This annual Eisteddfod took place this year from the 11th – 14th of March and again displayed an amazing amount of local talent, both in the Music and Speech and Drama sections. As one lady said, who sat and enjoyed all the adult singing choirs from 9am to 4pm on the Saturday, “Where else could you get such excellent entertainment, and all for the price of an entry ticket – just £1!” It’s a pity that more people don’t realise that they can just come and listen to any of the classes and enjoy the final Celebration Concert. They don’t have to be participants. For those actually performing, it’s great to have an audience.
- In the Speech and Drama section, Geddington made its mark. Those taking part in a selection of Intermediate Classes, which included Verse Speaking, Sight Reading, Bible Reading, Solo & Duo Acting, Solo & Duo Mime, Shakespeare and Public Speaking were:
Julia and Matthew Holland, Eleanor Hogg, Eleanor Davies Jones, Suzi Warwick, Emily Rowley, Alexander Allport, Grace Brown, George Jones and Sarah Crooks. All achieved excellent marks with several Distinctions. Julia and Matthew Holland and Eleanor Hogg also performed in the Celebration Concert on the Saturday evening.
- There were four group entries from Geddington: Geddington School entered the Group Speaking 11 years and under, and won with Distinction. George, Julia Matthew, Suzi, Eleanor (DJ) and Grace performed a scene from ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and were marked Outstanding.
- At a Senior level, some Geddington Mothers, having watched their own children perform many times, decided to have a go themselves and gave us an extremely entertaining scene from ‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward. They were Jane Rowley, Alison Hogg, Elizabeth Streatfield, and Cindy Wrighting. They also borrowed John Padwick. Here’s to the next time ladies!
- Everyone also enjoyed Geddington & Newton WI’s contribution to the Group Speaking classes. Their theme was ‘Flowers and Gardens’. They were marked Outstanding and won the overall trophy for gaining the highest mark in all the Group Speaking Classes. The group was:
Sylvia Sharp, Pauline Evans, Jean Sharp, Margaret Tuffin, Sylvia Pitts, Joy Tingle, Esther Gordon, Margaret Baker and, new to the group, Ella Thomson, who won everyone’s heart with her rendition of ‘I’m a lonely little Petunia in an onion patch.’
- Jean Sharp, Pat Jones, Pauline Evans, Margaret Tuffin and Julie Edwards entered solo classes and did excellent performances, with Pauline winning all her four classes.
- Many will remember, with great pleasure, Madeline Boreham, Charlie Botting, Georgia Humphrey, Sophie Johnston and Anna Kelly who sang at the WI Christmas Concert. They all achieved excellent marks and Georgia, Madeline and Charlie also sang in the Celebration Concert.
So ladies and gentlemen,
you don’t know what you’ve been missing!
Dates for your diary: 9th – 12th March 2016.
Please come and support the 107th Eisteddfod. www.ketteringeisteddfod.org.uk