The coronavirus meant we had to cancel all our usual events plans in 2020. We hope 2021 will be different…
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 a quarter of a century), this has been a great way to get the community together and to meet new friends.
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 – Shepherd’s Pie or Lasagne for mains, 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 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.
The evening closes with the singing of a couple of verses 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.
On the Saturday before Advent Sunday, the church takes over the village hall for a Christmas Sale of craft items, books, cakes and bric-a-brac. The school hosts a “Santa’s Grotto” and other fun, child-centred stalls and the children come to sing carols.
It’s hosted over lunchtime, so a popular stall is the one selling turkey-rolls and mulled wine, but there really is a bit of everything here. Hope to see you!