“Christmas Music … and all that Jazz” We unusually started this year’s Stone Festival back in November 2016 with a very well attended concert at Christ Church in Stone on Friday 25th November with award winning local group Fret & Fiddle. The location was just right for a wonderful evening, and many thanks to Christ Church for letting us use both the Church and the Hall.
Fret & Fiddle are coming back to us on Friday 9th June when they will perform “The Stephane Grappelli Story” at St Dominic’s School Hall. In the 1930s, gypsy legend Django Reinhardt and swing violinist Stéphane Grappelli met to form Europe's best-known jazz group: the Quintette of the Hot Club de France. The music they played was called Hot Club Jazz or Gypsy Jazz, because of the influence of gypsy music in their way of playing. Fret & Fiddle carry on this tradition and present a special evening as a tribute to Stephane Grappelli.
Warwick’s Spring FunFair We hosted the traditional Warwick’s Spring FunFair from 22nd to 26th March and for once we had great weather at the weekend which meant a couple of busy days on the rides.
Warwick's Funfairs have been providing Fairground amusements for six generations and coming to Stone Festival for what seems like just as long!
Spring Car Boot Sale We took the opportunity to hold an additional Car Boot Sale on Sunday 26th March (well, we have a banner saying “Car Boot Sale Today” so it seemed a shame not to use it.) We did learn two lessons 1. We needed more advance publicity 2. Mothering Sunday might not be the best day to get the crowds out for a car boot sale!
So, not too many cars or people but perhaps we will do better next year, and the Car Boot Sale on Sunday the 4th June will definitely be a lot busier.
Dog Ringcraft Night
Stone Festival already holds the very successful Annual Dog Show and Sponsored Dog Walk but this year we decided to extend our activities with our furry friends, and hold a match night for members of the local Ringcraft Clubs where people go to practice the skills of dog showing.
So on Wednesday 29th March, 18 dogs and their handlers attended the event at St Michael’s Community Hall in Stone and the judge Eric Stevenson put the handlers through their paces.
Eric finally selected the Scottish Terrier as Best in Show and the Irish Red and white Setter as Reserve Best in Show. Over £65 was raised during the evening and this will go into the Festival pot to be distributed to local Charities – including help for Assistance Dogs which will be our nominated Charity for funds raised by our Dog Show and Dog Walk in June.
The homemade cake and refreshments provided by the members of St Michaels Hall went down well to and we thank them for their hospitality.