That, my dear was a very well-known phrase many years ago, and if you are of a similar age to me, then you know the next word is….Policeman! Now everyone seems to have at least one electronic device which has the time printed clearly in digital format so no need to ask a policeman, and if you were to do so, I’m nearly one hundred percent certain that he’d look at his mobile phone rather than a watch. You are probably sitting there and nodding while saying to yourself – “why on earth is she wittering on about time, clocks and policemen”? That’s a good question and one to which I haven’t a definitive answer!
I think it goes back to Saturday evening when I was comparing the Talent Contest, having had the role foisted on me by the disappearance of Gordon, our Building Manager. Well yes, thank you for asking, the evening went really well, but I struggled with trying to keep my eyes on the clock to ensure that every act adhered to the five minute time limit. Why is it, that when you stipulate a length of time which folk have, they completely ignore it? Yes, I was quite happy for it to be stretched by a few seconds. If it was less than thirty seconds over the five minutes I completely ignored it. After then I pointedly looked at my watch, and I had to actually interrupt two of the contestants who were still going strong after six minutes. Apart from time-keeping issues everything else went rather well.
There were some very nice performances and as they had had extra time to practise all of the contestants did well. There is a local photographer’s studio in the village and the guy who owns it suggested that he could come along and take photos of all of the contestants before the concert, and of the winners afterwards. He also took some group photographs. We also had a little chat about videoing the whole concert so that family and friends could buy one if they wanted. The alternative was that half a dozen members of the audience would want to video it and be moving all around the room while they were doing so.
It was very good idea, and folk will be able to buy a copy – at a very reasonable price of £2 which I think is exceptional value, and I know that most family groups within the audience have already ordered their copy. There will also be a selection of still photos which can be purchased too.
Giselle and her helpers did a wonderful job – well, you knew that she would provide a fantastic selection of savoury and sweet nibbles. I had thought about bringing a few bits home for me to eat on Sunday, as I knew I would be tired. However, G had already thought about me, and came up here just before I went down in the evening and brought two containers filled with delicious bites just for me. She popped them into my fridge to keep them fresh. Wasn’t that kind of her? She’s such a thoughtful girl – and I’m delighted to call her a very dear friend.
All the raffle prizes were snapped up – you wouldn’t expect anything less from the elderly folk here. I’m sure half of them will turn up, rewrapped as Christmas and birthday presents over the next couple of years.
The winners of the three additional cash prizes were chosen by the audience applause – it’s a slightly rough and ready method of getting results, but it doesn’t take long and everyone agreed with the results. One of the magicians got the third prize of £25, a singer received the second prize of £50 and the woman with the performing dogs won the first prize of £100.
Interestingly, the official results from the judges were different. The dog act came third, a choir from the village took second place and the winner was a talented violinist. It was really interesting to see how the audience and judges received the acts, and everyone seemed to be happy with the results.
The prizes were also given out for the children’s talent contest, and were collected by a parent on their behalf as we knew it would be too late for the children to be there. They knew who the winners were as they were announced at the end of their contest on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
I’m really glad that was the end of the talent contest. I have been involved far more than I ever intended to be. It was quite enjoyable; but not something I wanted to organise. However, my dear, as you are aware, circumstances changed and I didn’t have much option other than to deal with it.
I’m afraid I don’t have any news for you about Gordon as yet. I’m hoping to hear something later today or tomorrow, and obviously I will tell you at the earliest opportunity. I really need to have a quiet couple of days to catch up with myself. I plan on doing a little knitting and some reading. It’s such a pleasant way to spend the day. I must also give some thoughts as to my meals. I have plenty of food in the fridge and freezer, but need to make a decision as to whether to defrost anything or eat from the fridge and cupboards for a few days first.
Well, my dear, I hope you enjoyed hearing about the contest and the winners. I’ll be back before you know it. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx