Today was a Bank Holiday in the UK and we had a Parish Fun Day in the church garden. We had a wonderful time, despite the weather being a bit overcast and at times a few drops of rain.
We were lucky enough to have this gazebo to give us a bit of shelter and protect all our home made goodies. We sold raffle tickets for our quilt, crafts, Lety's famous marmalade and some delicious cakes.
Here is a look at some of the other stalls.
Win some sherbert! Throw 'tea bags' into a cup and win a prize. This was organised by the ladies who run our Tuesday/Friday cafe called 'Tea in the Pot'. What a brilliant idea!
New books and greetings cards from our church bookshop, our CaFE group provided some praise music and helpful information/display.
Educating orphans in Kumba, Cameroon, is a project the church supports every year. And Life/ProLife had a hand-on display.
There were second-hand books, a BBQ, Refreshments, Garden Stall, Youth Stall with coconut shy, go-karts, golf, splat-the-rat, hook-the-duck, Sweet stall, Bottle tombola and live bands (wind band and a jazz trio).
Their own compostions and a finale of 'Isn't She Lovely' (Stevie Wonder) . Recognise the bass player?
This was the first time running this event on a small scale and it was a great success! It was like an old fashioned church fete but with a contemporary twist. It was simplicity itself. For many years the church had orgainsed a high profile event which took a huge amount of effort each year. This became less and less popular over the years as people just didn't have the spare time available. It was also a huge risk if the weather was bad.
These pictures were taken early in the day before the crowds arrived, so you could see the stalls and also for the safety of the children.