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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 2019 AGM was held in the School Hall on Wednesday the 6th of February with an excellent turnout of members receiving the reports from 2018, along with details of forthcoming events. Minutes of the previous AGM were approved by the members and can be found here.

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.

2019

Last Tango in Little Grimley

Our Summer event is to be held on Friday, 14th June in Long Sutton Village Hall and, building on the success of the 'Pantaloons' visit in 2018, we have invited the hugely talented Strode Players to entertain us with their touring production of 'Last Tango in Little Grimley'! This is written by David Tristram and is not to be missed. Whilst the players are not giving much away at this stage, it transpires the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Group is in trouble. The membership has dwindled to four and its audiences aren't much bigger and if they don't come up with some rent money soon, they're going to be thrown out. "There is only one thing that sells tickets these days" argues Gordon the Chairman - "Sex!". Thus, begins the chaotic and hilarious build up to an evening of extraordinary home-grown drama and an evening the locals will never forget!
Doors open at 7.00pm and the production commences at 7.30. We will have a fully licensed bar available and tickets are modestly priced at £12.00 for adults and £6.00 for children. These are available from David Aitken on 01458 241335 or e-mail geoff@pring.org.uk or contact any of the FOLSC Trustees. We are certain this one will be a sell-out, so please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Matt Park and Friends - A Midwinter Concert

Our winter event this year is another first for FOLSC and is entitled 'Matt Park and Friends - A Midwinter Concert'.  The evening will be hosted by Long Sutton resident Matt who is pulling in other local troubadours who will perform a range of songs including  popular, classical, musicals and even some light Opera. It will be held in the Long Sutton Village Hall on Saturday, 7th December, so, with Christmas lurking just around the corner, we anticipate some seasonal numbers with, of course, singalong opportunities so beloved by our FOLSC audiences! We will, of course, have a licensed bar and light refreshments will be provided in the interval. A cracking night is promised so please make a note of both dates now, watch out for further details in due course and we promise another night to remember!

2018

Spring Event
Elvis nightFor our Spring event we invited "Elvis" to perform for us on Saturday 21st April. More than a hundred Elvis fans came to the Village Hall to see Tim Basset in his Elvis outfit and they were not disappointed. Tim entertained us in the first set with many Elvis classics and, after a break for some food and beverages he had everyone up and dancing with his Bassetts' Allsorts, a compilation of many well-known artists. The evening proved hugely popular. We had no idea there were so many Elvis fans in Long Sutton! 

Late Summer event
Pantaloons 2018Saturday the 8th of September saw the highly skilled Pantaloon Theatre Company return to Long Sutton. With such a lovely period of warm and dry weather, we were guaranteed to have a pleasant picnic in the School grounds whilst watching the Pantaloons. Well that is what we thought. Unfortunately, it was not how it turned out. That one particular day was when the rain came! However, the audience manfully huddled under umbrellas, rain coats and anything else to keep themselves dry. However, after a rather soggy hour and a half, common sense prevailed with audience and troupe retiring to the Village Hall for the remainder of the evening. The Pantaloons performed their unique interpretation of 'As You Like it'. Their slick and humorous performance was hugely entertaining, and the audience was full of praise for the well-rehearsed performance. This was interspersed with some audience participation and some very clever ad-libbing due, in part, to the move indoors. Once again this proved to be an excellent night.

Winter event
Nautical nightThe FOLSC Trustees decided to make the final event of the year something a little different and, on the 1st of December, our very own Geoff Pringle put on a fascinating "vignette of unpublished Naval Stories''.   Geoff's presentation was illustrated with many photos and video clips dating back to the first and second world wars. In addition, he brought some unique items acquired during a lifetime of collecting. For the last 16 years Geoff has been working in the antiques trade and demonstrated his in depth knowledge of the subjects. The evening proved to be a fascinating insight into some of the history of the world wars and the audience was kept glued to their seats. Well done Geoff.

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: Robert Hartley
Tel: 01458 241027


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