Horticultural Society Autumn Show St. Mary's Church Flower Festival
Tea at the Ritz Ramsden Bellhouse Music Festival
Horticultural Society Summer Show St. Mary's Church Musical Evening
Horticultural Society Charity Beetle Drive St. George's Day Breakfast
Women's World Day of Prayer Village Hall Annual General Meeting
3rd December 2016
The annual Christmas Bazaar was held on Saturday 3rd December at the Village Hall.
The Bazaar opened at 12pm with the arrival of Father Christmas. He did his customary walk around the stalls to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and then entered his Grotto to await the children.
Craft and fun stalls filled both halls with refreshments, mulled wine and mince pies.
The Cubs and Scouts did a great job serving lunches, cakes and tea and coffee.
Despite a major power cut in the middle of the day, everyone carried on regardless. Many thanks to the power company and an engineer who just happened to be in the area when the call went out and came straight over and reinstalled the power.
Thanks to Ann Wellborne for her excellent organisation of this annual event.
To see the Christmas Bazaar photo gallery pictures, click here.
1925 – 2016
Joan Kelly died on 6th February 2016. Joan lived for many years in 'The Glen' Ramsden Park Road. She worked tirelessly for the Village Hall on numerous committees, and organised fetes, Christmas Bazaars and many other activities. Our sympathies go to her family.
She was mostly known for her Annual Art Shows every August Bank Holiday as well as the Singing Day.
When not doing the organising, she could be found running the raffle or on the door. At one time she was editor of the Village Magazine. WI, Horticultural Society, History of Ramsden, Medau and Bowls, Teddies for Tragedies, Fun Whist and the Management Committee all benefitted from her membership. Best of all she enjoyed every minute of it.
On Sunday 9th October 2016 a plaque was unveiled in the Village Hall entrance hall by the Chairman, Clive Jeffree .
About 30 people attended the ceremony, including members of Joan's family, which was followed by tea, coffee and cakes.
The plaque reads
every minute of it."
St. Mary's Church Macmillan Coffee Morning
24th September 2016
The ladies of St.Mary's Church, Ramsden Bellhouse took part in the 'Biggest Coffee Morning in the World' in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The weather was kind enough to allow people to sit outside in the Church garden and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee together with a selection of delicious cakes including Joan Wright's beautiful madeleines. Over £300 was raised for the Charity.
Thank you to all those ladies who made cakes and provided the teas and coffees, as well as those who supported this worthwhile cause.
Horticultural Society Autumn Show
Saturday 10th September 2016
Saturday 10th September 2016
September 10th was a lovely sunny day which always helps to set the tone for a horticultural
get together. Because of the time of the year, the vegetable section of the show was brimming with entries.
A new addition to the exhibits this year was potatoes grown in a bag. Earlier in the year some potato seeds,
soil and a bag were given to members to grow at home and bring back at the Autumn Show. The potatoes were then weighed and the heaviest was the winner. The winning entry weighed over 2kg. It was very interesting
to see just how much difference there was in each entry's weight and size.
The floral art section had some lovely displays and the homecraft (cookery) classes with the cakes and jams, discovered some new talents from our male and female members.
The 'Best in Show' prize was won by Joan Lewis for her beautiful arrangement in the 'petite basket' category. Well done Joan.
To see the full photo gallery click here.
St. Mary's Flower Festival, Songs of Praise
and Big Band Concert
27th to 29th August 2016
Over the bank holiday weekend St Mary's Church held its annual Flower Festival.
The Festival weekend started on a high note with a concert by the Sid Bolan Big Band – held this time in the Church grounds on a beatiful hot evening. Some 80 people attended, bringing their own picnics and many compliments were made on the entertainment provided by the Band and the Vocalist. The concert raised £706.
The theme of this year's flower display in the Church was Thank you for the Music, each arrangement telling the story of the musicals.
The Church was alive with beautiful colours and arrangements. Our thanks go to the talented and creative people who made them.
Grateful thanks to the many people who assisted in running the event, including erecting the tents, manning the stalls and providing and serving the refreshments and, of course, to our visitors who came along and made it all worthwhile.
To see the Flower Show photo gallery pictures, click here.
Click here to see more about St. Mary's Church.
Tea at the Ritz - 16th July 2016
On a lovely summer afternoon, the members of the Baptist Church held their now very popular and famous
"Tea at the Ritz". As with past "Teas" the afternoon fully lived up to expectations, with superb waiter
service, delicious well present food, and a hall dressed to
compliment the famous name.
After tea we were entertained by Heidi and John Langley, with a selection of songs from the Shows, a lovely way to end a perfect summer afternoon.
Thank you to everyone who helped run the event, which took an enormous amount of planning, organisation and hard work.
Ramsden Bellhouse Music Festival
25th June 2016
We did it again! The village came together once again for our second Music Festival. It was very well attended, everyone ready to have a really good time. Nearly 300 people attended the Festival and we made just over £2,000 profit which goes to upkeep the Village Hall.
Once again, D’ukes opened the Festival at 4pm with a rousing selection of music.
Next to perform was Idreiss, a great soul and pop singer who gave a moving performance. Unfortunately, it was then we experienced some rain, but it didn't dampen everyone's spirits as they were able to shelter under the marquees.
Up next was Sal Bashir, the No. 1 Elvis tribute, who brought the sunshine with him, serenading the ladies with his seductive charm and swivelling hips. His repertoire included all the favourites and he left the stage to a standing ovation.
The last act to appear was the duo Minaji, a funk and soul duo vocalist and saxophonist belting out exciting sounds.
The DJ joined the acts together and all went smoothly, with lots of singing, dancing and merriment.
Burgers, hot dogs and a hog roast was on offer, face painting and goodies to buy for the children.
The evening ended at midnight with everyone asking "Are you doing it again next year?" We hope to, but we desperately need help setting up, so if anyone is willing to give a hand it would be much appreciated.
Contact numbers are:
Ann Wellborne 01268 710250.
Abby Short 01268 711675
Ramsden Bellhouse Village Hall
Horticultural Society Summer Show
Saturday 11th June 2016
The Summer Show held on 11th June was very successful with lovely roses and garden flowers on show.
There were over 130 entries from members and visitor numbers were considerably up on recent Shows.
Well done to all who participated in this annual event.
Click here to see the photo gallery.
On a rather chilly, but dry, evening St. Mary's Church once again resounded with the lovely voices
of the Southend Vox Choir.
The concert opened with a very unique version of the
Lennon & McCartney song "Let it be" which would certainly
have met with the approval of the composers. The show continued with both modern and classical numbers, including
the very amusing "The invention of Printing" by Bob Chilcott.
During the interval a cheese and wine buffet was served from a marquee in the Church grounds and the evening concluded with a beautiful version
of "May the road rise up to meet you
(Irish Blessing)", a beautiful song, beautifully sung and a very fitting end to a lovely evening.
The evening raised over £500 for St. Mary's Church funds.
The Beetle Drive ran by the Horticultural Society for the charity, ‘Brainwave’, was a great success.
68 people bought tickets to the event which was held in the New Hall. Geraldine from ‘Brainwave’, started the evening by giving a brief resume of the charity’s functions. Her enthusiasm was infectious and showed in the number of raffle tickets bought for a very generous raffle.
As usual with Beetle Drives, there was much laughter, occasional scouring the floor for an escaped dice and the usual ‘aaagh" as “Beetle” was shouted. One false alarm caused a lot of confusion as play had to continue after “Beetle” had been called.
An interval gave everyone a chance to have a cup of tea or coffee and a plate of food from the
excellent buffet provided. Suitably recharged, the second half produced a winner who received a
£10 Garden Voucher.
A lovely evening, incredible value, lots of fun with a complete mix of ages and a final total of
£475 raised for ‘Brainwave’.
If you have never been to a Beetle Drive do think about coming along next time we have one of
our forthcoming events. You won’t be disappointed.
St George’s Day Breakfast - 24th April 2016
The St. George’s Day breakfast was once again a resounding success.
From the queue outside the door at 9am through till 1pm.
the hall was filled with people enjoying a wonderful freshly cooked breakfast.
We hope you all enjoyed your 'Full English' or half breakfast, if preferred, among friends and neighbours.
We also enjoyed a birthday celebration. Our Chairman, Clive Jeffree, celebrates his 80th birthday on St. George's Day itself. After everyone had sung 'happy birthday', Clive was presented with, not one but two, birthday cakes, which he shared with everyone.
For those who have not yet visited, come along next year and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and good food. See you all next year.
Lastly, all the money raised will go towards the running costs of the hall in order to keep the cost of hiring to a minimum.
In the meantime click here to see the photo gallery and see if you can spot yourself.