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PAWS July – Music & Monologues

Elaine Barker with her Music & MonologuesPAWS July – Music & Monologues

25th July was PAWS last meeting in the lovely St Mary’s church; it was a great evening with music & monologues from Elaine Barker:

Elaine threw off the straightjacket of school teaching and moved on to the good life: a new home in a country village, giving guitar lessons, calling for Continue reading


Summer Music

Summer Music in Winstred Hundred – One Day, Two Events

July 4th this year saw the Wiggies going Yankee and Peldon indulging in the sense of summer arriving.  They reported as follows:


Wiggies Go Yankee

What a wonderful afternoon was had by all with St Stephens decked out in American flags and bunting, a packed house sat down to be entertained by the talented LMT Singing School dressed in vintage costumes, hair styles and make-up celebrating the great American song book.

A delicious buffet ran throughout the afternoon with traditional American food and, while the singers had a chance to eat, the Ladies Barbershop Quartet “Velvet Rose” took over.

People overflowed outside enjoying the hot weather where a Craft and Cake stall was busy, raffle tickets were being sold and children were playing games.

The GW Events Committee would like to give special thanks to the singers who made our afternoon, all the people who cooked and served the delicious food, cleaned and helped putting up tables and the inevitable clearing up. Together they made it a very successful event.

GW Events Committee


Music on a Summer’s Day in Peldon

On 4th July the Peldon Village Hall Management Committee ran yet another very successful and enjoyable evening with the Crissy Lee All Star band in the garden of Brick House Farm. We managed to raise nearly £7,000 with tremendous support from over 260 people.

We started the glorious evening with a young steel band which got the evening off to a great start as the sound of steel drums rang out gently across the garden. This was followed by wonderful music from Crissy’s band with two great and renowned singers, Liz Oki and Victor Bynoe complementing each other perfectly, an excellent backing group and Crissy playing unbelievably. She also did an amazing drum solo with the help of one of her young music pupils which aised a further £250 for Cancer Research UK.

Everyone had a great two course supper, and the licenced pay bar also added greatly to the fund, with the Pimms in great demand. This was followed by a successful raffle and an entertaining auction where some unusual and once in a lifetime items were sold.

Bob Holmes




Music on a Summer’s Day

July 4th – Music on a Summer’s Day

Thanks to Robert & Liz Davidson, the Peldon Village Hall and Cancer Research UK will benefit from this great evening of music.  

Relax, dine & dance with the

Crissy Lee All Stars

Liz Oki (from The Voice), and
Victor Bynoe (of The Drifters)


The Rachel Clarke Steel Band

The event takes place at Brickhouse Farm, Lower Road, Peldon with the gates opening at 5:30pm. Tickets are £20 including supper.  There will also be a Grand Auction & Licensed Bar.  Parking is free.

Tickets to be booked in advance from Bob Holmes on 01206 735510.



Music & Fun for Peldon Village Hall

musicKeen to bolster their rebuilding fund (just over half-way now), the Peldon Village Hall Management Committee are running two great events for all the family early in July.

An evening of Live Music – 5th July

You are invited to relax, dine and dance to the sizzling sounds of summer at Brickhouse Farm, Lower Road, Peldon.  Starring the Crissy Lee All Star Band and featuriug Liz Oki (recently seen on the BBC’s The Voice) the lovely Lesley Arden will also be there to entertain at the start of the evening.  Doors open at 5:30pm with music from 6:30pm and food served from 7pm.  Tickets to be booked in advance from Bob Holmes (01206 735510 or [email protected]) and cost £20 including a 2 course supper.

There will be a licensed bar and free parking.

Family Fun Day – 6th July

family funAlso taking place at Brickhouse Farm this event runs from 11am to 2pm.  

Entry includes:
  • Football,
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Bouncy Castle & Inflatables,
  • Crafts
Activity Timetable:
  • 11.30am – 4 years & under races
  • 12.30pm – 5-7 years races
  • 1.30pm – 8 years and over races
  • 2pm – Tug of war
There will also be BBQ, Bar, Sweets and Ice creams all available to purchase on the day.
For tickets and further information please contact Zena Faulkner on 07970 669375,  01206 735457 or

Entry includes:
Football, Treasure Hunt
Bouncy Castle & Inflatables, Crafts
Activity Timetable:
11.30am – 4 years & under races
12.30pm – 5-7 years races
1.30pm – 8 years and over races
2pm – Tug of war
BBQ, Bar, Sweets and Ice creams
All available to purchase on the day.
For tickets and further information please contact
Zena Faulkner on 07970 669375 or 01206 735457

  • Adults £2
  • Children £3 (3-15 yrs),
  • Children under 3 yrs free

Thank You

Thanks go to Robert & Liz Davidson for tthe use of their house and garden for these events.


Song Cycle in Concert – Peldon Village Festival Event

Peldon Festival Event – Song Cycle in Concert

song cycle in peldon churchBy popular demand the Peldon Village Festival sees a welcome return for the male voice quartet known as The Essex  ‘Kings’ Singers’.  They will perform music from Bach to the Beatles and being Humorous and Serious by turn are most entertaining.  As well as performing in Peldon before, they have also appeared on Songs of Praise with Aled Jones and on local radio.

Evening Concert 7.30pm on Sunday 15th June.

Tickets £10  (conc. £8 ) inc. refreshments

St. Mary’s Church, Peldon


The Romantic Piano

voigt piano trioThe Romantic Piano – a recital by Voigt Piano Trio

The Friends of St Marys Peldon are delighted to be welcoming Voigt Piano Trio for this recital on aturday 21st September starting at 7:30pm.

They will feature classic al chamober music including popular works by Pachmaninoff, Schumann & Brahms.  For leader, Daniel Law, senior piano accompanist at Colchester Institute, this will be a welcome return to the idyllic surroundings of this ancient & lovely church.

Tickets are bookable in advance (call 735770) or, if available, at the door for £10 (£8 concessions)


Roman River Festival

roman-river-2012Roman River Music produces an annual festival along the idyllic Roman River Valley on the borders of Essex and Suffolk in the UK, and runs a schools programme in Colchester.  Featuring 55 World Class Musicians, 32 composers, 14 concerts and a World premiere, this looks to be the musical highlight of the year.  Tickets range from £2.50 for the family concerts to £22.50 for the best seats at the large-scale events.

The 2012 Festival runs between 29th September and 7th October – book soon – tickets are running out!

Click here for more details of the 2012 Festival, 29 Sept – 7 October


PAWS July – Orpheus & Meze

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30 members and 10 visitors, 9 of whom were from Layer Ladies, joined us for our July meeting which  was also our special themed social night of the year. This year with it being the Olympics in London, we decided to go Greek. We were greeted on arrival with a glass of ouzo and, for the faint-hearted, a glass of home-made lemonade. After the very short formal part of the evening, we tucked into a Greek Meze, to the background music of Orpheus. Once we had eaten, the tables were cleared away to make room for Yanis to lead us in some very energetic dancing, which almost everyone joined in.

The music for this was provided by George on keyboard and, while we all took a rest from dancing, Yanis joined him with some very skilful playing on the Bouzouki. Most members dressed to match the Greek theme and, at the end of the evening, George awarded the prize for the best dressed lady to Sue Copeland.

It really was an excellent evening and it was such a shame that so many of the members missed out on it.

As we don’t have a meeting in August ur next get together is on September 25th when Dr. Maureen Scollen is our speaker and her subject is “Paragon or Prude.” Membership is currently full but visitors are welcome at a cost of £3.50.

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary on the home page of the Winstred 100 website.  If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on the following numbers:  Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson on 01206 735505


Details of Jubilee Festival – Peldon

peldon-jubilee-festival-2Peldon Jubilee Festival, 1st– 4th June

It is amazing to think that the Peldon May Festival – this year renamed to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – is now in its seventh year. Initially staged to launch the Friends of St Mary’s, the festival has grown into an annual village event, centred around the church and village hall.

Last year, the May Festival raised over £2000, enabling the Friends to see the completion of essential electrical rewiring in the church, including enhanced lighting and heating. However, there are still many projects to carry out, particularly the need to install toilets and a wet area. With the aid of grants and a substantial programme of fundraising events throughout the year, the Friends are on the way to achieving this aim but there is still some long way to go, so we are hoping that the Peldon Jubilee Festival 2012 will raise even more than before.

The festivities begin on Friday evening, 1st June, with Festival Folk at The Plough, led by Keith Lovell. This proved very popular as an opening event last year, with the village community coming together to enjoy a relaxed evening of impromptu shanties and folk tunes, as well as some great food and beer. This is a free event starting at 7.30pm, but we may well shake a bucket or two and entice you to buy a ticket for the Festival Grand Draw (first prize £100 and many other fabulous prizes).

The Festival then really kicks off on Saturday at 11am with our traditional fair and family fun day in the grounds of the village hall, including craft, plant and cake stalls, demonstrations, Punch and Judy, bouncy castle, grand prize draw, tombola and a street organ complete with monkey. By popular demand, the Owl Man will be back with his amazing collection of owls and if you’d like to get close to some other fascinating creatures, Animal Experiences gives you the opportunity to handle snakes, millipedes, spiders and more! Refreshments, including a beer tent, will be available throughout the day, with Ploughman’s lunches served between 12 – 2pm, and Jubilee cream teas between 2.30 – 4pm.

As usual over the Festival weekend, St Mary’s Church will be open between 11am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday for viewing the Flower Festival (a jubilee theme, I believe), Art and Photographic Exhibitions, and the Friends’ pictorial display of events and improvement projects. The church tower will also be open for spectacular views over to Mersea, Langenhoe and the developing Abberton Reservoir.  As you make your way up or down, remember to admire the newly refurbished and reinstated Miles Gray Bell.

On Sunday 3rd June, following the Festival Thanksgiving Service at 9.30am to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Peldon once again hosts its Open Gardens event (11am – 4pm). As you enjoy the gardens, a whole host of Scarecrows – royal or otherwise, will be competing for the Jubilee crown, so watch out for them in the village and cast your vote for the winner when you return to the village hall for lunch or a jubilee cream tea, where you may also be invited to hunt the garden gnomes!

Then, for what promises to be the highlight of our Jubilee Festival weekend: a Festival Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the church, featuring The Medlars, a Colchester-based three-piece band with very diverse roots, and No Stings Attached (Gwendal Moële and Catherine Legg), an Anglo-French a capella duo, singing traditional songs in English, French and Breton – ‘quite exquisite…with beautiful harmony’. Both The Medlars and No Strings Attached have been performing to high acclaim in pubs and clubs across Essex and Suffolk. Not to be missed! Tickets £10, including light refreshments, from Bill 01206 735770 or take your chances on the door.

And finally, Monday! To draw the Festival to a close, Peldon has joined forces with Great and Little Wigborough to host a Diamond Jubilee Street Party for the children of all three villages, to be staged at Peldon village hall at 3pm. For more details contact Mel: 01206 736118.

With so much on offer, this promises to be our best Peldon Festival yet. We do hope you can join us!


Jubilee Festival – Peldon

peldon-jubilee-festivalWith a Jubilee slant this year’s Peldon Festival runs from 1st to 3rd June with a range of entertainments and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Starting Friday evening with The Shantymen from Mersea entertaining in the Peldon Plough the Festival moves on to a traditional Fayre on Saturday.  The Fayre provides a range of fun activities as well as refreshments a beer tent and Jubilee cream teas.  More Jubilee cream teas on the Sunday as Gardens are opened for viewing around the village with the festival rounding off Sunday evening with The Medlars and No Strings Attached performing in the Church.