Having 'outed' myself as a poet in the local boating community – with news of the National Poetry Competition shortlisting – I thought I'd put on a gig. Holy Cross Church stands on a raised mound just a few yards from the South Oxford Canal, with amazing views east, across the ridge-and-furrow of the old mediaeval field-system, to the ruined manor house at Hampton Gay. On Saturday July 28th the church played host to 'Love Songs at Lammas' – an evening of poetry and music performance – with Jo Hamilton from Xogara, the Owl Light Trio, Bruno Guastalla and Pete McPhail. Alan Buckley joined me onstage to provide the poetry. The weather was balmy, the church was packed to the rafters, and we raised over £800.00 for the church restoration fund.