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Friends of Long Sutton Church

Friends of Long Sutton ChurchThe Friends of Long Sutton Church (FOLSC) was established in 2005 with the sole aim of providing financial assistance to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) who have responsibility for the maintenance of the church building. Contrary to popular opinion, the church authorities do not contribute to building maintenance costs and without our additional support, there is a strong likelihood the church building would deteriorate. Holy Trinity Long Sutton is a fine Grade 1 listed building, constructed in Blue Lias with ham stone dressings. It features an imposing Somerset tower, while inside it has an ornately carved oak screen dating from the 15th century, complemented by a stunning painted pulpit. Sadly, to maintain the condition of our church, like any ancient building, this involves constant sympathetic repairs from skilled craftsmen.

We have a small number of volunteer trustees who manage the activities of our charity and are supported by our members who mainly live in Long Sutton and the surrounding villages and hamlets. New members are always most welcome and membership details can be provided by any of the trustees. In addition to funds raised by membership contributions and donations, we organise a programme of events each year and our aim is to have fun while raising money for an excellent cause. FOLSC donations do not extend to religious aspects of the church.

Our activities vary from year to year with details published here on the village website as well as by local advertising. A summary of previous activities is detailed on this website and normally involves participation in eating, drinking, dancing, music, lectures or combinations of all of the above! Our members, many of whom are secular, come from a wide cross section of the local community who have a single aim to support a very fine building which is the focal point of our village and with their continued support will remain so for many generations to come. We have charitable status and are registered with the Charity Commission against number 1109211. We welcome any questions with regard to membership, events or other FOLSC activities as well as suggestions or ideas for future fund raising/social activities.

AGM

Our AGM for 2018 will be held in the School Hall on Thursday the 19th of February. Come along at 7-00pm for a chat with friends. The meeting proper starts at 7-30.

Events

FOLSC organises a variety of events to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance of the church. Below you will find details of upcoming events and reports of events already held.

2018

Spring Event
For our Spring Outing we are delighted to announce that “Elvis” will be performing for us in the Long Sutton Village Hall on Saturday 21st April with the  concert commencing at 7.30 PM.  Full details will be published in due course but the first set will be ‘Elvis’ performing solo, including some Gospel classics whilst for the second hour we will be entertained by 'the Bassetts’, a compilation of several artists you will have heard of and love and is not to be missed! 

Late Summer event
This year we are ringing the changes and, instead of a Midsummer Party, we are inviting back to Long Sutton, the fabulous Pantaloon Theatre Company. The Pantaloons will be performing for us their unique interpretation of 'As You Like it' in the open air courtesy of Long Sutton Village School on Saturday 8th September. The play will be presented on a warm summer's evening (well we will try to arrange this!) in the lush grounds of the playing field and, all you need to do, is to bring along a picnic to the park and enjoy Shakespeare's classic pastoral comedy written in 1599. It is thought to have been first performed down the road at Wilton House in 1603. Watch out more details in due course - but this is one not to be missed; so get the date in your diary now! And if your think of Shakespeare as 'stuff', just wait until you see how the boys and girls from the Pantaloons interpret it!

Winter event
The Trustees are currently working on a final entertainment to round off our 2018 season  and further details will be published in due course. So keep an eye out for further publicity via the parish website, Roundabout and the Newsletter.

2017

April Fools Quiz
Saturday 1st April saw the Long Sutton village hall packed to capacity for FOLSC's first outing of the 2017 season, an April Fools' themed Quiz Extravaganza.

April Fools Quiz audienceQuestion Masters Aitken and Pringle presented a range of 9 themed rounds, 90 questions and 117 points on offer. They were supported with some very slick audio visual clues (and answers!), with assistance from our IT expert Phil Godfrey, that kept the participants both amused and on their toes throughout! As ever with a FOLSC quiz event, noise levels were high with much friendly banter from the floor, encouraged by our bar staff who managed to shift record levels of wine. In the interval, a slick catering team offered a deluxe ploughman’s that was served and cleared with minimal fuss and which was enjoyed with relish - and not the Branston pickle variety!
The level of knowledge was astounding with subjects, all with a hint of April, Fools or both and covering politics, film, nature and even a 'What the 'Eck Antiques challenge round. We skilfully rounded the night off with a Doris Day inspired question that enabled us to slip in the FOLSC theme song 'Que Sera Sera ' to which our audience gave a word perfect rendition!

April Fools Quiz winnersThe Quiz proved a close run thing with only 25 points separating all the teams but the Long Sutton 'The Newcomers', who certainly proved they were not our April Fools on the night, nudged into the lead with a superb 78 points to win a magnum of bubbles. Whilst the final result is still awaited, it looks like all who participated helped deliver a super profit to the fighting fund of a smidgeon under £1200 which is a brilliant result by anyone's standards.

2017 Summer Party

The 2017 summer party was held on July 15th and featured Somerset band "The Transitions". A great time was had by all and, once again, an excellent barbeque was cooked by Martin Underwood

Autumn 2017
Our Autumn event saw the return of the very popular Richard Digence who agreed to include Long Sutton in his UK tour. Those of you who have seen Richard in action will know that his dry wit and singing talents have made him a very popular and well known artist. Hi return to Long Sutton was no exception and enjoyed greatly by the near capacity audience.

2016

Mouse Racing - Saturday, 9th April

See report

Summer Party - Saturday, 16th July

See report

Autumn Theatre

See report

2015

  • Oompah Night
  • Summer Party
  • Murder Mystery

2014

2013

Contact

Chairman: David Aitken
Tel: 01458 241335

Secretary: Geoff Pringle
Tel: 01458 241371

Treasurer: Phil Godfrey
Tel: 01458 241137


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