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Foxearth Harvest Supper – 3rd Oct 2015

On Saturday 3rd October in the Village Hall this turned out to be the annual event that had everything! Fantastic food and drink – preceded by Mally’s thoughtful grace -, music from the flexible fingers of Derek, intellectual stimulation from quizmaster, another Derek, the chance of a flutter in the raffle and heads and tails competition and – most unexpectedly – drama when a young lady became locked in the ladies! Interviewed by your correspondent after her ordeal, Karen was asked whether events in her life flashed before her eyes during her 20 minute incarceration. Her reply was “No, I was worried that I would miss dessert”!

Phil was compere (and promises to learn the heads and tails rules) Thanks were expressed to general organiser Val and to all who cooked, served, cleared and helped in any way. Televised World Cup rugby did not significantly affect attendance and we thank  all who came along to enjoy the fun. The occasion raised £500 for the parish church.

Ken Nice

Booking Concert Brass at Foxearth Church

MC900432654Proof that you don’t have to be Pavarotti in order to invoke the tingle factor was clearly evident in Foxearth Church on Saturday evening, 19th September, when Lorraine Eley’s rich soprano voice soared in the notes of Puccini’s famous Turandot aria, Nessun Dorma. The occasion was the visit by the Bocking Concert Brass  to play in aid of the church’s restoration fund and – under the baton of its Musical Director, Ian Coote – we heard a selection of stirring marches, themes from shows and films and some toe-tapping and syncopated jazz numbers. It would have been unsurprising if a sensual rendering of “Georgia on my mind” with a solo cornet had led to an outbreak of smoochy dancing in the aisle! Lorraine contributed to a varied programme with “A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, the Abba song “I have a dream” and the Edith Piaf classic”La vie en rose” demonstrating her versatility in these contrasting styles. In the band pieces there were solos for flugelhorn, euphonium and soprano cornet – and an unusual tuba solo in the old folk song The Ploughboy which introduced a humorous touch. At the close we had the Fantasia on British Sea Songs (the Proms last-nighter) where enthusiastic audience participation in the accelerating Hornpipe and singing along with Lorraine in Rule Britannia showed how much the evening had been enjoyed by those present. This was a  very entertaining performance by a group of talented players whose musicianship has earned them a well-deserved reputation in East Anglia. We are grateful to all who came along in support although it is a pity that the idea did not attract rather more local interest. A return visit is eagerly awaited!

Thanks must be expressed to Corinne and Phil Cox for their initiative in suggesting the concert and for all who worked with them in various ways to bring it about. Thanks also to those who provided the delicious interval buffet after which everyone, without exception,  returned to their seats. After expenses the result was a useful £220 for the Church restoration fund.

Ken Nice


Bocking Concert Brass

Crochets & Quavers


A performance in Foxearth Church on Saturday 19th September 2015, 7 for 7.30pm.

All proceeds are for Foxearth Church Restoration Fund.

Tickets £10 from Phil Cox (  01787 379410) or Ken Nice ( 01787 375688), to include glass of wine/soft drink & light supper.

Children free.

( Please let the above know if you intend to pay at the door, to help with catering arrangements!!)


(Those marked* feature singer Lorraine Ely)

Barnard Castle….(march)

Theme from the film ‘Shrek’

Rivers of Babylon

Georgia on My Mind…( cornet solo)

Floral Dance

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square *

New York, New York

La Vie En Rose*… (Edith Piaff song)

March of the Cobblers….. ( from the film ‘Brassed Off’)

One Voice… (euphonium solo)

Nessum Dorma* …(from ‘Turandot’ by Puccini)


Come Follow the Band…(from musical ‘Barnum’)

The Ploughboy…(tuba solo)

I Have A Dream* ….(Abba song)

Misty…(flugelhorn solo)

Moonlight Serenade…(Glenn Miller)

Clog Dance

Tenderly* (song)

Viva Espana

Fantasia on British Sea Songs ….( Henry Wood’s collection as performed on ‘Last Night of the Proms’, including ‘Rule Britannia*)

Beyond the Sea.