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First Graffham festival celebrates talent

June Challen receives a bouquet from junior members of the sports club after re-opening the refurbished pavilion Picture by Mary Butterworth SUS-140728-180710001

June Challen receives a bouquet from junior members of the sports club after re-opening the refurbished pavilion Picture by Mary Butterworth SUS-140728-180710001

THE first-ever Graffham Festival celebrated artistic talent and life in the community.

The Garden Group Show had a big increase in entries and new exhibitors.

Magdalena Reising had a large audience at the Foresters Arms for her folk, jazz and classics sung and played on the harp with the backing of Terry Seabrook, piano, and Raffaele Bizzoca, guitar.

The festival service was held against a backcloth of flower arrangements prepared by Alan Sergant and helpers.

The church choir, led by choirmaster Richard Bailey, sang and musical talent was demonstrated again at the village concert.

Once again, there were high-quality music, performances by Michael and Sally Blunt and David and Sue Garrard, singing from the church choir and Nikki Pennicott and Ginny Barrett, and a sing-along with Midhurst Players.

The second half featured singing by Philip Trower and Dirk Koopman, Hazel Freeman on cello, Tracey Carr, flute, and Richard Bailey, piano.

Richard Bailey gave a concert of organ music with his pupil, Tracey Carr.

The festival ‘Poetry Evening’ at the Foresters Arms included an appearance by the ‘Speech Painter’ Geoff Allnutt, the stand-up performance poet.

There was a full house for talks given at All Saints Chapel on Aegidius of Athens, the patron saint of Graffham, and the work of two famous local artists, Henry La Thangue and Ivon Hitchens.

 

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