While I was away in Exmouth Randwick came alive. Isabel Stanley sent me some wonderful information about the event there....
Photo: View across to Ruscombe
Nearly sixty performers took part in the Music Marathon at Randwick Church last Sunday, beginning in a deserted church at 8.0 am. Towards the end of the day we had an hour's singing from the Randwick Choir, who took us through a typical year of their activities, including Easter, Christmas, weddings and funerals; then the bellringers continued the theme of rejoicing through music before we finished at 8.0pm.after a rousing service of "Songs of Praise".
All morning, coffee and croissants delighted performers and audience alike, and in the afternoon many folk enjoyed refreshing cups of tea and delicious cakes. Highlights of the day included the group "Anomaly" from Whiteshill - much appreciated by a party of walkers who dropped in to chill out in the church; the Wicks Family singing and playing; Crimea Butler-Downton playing some of his own compositions on the piano; and Richard Farbrother's pupils playing solos, duets and even six hands on the piano. In between times many individuals contributed songs and instrumental playing and the Junior Music Group lead us in songs in the informal morning service. Our audiences were most generous and we have collected well over £450 for the St Roses' "Smile Appeal".
Isabel wanted to pass on thanks to everyone who took part or helped with the organisation and refreshments.
In the autumn we are planning a "Harvest of Talents" on October 2nd and 3rd, including an exhibition and various activities. The following weekend there will be a celebration of Harvest, with services in church on Sunday 10th and a Harvest Supper on Saturday 9th.