CRAFT AND CHRISTMAS FAIR – 18TH NOVEMBER 2023

The fair had a relaxed family friendly atmosphere, with lots of Christmas Games together with crafts by our very talented local crafters.

There were lots of prizes to be won and we would like to thank all those who donated prizes for the afternoon.  A special thank you to local businesses who donated vouchers for our Grand Voucher Prize Draw.    Theses included carvery meals, pub meals, fish & chips, dance classes, beautician appointment, coach tours and many more.

We raised £548 which will go towards the refurbishment of the hall toilet area.

We would like to thank you for suporting us, at your local village hall.

The Trustees would like to wish you a Very Happy Chistmas and a Prosperous New Year.

 

PLANT SALE  –  13TH MAY 2023

A very big Thank You to everyone who donated plants, or became involved in any way.

We raised £216 for hall funds.

This event was such a success that there is a real possibility of holding another plant sale in the Autumn.   Watch this space for more information.

 

Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits by Naomi Paul 26th February 2023

It could be claimed that gigs at Coddington village hall are famous for good value, and biscuits!  So Naomi’s show was already packed with expectation when she began her performance – and she didn’t disappoint.

Early in the show it was clear that Naomi was testing her audience’s appetite for sharp, even edgy, ironic comedy.  Her skilful ability to read the room allowed her to create moments of hilarity carried with a friendly, deadpan mockery of topics as diverse as her Jewish roots, the shameful treatment of the Library of Birmingham’s heritage books and (straight from the Law of Unintended Consequences), the impact of Brexit on performers’ ability to tour in Europe.

This could all have been quite dry but Naomi both lifted and kept these topics properly droll, not least with a very clever skit about the potentially serious, but easily ridiculed, Government’s ‘Prevent’ training course (10 minutes on-line and PPPP for short!).

Mixing a distinctive blend of political satire with clever, creatively-written comedy the first section of her performance included witty anecdotes, both personal and topical.  She also incorporated several, very original songs and encouraged audience-participation of singing along, plus an appearance of volunteer biscuit monitors to hand out the cookies during a much-signposted ‘biscuit break’ – all, of course, included in the ticket price!

After the interval, Naomi, having steered the audience successfully on her personal family journey from Eastern Europe through Wales, NE London and Birmingham, kept the pace with a performance of spoken word, including selected excerpts from her book, Displacement Activity.

This was a night that entertained everyone with challenged perceptions.  It recalled, and often called out, much of the stupid side of politics and took on Brexit without seemingly offending anyone.  And finally, it delivered a warm and friendly send-up that we all loved.

Paul Birkett

 

Shakespeare’s Fool – 20th January 2023

Top class village entertainment was on offer on Jan 20th with the appearance of the multi-talented Robin Leetham with his one-man, one-mouse and one-marotte performance of Tortive Theatre’s, Shakespeare’s Fool, as he took on the rise (and fall) of an Elizabethan Fool in the 16th century.

Written by T. G. Hoffman, this was a proper, yet witty, drama brought to Coddington from its Premier at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021 and the wait was well worth it.

Rob began his portrayal of William ‘Cavaliero’ Kempe with the clear intention to restore the ‘Fool’s’ reputation back to a likeable character within the historical story of William Shakespeare.

In a tale that drives strong opinions about historic accuracy, Rob managed to deliver a tightly scripted and flawlessly delivered monologue, making his version of Kempe absolutely believable and thoroughly real on the stage.

His technique of adding Maurice, the unfortunately damaged mouse, and a very cheeky marotte (jester’s staff) to the evening’s cast, made for a captivating interaction of dialogue.

Familiar elements featured in the story such as Kenilworth Castle and The Globe as Rob bounded across the stage, his projected voice booming from atop a tiny prop of a footstool as he tested the acoustics of Coddington’s village hall.

The captivating drama covered all the key players of the late 16th century period; Richard Tarlton, Earl of Leicester, Edward Allen, Richard Burbage, et al, and, of course, Shakespeare himself.  But Kempe’s love interest, Rebecca (“what was her second name?” demanded by the ever-present jester-staff) was given dramatic prominence throughout the performance.

Here Rob helped us though the choice between the Admiral’s men and Lord Chamberlain’s men as he continued his flawless delivery of a clever, contemporary script that was nonetheless, never far from Elizabethan times and was only enhanced by occasional references to quite modern wit.

Towards the end of the evening the emotional elements of the performance came together with Maurice (the nearly dead but then sadly deceased mouse) threatening to steal the final scene.

The evening, as everyone in the hall admitted afterwards, was well enjoyed leaving a wonderful feeling from what was, quite simply, a jest and a jig – yet another success for live entertainment in Coddington.  Well done Rob!

Paul Birkett

 

THE START OF A NEW YEAR – 2023

As we go into 2023, the Trustees of Coddington Village Hall will be meeting on 12th January to update and renew the Trustee Committee.   Talks will be ongoing for continuing the Maintenance programme, and fundraising to enable the Village Hall to be there for the people of the village.    If you feel you could offer an hour or two voluntarily to help  in any way – please get in touch with one of the Trustees.   You don’t have to be an expert – just be willing to help.

BONUS BALL FUNDRAISER

The Village Hall Bonus Ball Fundraiser for January 2023 is to be drawn on Saturday 7th January.   We still have 6 numbers available if you would like to participate and have the chance of winning £50.   See poster below for details.

 

Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies – 8th December 2022

 Yet another sucessful night as Coddington Village Hall enjoyed a return to a packed house to welcome Jez Lowe as he proved his pedigree as a top performer and appeared with his Bad Pennies band on Thursday 8th Dec.  Almost straightaway he reminded the audience that the evening was exactly five years since his last visit to perform in the village.  It was clear that several sections of the audience could remember that evening well.

Billed as the “That Snow Joke” tour, the show was introduced by Jez with a casual and relaxed humour, something that was to continue throughout the performance.  He introduced the Bad Pennies; Andy May, Kate Bramley and David De La Haye plus a guest appearance by Benny Graham who, as he acknowledged the well-informed applause, made a pretty chilly Coddington feel just a little bit warmer by reporting that it was actually snowing on Tyneside.  Then, just to add to the humour, the band kicked off the show with “Greener in the North Country”!

As if to further endear the audience to their North East roots, the band captured the seasonal mood of ever-urgent Christmas shopping as they regaled with their very funny “Geordie Wassail Song” – a very good, and oddly familiar, take on spending at the Sales.

It seemed too soon when they arrived at their tour title song, “That Snow Joke” and that came just before the interval – cue, tea and minced pies for everyone – before the second half began with a nod to climate change and the arrival of (slightly) warmer UK (wild) waters enabling the concept of “Jonny’s got his swimmers on”.

Across the gig, the Bad Pennies each had their moment, particularly with moving songs from Kate Bramley and cracking tunes from Andy May and his Northumbrian pipes (especially “Fred Picknall’s March”).

Deserved encores were delivered with a rousing “We’re All Snowed In” and “Walking in a Winter Sun-derland” before Benny led the evening out with a special version of Auld Lang Syne.

No doubt everyone went home hoping that it wouldn’t be five more years before Jez and the Bad Pennies show up in Coddington again.

Paul Birkett

 

TABLE TOP SALE – 3 DECEMBER 2022

Thank you to all those who came to our table top sale.    We managed to raise £108.50 for Village Hall Funds.

Here are a few pictures of Table Sellers.

A NEW KITCHEN IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

Tom has worked extremely hard to install our new kitchen.   I makes such a big difference and is much more practical than the old one.     Apart from a quick lick of paint here and there we are good to go.   Looking after our Village Hall is a bit like painting the Forth bridge – if anyone would like to come along and give us a hand now and again we really would appreciate it.    Watch the web site for information regarding maintenance mornings which will start again in the new year.

A big Thank You to everyone who helped with Refreshments, Games, and stalls.

Game Results:

Christmas Tree Star  –  winning number was 51, closest to it was No 54 and Kyron won £10.

Christmas Tree Tinsel length was 11.4 metres.  Nearest was Simon with 11 metres.

Santas Lost his Presents in M10, guessed by Mike.

Jacob guessed there were 86 sweets in a jar.  In fact there were 84.

Bagatelle highest score was James with 450.

Spin the wheel and land on a gold zero was Inez.

The cup cakes weighed in at 2327 grammes, 8210 ounces or 5.21 lbs.  The winner was Steven who guessed 5lbs 3 ozs.

Match the Tags was achieved by three people who managed 10 matches each.  Grace, Karen & Charlotte.   Names went into a draw and Charlotte won.

Below are some pictures of the day:

 

 

OCTOBER 2022  – THANK YOU TO ASDA

Asda very kindly granted £7500 to our Village Hall for the installation of a new kitchen.

The cheque for £7500 being presented to members of the Village Hall.   The kitchen is to be supplied through Homebase and the wall tiles were obtained from the Balderton Tile Centre.

SEPTEMBER 2022

The hall was re-decorated in September 2022

Before re-decoration

After decoration with a new light and refreshing facelift.

Some of the volunteers hard at work.