What a wonderful day we had at the Parish Fete at Stubbings House on the Saturday following the Royal wedding! Good food, a display of dancing by the children of Burchetts Green Infants School, the tug-of-war, Punch and Judy, the bar (!) and so much more and all while the Maiden head Brass Band played and the sun shone.
So many people have commented on just how much they enjoyed it. We did indeed have 'a grand day out/ and yet, at the same time, raised nearly £3,000 to be split between replacing and improving the guttering at St James the Less and general Parish funds.
How grateful we are to Dudley and Janine Good for suggesting the event, allowing us to use their marvellous grounds and for their advice and support and to Oliver Good, without whose hard work and encouragement, the event would not have happened.
Thank you too to Gill Wallis, Sue Harrington-Hill, Mary Cooper and Margaret Burton, who co-ordinated everything and worked so hard on the day, and to all of you who helped out in whatever way.
My contribution was to arrange the weather and I was pleased to be able to do better than the Archbishop of Canterbury managed for the royal wedding the day before. (You believe that - you believe anything!)
Wot? Wasn't she ordained last year? Well yes, she was but in the Church of England you are ordained twice, initially as deacon, then, usually a year later, you are ordained -priest.
Tina will be ordained priest by the new Bishop of Reading, Andrew Proud, at Reading Minster on Sunday June 26 at 10.30am.
Tina, we have been so blessed by your ministry amongst us this past year and we wish you every blessing as you take this next step in your ministry. Tina's first presidency at the Eucharist will beat the Parish Service on July 3rd at 10.30am at St James the Less Stubbings. Afterwards there will be a reception for her in the Soltau Cente. Please make a special point of coming along and supporting her.