December 2023


December started with the Christmas coffee morning serving coffee, mince pies and other goodies to a packed house. We had two raffles, one for a four course meal for six cooked in your own home (thank you very much Denise Hepburn) which was won by Claire Hawkins, and a traditional raffle with lots of vouchers and Christmas goodies. The bring and buy table was very well stocked and did a roaring trade. We also held the December draw of the 100 Club with the lucky winners being; 74 (£200), 31 (£100), 98, 10 and 93 (each winning £50). Very many thanks to everyone who has purchased a number for this year and congratulations to all the winners.


Our second event in December was the Christmas drinks party on 8th December again with a full house. Delicious canapes were provided by our lovely helping hands volunteers and everyone had a glass of bubbles on entry. Merriment went on until late into the evening and a good time was had by all.


November 2023


On 8th November we hosted a very entertaining and enlightening talk by Steve Oxford of Oxford's artisan bakers about the history of the family bakery which was set up and remains in Alweston. He entertained us with fascinating history and amusing anecdotes of events over the years and brought along some samples of the delicious breads and cakes. We were all fascinated to learn that the bakery has the only operating steam mixer left in the country and still uses the original ovens.


October 2023 - Quiz Night & Artsreach


Friday 20th October saw the hall packed for our first Artsreach performance since completion of the renovations. "Gertrude Lawrence - a lovely way to spend an evening" was a wonderful evening's entertainment with the two performers taking us through the life of Gertrude from her childhood in Clapham, to London's nightclubs, and on to the bright lights of Broadway with vibrant songs and storytelling.


A great evening was had by all on Friday 6th October when the ‘Compton’s Cup’ quiz night was held. Ten teams battled it out to be crowned winners and ‘Brainwave’ pipped the reigning champions ‘A bridge too far’ by a few points to become winners and new holders of the cup. Competition amongst teams was strong but jovial and there was a great atmosphere. A delicious hot supper (many thanks to Sandra and Terry Deacon for organising and serving) was had during the interval and raffle drawn with some great prizes. Huge thanks from everyone go to Brian Foster for setting the questions and being an excellent quiz master and to Mike Cole for keeping track of the scores.


September 2023


The second 100 club draw was made at a very sunny and warm September coffee morning. There was a lot of laughter over the actual drawing of the balls (maybe due to the heat....) and the lucky winners were; 70 (£200), 83 (£100), 55, 65 and 67 (each winning £50). Very many thanks to everyone who has purchased a number for this year and congratulations to all the winners.


June 2023


The June 100 Club draw was made at the June coffee morning. The lucky winners were; 87 (£200), 76 (£100), 82, 78 and 83 (each winning £50 each). Congratulations to anyone with those numbers and if you need any ideas for spending your winnings then the village Fete isn't far away.


June 2023 - IT Forum


An inaugural workshop was held on Monday 12th June and a number of villagers attended to get help and advice on their devices. A small team were able to help with most issues and a follow up session was held for issues requiring a bit more research. The next session will be on Monday 10th July at 2pm in the village hall.


May 2023 - Quiz Night


A number of quiz teams took part in a very competitive evening, fighting it out to win the first ever summer quiz trophy. It was a fun night with delicious cold platters of food. Our host for the evening, Shaun Rusk, really worked everone's 'little grey cells' with some tough questions! Many congratulations and the quiz trophy went to the winners, "the May Fliers".


March 2023 - Reopening reception and 100 club draw


The Hall reopened on Saturday 25 March with a busy reception offering bubbles and canapes followed by the March 100 club draw. It was lovely to see so many villagers who came to see the new kitchen, refurbished toilets and new internal storage room. Clive Wakely kindly presented the committee with a cheque for £500 towards the new range cooker. Winners of the 100 club were; 84 (£200), 73 (£100), 3, 22 and 24 (each winning £50 each). It's now full steam ahead to plan lots of new events and activities for the year ahead.