On 24th September we hosted a very interesting talk entitled ‘Digging for Gold’ with Martin Cook, a three times Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist. We held the ‘Combined Harvest’ Flower Festival in the Church for the following two days. The Church was beautifully decorated and we welcomed many visitors.
We raised a wonderful £1600 through both events.
In November, Nigel Rees, the Radio 4 broadcaster, gave an entertaining talk ‘From Gravestones to Graffiti’ in a packed Village Hall. This raised an excellent £1000.
‘Highs and Lows – my year as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire’: this was a very successful and entertaining talk given by Lady Jay of Ewelme. Held on Friday 9th April via Zoom, it raised £700.
All of our events for 2020 were postponed until this year or 2022.
On Friday 10th May, we once again invited Sam Brown to give a concert with her wonderful Ukulele band – a very successful evening which raised more than £850.
On Friday 5 October, we hosted What’s It Worth? – An Antiques and Collectables Evening at Ewelme Village Hall. Featuring local expert Simon Jones, of Jones and Jacob Auctioneers in Watlington, the evening was hugely entertaining and raised a marvellous £500 for our charity.
On Friday 9th March, the Oxford-based Jericho Singers performed an eclectic range of choral music in the church. With a concert that included Classical, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Gospel and African songs, the evening was a massive success. All seats were taken and a profit of more than £600 was raised for the Friends.
In October, the Chaconne Brass Ensemble gave a brilliant concert playing, in their own unique style, a wide range of music from classical to modern. More than 80 friends attended this very successful evening.
On Friday 17th March, Dr. Simon Townley gave an interesting talk entitled ‘Ewelme and its links to Benson’. This highlighted the historic connections between Ewelme and neighbouring Benson and was particularly relevant in view of the recent merger of the Benefices of Benson and Ewelme. 48 people attended this successful evening with £370 being raised for the Friends.
On 11th December we held a lively concert with the talented Three Pressed Men and were delighted to have raised £400.
On 16th October, we held a ukulele concert with Sam Brown and the People’s Ukulele Brigade. It was a wonderful evening in a packed church with 190 tickets sold. We raised £1400 so thank you to everyone involved.