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Foxearth Fete – June 2018

“The sun has got his hat on – shout hip hip hooray” was one of the well -known themes the Harmonious Haverhill Silver Band played for us on the 23rd June at the Foxearth Summer Fete; and how appropriate it was! On a lovely warm afternoon the band entertained with a varied selection of music – performed with expert precision and expression – whilst a large attendance, from the village and beyond, enjoyed burgers, tea and delicious cakes, a Pimms bar and wandered around the usual array of stalls. For those who liked a flutter there was a tombola and a raffle. A bouncy castle mopped up the energy of the youngsters and there were games requiring feats of accuracy.

An innovation this year was the Dashing Dog Show, masterminded and judged by our own “Herriot” Jenny Fitch-Holland. This event attracted a large number of assorted canines who proved to be well-behaved and friendly – just like their owners. Five classes were judged ; 1 The dog with the waggiest tail, 2 The dog who looks most like its owner (it might be embarrassing to delve further into that), 3 Veteran, 4 The dog the judge would most like to take home – and 5 Best 6 legs (what influence did the owner have on this we wonder), No “top of the show” but a few rosettes were seen.

Once again we are indebted to Louise and Nick for the opportunity to invade their lovely gardens and for the great help they gave on the day. As always it was a team effort and we thank everyone involved. Mostly we grateful to all of you who came along and contributed to the magnificent result of around £1,500 for Foxearth Parish Church.

Ken Nice

Organ Fireworks

 Spring Bank Holiday Monday (28th May) was a notable day in the history of Foxearth Church. An organ recital by Ian McMillan included the world premiere of two pieces especially written for him by one of Great Britain’s foremost composers, Dr John Rutter. Ian styled the concert  “Organ Fireworks” and he certainly kept his promise!

Beginning with J.S. Bach’s iconic Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (of “Fantasia” fame) Ian’s flying fingers and feet then had a more restful time in the dreamy Evensong by Easthope Martin. This was followed by Chorale No. 1 in E major by Cesar Franck – a great treasure of the organ literature.

The tour of the continent continued with a Toccatina for flutes by the Italian composer, Pietro Yon;a delightful two minutes or so of rapid semi-quavers! We then heard two Psalm Preludes by Herbert Howells, famous for his vast output of Anglican church music. No entertainment by Ian would be complete without some reference to his obvious passion for and expertise in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and so we were treated to an exuberant rendition of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s the March of the Peers from Iolanthe arranged by Ian for organ.  Ian dashed up to the chancel to say a few helpful words about each item and when we reached the last programmed works he explained that Quentin had approached John Rutter to write some music for Ian’s milestone birthday and Dr Rutter had come up with Mr Mac’s Maggots; two pieces inscribed as Elegy and Festive Bells. These were, in turn, beautifully calming and vigorously descriptive.

For an encore Ian sent us homeward with the boisterous – and evocative of the fairground – Sortie in E flat by Lefebure-Wely ringing in our ears. We sang a belated birthday greeting to Ian incorporating Nick who today moved on another year.

We had hoped that Dr Rutter would be able to come to the recital but a conducting engagement at Carnegie Hall in New York understandably prevented this. However we were very pleased to welcome Mrs Rutter who was able to send photographs of the occasion across the pond.

Over 60 people attended the event and a handsome £570 was raised for the future maintenance of our fine 1863 Father Willis organ. On arrival coffee and shortbread biscuits were served and we are grateful to Margaret and the Foxearth ladies she enlisted in the  bake off. Thanks are also expressed to Malcolm, Fiona and Kevin for general help and rigging up the large video screen and to David for the car-parking facility. But where would have been without the initiative of Ian and Quentin in suggesting the concert in the first place and Ian’s superb playing which was loudly received by the appreciative audience.

Ken Nice

Quiz Night – 12th May – Foxearth Village Hall

A lot of unknown facts about animals, geography, food and drink and people emerged at the quiz night  in Foxearth Village Hall on Saturday evening 12th May as quiz master Peter Highmore – resplendent in suitable attire – fired 56 questions in 7 rounds at 8 teams to sort out the best from the rest. Contestants seemed to be  “more at home” with Radio and TV!  The final scores were surprisingly close with the Geddes Clan turning out to be top of the class by a couple of marks. Well done to them – they obviously knew exactly when to use their Joker!

At half time a supper of cottage pie or chilli was served and a bar kept thirst at bay. Val used her persuasive powers to achieve an excellent raffle result. We thank those who cooked, washed up, moved chairs and tables about and served the drinks; and the unquestionably right Peter who kept things moving with good humour. Mostly we thank all who came along and raised a marvellous £540 for the Parish Church.

Ken Nice