December Article for the Mardler

A Special Festival

Always looking to trying something new we put on a special Harvest Festival. Over the weekend of 13/14 October All Saints church was well filled with flowers, crafts and produce together with a wonderful exhibition of paintings by village artist, Diana Garrod.

Blessed with lovely weather on the Saturday we welcomed a constant stream of visitors, the weather was so warm one small group stayed with us for most of the day, enjoying the sunshine and the view. Simon was on hand to field requests from visitors with a connection to the village and the registers were available for people to look at. Linda provided a constant stream of refreshments with soups proving popular.

All of the flower team really did themselves proud with wonderful harvest displays on all the windows and a beautifully decorated altar which was quite stunning.
The craft and jewellery stall did a good trade manned by Chris and Cherry and the produce stall was well filled, with cakes made by friends in the village and donations of home grown produce, chillies and winter squash.

We concluded the weekend with our Harvest Service taken by Linda Mansfield with the new vicar Nigel preaching for the first time at All Saints to a well filled little church.
So all in all a hugely successful event largely the result of a great deal of hard work by the PCC and friends in the village so thanks to them and all who came and visited us.
Let me conclude with an email we got the following week.

We enjoyed our visit to your church especially as you were all so friendly and helpful to us. I thought the flowers were beautiful and please thank the ladies for their very enjoyable refreshments.”

Delighted finally to announce that church funds are now over £600 better off.

Date for the diary: The Annual Quiz, Thorpe Abbotts Village Hall, Saturday 26th January.

Finally may we all wish you a very Happy Christmas.

About All Saints Thorpe Abbotts

Living in Thorpe Abbotts I am the Secretary to the PCC, manage the churchyard conservation area and write regularly for the Parish Magazine.
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