Another successful Fashion Show organised by the Trustees was held in the Hall on Friday 7th March. Over 100 people (it has to be said – mainly women!) thoroughly appreciated local models of all ages, ‘strutting their stuff’ on the catwalk, showing a fabulous range of fashions, from day-to day clothes to evening wear. With waiters in DJs serving drinks and a chance to buy the clothes afterwards, it were a reet good laff!
Over £750 was raised for the Village Hall funds.
Another successful Fashion Show organised by the Trustees was held in the Hall on Friday 7th March. Over 100 people (it has to be said – mainly women!) thoroughly appreciated local models of all ages, ‘strutting their stuff’ on the catwalk, showing a fabulous range of fashions, from day-to day clothes to evening wear. With waiters in DJs serving drinks and a chance to buy the clothes afterwards, it were a reet good laff! Over £750 was raised for the Village Hall funds.
A packed village hall danced the night away when our own version of ‘Strictly’ came to Eynsford. Complete with glitter ball the hall literally sparkled. James Goodman (son of Len) was on hand to teach the steps to the quickstep, the foxtrot etc. and also treated us to a show dance with his dance partner Sue. It didn’t matter if you were a novice or an accomplished dancer, James made the steps easy to follow and before long everyone could dance! (and I mean everyone!) To add further flavour to the evening, sixteen piece big band ‘Force Ten’ played some fantastic music with our own Mike Gawadzyn and Pete Slater providing the vocals. The hall looked at its best as it was decorated in pink and gold to suit the evening and thanks must go to Ben Newton and Annie Callahan from Riverside Players who put up lighting (and glitter ball) so that the hall was softly and beautifully lit. Thanks also to Paul and Sarah Boyle who ran the bar and were extremely busy as dancing is very thirsty work…… Barclays Bank promised to match fund part of the evening so lastly a big thank you to Lizzie Seamons from Barclays for her efforts during the evening. She can really bust a move or two! I think it fair to say that a great night was enjoyed by all. Jan Stanyon
‘Buster Plays Buster’ was simply one of those nights that will be remembered long after the last note was played. I don’t think anyone present on Friday 19 April could have anticipated being entertained with music of such quality and sensitivity that, at times, had the power to bring tears to the eyes. The first half of the evening consisted of a \"Tribute To The Greats\". These were a set of gorgeous jazz standards by the jazz quartet which paid tribute to nine of the all-time jazz superstars and were accompanied by the screening of short individual movie montages created by Buster (the drummer) to enhance the music. The second half of the evening began with Buster explaining his interest in the works of Buster Keaton, his life and his influences. Buster explained that he had always loved Keaton. Not only did he direct and star in those wonderful movies, but his stunts were incredible! The slightest miscalculation in his positioning or timing would have meant certain death for him. The film ‘Sherlock Junior’ was definitely one of Keaton’s greatest and I am sure the audience would agree. What a great evening of top class entertainment on our doorstep! Jan Stanyon
On Friday 8th March Eynsford Village Hall throbbed to the sound of more than 150 women enjoying our show. The local models were excellent, and the audience gave them heaps of applause. Thanks must go to Jean Clarke of “Purejeanius”, Swanley, who brought along her team to make-up and beautify their hair, fabulous! Also thanks to Jane Lowe for her collection of fantastic raffle prizes, one of them being husband Steve (Decorating Dad), offering a whole day of decorating services. The raffle raised a significant part of the total sum which was £1,750. Very many thanks to all the helpers on the night, they know who they are. Maureen Oakes
On Saturday 9 February over 100 people attended a very enjoyable and successful Burns Supper in Eynsford Village Hall. The event followed the traditional format starting with the Selkirk Grace. The haggis was piped in by a Scottish bagpiper in traditional dress, including kilt and sporran, before it was addressed and toasted by the Host, David Cullen, from the Orpington & District Caledonian Society. We then sat down to the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties and a dessert of cranachan. Following the meal the Host made the immortal speech in memory of Robbie Burns; James Staniland then gave a toast to the Lassies to which Sarah Boyle responded with a toast to the Laddies. Ian Slipper entertained us with Scottish songs to his own accompaniment on guitar. The evening concluded with demonstrations of Scottish dances by the Orpington Caledonian Society who then encouraged us to join in. John Mesnard
The village hall was packed on 30th November and 1st December as audiences were entertained by ‘Force Ten’ who played a host of big band music from the Rat Pack Era. Hosted by Mike Gawadzyn this event almost rocked the rafters! There was the live 16 piece band, the wonderful singers and plenty of happy smiling people enjoying themselves. The hall looked splendid after its recent freshen up and the atmosphere created by the subtle lighting, candles and the waves of red and white material which adorned the ceiling added to the ambience. I think it’s fair to say that both evenings were enjoyed by all. Jan Stanyon
Forty members and friends of the village were sponsored to raise funds for the Village Hall. They walked either the short circuit through Eynsford and Farningham or the long circuit to Otford via Romney Street returning through Shoreham. All enjoyed the sights and worked up an appetite for the barbecue provided by Norman’s with bread from Mark The Baker. Total funds raised were close to £3,000 and the record by one person was £417 – well done Molly! Sponsorship is still open. There are prizes for the most raised by an adult and by a junior. Many thanks to the walkers and to those who assisted. If you would like a copy of the walk map – please get in touch using the website contact form. James Staniland
Members of Eynsford Gardeners’ Club and friends organised a highly successful Garden Safari and were thrilled that fourteen garden owners generously opened their gates. Many people in the village worked really hard for the event and thanks go to them all. All of the gardens were interesting with different styles, shapes and sizes and showing a range of plants, climbers and ponds as well as views of our lovely village and valley. There were teas, home made cakes, ploughman’s lunches, raffles, plant stalls and a Plant Doctor. On the day the village was buzzing with happy visitors who all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The weather stayed fine and we sold over 550 tickets and raised more than £5,000 for the Village Hall Rescue & Renewal Fund. Mary Richardson