St. Martin's Church Desford

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    Murder Mystery Evening


    To Wynne on 12th March 2017
    From all at St. Martin’s Desford

    Now at one hundred and five,
    Best wishes we all bring,
    And congratulations to
    Our own beloved Wynne.

    A remarkable lady
    She doesn’t miss a trick
    And mobile yet (if slower)
    Her mind’s still sharp and quick.

    So we now sincerely all
    Join joyfully and sing:
    Happy Birthday, and God Bless,
    To you, today, dear Wynne

    Phyllis Chapman weekend

    June 17th – Sun 19th : Returning to: South Lawn Country House Hotel, Lymington Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0RF – 01590 643911 -= events@south B & B £90. Friday evening meal £20. Saturday BBQ £10. Very limited single rooms available There are some ground floor rooms Pet friendly rooms available.

    Jazz at St.Martins

    Saturday the 18th March saw the popular Wabash Jazzmen appearing at St Martins for the 4th time. Over 75 people were there to enjoy another great evening of Traditional/New Orleans jazz played by Mark Challinor and the Wabash Jazzmen.

    Mark is one of the UK's leading banjo players and also featured on ukulele and guitar. We were treated to a trombone solo by Richard Leach on Savoy Blues and Gordon Whitworth on trumpet playing an old favourite, Stardust. The five piece outfit (also featuring Mike Haler on reeds and Richard Vernon on bass) also played popular numbers Dans Les Rues D'Antibes and Black Cat on the Fence amongst many others.

    All in all a very enjoyable night that the audience did not want to end.

    Thank you everyone who supported us and those who provided refreshments and helped to tidy up afterwards.

    We were able to put £500 into our Special Project fund for future enhancements to the church. 

    Oddfellows Brass Band

    Oddfellows Brass Band - a sell out !

    Saturday 18th February saw a welcome return of the Oddfellows Brass Band - a sell out !

    The first set pieces were from “Grease” and we could join in with well  known songs: Grease Lightning, You’re the one that I want, and of course Summer Nights – with the collective deep sigh right at the end !

    There was a wonderful solo of “On with the motley” – from the opera Pagliacci and we were introduced and learnt about the instruments featured in the band.

    The first half finished with the rousing “Dam Busters march” and we all joined the queue for our refreshments.

    Second half featured the theme from Black Beauty, the Gaelic Blessing (well known to members of the choir who sing it often at weddings), “Memories” and finished with the theme from “633 Squadron”.

    The band are taking part in a competition next week and they played for us their test competition piece of “Born Free”.  We wish them well.

    After roaring applause, we had an encore of “Delilah” before singing the National Anthem.

    It was a wonderful varied programme – not all of which is listed here and It’s hard to put on paper the fantastic sound and thrill we had in listening to such a polished performance – the vibrations around the church were palpable! We are privileged to be able to bring such wonderful music to our village.

    Thank you to everyone who came, to those who provided refreshments and for Ray & Jane for organising it all.
    You helped to raise £580 which will go towards our “Special Projects”.

    Our Access for All project is now finished but there are several things we would still like to see in our church, one of them perhaps being new glass doors at the entrance.  Nothing has been decided but we thought we would start the fund going.


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