SPAIN COMES TO MOGGERHANGER
Over eighty people, many dressed in Spanish costume, made their way to Moggerhanger Village Hall on Saturday 18 November. After last year’s successful French Evening, this year the Friends of St John’s Church chose Spain as their theme.
Once everyone had found their seat, Carolyn Adams played a piece on the violin and our waiters and waitresses served five different kinds of wonderful tapas as the starter course. This was duly followed by a main course of chicken and chorizo or vegetable paella with buttered new potatoes and a Mediterranean green salad. Dessert came next – churros with chocolate dipping sauce, fresh fruit salad or orange and chocolate cheesecake. Whilst the meal was in progress, there was a Spanish quiz to wrestle with and each table fielded one or more teams.
After the meal there was entertainment – two songs from ‘Carmen’ sung by Moggerhanger’s very own Carolyn Taylor with piano accompaniment from Tessa Wood (who also played for Carolyn Adams). Then Claire Astbury did four different flamenco dances, joined for the last one by Elena Ramos a Spanish friend. Claire promised that she would teach a dance to anyone who would like to have a go – and later on she did just that – once we had moved some tables aside to make space.
Next came the prizegiving – best dressed gentleman was Peter Dean, best dressed lady was Coral Ford and a prize for the most original costume went to Jo Hollington. Three teams had the same score for the quiz, but Elena did some tie-break questions to find the winners. Then came the raffle and once all that was done there was music for dancing.
The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped with the evening – too many to mention here – but help with setting up, cooking, serving and clearing up has been so much appreciated. The evening resulted in a healthy profit of £1136 which will go towards the upkeep of the church and grounds.