Villagers link up for a tasty and musical harvest

A full house for the harvest
A full house for the harvest

Cornholme and Portsmouth Harvest Festival was a collaboration of The Old Library, Vale Baptist Church and local theatre company Canopy - and what a great get-together it turned out to be.

With home-baked bread and some tasty stew with many locally-grown ingredients on offer with some musical accompaniment, it was a memorable autumn evening.

The Old Library provided the venue for a People’s Kitchen and Open Mic facilities and organisational and information support.

Vale Baptist Church kindly let the chefs use their kitchen for the morning’s bread making session, led by The Old Library’s finance worker Caroline Pinder.

At the session, local people baked bread, soda bread, poppy seed and pumpkin seed rolls for the evening’s People’s Kitchen. Sonya Moorhead of Canopy, with the help of local volunteers, prepared a stew with vegetables donated by local growers, who participated in Cornholme Open Gardens Day, and others.

The evening People’s Kitchen took place at The Old Library, and was well attended by adults and children. It was followed by an Open Mic session, in which local artists and poets performing including Jackie Catenga, Oxana Poberejnaia, and Jos and Jay. Alison McCabe, a local author and astrologer, provided astronomical and astrological background for harvest time, and Cornholme School pupil Elizabeth Yates and friends performed Twinkle Twinkle Little Star accompanied by Elizabeth on ukelele.