville Twinning Association and 150 for the Portsmouth Pipers visit to Sword Beach to play at the 70th Anniversary of D Day.

Film Club February: Charade

This film starred Audrey Hepburn as a rich widow who finds herself unexpectedly penniless and wondering who and what her late husband had been.

She is befriended by a charming, mysterious and very devious gentleman (Cary Grant) whose name and story changes by the minute, is pursued by a gang of baddies who keep getting killed off and finally finds happiness and safety and a very valuable stamp.

Evening with Wine 1st March

This was a great opportunity to try a selection of different wines - 3 red and 3 white. We tasted and guessed - their grape varieties, price and which country they came from, in my case rather more enjoyably than successfully!

At “half time” we stopped for vigneron’s supper of bread and cheeses and hot drinks.

With food and drink themed quizzes and a raffle it was a really successful evening and also raised 220.63.

Film Club March Kind Hearts and Coronets

A 1949 film, in black and white, starring Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson and Sir Alec Guinness, who appears as a variety of different family members.

The main character, Louie, played by Dennis Price bears a long standing grudge against the D’Ascoyne family due to their unkindness to his mother and decides to remove all who stand between him and the Dukedom. He methodically murders them, becomes Duke and marries one of their widows. Unfortunately on the way he has discarded his mistress Sibella who then arranges for him to be charged with murdering her husband, who has actually committed suicide.

On the very morning he is to be hanged the crucial suicide note is “found”, he is released and must choose between his wife and his lover. A serious dilemma? An even bigger one is that whilst in prison he has written his memoirs, and in his eagerness to leave inadvertently leaves them behind.

Janet Johnson

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