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Meal at Jade Garden

We had 74 people attending the dinner on Wednesday 23rd January including members of the Parish Council, the Bowls Club, and other organisations plus a goodly number of members of the Church Family. In total, I am informed, we made £288 for the Appeal Fund. Judging by the noise emanating from each table everyone appeared to have a good time. Thanks to Eddie and Avril Fearon for their help in organising this meal and for Alan at the Jade Garden for putting on such a splendid meal.

Coach Trip to York

St. Mary’s 13th Annual Art Exhibition

This year’s annual art exhibition took place at the Radcliffe Hall, Royal British Legion, Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent. The preview evening which was well attended was Friday 31st August 2007 with the exhibition open to the general public over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd September 2007.

View of exhibition

Supported by Rushcliffe Borough Council the exhibits were judged by Councillor Mrs. Christine Jeffreys, Mayor of Rushcliffe accompanied by Nicola Pearson, Community Relations, Rushcliffe Borough Council, and David Townsend, Churchwarden, St. Mary’s Radcliffe on Trent. The mayor also formally opened the exhibition and presented the prizes during the preview evening. Overall the exhibition raised in excess of £700 for the St. Mary’s Hall Appeal.

Rushcliffe entries

The Rushcliffe Prize which this year had fifteen entries was based on Farming in Rushcliffe and was won by Mike Weston of Harby, Leicestershire for his painting entitled “Rush Hour” depicting a herd of cows crossing the road in Hickling, in the Vale of Belvoir. The prize for this entry is £175 and the painting is then acquired by the Borough for display in the Civic Centre.

View of exhibition

The first prize for the exhibition in general went to Alan Potter of Kimberley, Notts for his painting “Woods near Alderwasley” (Derbyshire), the next prize which was “The St. Cuthbert’s Mill” prize went to Tony Slater of Radcliffe on Trent for his painting “The Dogano Da Mar” and the third prize went to Enid Bean of Bingham for her painting “Roses”.

First prize
St Cuthbert Mill prize
Third prize

The painting which was voted as the visitors’ favourite with the most votes was “Lindisfarne” painted by Malcolm Bamford of Lambley, Notts. Malcolm was presented with a basket of fruit prepared by Fruiticious of Radcliffe on Trent. The raffle prize which was a painting based on Thornham, Norfolk by Malcolm Bamford was won by Paddy Gledson of Cropwell Butler.

The committee of Helen Jarvis, Tom Rowberry, Trevor Saunt, Gordon Williams and myself are grateful for the support and encouragement of the following, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Royal British Legion, St. Cuthbert’s Mill, Windsor and Newton, Pentel Stationary Ltd, The Cumberland Pencil Company, Unison Colour Ltd., as well as Katie’s Flowers of Radcliffe on Trent for the beautiful floral arrangement and Fruiticious for the basket of fruit. We also thank Malcolm Bamford for his donation of the raffle prize, the local farmers for allowing us to display advertising boards on their land, those who helped stewarding or with refreshments, local shops for letting us leave publicity materials and finally to all the artists, who displayed their work to the critical gaze of the general public, without whom the exhibition would not take place.

Floral display

Next year’ exhibition which will take place over the weekend 6/7th September 2008 will be in St. Mary’s Hall, Radcliffe on Trent and which is presently under construction. We are always looking for new local artists within easy commuting distance of Radcliffe on Trent to exhibit. Please contact
Martin Skeffington, Deputy Warden, St. Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent.

Painting by Gordon Williams

Cream Tea at British Legion
22 June 2007

Collage of cream tea photos

Visit to Stowe House and Landscape Gardens
12 May 2007

A party of 34 braved the threatening Buckinghamshire skies to visit Stowe House and Landscape Gardens on May 12, but the umbrellas had an easy day of it as apart from a few showers we enjoyed a mostly dry day! A walk round the "Elysian Fields" section of the garden with the knowledgable and informative National Trust guides introduced us to the mysteries of eighteenth century politics and the complex classical allusions in this most politically themed landscape garden, amply stocked with elegant buildings and monuments. The picture shows our "staring match" with the sixteen notable Britons at the Temple of British Worthies. Due to shortage of time we were only able to catch a glimpse of some of the other delights of this amazing place, created by the Temple family (family motto "Templa Quam Dilecta" - how amiable are your temples/dwellings, from Psalm 84!).

Temple of British Worthies, Stowe

After picnic lunch under the massive portico of the South Front of the house, commanding a majestic view across lawns, lake and parkland to the Corinthian Arch more than 3/4 mile away, we visited the parish church, hidden in the trees a stone's throw from the main building, where the St Mary's ringers had arranged to ring the bells.

Finally we were treated to a guided tour of the state rooms of the house, used for the past 80 years by the school whose ownership of the buildings saved them from otherwise inevitable demolition. Though hardly any of the original furniture remains, the painted plaster walls and decorated ceilings are as impressive as ever. The Marble Saloon at the heart of the building was simply stunning, and the guide pointed out a tennis ball wedged in the plasterwork many feet above our heads, evidently thrown there by a schoolboy many years ago and deliberately left in place when the plasterwork was restored recently.

Many thanks to Steve Sugden for driving the coach so expertly. As well as giving us all a marvellous day out, the trip raised just over £300 for the St Mary's Hall Appeal.

- Neil Weston

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Spring Concert - Bridge Singers

This took place evening Saturday 19th May in St. Mary's Church. Led by Lynne Holland, soprano, the Bridge Singers performed a memorable concert displaying great versatility in their choice of music, some of which was accompanied by Richard Eaton on the piano. The Flower Duet form Lakme was particularly well received. Richard also gave a splendid performance of Bach, Elgar's Enigma variations and another piece with an Easter theme on the organ.

Over 130 people supported the event which raised £1040 for the appeal. A glass of wine or a soft drink with nibbles added to the enjoyment of the evening.

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Vicar's Bike Tour

Neil Weston successfully completed his sponsored motorbike tour of English Cathedrals in August 2006. He visited all 42 mainland C of E cathedrals and all 19 Catholic cathedrals, raising a grand total of £10,600 for the appeal. Full details and illustarated diaries of Neil's tour can be seen here

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