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Quilts and Flowers photos online

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Photo by Mike ShannonThe Festival of Quilts and flowers (22-24 June) was a great success, attracting hundreds of visitors to see more than 60 handmade quilts and floral arrangements. The event raised over £2000 towards Community Centre building costs.

Mike Shannon photographed all the individual exhibits in the church and centre, and you can view his photos on this Flickr page

Voicerox concert 8 July

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On Sunday 8 July, Voicerox choir will be presenting a 'taster' concert of Light, Pop and Rock music in the church, from 4-5pm. The choir was established in 2009 and rehearses weekly at the Community Centre.
Entry to the concert is free, with donations invited towards community centre funds. It will be followed by tea and cakes in the Hub cafe

Festival of Quilts and Flowers

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There will be a unique opportunity to see handmade quilts and flower arrangements, as well as live quilting and floral demonstrations, from 22-24 June in the community centre and church. Many of the quilts have been stitched by the Dorcas Quilters group at Reigate Methodist, and they have also donated a quilt as a raffle prize, seen below with some of the quilters working on it. Tickets for the raffle are now available from the centre office.

The exhibition is open 10am-4pm on 22-23 June, and 2am-4pm on 24 June. Refreshments will be available.

Photo by Keely Harrison

 

Utopians Unlimited perform Patience

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On Saturday 16 June, Utopians Unlimited will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience in Reigate Methodist Church, with all profits going towards the community centre building costs. Founded in 1980, Utopians have raised funds for many local churches by performing G+S operettas, fully costumed and staged, although without scenery.

Originally set in the 1870/80s, this production of Patience has been given a unique twist. Lynda Barrett-Mercer, director, and Jon Fox, producer, have set the operatic satire in 1928, on the cusp of the demise of black and white silent films in favour of the colour `talkies'. Instead of the central characters being two love-lorn poets and a simple village milkmaid of the 1880s, they have become an English silent film actor and a visiting American talkie actor. They both fall in love with the tea girl on the film set, who also happens to be a suffragette. And keeping with the theme, the rapturous maidens of the 1880s become film star groupies of the 1920s. Local residents form much of the cast of Patience including 10-year-old George Barnsley of Reigate. The musical director is Matthew Stainer.

Patience starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the centre office (£10, or £5 for under 16's, including light refreshments). Utopians will also perform it at Christ Church Methodist, Addiscombe (23 June) and All Saints Kenley (30 June)

Rev Clive's sponsored Thames paddle

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Reigate Methodist minister Rev. Clive McKie is raising money towards the centre building costs by paddling a canoe down the Thames, from Cricklade to Teddington. The trip will take 10 days, and you can sponsor Clive through the Justgiving website www.justgiving.com/Clive-McKie