The April Mardler

Church News: The Annual Quiz
The 21st February saw the Thorpe Abbotts village filled to capacity for the All Saints Annual Quiz. I promised this year that for a change my quiz rounds would be easy. Well, I knew all the answers so it must have been! With Nigel on the mike the ground rules were simplicity itself. The only answers getting a point were the ones he had, and anyway since he possesses some serious top cover I advised it best not to mess!!!!! We had a thoroughly entertaining evening and the prize returned to Brockdish this year but it was a close run thing. Delighted to say that the evening made just under £500 for church funds. So thank you all for coming and the ladies of the PCC for the light supper.
Well a busy month at All Saints with our Mothers Day service coming up followed by us hosting the Benefice Service. Of course we have Easter just around the corner now so much to look forward to. Our Easter service this year will include a Baptism which will make the service extra special. The church yard is probably at its most scruffy now before all things will begin to get going as the temperature slowly climbs. First on show have been the snowdrops which are quickly followed by the daffodils then later April will see the meadow saxifrage out. So much to look forward to in the churchyard too.

Spring has Sprung?
As I set to yesterday getting through my spring time clean up and felt for the first time the warmth of the sun my thoughts turned to “what’s to be grown this year”. The trouble with this thought is generally followed by “what can I plant now”. There is always that temptation only to find the late frosts causing havoc, much to the delight of the garden centres which have tempting items well before frost risk is past. Patience is something that is really difficult at this time of year. Put your tomatoes, aubergine and chilli seed in the propagator then perhaps bean and peas in the ground outside for an early crop. Easter of course is the traditional time to get your first potatoes in the ground although I have seen commercial growers already well ahead but protected by fleece – in case the snow arrives in April!

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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