2023: The New Year started with a packed Hall for another Race Night. Nearly 100 attendees enjoyed a great evening hosted, as usual, by Mr T and helped to raise almost £1,000 for the Hall funds. A brilliant effort by the Events team and all volunteers on the night. That was followed up by a fabulous Barn Dance, featuring the Oxford Nags - a great live band with caller - and two sold-out craft evenings, one for Easter and one at the Summer Solstice. Once again, the Events Team came up trumps.
Autumn saw a musical evening with a performance by Newbury Rock Choir and pianist and vocal duo, Diana Gough
and Oliver Williams. This was followed by another Quiz Night, hosted by Ian and Angie Cameron. These two events helped raise nearly £1,500 for Hall funds and entertained over 150 villagers.
2022: A fabulous start to the year with 3 packed houses for the 9th Ecchinswell Panto, Snow White. Seasoned veterans of the panto were joined by a host of newcomers and lots of children to put on some wonderful entertainment - just what we needed after years of lock-down gloom! March saw the return of the Race Night - a great evening for both the attendees and the Hall, with a massive £1,300 raised towards maintaining the Hall. June saw the Hall host the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations - a wonderful day with sunshine, outdoor competitions and activities, free(!) cake stall, hog-roast and live music to round off the day. Huge thanks to Clive Bayliss and the team for superb organisation.
November saw the return of the Quiz Night, hosted by Ian and Angie Cameron. A packed Hall wracked their collective brains, had a lot of fun and raised over £650 for the Hall into the bargain. A brilliant night's entertainment so big thanks to the Entertainments committee for another classic evening!
In December our regular coffee morning was joined by children from Ecchinswell Primary school, who gave a fabulous performance of modern carols, before everyone joined in with the live music to welcome Xmas in. A delightful spread of mince pies, cakes and sausage rolls was a welcome addition too! Many thanks to Liz and Lynne for the organisation. Then on the 14th, a sold-out craft evening saw real artistic talent at work, led by Tracy Larkin and Maddie Miles. The feedback from this event was exceptional so well done to all involved.
2021: Another COVID-hit year finally saw events return in October with a Halloween Dance, featuring live music from The Deltas and all the audience in full Halloween dress. Huge congratulations to the Hall committee for decorating the hall so splendidly. The Coffee Morning also held a Xmas sing-along with a fabulous turnout; free raffle and refreshments, live music and the Christmas tree helped create a wonderful atmosphere to thank all those who have supported the Coffee Morning throughout the year.
2020: In February we held another very successful Race Night, with ploughmans and bar. The hall was full. We are grateful to our sponsors of races and look forward to the time when we are able to hold another Race Night.
2019: The year kicked off in fine style with the 8th Ecchinswell Pantomime, 'Cinders', playing to three sold-out houses in January, raising over £3,400 for Hall funds.
March saw another successful Race Night, and attendees enjoyed a ploughmans and in April we held our popular quiz evening, with a raffle and a supper with a choice of fish/chicken/sausage or vegetarian dish and chips. Both events were well attended with over 80 people at each and raising over £1000 towards the maintenance and refurbishment of the village hall.
In October we held a cabaret evening, with Clem Johnson singing and many attendees dancing. A ploughmans was provided and the bar was very popular.
2018: This was a successful year with all events being well attended: these included our Race Night, Quiz and Open Gardens held in July. Six villagers opened their gardens and cream teas were served at Ecchinswell House. £700 was raised at the Open Gardens and shared between St Lawrence's Church and the Village Hall for the upkeep of both. Our thanks to everyone who supported these events.
2017: The year kicked off with the 2017 Ecchinswell Village Pantomime - 'The Lonely Goatherd'. Three sold-out performances, with over 400 audience members and over 30 cast and crew, raising a massive £3,000 for the Hall funds and lots of fun for all concerned. The photo (below) might give you some idea of the mayhem involved!
The Masquerade Ball held in September was a phenomenal success and a fantastic evening was had by all with prizes galore. Our thanks to all local people and businesses that helped to make this event such a success - raising over £2,000 for the village hall.