We run a number of events for the whole community. You can use the shortcut buttons or scroll down to read about them all…

Safari Supper

This event is really popular in the village. One hundred guests are fed in groups of ten at eleven venues around the village: two groups of ten together for starters in each of five venues, then those groups going on to five new venues for a main course (joining with a different group), before the grand final gathering for puddings in one venue.

We are so grateful for the energy and willingness of village hosts who have to cater for twenty people. Year after year (for over 30 years), this has been a great way to get the community together and to meet new friends.

Harvest Supper

On the night before our Harvest Festival service, we gather with friends (church friends and non-church friends) in the village hall for a meal and entertainment. It’s simple, home-cooked fare – mostly Shepherd’s Pie or Lasagne for mains and Fruit Crumble for pudding – but it’s always tasty and there’s always plenty of it, giving us the chance to enjoy God’s benevolence (or the fruit of the earth, depending on one’s faith stance!).

The entertainment in recent years has been a wonderful mix of local talent; singers and musicians the mainstay, but poetry readings and comedy sketches and songs also have their place on the bill. In 2023 we held a Line Dance which was lots of fun.

The evening closes with the singing of part of the traditional harvest hymns, “We Plough the Fields and Scatter” and “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”, followed by a blessing and an invitation to all to gather afresh the next morning in church.

It’s another great opportunity for the community to come together; to raise funds for our church and to celebrate life.

Christmas Sale

On the last Saturday in November, the church takes over the village hall for a Christmas Sale of craft items, cakes and seasonal delicacies like home-made chutney. There are the usual tombola and guess the number of sweets kind of stalls, the Friends of Widford Church and other private vendors come to sell calendars, soaps, jewellery and the like, and the children from the village school come to sing a selection of carols to get us all into the mood.

It’s hosted over lunchtime, so a popular stall is the one selling turkey-rolls, mulled wine and mince pies, but there really is a bit of everything here for all ages. Hope to see you!

Carol Singing

Christmas Carols have an enduring appeal, especially when they are sung in the open air to the accompaniment of the brass band of the Salvation Army. And that’s what we do. We put up a gazebo on Benningfield Green and gather together on the Friday before Christmas* to have a good sing. We also serve soup and rolls and request donations for the Salvation Army (Harlow Corps – whose band joins us each year). For a lot of people, this is the start of Christmas. Why not join us and swell the singing?

Carol singing with Salvation Army band
Carol Singing
Photo by M Dunstan

* Or the Friday before that, depending how close it is to Christmas Day – see the church diary for this year’s date.

Widford Talks

New for 2023: We are hosting a series of talks on interesting subjects. See our dedicated page, here.

Community Lunches

New for 2023: We have hosted our first lunch, offering food, community and conversation in our historic building. More detail in our report of the event here. New dates are in the planning…

Conversation in the Choir

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