It was with great pleasure that several of our fellowship returned again to support the Caribbean Evening with our friends at Northam Methodist Church. About seventy people turned up to a lively and fun event. Vicki started the proceedings with a few readings before our first instrumentalist began. Depicted here are Gordon and Harry playing on their steel drums. Gordon started with three or four songs before Harry accompanied on bass. Then came the first of tonights dinners. In the room opposite the lobby was a mega-buffet consisting of boiled and battered fish and meats and a wide range of other goodies, to be followed by pudding.
During the second half of the concert, the room started to heave and vibrate with the rhythm and people started to dance. A bit later the second curry dinner was served. We met lots of people we only see now and again including friends from Woolston Methodist Church. At the end it was announced that proceedings be split between church renovation and another struggling church (I think on Saint Vincents?). This is indeed a kind gesture because Northam Church building has huge structural issues itself. We left with tunes ringing in our ears. Apparently all eight of the steel band players often turn up to conduct Christmas carols. We must remember to try and find out when, so we can support our local friends more often.
Twice a year, Northam Methodist Church has ‘Caribbean’ events in recognition of the strong links that the community has with Islands. The Christmas Songs of Praise with a Steel Band is a packed event with a unique and colourful style of worship. Do attend if you can.
Each summer it has a ‘Caribbean Evening’ and the recent version was great fun. There were Poems read and jokes made and there was an ongoing easy banter between the audience and the presenters and also with the local Steel Band, whose rhythms were captivating and the range of tunes eclectic. Half way through we all left the packed small hall and went off for a huge buffet of Caribbean ‘small eats’ and refreshments and then brought our well filled plates back into the hall. There was much noisy chatter and gossip by the 40 or so in the audience at this time. The second half included more rhythms and vocals from the Steel Band, which was still raucous and lively and everybody ended up tapping their toes to the beats. Finally, we were all provided with a splendid hot curry supper dish ‘at seat’ and again there was much lively chatter. We all went away with happy memories of the event and the new characters we had met.
We should also remember that Northam only has 20 members yet they have many activities involving the local community AND they have a weekly House Group meeting [the only weekly one in the Circuit?] They deserve our support.