Village Quire – ‘Back to the Garden’

By popular request The Village Quire returned to our Congregational Church Hall
on 28 October, this time with an item reflecting the 100th anniversary of the
WW1 Battle of Passchendaele. Phil Smith, the narrator, took us through three
contrasting true stories of men who went to the Western Front. One of them,
Corporal William Bevan, was a gardener whose letters to his north Herefordshire
employer Sir John Stanhope Arkwright, while fighting at the front, form the basis
of the production: a haven of gardening peace amidst the mayhem.
FoPL 2The narration was interspersed by exquisite singing from the Quire led by
Dave Newell, bringing the story to life in a very immediate way. Our audience
of 90, packed into the chapel, were thrilled yet again by the performance. We
then retired to the Hall to share a veritable feast prepared by our wonderful
team of caterers. The evening raised a substantial amount towards keeping the
library open. Thank you to all involved. A splendid evening! Both the audience
and the Quire agreed that we must do it all again with another of their special
musical stories next year.
Bob Boden (Chair, FoPL)
Photo by Viv Boden

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