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Centenary Variety Show

1st of December 2009

In 1909 Chipperfield got its Village Hall, or Church Institute as it was then called, and back in the summer we enjoyed a very fine photographic exhibition. On 17th October over a hundred folk from Chipperfield and around put on a very special Variety Show to celebrate the Hall’s Centenary. Children from St. Paul’s School Choir sang a selection of songs from Music Hall days, including ‘Knees up Mother Brown’ and ‘Any Old Iron’. Year 6 children performed a humorous sketch, ‘Junior Moments.’ Chipperfield School of Dance performed ballet from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and a version of ‘Singing in the Rain’ and later a resounding arrangement of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. Miss Chipper-Fields, looking a lot like Mary Nobbs, gave us the ‘Biggest Aspidistra in the World’. One of the highlights of the show ‘In an English Country Garden’ was provided by members of Chipperfield Horticultural Society. Kathy Ward, Sue Tyler, Ann Soanes and Bethan Rees appeared as giant onions and a Petunia played by Pauline Williams had the audience in fits of laughter. The first half of the show concluded with Chipperfield’s young soprano, Rosie Clifford, giving a wonderful performance of music by Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter. Leaving his veteran steam car in the garage, Peter Williams did a great job as Master of Ceremonies. After the interval it was the turn of the Greensleeves Morris Men to amuse us with their ‘Mummers Play’. Songs from ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Chicago’ were included in a medley of West End musicals performed by Chipperfield Theatre Group. Pat Bromley entertained us with her ‘Senior Moments’. A further highlight of the evening was a 10 minute performance of ‘Cinderella’ given by members of Chipperfield W.I. (Afternoon) with Mimi Nichols in the title role adding a real comic touch to the pantomime. Delia Meehan conducted Chipperfield Choral Society who turned the clock back with songs from The Last Night of the Proms of 100 years ago. The evening concluded with the audience joining the choir in a Sing Along to popular songs ending with everyone singing ‘Rule Britannia’. A wonderful show with particular thanks to Peter Corbett who organised it with his band of helpers who made it a great evening to remember.
Terry Simmonds

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