John Keats’ “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” was upon us as we met for our September 16th Supper evening, giving good opportunity for members to meet together and catch up on the summer’s happenings. Eastling Village Hall can be an obscure location for some, but the thirty-two members and guests who came along were amply rewarded.
As well as a fine buffet of cold meats, salmon and salads, there was some unusual entertainment. Barbara Childs’ guest was Angela Lister, a remarkably talented lady from Sevenoaks, whose mastery of the monologue kept us enthralled. The evening started with a humorous reading from “The Philistines” by Rowan Atkinson, with Angela suitably attired as a Bishop. Between courses we enjoyed a number of engaging pieces, Angela revelling in her wide ranging rôles. Members particularly appreciated Marriott Edgar’s “Albert and the Lion” made famous by Stanley Holloway. Angela’s experience, in Shakespeare plays, in pantomimes, and now rehearsing for Pygmalion at the Oast, was obvious in her professionally-timed performances.
Following our supper, a further entertainment had been thoughtfully arranged: six hands at one piano! Our past President, Michael Cooke, present President, Barbara Childs and President Elect, Roger Gentry performed with ebullient enthusiasm: Scherzo by Thomas A. Johnson and March from Norma by Bellini. Added to this was a devilishly intriguing quiz, devised by Michael Cooke and a raffle kindly organised by Ken Reynolds, which concluded a very enjoyable evening.
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