|Lunchtime Jazz at St Mary Bourne raises funds for charities
30 Aug 2009
Dick Cook and Jambalaya played jazz on the lawn of Medhurst in St Mary Bourne, helping to raise over £3000 for St Peters Church in the village and the REME Benevolent Fund.
Over 400 people attended, for the last time the event will be held at Medhurst. Both the attendance and the sum raised was a record.
The Rector of St Mary Bourne, Canon Martin Coppen, paid tribute to Philip and Gill Winchcombe for organising and hosting the event and Churchwarden Rod Sutcliffe presented a silver quaiche to Philip to mark the help given to St Peter's Church over the years with the annual tennis tournaments and jazz cocerts. Philip's wife Gill was also presented with a bouquet by Churchwarden Eve Lind-Smith.
Before Sir George conducted the auction, he added his own words of tribute.
"Aurelia and I have spent many hours on Philip's lawn, with a glass of something chilled in one hand and some smoked salmon in the other, listening to high quality traditional jazz, in very congenial company. Philip has developed a great formula for raising funds for charity, and the magic ingredient is his own personality and organising skills."
This year, there was a surprise guest appearance by Christine Tyrrell, well known nationally and throughout Europe, who sang in the final session. She captivated the audience with her rendition of "Going Wild" sung along with other songs and accompanied by the band.
Before that, the Hampshire Caledonia Pipe Band also performed.
David and Janice Burlison of Burlison Photography generously offered a family portrait sitting and 14” x 11” framed photograph, which Sir George auctioned for £280.
Organiser Philip Winchcombe thanked all the guests for their support over the years and the many other helpers, and Jambalaya, and very much hoped that the event would continue locally at another venue, as indeed did the guests present.