Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Rural social and financial success

The booksale at St. James exceeded all expectations, going past last year's total and netting some £920. It was extremely busy in the morning whilst the afternoon can best be described as slow and steady. Even the Village Hall cadre who ran the refreshments for their own funds doubled what they made last year. So it was a very successful day, and coming hard on the heels of the wonderful Flower Festival at Ilketshall St Lawrence a fortnight before, which itself raised some £840 for the funds, we have had a very good month. Pictures of the flowers will shortly be available on the Benefice web site ( but at present I'm trying to redesign the whole series of pages and the news on there is old.

The vicarage roof is slowly being replaced. The tiles have started going back today, and they look lovely and straight. Quite a difference from the uneven and slipping condition before. It will take the garden a while to recover from all the dust, rubble and scaffolding that has turned parts of it yellow and parts of it grey, but it will bounce back. The autumn rains should see to that.

It's this village's Harvest Festival this coming Sunday, and with the Village Hall already booked by a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme party, I have offered to host the Harvest lunch in the vicarage. Better make sure that there's lashings of ginger beer to go with the soup, ham salad and boiled potatoes, and apple pies.

"Golly" said Dick, "what a feast!"
(Let the Famous Five reader understand)

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