Archive for October 8th, 2012

Lunch Club Oct 8th

October 8, 2012

Today Elaine & I were invited to the Over 50’s Lunch Club at the Acorn Centre in Wecock Farm.

Having a chat.

Having a chat.

With about 30 people in attendance, there was plenty of chatter going on and it was possible for us to go around and talk to all of them.

With the students.

With the students.

At the Acorn Centre there are students from Highbury College who have learning difficulties and other social problems. They carry out work experience in the kitchen under the supervision of tutors from the college. Many of them have become more confident during their time at the Centre, and several of them help to prepare and serve the meals.

After lunch we were entertained with songs sung by a group of pupils from Woodcroft Primary School.

Basingstoke Concert Oct 7th

October 8, 2012

From Winchester we traveled up the M3 to Basingstoke for the annual concert arranged by the Chairman of Hampshire County Council.

Held at the Anvil, the concerts have been running each year since 2005 and give an opportunity for talented musicians from across the county to perform to a large audience.

This year’s concert was run in conjunction with the newly established Hampshire Music Education Hub, a partnership made up with the County Council’s Music Service and more than 30 other music organisations and other sponsors.

The concert was in two halves, with the excellent Hampshire County Youth Band both opening and closing the show. The first half also featured the Choir from St. Bede C of E primary School, the Alton College Jazz Band and the Castle Singers with Hampshire Music Service.

However, the highlight of the first half was the piano solo from the exceptionally talented, 10 year old, Emily Riley. Playing from memory pieces by Chopin and Poulenc, she displayed talent and composure far beyond her age. Hers is a name to look out for in the future.

The second half opened with a performance from five-piece band, Flashfires, followed by St. Bede’s Choir and PanJazz International, playing Marimbas and Steel Drums. next came another very talented soloist. This time it was 17 year old Rachel Maxey who played, on the Viola, the Prelude and Fugue from Cello Suite No. 5 in C Major by J S Bach.

This was a wonderful concert, enabling some of the County’s most talented young musicians to showcase their talents.

Harvest Festival Oct 7th

October 8, 2012

This afternoon, along with other Civic heads from around the County, we attended the annual Harvest Festival service at Winchester Cathedral.

In general, the service was conducted in the normal manner, with the exception being an agricultural based question & answer session under the Chairmanship of newscaster Alistair Stewart OBE.

The four man panel comprised the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, Ian Dalton, the head of John Lewis’ Leckford Estate, Tim Jackson, the Principal of Sparsholt College, and George Atkinson, who has a 1,200 acre farm in East Meon.

While this was taking place, there was a well attended, all day, Farmer’s Market in the environs of the Cathedral, a very appropriate extension of the Harvest Festival service inside.