… The scene was set in June 1940 at Knapwater Hall (Charlton Down Village Hall), which had been requisitioned by the War Office and was being used as a military hospital. The evacuation from Dunkirk was over, but many of our brave soldiers are still recovering from their terrible wounds … this was realistically played out by the ‘Valley Players’ from Winterbourne Stickland, who volunteered their time to help us raise £2079 on the night for Positive Steps and health care in Malawi. The money raised on this one evening alone means 200 people with Cerebal Palsy in Malawi could have a chair, funding is secured for all the follow up amputee patients and we’ve payed for the training of another nurse … which makes a real difference in Malawi.

 Over 165 people, many in 1940s attire, were captivated by the plot which twisted and turned, with each table having to guess the motive and who the murderer was. Guests were greeted with a glass of bucks fizz, with amazing cuisine provided by families of the PS team (despite the constraints of the tiny kitchen!). The bar was provided and run by Steve White (with all profits going to Positive Steps) with donations (by many of those attending) of puddings, cheese and biscuits to finish the evening perfectly!

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This turned out to be our best fundraising event yet … so, a massive thank you to everyone involved in the planning and delivery of the event, but especially to Laura and Jess Pitman and Nita Dooley, who took on the massive organising challenge, Geoff Brown and the ‘Valley Players’ without whom there just wouldn’t have been a Murder Mystery, Steve White for providing the bar, Lee, Bill and Liz Bishop and Sue Cherry who spent the whole day and evening cooking or serving the food, Geoff Cherry who baked over 200 bread rolls, everyone who made and donated wonderful puddings and, of course, those organisations who generously donated raffle prizes; including Langham Estate Wines, Adams Garage owned by Mike Bell, Honda Dorchester and the Londis shop at Charlton Down, who donated a hamper on the day.