Friends Of Crofton Old Church
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Newsletter Number 209 -

March 2020

I hope you have all survived the recent storms without too much damage. We are generally very lucky here in the Solent area and manage to avoid the worst of the bad weather, but our hearts go out to all the families that have been affected by the flooding and high winds.

At this time of year, as the buds are starting to show on the trees, the spring flowers are forcing their way up through the water-logged ground and with the evenings getting lighter, we must look forward with hope for the year ahead.

Having said that, I shall just spend a moment looking back at the events that took place in February.

On Saturday 1st Feb we held the annual FOCOC Barn Dance at the Titchfield Community Centre. Numbers were down on last year, which was a shame, but everyone enjoyed themselves and the evening went with a swing (and an occasional Do-si-do). As usual the music was provided by the Harvesters, who were excellent, and even if you weren't dancing it was a pleasure to listen to the band. After many years as Caller, Martyn Sandford has stepped down and we were delighted to welcome Emma as our dance leader. She did exceptionally well, getting everyone up and leading them through the dizzying routines. The catering team did a wonderful job with the supper and, though we only managed to make a small profit, the whole evening went very well. My thanks to everyone who supported it and to all those who worked so hard to make it so enjoyable.

Since this year is a Leap Year, and the 29th February fell on a Saturday, we thought it would be nice to celebrate that by having a Leap Year Quiz Night. Although we have quizzes at other events, it has been many years since we have held a complete quiz night event. So I was very grateful that Manon Burton, with the help of her daughter Emma, offered to prepare the questions and run the evening.

I was delighted that so many people came out on a wet and stormy night and there was almost a party atmosphere as the evening started. With teams of six to a table we were subjected to an eclectic mix of questions all based around Love. It was great fun, with plenty of laughter and judging from how close the final scores were, I think the intellectual level was just right. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening, to Manon for setting it up and to the catering team for the halftime refreshments. From donations and the raffle, run by Viv, we raised about £110.

Saturday 1st February the FOCOC Barn Dance, with music provided by the Harvesters. At Titchfield Community Centre starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are now available from the Parish Office Holy Rood, David Dawson Taylor on 01329 663611 or Peter Gladwell on 07793197670, the price is £9.00, this includes a ploughman's supper. There is a Fully Licenced Bar. Everyone is welcome. (No dancing experience is required as full instructions will be given.)

Forthcoming events

Saturday April 4th Friends of Crofton Old Church AGM. You will find details of this attached to this Newsletter. The doors open at 10.00 and the meeting will start at 10.30. Everyone is welcome so bring your friends and neighbours. Tea and coffee will be available after the meeting so that we can chat and catch up with old friends. I look forward to seeing you there. The calling notice, nomination form and state of the committee are attached here and here

May. We intend to hold Soup and Sandwiches at the Rotary Club Wheelehouse. As yet we don't have a date for that, but I shall let you know as soon as I can.

Saturday 6th June is the date for St Edmunds Church Open Day. This is a wonderful opportunity to show-off the Church to everyone. To welcome people who may be new to the area or who just may not be aware that the church is tucked away on the edge of the village. It runs from 10.00 -16.00, there will be stalls, refreshments, games, music from the local school choir, guided tours and much more.

July 14th-19th is the Crofton Parish Festival. Being a part of Crofton Parish, FOCOC are very pleased to be actively involved the Festival. The Festival will have hold events and activities for all ages, so do look out for details over the coming months.

Saturday 25th July is the Annual Garden Party. Always a popular event and, regardless of what the weather might do, we always have a great time. Details of future events will be in the next Newsletter and on the FOCOC website.

Details of future events will be in the next Newsletter and on the FOCOC website.

Services at St Edmund's

If you would like to attend any of the services at St Edmund's but have trouble getting there please contact a member of the committee and we will do our best to arrange transport.

As you know the Church is open on the 18th of the month between 10.00 and 12.00,

I shall leave you with this.

Amanda was a sprightly lady in her Eighties and was planning to get married for the fourth time.

A friend asked her about her future husband.

"He owns an Undertakers." Said Amanda.

"Oh," said her friend, "were any of your other husbands' Undertakers?"

"No dear," she replied, "my first husband was a Banker, my second was a Magician and the third was a Clergyman."

"That's quite a variety. Why was that?"

Amanda said, "I have always been a great fan of Elvis. I married 1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 to get ready and now 4 to go!

Until next time.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Gladwell