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Community Association

St Lawrence Community Association

in conjunction with

Lisle Combe

request the pleasure of your company at our


Christmas Soiree


Friday 9th December 2016 at 7 p.m.


Join us for an evening of



Poetry, Music, Melodrama and Mirth



Tickets: £15.00 (to include Mulled Wine and Canapés)

Dress: Black tie



There will be a silent auction in aid of the Mountbatten Hospice


Tickets are now available at the

Village Shop : 01983 852260

All St Lawrence Residents:

are invited to attend the

Annual General Meeting

of the St. Lawrence Community Association.


Tuesday 5 April, 2016 at 5.30pm

St Lawrence Village Hall


On the Agenda:

The Chairman’s report, the Treasurer’s report, Committee elections.


Any Other Business should be received by our Secretary by 1 April.


We would especially like to hear from you if you would like to join or support our friendly group who enjoy providing events for the St Lawrence community.


If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to be on our email list to be informed of future events, please contact our Secretary:



Tony Ridley



e.mail:       Tel:   852051. 

St Lawrence Community Association Update.


We enjoyed another full house at the Village Hall on Friday 18 December, to see the film NATIVITY! Starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen. This was topped up by a finger food snack, pay bar and raffle.


The optional invitation to come dressed as 'the Nativity character you were never chosen to play' was responded to with a great deal of ingenuity. Rita Wills, dressed as one of the Wise Men, won a prize for the best outfit.


The photo is of the Community Association Team who organised the event, Peter Martin and Sharon Cleveley, Chris Russell, Jacqui and David Waller, Jan Scott, Lizzie Flynn, Maggie and Tony Ridley.

Thanks also go to Geoff and Penny Smith and Jim Scott who helped on the night.


The backdrop to the photo is the new screen the Community Association has purchased for the Hall.


If you are tempted to join our innovative and lively team, please speak to any of the team. You will be very welcome.



It was an evening of frenetic fun at the Village Hall on Friday 23rd October, with more than forty players, first-timers and veterans, locked in battle over their dice shakers.

This year’s annual Beetle Drive was organized by the St Lawrence Community Association with welcome support from the Churches of St Lawrence and the Village Hall Trustees.

An excellent ploughman’s supper preceded the action and David Waller and his guitar provided calming entertainment during the interval.

Proceeds from the event will be shared between the three local organizations mentioned above.



Thanks from the St Lawrence Community Association to all garage openers and bargain hunters for making the Garage Gallop on 20th June such a success. A great deal of ‘stuff’ seems to have found new owners and it was great to have a real buzz about the village. Thanks also to Sharon and Peter at St Lawrence Stores for providing a refreshment break for the happy treasure hunters.







Just in case you missed it, here is the article that appeared in the County Press this week, about our first dance event at the Hall.





Alternative Burns Night.

We were very pleased to get lots of positive comments about our 'Alternative Burns Night' on Friday 23 January 2015.  There was spontaneous applause at the end of the Film which was shown - 'Sunshine in Leith' and the sweet and savoury snacks, as well as the ice creams offered during the intermission were very popular.



Garage Gallop in 2015
The 2013 event was hugely successful and we’ve been asked a number times to organize another one. The date we’ve chosen is 20th June 2015 so you’ve plenty of time to start sorting out.    
How does it work?  Participants set up a stall of their unwanted ‘stuff’ in their own garden/drive/garage. Bargain hunters tour the Village, stall by stall, and spend lots of money. Suggested hours of opening: 11 – 4.
What will it cost you? £10 from each stall holder. That’s the same as in 2013. We would ask that if groups of next-door neighbours get together they each pay their £10. The proceeds do, after all, go to support the Community Association and therefore the Village as a whole.
What do I get for my £10? The Community will advertise the event as widely as possible and provide a map of the stall locations. We’ll also, if possible, list any ‘specials’ you might have for sale. In 2013 we estimate we had well over 130 bargain hunters from all over the Island.
We also hope, if we can muster enough helpers, to offer refreshments in the Village Hall.
If you would like to know more please contact us - Chris and Christine at this email address. Or on 852 466.
If you would like to take part, could you please let us know by the end of February. No commitment. We’d just like  an idea of potential numbers. And if you know anyone else in the village who has an attic full of stuff they’re dying to get rid of, please feel free to pass on this good news.




What a great party atmosphere there was at the recent COMBINE ‘ARVESTER NIGHT. Lots of laughter and singing, helped along by a substantial and tasty supper and a well stocked bar.
And although raising funds wasn’t the primary purpose of the event, we’re pleased to report that £360 profit was made. The money has been shared between the Community Association, the Village Hall Trustees and the PCC, whose combined efforts put the show on the road.

We have decided not to hold our annual pre Christmas event this year as Robert and Ruth Noyes are offering a Film evening on December 12th at Lisle Combe. We hope this will be well supported and so we, the Community Association, are now planning an event for the New Year instead. It may involve ..... dancing... Watch this space!

If you would like to be sure to hear about this and other future events, please email Tony:






St Lawrence Community Association

Christmas Entertainment 2013



Team Santa once again delivered a slick and entertaining evening of quiz sections,

theatrical cameos, community singing, delicious food and a raffle. The hall was packed

with teams including entries from the PCC, The Table Tennis Club, Book Club and a two

teams from Bonchurch.



Committee members juggled the setting up and decoration of the hall, the preparation and

delivery of food and lines, and in the case of Alan Stovell and Maggie Ridley a song as

well. Excerpts from Musicals such as The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver

provided an entertaining contrast to the General Knowledge Sections.



The aftershow party was held in the kitchen amidst the

washing up where David and Jacqui Waller, Maggie and

Tony Ridley, Jill and Jamie Fothergill, Alan Stovell & Lizzie

Flynn celebrated the successful evenings entertainment.

The St Lawrence Community Association would like to wish everyone a happy and

successful 2014. See you next year!


Beach Clean/BBQ

On a perfect sunny evening on 20th July, sixteen litter pickers cleared twenty sacks of rubbish and consumed an undisclosed number of sausages at BinnelBay. A good job done and a lot of fun.

Special thanks to Geoff and Penny Smith for carting away the rubbish.


Thanks also to the Ramblers Association, who’ve made an excellent job of the new steps down onto Binnel beach. 


Looking ahead.  Please note that the St Lawrence Pumpkin Festival, previously advertised for 26th October, will not after all be happening. Unfortunately we haven’t the manpower available to run this event this year. But keep your eyes open. We have other things planned…








Garage sales don’t come better than this! Not one, not two, but 15 garages will be open in St Lawrence on Saturday 15th June. You can gallop – or saunter – around the village between 11am and 4pm, picking up bargains at every stop.


A map showing the location of the bargain hot spots plus details of special goodies on offer will be available on the day from any of the following:


St Lawrence Village Hall.


St Lawrence Village Stores. Spindlers Road.


The Shute, Seven Sisters Rd.


2 Inglewood Park.


Forget the Festival. Find yourself a treasure!




The St. Lawrence Community Association held its fourth Christmas event on Friday 14th December. Organised by Lizzie Flynn, this year it took the form of a Christmas Fun Quiz, with questions posed by ‘Compere Extraordinaire’, Alan Stovell.

Each round was punctuated by ‘Bonus Opportunities’ where the teams took turns to compete for precious bonus points, with some of the tasks raising the greatest laughter of the evening.


A hearty ploughman’s supper was served during the interval with bread supplied by our village baker Kate at 


The second half was opened with Linda Byrne, an Irish Dance world championship finalist, dancing solo and then with two of her very talented young pupils.


Linda now lives locally and teaches modern dance across the island.  Try for more info. on her classes.


The Christmas table decorations were donated to St Lawrence old church.  Thanks to all the participants who joined in with the fun so wholeheartedly.




On Saturday 27th October, The St. Lawrence Community Association held its 4th successful Pumpkin Festival.


A total of 20 exhibits included pumpkins of all shapes & sizes, au naturel, carved or decorated.  There were also culinary pumpkin creations in sweet, savoury and preserve categories.  All were judged by Mr. John Woodford.


The Pumpkin soup on sale in the kitchen attracted a good number of customers and an equal number of compliments such as “Extremely tasty”, “Best ever I’ve tasted”, and “Can I have the recipe?”   After the soup, visitors could choose from a sumptuous array of home-made cakes one of which drew gasps of amazement both for its outward coating of dozens of Maltezers and then for its intensely chocolate and moist interior.   A definite winner with chocoholics.


A comprehensive collection of games including the Human Fruit Machine, High or Lower, Double Decker, Roll a Penny, Catch the Rat, Maggot Dip, Buried Treasure and Ronnie’s Rib provided opportunities for skill, speed, and imagination.  At the end of a delightful, laughter-filled afternoon, two teams were organised for the hilarious competition of ‘Make a Mummy’ after which all visitors and helpers joined hands to create a continuous ‘Ghosty-wave’.  It was truly an afternoon of ‘fun and games’ enjoyed by all ages.  


Certificates were awarded to Junior Pumpkin entries as follows: - Funniest/weirdest to Reuben Hayter (7), Most artistic to Jessica Welch (6).   Certificates for Adult Pumpkin entries were awarded as follows:- biggest pumpkin to Sam Twining; funniest/weirdest pumpkin to Ken Wilkinson; best savoury to Ann Dedman; best cake to Jeanne Minx and most artistic to Dee Palmer.


We had a generous supply of raffle prizes which included an exquisite glass pumpkin made and donated by Isle of Wight Glass.   The lucky winner of this lovely prize was Valerie Conroy.


Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and of course a Great big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who helped to prepare and make this event such a success on the day.


N.B.   Anyone wishing to purchase a Pumpkin Recipe Book (containing 15 different recipes) for £1 – please contact Liz Fox on 855908






Recently, members of the St. Lawrence Community Association attended a presentation given by Mark O’Sullivan of Age UK Isle of Wight explaining the Good Neighbour Scheme.   In a nutshell, volunteers from the local community provide help and assistance (as much or as little as they wish) to residents of the local community who are in need of a little help and assistance.   Training is provided by Age UK for the volunteers and the commitment level is very flexible.   Volunteers are not expected to take on any onerous tasks.   Should anyone be interested in volunteering for this very worthy scheme, please read the website ‘leaflet’ below or contact Gwen  Glover on 525282.


St. Lawrence Community Association’s Arts & Crafts Exhibition

Saturday 31st March, 2012


Well if anyone was ever in any doubt as to the talent of St. Lawrence, the Arts & Crafts Exhibition on Saturday 31st revealed a lot of brilliant lights which had emerged from underneath bushels.   The exhibition of a wide variety of arts and crafts was magnificent.


Thoughtful preparation and arrangement of tables had taken place early and all exhibitors were able to set up without delay when they arrived at eleven o’clock.    At one o’clock the hall opened to the public.    The range and standard of the exhibits were a joy to behold and the hall was abuzz with visitors and fellow exhibitors asking questions, admiring crafts and artwork, explaining methods, revealing histories, talking about how and why a craft had evolved or what had inspired the exhibitor to paint a particular picture or choose a particular style or medium.  


The list of exhibitors: Brian Gomm, John Silvani, Becky Chuter, Steve Brooks, Rose Hill, Pauline Coleman, Pat Cousins, Tina Harknett, Liz Fox, Maureen Cawley, Ann & Mike Dedman, Joan Hogan, Geraldine Moore, Judy Stoneley, Janet Page, Fred Bellamy and Alan Burch.








Exhibits included:


Beautifully hand crafted wooden African drums made from reclaimed wood. Also hair ropes made with real hair collected from the owner’s hairbrush – amazingly soft and strong.


Intricate working items of Meccano including a replica London Bus from the 1940’s


Quality photographs (B & W and colour) including a variety of subjects such as rock concerts, landscapes, flowers, seascapes and buildings.  


Colourful embroidered countryside scenes, knitted soft toys, felt flowers and brooches made to the wartime mantra of ‘waste not, want not’ – using a curtain ring and snippets of embroidery thread.


A whole array of beautiful knitted flowers and delicious fruit and vegetables as well as sea creatures using scraps of wool in various hues from the Woolly Minded Gardening Club


Exquisitely executed mosaics in the form of tiles, a bottle and a lamp shade. Decorative barge-ware (watering can, jug and kettle).


Beautiful pictures worked in a variety of mediums (oils, watercolour, acrylic and pastels) capturing the images of animals (horses, elephants, tigers, lions, dogs and a squirrel), people, buildings, boats, landscapes, seascapes, trains. A working model of a stationary steam engine.


Elegant wedding stationery decorated with delicate cutwork butterflies in a range of beautiful tints.


Colourful jewellery (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) made from recycled beads intertwined with semi precious stones sourced from markets in Italy, Greece and Turkey.


Decorative hearts made from slate, wood or fabric, complimented by a rose adorned wreath and flanked by pretty cushions and doorstops made in colourful material and then appliquéd with an eye-catching design.


Committee members threw themselves into the various jobs of preparing the main hall for the displays, ensuring appropriate notices were displayed, kettles were boiled, hot drinks served, cakes sliced and crockery quickly washed up and put away.  Delicious home-made cakes including chocolate, coffee & walnut, Victoria sponge, marmalade cake & fruit cake proved to be very popular with visitors and exhibitors alike. 


It was a lively, sociable and informative event and an opportunity to examine the length and breadth of the talent of St. Lawrence a well as talk to new people about their passions.   A genuine interest was shown in the many and varied skills exhibited and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all.


Thank you to everyone who helped to make this, our first Arts & Crafts Exhibition, such a success.






    The St. Lawrence Community Association held its third Christmas Variety Show on Friday 16th December.   We appreciate that St. Lawrence village hall has, in days gone by, hosted many excellent shows and pantomimes. This year some of the acts had had two or possibly three years’ previous experience while others were complete novices.   The acts, together with the community singing, accompanied by accomplished pianist Sara Mousley took our efforts to new heights and it was lovely to see growing confidence in what must, at times, appear quite a daunting task to be prepared to get up on stage and face an audience for the very first time.



Every last ticket was sold so we had a full house. The evening was efficiently compared by Chris Russell and started with a wonderful Christmas medley audience sing-a-long.  The first act to brave the stage were the Bellybabies shaking their hips and undulating their curves in the fascinating dance entitled the Malishag (The Caterpillar to non-Islanders).   The dancers swayed, rocked, swooped, advanced and retreated in an array of colours, tinkling beads and gold coins to great applause from the audience.


Mary Thomas (the lady with the lovely Welsh lilt) provided two funny monologues  ‘Spending a Penny’ and ‘It’s Me Glands’ – a fine excuse for all ailments!


Between the ‘acts’ the audience raised the roof with community singing accompanied by Sara Mousley on the piano.   Once in Royal David’s City was followed by baritone Tony and soprano Debbie duetting ‘Silver Bells’ with perfect clarity and sonorous tones befitting of the title.


The audience then sang O’Come All Ye Faithful’ which was followed by a BahHumbug moment when the audience witnessed the mean & miserly Scrooge played by Alan Stovell (newly released from the plaster cast on his broken wrist).   Scrooge cruelly casts aside the two Paupers who are reduced to begging for alms before he is admonished by his former business partner, Jacob Marley (aka Bob Marley) to take heed for he is soon to be visited by 3 ghosts and to ‘listen what they tell’.   The Ghost of Christmas Past then enters to implore Scrooge to ‘look and learn’ from the mistakes of his past and then shows him that much of his character was influenced by his naughty sisters (Flirtie & Gertie) who enjoyed a full repertoire of villainous pastimes including running a protection racket and drinking full pints of beer!  Maggie Ridley was the dulcet narrator drawing the threads of the story together until the final ‘Goodbyee’ and announcement of the Interval.    Lizzie Flynn excelled in her role as Theatre Director and we thank her profusely for her script, her encouragement and her firm direction.


The Interval provided a few moments of respite for the ‘acts’ and an opportunity for a little mingling.   Maureen and Bernard Cawley, ably assisted by Penny Smith and Hazel Russell, served refreshments of mulled wine, fruit punch and mince pies which duly fortified the audience and the ‘acts’ for the second half of the show.  Maureen & Bernard had also provided 4 excellent prizes for the Raffle the winners for which were announced during the Interval.


The second half of the show welcomed old hands Salsa dancers Dave & Mo together with first timers Les, Karena, Mike & Eve as“Not Strictly St. Lawrence”.   The set began with the 3 men dressed as father Christmases and their partners dancing to ‘Dashing through the Snow’ with a Latin beat. After a short while, the tune unsuspectingly slipped into languorous striptease music whereupon the male dancers saucily disrobed from the red hats, white beards, red jackets and trousers to reveal Hawaiian shirts and black trousers.   All six dancers then engaged in an elegant Rueda (Spanish for Wheel), with complicated moves back and forth while they changed partners, twirled, turned and moved constantly in a circle to the Salsa rhythm.  The audience were spellbound and rewarded the dancers with enthusiastic applause.


More Community singing was followed by the beautiful, clear voice of Sara Mousley singing ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and ‘Little Donkey’.   After the peace and tranquillity of Sara’s singing, the audience were given a shot of adrenalin in a close run competition involving a lot of (beautifully made) paper hats going in one direction and a lot of crackers going in the opposite direction. Following a lot of laughter, Chris organised the audience to take part in the Biggest Synchronised Cracker Pull Ever in St. Lawrence.  Another cracking game involving speed together with excellent hand and eye co-ordination and resulting in a great deal of laughter.   Both games took place while the suitably manic Christmas in Killarney by the Irish Rovers whipped the audience up into a competitive frenzy.


Community Singing of ‘Silent Night’ added a little calm to the atmosphere before we were all perfectly becalmed by the beautiful rendition of ‘Gaudete’ sung exquisitely by the elegantly attired quartet comprising Debbie, Lizzie, Tony & Jerry.


For the Finale, all the ‘acts’ jostled themselves into position on the stage.  Sara stood at the front of the stage and sang ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and then was joined by the ‘acts’ and the audience for a rousing ending to what had been a cracking good Variety Show with lashings of nostalgia and Christmas magic.


On behalf of the St. Lawrence Community Association I would like to extend a big “Thank you” to all the talented performers who thrilled and delighted us, every member of the wonderfully appreciative audience, all the enthusiastic back-room boys and girls, the eloquent master of ceremonies, the multi-talented stage director, Glynn, the super sound & lighting engineer, the generous providers of seasonal refreshments, the happy meeters & greeters at the door and to each and everyone who contributed in any way towards making the the third St. Lawrence Christmas Variety Show such an wonderful evening and a perfect lead up to Christmas 2011.  I hope I’ve not missed anyone! Thank you ONE and ALL! 


Elizabeth Fox (Publicity Officer)


The St. Lawrence Community Association brought a splash of orange to the village hall on Saturday 29th October with its third successful Pumpkin Festival.


The day started for committee members plus a sprinkling of husbands/partners setting up the hall to receive a bumper crop of glowing orange orbs in a variety of shapes and sizes.   Once the games, Raffle, Tombola and competitions were set up and the entry forms all completed, the event swung into action at 1.00pm.


The top table on the stage groaned with pumpkins carved, decorated, hollowed out and illuminated.  The standard of the exhibits was excellent.   At the front of the stage reclined a magnificent, beautifully shaped pumpkin which had been grown, nurtured and exhibited by young Tom Brown one of the junior exhibitors.   This splendid vegetable won the prize of being the largest pumpkin in the show.  Also in the junior categories Cleo Barrow won for the most artistic entry and Tom & Lucy Owen jointly for the funniest entry.


The central table displayed a variety of pumpkin produce, including pumpkin & rosemary muffins, pumpkin frittata, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin preserve and a pumpkin shaped cake.  Christine Russell won in the Artistic and Funniest categories, while Maggie Ridley took the prize for the best Savoury and best Cake.  Wendy Welsford took the prize for the best Preserve.


From 1.00pm onwards wonderful aromas wafted from the kitchen which was open to visitors to partake of a huge cauldron of spicy pumpkin soup.   A wide variety of cakes, muffins and loaves provided the ‘dessert’ for our hungry and customers.   One sumptuous chocolate cake, in particular, attracted mouth-watering attention and the plate was soon emptied.  A chocolate and courgette cake was deemed ‘to die for’ and muffins described as delicious and moist.   Pots of tea were brewed and coffee poured to accompany the superb selection of cakes.  Kitchen ‘staff’ included Maggie Ridley, Jacqui Waller, Jan Caunt and Elizabeth Fox.   Outside in the main hall shrieks of laugher and whoops of excitement were infectious as games were played.


Games such as: Catch the Rat, Roll a Penny, Ronnie's Rib, Finders Keepers, Buried Treasure, Higher or Lower and Where's the Wine, plus, of course, the Human Fruit Machine attracted much attention, competitive spirit and a good deal of laughter.  Sue Clarke disguised herself as a beguiling witch with wicked cackle as customers paid to guess her name.   The name turned out to be Ranunculus which as we all know is the botanical name for Buttercup!  


Towards the latter part of the afternoon contestants enjoyed team games such as Make a Mummy, won by the Wizards, and The Big Spell, won by the St Lawrence Superspellers. 




Chris Russell was the MC .   Ably assisting on the various games were Christine Russell, Jill Fothergill, Theresa and Peter Noble, Ken Trowbridge, Penny and Geoff Smith, Hazel and Richard Russell, and Traudl and Reiner Wagner


Ann Dedman ran the Raffle table.   Prizes included an exquisite glass pumpkin, made especially by Isle of Wight Glass, the lucky winner of which was Mrs. Rachel Attrill  from Rookley.  St. Rhadagunds donated a voucher for a lunch for two which was won by Ann & Mike Dedman.   Maritime Heritage Tours Ltd (St. Catherine’s Lighthouse) donated two vouchers - one was for a family visit to the lighthouse won by Ruth Weatherly-Emberson and the other for 2 adults   was won by Jackie Howlett.   A beautiful basket of fruit was won by Maureen & Bernard Cawley and the very attractive garden ornament was won by Brian Lucas.


Maureen & Bernard Cawley did a superb job with the Tombola stall which was piled high with a hundred prizes.  


Mike Dedman checked in every entry for the various competitions and wrote up the final lists of winners.  



Total monies taken on the day were £353.55p so after Expenses of 54.69p that left us with a handsome surplus of £298.86p.








A big ‘Thank You’ to Isle of Wight Glass, St. Rhadagunds and  Maritime Heritage Tours for donating such lovely Raffle prizes and  to everyone who planned, prepared, collected for, created for, donated to, cooked and baked for and generously helped with this event. 









 It was a great pumpkin success!