Our third year had beautiful opera singing, a cracking science fair, a quiz and some carols…
Valentine’s Supper – 14 Feb 2003
Some seventy villagers enjoyed a superb four course sentimental supper of appropriately named dishes, such as filet de poulet romantique avec creme aphrodisiaque, prepared by our resident gourmet chef, Eleanor Edwards, with her characteristic style and flair, served in the romantic setting of Crowhurst’s latest fashionable nightspot, Valentino’s. The atmosphere of sophisticated romanticism was enhanced by the wonderful jazz singing of Jan Ponsford (who led our singing workshops last year) and her talented trio, who entertained into the night with perfect renditions of a string of standards from the thirties through to the eighties. A truly memorable evening.
Broadway Melodies – 15 June 2003
The sun shone, the setting was glorious, the picnics were scrumptious, the Harveys and Pimms were most refreshing and, most of all, the performances were superb. It all came together to make a hugely enjoyable and high quality afternoon for about 250 villagers and their families.
Andrew Daniels opened the show with This is a lovely way to spend an evening, The White Cliffs of Dover and a lovely set of favourites. Then local opera-supremes Louise Winter and Gerald Finley astounded us with a set that included Summertime, Some Enchanted Evening and People Will Say We’re in Love. They were accompanied by John Langridge on the piano, the musical director of Battle Choral Society.
Discovery Science Day – 30 August 2003
Between the first whoosh of Charlie’s water rocket ascending 200 feet into the sky at 10am and the dying note of Hratch’s last song at 10pm, there was 12 hours of Discovery opportunities for everyone to increase their scientific knowledge in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Among the highlights were performances by London’s Science Museum, one demonstrating Forces, another following the journey of a meal through the digestive system, with graphic videos, to the inevitable grisly finale!
Some participants were using common household chemicals in unusual ways to make plastic from milk; elsewhere youngsters were producing large lumps of the wonder material Goo.
Others were ferreting around in our Fossil Pit, while next door they could watch stones being cut to reveal wondrous complex patterns and shapes. You could play detective and have your fingerprints put in a key ring; or watch and learn about bats, follow a nature trail and look at the results on powerful computer-connected microscopes. You could try you hand at plotting, learn about DNA, and how to be more green by recycling your rubbish and making the perfect compost heap.
The Science Show in the evening featured two stand-up scientists with a projector, whose rapid fire and uproarious ‘lectures’ took us through famous science discoveries and how to clone a wart into Elvis in five easy steps. The evening finished with music by Jo Chedgey and Hratch.
There were over seven hundred attendances across the sessions, and it was good to see the enthusiasm, attention and interest on people’s faces. Inspirational!
Community Carols – 17 December 2003
A bitterly cold December evening meant fewer singers than previously, but all sang lustily and enjoyed the usual rewards of mince pies and mulled wine.