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“Music in the Barn”
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 17, 2017: Our “Music in the Barn” Day The day dawned bright, sunny and warm on Saturday 13th May 2017 for ourMusical Afternoon in the Barn at our home “Oakhayes” between Monkokehampton and Winkleigh. After a week spent preparing the Big Barn for the Orchestra known as the Bondleigh Barn Band to perform in, also to accommodate the audience, together with the Baby Barn which our team of 5 ladies used to prepare the Devon Cream Teas, all was at last ready. In great anticipation, 39 musicians turned up at 1.45pm to park iin the field and then to tune their instruments in readiness for playing, and from 2pm onwards about 200 folk arrived to listen to us playing everything from Classic, Jazz, Folk including “Midnight in Moscow” “Calypso” “Carmen” “Alexander's Ragtime Band” “Immigration Blues” a Polka and many more including sing-along songs which everyone joined in with gusty ! We made it easy by having the words on a big screen for all to read so there was no excuse for people not singing !! In the interval our worthy team of 5 ladies sold the Cream Teas that they had been busy preparing while the Orchestra was playing and it took over an hour to serve them as there was such demand !! It all turned into a very happy, social occasion with lots of familiar music thrown in for good measure. Alan and I would like to thank everyone who helped us prepare for this event, for all the musicians who came to play, for so many people who took time out to come and listen to us and enjoy a Cream Tea and for everyone who donated so generously to Devon Air Ambulance – we raised £972.50 (plus two 5US Dimes which I believe I had dropped into our Devon Air POT thinking they were 5p pieces !!). Our sincere thanks go to Andrea Dunn of Underdown Farm, Exbourne, who donated all the Clotted Cream & Milk for the event and Raymond & Pam Gill who donated the wonderful “Tiptree” Strawberry Jam – and to everyone for making our event such a huge success – Thanks to you all from Jennie & Alan GILL

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