Saturday 14th August 2021 saw the first Drinkstone Scarecrow Trail. Around 24 scarecrow of all shapes and sizes were on display around the village with a prize awarded in two categories, scarecrows entered by adults and children, All proceeds from the event went to All Saints’ Church.
Rebecca Shelley captured this amazing short video of a barn owl in flight over her grounds.
Paul Cox made this video of a barn owl he saw between Rattlesden and Stowmarket
In the middle of a week or so of good weather, it was good fortune that a Pub Night had been arranged, for which the advertising said ‘hopefully in the garden’. And so it was – one of those rare balmy summer evenings that was neither hot nor cold but just perfect, with the setting sun casting a wonderful light over the proceedings. Too many people to count, and many coming for the first time, some Gedding Road newcomers amongst them. We were still sitting out after 10pm.
It was also one of the Pub Nights which started earlier so that families could bring their children. All in all a a great night. Here’s a taste of it – pub night photos
A panto like no other said the advertising blurb – and it was indeed that! ‘Puss in Boots in Drinkstonia’ , written by Lindi Belfield and Lyn Hannant, produced by Sheila Beswick, was quite an extravaganza. It had really great sets, music, all the pantomime characters you would expect (and a few more you wouldn’t!), all performed by Drinkstone’s home grown talent. The audience joined in all the right places, and the pantomime horse had us in hysterics at every change of scene.
Quite a night! Plenty of photos here.
For those who couldn’t make it to Anna Cutmore’s very interesting talk last Monday on her research project to monitor the impact of weather and climate change on wildlife, an introduction to the project and the presentation is available by following this link.
Anna is looking for people to take part by looking for signs of spring when out walking around the village. All instructions and guidance are provided in the presentation.
If you would like to get involved please contact Anna on AnnaCutmore@hotmail.co.uk
What was the Winter Concert (postponed due to the snow) was duly resurrected and took place on Saturday 7th April, becoming The Spring Concert. Despite losing our Junior Club performers, who were away on their Easter holidays, we had a great evening’s entertainment from Drinkstone residents, with a couple of artists from outside the village who came to support us. The performers all gave of their best to give us a great evening, and the Friends of The Hut Theatre did stalwart work front of house so the evening ran smoothly. A huge thank you to all performers and helpers. These community evenings are always enjoyable and the door and raffle took a total of £215. Together with the Book Quiz that raised a further £92 we were able to add £397 to the kitty for a new stage. Good work everybody! Hopefully we will have our stage before the end of the year.
We took some photos – see here – they are a little grainy because it was dark in the hall.
The Drinkstone Circle Dancing Group celebrated its third birthday on 15th February.
The photo below is of six of the original group – which now has a membership of 24.
The group meets weekly in the Village Hall. Circle Dancing exercises not only the body, but the mind as well, with music and dances from around the world. All this and great fun, too.
Visitors and new members are welcome to come and join in – 10.00am on Thursdays.
Contact Jen Larner – firstname.lastname@example.org