Flamenco Evening – Funds raised for the Old School Flooring
`Flamenco for the floor` in Sandhurst raised the incredible figure of £1,142 thanks to Helena donating her performance. The evening was a unique occasion and was attended by many people from Benenden and the outlying villages. The Sandhurst ballet barremaids decorated the hall with fans, tambourines and other Spanish items. Individual tables were placed around the hall with flowers, provided by Monique Edmonston, and nibbles from the organisers. Rosie Broadbent provided some unusual flower arrangements and John installed the twinkling outside lights. There was a free welcome sangria drink made by Barbara and Robin Simmons. The red wine for this was generously donated by Hamish and Cynthia Brown, late of the Sandhurst Tearooms. This was served in the courtyard – being decorated and used for the first time – with strolling guitar music by Tomas El Jardenero,. The raffle table (which contributed £200, thanks to the generosity of our donors) was ably looked after by Shirley Everett, Ros Maggs and Maureen Relf. John Everett was posted outside to direct people to the Primary school, who had very kindly given us permission to use their parking lot. The selection of tapas provided by the audience was overwhelming. When everyone was replete, a team of willing helpers had washed up, the tables had been removed and the chairs formed into a theatre for the Spanish Dance company `Cancion Gitana`, starring Helena. Some of her dance students, ranging in age from 8-13 years, performed with style and professionalism. The smallest was Anna Reese, aged 8 and her brother, Duncan Reese aged 9½ who came from near Brighton for the event. Anya Moore, aged 13 years came from near Battle. The costumes, which were made by Helena, were exquisite and one wonders how on earth she avoids stepping on her long trains. Her use of castanets, shawls and fans is an art form in itself. The evening is something that will long be remembered by those who were lucky enough to attend.. Many thanks to all who assisted and donated.
Gillian Davis and Barbara Simmons. (2013) – Article written for the Sandhurst Village News