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Chacewater Village Hall was full to bursting on Saturday evening, 11th June for an assortment of entertainment organised by Marilyn Richards, Dispensary Manager at Chacewater Health Centre, in aid of St. Julia’s Hospice.

An entirely unrehearsed programme – this was amusingly apparent at times but only added to the entertainment – had Dr. Mark Gripper, now retired from the Health Centre, as Master of Ceremonies.  Kicking off the show were youngsters from the Carnon Downs Drama Group, who, in fabulous costumes and splendid make up, performed scenes from Alice in Wonderland to the delight of the audience.  This was followed by spell binding magic from Tony Reynolds, husband of Senior Receptionist Margaret Reynolds, who baffled himself and the audience with buckets, a ball and photographic memory, aided in the latter by Sue Gunn, Practice Manager.  Then came The Charity Singers, a group of eight senior statesmen, one an incredible 83 years of age, who sang beautifully in barbershop format.  To end the first half, Doctor Russell Bolton, his wife Mandy and two other couples, displayed fine ballroom dancing skills when performing Midnight in Buenos Aires, a sexy Argentinean Tango.

A second doctor, Tony Shaw, headed the second half when he, brilliantly playing the piano, and Nursing Practitioner Sarah McConville, a lovely singer, caused great amusement when presenting their version of Victoria Wood’s highly comical ‘Can’t do it tonight’.  Tony then splendidly performed another song.  Following this was Miss Annette’s Tappers, a group of ladies from the Camborne area, including Karen White from the Health Centre’s Dispensary, displaying fine co-ordination when tap dancing.  Next on was Brenda Bush, mother-in-law of Dr. Russell Bolton, who caused chuckles when performing poems in Pam Ayres fashion.  Bringing up the rear was Marilyn Richards herself, who, with stage partner Graham Homer played guitars and sang a series of foot tapping numbers.  Then, to end the show, they were joined on stage by the doctors and other Health Centre staff to sing ‘Show me the way to Amarillo’, the audience also joining in.

A really lovely evening following a lot of hard work in setting up the hall and then clearing up afterwards.  Grateful thanks to Chacewater Bowling Club who provided the bar, to Darren Johns for operating the lighting and to all the very kind donators of prizes for the raffle and auction.

It is pleasing to report that no less than £926 was raised and donated to St. Julia’s Hospice who carry out such excellent care.