And I saw a new Heaven. Copy, Houston?

The Epiphany Supper this year saw the Choir set forth on journey through time aboard the Starship Enterprise. A strange chemical trace – could that be incense? – emanating from Romsey caught the attention of its computer (a rather disembodied-sounding Webmaster) and the scene was set.

That upstanding citizen who has featured in previous entertainments, Ernest Headstrong of 6 Mill Lane, Romsey (Peter Brook), wished to find another era in which life was not as depressing as our flooded times. Thus he was spirited back by Captain Kirk (Jeff Williams) and his crew to the Middle Ages and thence to the 1880’s and finally 2143. In each epoch, however, he found that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side:

  • in the Middle Ages, carving votes for President of the PCC took weeks and ballots were also being disputed then;
  • in the 1880’s, there was a rumour that the breweries might be demolished to make way for a new-fangled supermarket; whilst
  • in 2143, there was still nothing on TV if yet another repeat of Dad’s Army was discounted.

Returning to the present day, albeit in a parallel universe, our Hero found the Nave lighting fixed and the Choir stalls newly-illuminated at desk-level. The smoke alarm, moreover, no longer called out the Fire Brigade at the first whiff of incense. We think the Vicar took our humour in good part, whilst Dennis Woodward was clearly nonplussed by his surprise star turn as Dan Dare, profiled by Rob ‘Michael Aspel’ Gower.

Catering for some hundred guests was ably provided by a team of ladies led by Anne Prowse and Nicky Taylor; the steaming dishes of a delicious pork casserole just kept coming. Tim Rogerson then acted as as a very efficient Master of Ceremonies for the raffle.

We would like to thank all those who organised and those who attended the evening for making it such an enjoyable success.

Dennis ‘Dan Dare’ Woodward wonders
what on Mars is going on as he receives a call from
Mike ‘Superman’ Rowland
Mark Prowse is transfixed by Dick Hewett’s legs
as he sings a quartet with
Rob Gower, David Snell and Mike Rowland
‘It’s music, Jim, but not as we know it.’
Ken ‘Spock’ Stott joins the rest of
the Choir in the finale

Personal thanks from the webmaster go to Matt Brook for taking these photos on our behalf.