On Saturday 5th October we were treated to an exceptional evening of singing by the Cowbridge Male Voice Choir.  The glorious sound of the 45-strong male voice choir filled the 15th century church of St George with songs in a broad repertoire, sung in both English and Welsh.

Festival committee chairman Les Farris commented afterwards:

“This was a very successful evening, from all perspectives.  The audience was one of the most appreciative we’ve had at any of our Festival concerts, the choir members thoroughly enjoyed their first ever performance in Somerset – and wish to return to Hinton – and a modest profit was made to help fund next June’s week-long Festival.   I suspect that never before in the 500+ years of the church’s existence has it played host to such a large choir”.

 

On the 17th January, despite a very cold night, we had a good turnout to listen to Mr Derek Remington talk to us about “Butterflies of the UK”.  He illustrated his talk with slides of numerous species of beautiful butterflies in their favoured habitat. It was most interesting for keen gardeners, wishing to encourage butterflies to their gardens.

On this occasion we changed the format of our evening slightly by offering everyone a glass of wine before our talk.  This gave members and newcomers a better opportunity to meet up and socialise with one another.  It worked very well and will probably be adopted for future meetings.  At the end of our talk we enjoyed discussing butterflies over coffee and cake.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas this Exeter- based choir returned to Hinton St George to perform Vaughan Williams Fantasia on A Christmas Carol and other festive favourites.  Ad hoc treated a very appreciative audience to a wonderful concert in St George’s Church, raising £235.95 for the Church Renovation Fund.

The evening was another sell-out success for Hinton’s Festival Committee.  This high energy folk-rock band of multi instrumentalists played a mix of Irish, Celtic and American music that kept toes tapping throughout the evening.  This was Paddy’s Whiskers’ first gig in Somerset but judging by the enthusiasm of the capacity audience it won’t be the last.

A dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol was given in St George’s Church by Nigel & Elizabeth Pascoe.

The evening was a great success and enjoyed by a large audience.  Thanks to Bo and Judith Kefford for organising the event which raised a fantastic £635.60 towards the Church Renovation Fund.