reported by Malcolm Richardson.
Some 65 people enjoyed a leisurely meander through France at a French Wine Tasting evening in the village hall on 28th October. Some old favourites were on the menu, although wine guru Paul Boyle also introduced us to some different varieties such as Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc region.
The wines were accompanied by a variety of ‘nibbles’, such as prawns, cheeses, olives and saucisson, to demonstrate how wine varies with food.
Paul was an interesting and knowledgeable speaker, never lapsing into ‘wine speak’ so those of us who just like wine, rather than worship it, were never lost.
The event raised over £850 for the Village Hall.
reported by Michael Barker. A great night was had by all at the Village Hall when a full house of enthusiastic music lovers was treated to an exciting and entertaining programme of big band jazz courtesy of The Jazz Project Big Band.
The band, led from the drum kit by Adrian Bashford, and MC’d by the urbane Mike Hatchard at the keyboard, ran through a varied repertoire of old and new numbers with great panache and musicality. Their ensemble work and solos were of the very highest calibre and were greatly appreciated by all in the hall.
The bar also did lively business and I’m sure all present, audience and band, are hoping that The Jazz Project will be back at the Village Hall in the near future.
reported by Malcolm Richardson. Eynsford Gardeners’ Club staged a record breaking Annual Show on Sunday 11th September in the Village Hall with over 100 entrants for the first time, displaying entries which included flowers, vegetables, cookery, art and crafts, and photography. There were also some dazzling exhibits from children showing off their skill in making cakes, photographs and even decorated vegetable animals! Once again the show was supported by residents who enjoyed the displays and a chance to catch up with friends over a cup of tea and a few homemade cakes. At the end, many of the items were auctioned off so nothing went to waste!
Cup winner Karen Langridge with Jason
Cup winner Margaret Newbold with Jason
with many thanks to organiser Carole and her helpers and to photographer James.
reported by James Staniland. Once again, on Saturday 19th March 2016 we had another sell out Art Study Day given by Dr. Graham Whitham and chaired by Sally Coston.
Dr. Whitham kept us enthralled with four talks on “Tradition and Modernism: British Art 1880-1939”.
He started with the modernist rebellions: Camden Town to Vorticism which was really the beginnings of modern art and how artists rebelled against the hierarchy of the Royal Academy and started to paint and display scenes of workers and people experiencing hardship – pictures the middle classes would have felt uncomfortable hanging in their living rooms.
Things changed rapidly with the first world war. Although there was black and white film, artists were commissioned to paint scenes giving colour to the battle scenes and showing the glory of the war for propaganda purposes. We were shown pictures such as John Singer Sargent’s “Gassed” and “dazzle ships” in which Edward Wadsworth played a major part. Paintings during the war were not allowed to depict dead Empire soldiers.
We were shown works from Henry Tonks who painted many mutilated faces of the battle-wounded to assist Harold Gillies in his fine work in the early days of plastic surgery.
After the war the rebelliousness of the pre-war artists had dwindled and there was a return to realism as artists returned to painting the English countryside and other nationalist scenes as our country recovered to regain its identity. However by 1930 abstraction and surrealism were in vogue and many British artists returned from France to further develop the styles of their counterparts in Europe.
Other artists covered by Dr. Whitham included the sculptors Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Jacob Epstein and painters: Augustus John and his sister Gwen.
Jan Stanyon, Sarah Boyle and Paul Boyle produced the usual delicious lunch and kept us plied with hot drinks in the intervals. Many thanks to all of them for their tireless help.
It was a thoroughly interesting day and, as usual, everyone left completely satisfied. There are a few tickets available for the next Art Study Day which is on 19th November.
Five in a Bar girls quintet
On Saturday 28th November a full house at Eynsford village hall was entertained by Eynsford’s own Von Trapp family – the Booer family.
From Tim and Eileen at front of house, through Paul and Helena singing to Sandra both singing and conducting, three generations of the family were involved.
Supported by the “Vocalise” choir, “Five in a Bar” girls quintet, soloist Andrew Sparling and pianist Laetitia Federici, we were treated to an evening of seasonal songs and poems. The audience listened to a range of songs, traditional and modern, ranging from Handel’s halleluiah chorus through to ‘the song that goes like this’ from Spamalot interspersed with seasonal poems.
The finale was a rather more sophisticated than usual carol concert with the audience singing the carols and the choir singing the descant.
This very successful evening raised over £1000 for the Village Hall’s funds.
A selection of Spanish wine was enjoyed under the direction of wine master Paul Boyle. A cava starter and tapas all helped the evening to go with a great flow. Paul, Sarah and Malcolm have thanks from all in a full hall.
WWI Centenary Display Unveiled – 3 August 2014
Organised by the Farningham and Eynsford Local History Society, a WWI display of commemorative items took place at the hall on 3 August. Guy Hart-Dyke unveiled a framed photographic display in the lobby of the hall. On view in the main hall were military and other photographs and memorabilia of the era.
At the Village Hall on Saturday 28th February seventy people were entertained by Ian Keable who performed the favourite magic tricks of Charles Dickens. Ian is a stunning magician who truly mystified us with his incredible magic. We saw him putting the raw ingredients for a cake into a hat and out came the cooked version, complete with lighted candle. The dictionary trick had the participant looking for cameras. How did he know the page and word!! It was an evening with a different twist that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.