North East Hayling
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Party
Our celebration started with the brilliant gypsy jazz band The Mercer Walker Trio playing in the garden of North Hayling Recreation Hall.
To ease things along Pimms and draught beer, cider and wine were available from the bar. Even though there was a capacity attendence the queue for the bar never got too long and offered a chance to catch-up with neighbours and friends.
Whilst the adults enjoyed chatting in the garden the children were also provided with a sheltered area and entertained with a range of games on offer.
However, after a while rain moved in as a fine mist at first and some attempted to brave it out...
But the offer of free food - a tasty Rae's sausage (or a veggy option) and fried onions in a roll with delicious Northney Ice Cream to follow - was further enticement to move inside. Some brought their own picnic, hopefully they didn't get too damp!
Once inside everyone had a chance to dry off a bit, have another banger or ice-cream and view the rolling seventy picture show from seventy years of the Queen's reign.
The band also moved inside and continued to play and entertain for a further hour competing with the rumble of lively conversations resonating throughout the hall.
NEHRA sponsored the food and music for the party so the community could gather and celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We would also like to thank all those who volunteered and helped before, during and after the event. Be it - supplying benches and gazebos, hanging bunting, putting-up gazebos etc, parking, organising children's games, the bar, cooking, serving food, glass collection/cleaning or clearing afterwards - your efforts helped make the event the success it was.
Pop Up Pub night
It was great to welcome villagers and friends back to Pub Night.
The hall was thronging with happy people in conversation. Attendence was reported to be anywhere from sixty to over one hundred depending on the time, or perhaps the amount consumed?
In addition to good conversation there was also the chance to play pool or darts accompanied by servings of hot sausage rolls.
An initally well stocked bar of Irving's Type 42 draught bitter, bottled beer, lager, cider and wine was enthusiastically enjoyed!
Aladdin Comes to Hay-Ling
After the 2019 pantomime 'Hansel and Gretel' local resident, writer and director Fiona Bartlett said never again! We're glad to say the sentiment didn't last and Fiona created the wonderful 'Aladdin Comes to Hay-Ling' for this years' panto. A cast of local residents and actors supported by the Hayling Huggers Ukulele Band performed to two sell-out audiences.
For poor Aladdin and the Widow Twanky the future appeared Wishy-Washy. The duplicitous Abanazar suggested to Aladdin an old lamp was to be found in a cave on Portsdown Hill and if found would secure their future. Having found the cave and lamp and with the help of 'Jeannie' life was looking rosy for Aladdin and co.
Now the 'real' genie was out, but no one wanted to fly on his magic carpet...
But the evil Abanazar double-crossed Aladdin and was loudly heckled by the audience. He got his comeuppence....
How else to end but to "Always look on the bright side of life!"
Refreshments were served after each perfomances allowing the cast to mingle with the audience. Profit from the performances will be split between The Hayling Food Bank, First Responders and The Red Cross.
Carols in the Village
It wouldn't be Christmas in Northney without Carols in the Village and the St Peters Singers! Another full-house of villagers packed into the Village Hall to sing carols and enjoy the fabulous St Peter's Singers perform, interspersed with amusing readings. The event was sponsored by NEHRA with mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls served afterwards. A collection for The Hayling Food Bank raised £279.
Pop Up Pub night
Our ever popular local was well attended and enjoyed by villagers and friends.
The BBV Theatre Group performed Harold Pinter's play BETRAYAL to an enthusiatic audience in the village hall.
Carols in the Village
The annual seasonal gathering of villagers packed into the Village Hall to sing carols and enjoy the fabulous St Peter's Singers perform, interspersed with amusing readings. This years event was sponsored by NEHRA with mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls served afterwards.
A collection for The Hayling Food Bank raised over £270 plus food donations.
Hansel & Gretel the Panto
Two packed audiences enjoyed a traditional version of the pantomime 'Hansel and Gretel,' written by local resident Fiona Bartlett and supported by the Hayling Huggers Ukulele Band.
The Guardian Angel transformed into a traffic warden dealing with the traffic congestion on the Island and the dame Heidi had a chain of Bakery Shops named after 'her.'
Everyone was offered a ginger biscuit and some a 'live' (sugar) mouse which the witch apparently eats for her tea!!
With lots of laughter at the planned jokes and action, and also at that which was unplanned, the audiences sang along to familiar tunes with new words to fit the show.
After expenses the proceeds were split between 3 local charities, The Hayling Food Bank, The Hayling Men's Shed Association, and the NE Hayling Residents Association (NEHRA). Each was given just over £250. Both Paul Dennison (Food Bank) and Gerald Johnson (Men's Shed) expressed their gratitude to the producers Fiona and Alan Bartlett for these generous donations. Chairman of NEHRA Derek Bowerman thanked them and all involved in the pantomime for their hard work, and hoped that they can look forward to another panto next year!
A Christmas Carol - Reboot
Scrooge in modern times. Bah! Humbug! He's just as grumpy, just as mean and just as full of Christmas cheer! For one night only BBV presented their modern day interpretation of Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol to a capacity audience in the village hall.
The production provided an entertaining and feastive lead-in to the holidays.
During the interval a small number of interesting lots (ranging from a day sail to the Isle of Wight on a 34' yacht, to a trailer load of dung!) were auctioned much to the generosity and amusement of the audience.
Shakespeare's Richard II
The Maskers Theatre Company performed Shakespeare's Richard II in Northney Village Hall for a one night only thespian delight.
The hall became a theatre in the round and the sense of real contact and inclusion with the lively and word perfect cast was a real theatrical experience not to be missed.
The occassion sold out before the night. One hundred people filled the hall, enjoyed the performance and tried their luck in the raflle and overall provided a healthy addition to the Associations funds.
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