January 22, 2019
Powderham Castle was the perfect venue for a very special Helen Foundation Christmas event last month. With a roaring log fire in the Great Hall, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and with mulled wine and mince pies to greet the guests, the evening began on a very welcoming note. And when the doors to the Music Room were opened, they revealed a beautiful candle-lit scene just perfect for the evening.
Words for Voices is a brilliant group of 4 trained actors, who with accompanying musicians, perform in support of a range of charitable causes. Their unique shows are eclectic mixtures of poems, dialogues, dramatised readings and songs to suit the seasons – in our case, the BEST, the Christmas season!
From laugh-out-loud comedy of “A Wayne in a Manager” (not to mention a truly hilarious monologue concerning a Christmas Angel written by Ruth Betteswood, one of the cast) to a deeply-moving dramatisation of the Poet Laureate Carol Duffy’s poem The Christmas Truce that re-imagines theremarkable 1914 truce on the Western Front, this was a programme to appeal to all tastes.
Chairman of The Helen Foundation, Roger Kirk said: “As we know now to expect, this was high-class entertainment. We are very grateful to all the 6 performers – not least the lovely voice of soprano Margaret Aagesen Hughes who seamlessly stepped into the breach with 24 hours notice following theindisposition of the booked singer. We also thank all the THF volunteers who made the event possible, and Powderham Castle for all its help in mounting the event.” Ella Fielding, Events and Hospitality Executive at Powderham Castle, said after the show, “I really feel that Christmas has begun!”
A extensive raffle well-supported by donations which included original paintings and prints by Anna Grayson, Dee Holdsworth and Des Maxwell-Clark; and a wide range of tokens and gifts helped raise over £500 creating the overall profit for the event of £1132.
This sell-out event also welcomed: Diana Devon, Dowager Countess of Devon and an Honorary Patron of The HelenFoundation; Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon; Cllr Avril Kerswell, Chairman and Leader of Teignbridge District Council; Cllr Lisa Mayne, Mayor of Dawlish; and Cllr June Green, Mayor of Teignmouth.