My Weekend: Maggi McEwan

Maggi McEwan
Maggi McEwan
The Bridge Tavern and Camber Dock''''Picture: Paul Simpso

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Maggi McEwan, 63, is president of the Horndean-based Spinnaker Chorus. She was a principal languages lecturer at Portsmouth University before retirement.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

The last big trip was a cruise to the Canaries. My husband and I love cruising and are heading north to the Baltic later this year.

What was the last gig you went to?

We went to see the Johnny Cash Roadshow tribute band and they were excellent. I have a wide range of tastes in music, though of course as we sing barbershop in the chorus, that is my favourite!

What about the last theatre show you saw?

The Dancing with Choirs show at The Mayflower in Southampton last weekend. Spinnaker were taking part so we could only watch from the sidelines but the performers were all fantastic and we helped Wessex Heartbeat reach its £500k target.

And the last book you read?

It was by Alexander McCall Smith. One of the Scotland Street series. He’s one of the few authors who makes me laugh out loud.

What was the last film you saw?

Embarrassingly I went to see The Wolf of Wall Street with my daughter and her new boyfriend. She had booked it thinking it was a romcom. Thankfully it was a great film and very funny.

What’s your favourite way to relax?
As medically proven, singing is a superb way to relax. Apart from singing in the shower and in the car, I meet up with my lovely Spinnaker ladies every Wednesday evening and we have such fun but all benefit from it bodily and spiritually. We have just emerged from the latest competition with a fifth place medal. 

What do you watch on TV?
I’m a sucker for soaps! I’ve been watching Corrie ever since it began and even wrote about it in my 11 plus exam, to the horror of my mother. Really though, I love the great dramas that we are so good at producing. Oh and I am a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory. Again, laugh out loud stuff.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?
Jools Holland would be intriguing.

Where do you shop?
My favourite store is John Lewis. The buyer is clearly my soulmate. Our tastes are the same.

Where do you eat out?
Small family-run restaurants rather than chains. I can’t stand loud music while I’m eating. Our favourite is The Bakers Arms at Droxford.

What’s your signature dish?
Spring chicken casserole, which I love because it really is fresh and contains so much goodness.

Where’s good for a day out locally?
I’m a fan of Exbury Gardens. Even the little train gets my vote.

And what about a trip further afield?
Bath would be my first choice. There’s so much history, plus wonderful shops.