On Saturday 3/11 at 9am a select few congregated at Capel Village Memorial Hall to start getting the hall ready for a festive evening of food and music. It took the best part of the day and at 5pm the place had been transformed into a Spanish fiesta hall. It was beyond recognition! All thanks to Yvonne Featherstone for her planning and hard work preparing the streamers that lined ceiling and walls.
The food shift came in at 11 am after a week of planning and shopping. Emma Jaques and George Ede and a band of helpers that was growing during the day started preparing the 4-course dinner.
The music arrived at 5pm: Andrew Scott our professional classical guitarist for the night. The waiters and waitress also arrived at 5 and Viv Fernley Jones (erstwhile landlady of the Crown) started to instruct her novice recruits.
At 7pm the home made sangria was moved into place and we were ready for our first customers to receive their complimentary drink. Live music and tapas at 8:30 was followed by the mains of paella, carried in by four waiters on a huge pan. Moreish dessert and coffee with dainty sweets concluded the excellent evening.
Many thanks to all who helped produce this fundraising event, not least all those who had faith in the project and booked a seat. All in all we collected just over £1300 to be shared between village hall and church. The evening was declared a resounding success by all and the team are up for organising a differently themed pop-up when the occasion arises.
Watch this space!