This year 64 people sat down to Harvest Supper, using the traditional long table layout. We keep to this tradition because it encourages conversation and sharing with people you might not normally sit with, and is hopefully as inclusive as the Christian way should be.
The welcome drink of a Harvest Cup with local fruits in it (Sangria by any other name!) went down well, as did the food by all accounts. Someone wanted to ‘bag’ seconds of the meringue dessert before they had even finished the first! There was a real ‘buzz’ in the room that evening.
This an annual event is arranged by All Saints Church but is not just for churchgoers and as ever, it was a healthy mix of church and community, young and old, newcomers to the village and parishioners of many years standing.
We could not put on a Harvest Supper involving cold meat, poached salmon, vegetarian turnovers, warm new potatoes, five different quiches, four different salads, choice of four puddings, plus cheese and biscuits, coffee/tea and mints, without the support and input of many people who organised, shopped, baked, helped on the night, donated, created flower displays, paid money to attend and bought raffle tickets. And our grateful thanks are extended to them all. Speaking of the raffle, we tried to make it food/drink related with the emphasis on Harvest – and didn’t you all turn up trumps! We were overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the produce and other food and drink items donated. Just take a look at the photos!
This wonderful evening also raised £715 for the work of All Saints Church.
Frankie Relf was baptised on this day in the service at All Saints, surrounded by family and friends, and well wishers from both churches in the Benefice. Frankie, and his older brother Archie were so good all the way through! Perhaps looking forward to the cakes…. Wonderful day, and lovely to welcome Frankie into God’s family. Few photos here.
Saturday 8th July 2017
A Summer concert
Despite a smaller audience than usual with so many on holiday, the varied performances were enjoyed by those who came.
Check out the photos here.
Saturday 17th June
Fabulous weather, huge numbers of visitors, delicious refreshments, an amazing plant stall and 17 wonderful gardens to visit. What a recipe—and it made for a great day. Grateful thanks to every garden owner for all that weeding, hoeing, dead heading and patio washing, and to the huge team of helpers without whom we simply could not function. We believe we are looking at around £1,400 for the work of All Saints. Click here for the photos and descriptions.
Me, You and Breakfast 2 on June 4th saw the christening of two of our lovely girls, Abby and Caroline, and a blessing for Caroline’s older sister, Lorelai, who didn’t remember her christening! We sang songs, decorated doves to remind us that the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove when Jesus was baptised, and all the children wrote a prayer for each of Abby and Caroline to go in their own special box. There were also three birthdays to celebrate which called for a lot of singing and plenty of cake. It was a very joyful, special and most of all, meaningful occasion. With grateful thanks to Ruth for producing such a wonderful service, to all those who came to support the girls on their special day, served breakfast, helped with the activities, clear up, eat cakes and celebrate everything that is good about Me, You and Breakfast 2. Check out the photos
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Rev’d Ruth came to Woolpit and Drinkstone Benefice in 2006. She was made Rector in January 2007. And she celebrated her 50th birthday party in a marquee in the garden of the Dean family in Woolpit. Since then, she has got to know many more people in both villages and is well known to many in Drinkstone through her membership of the Reading Circle, through the monthly Village Lunches, Film Night and Tuesday Club to name but a few. She attends as many of our Village Events as she possibly can; provides support for anyone who requests it and is a much loved and appreciated presence in the community.
It is hard to believe ten years have gone by since that 50th birthday party, but our Village Hall provided the perfect venue for Ruth to host afternoon tea on the occasion of her 60th birthday on Friday 12th May, to which she extended an open invitation to anyone from either village. There were superb cakes and savouries provided by Crossways Farm caterers, wonderful floral decorations provided by All Saints Flower team and a surprise birthday cake, made by Pat Cilvert, complete with candles to be blown out, accompanied by a hearty rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to you’.
It was a very happy, busy and sociable afternoon, much enjoyed by everyone. Ruth had insisted there should be no presents and suggested that donations be made to the Kagera appeal in lieu of gifts. She admitted to being overwhelmed at the number of cards and good wishes she had received, and the number of people who turned up to help her celebrate. But no less than she deserves – congratulations, Ruth! One or two photos were taken, Look here.
In a moving service on Tuesday 9th May, Pippa and Jon Branham from Woolpit, but regulars at Drinkstone church’s Me, You and Breakfast 2, were confirmed into the Church of England by Bishop Mike, along with Russ Eadon and his daughter Laura, from Drinkstone, but regulars at Woolpit Church. It was a lovely service, with a sermon from Bishop Mike that was very challenging with but laugh out loud moments. The service was followed by a very sociable time of chat, wine and nibbles. A few photos here
Pat was on story today and roped the children in to help her make a collage of a fishing trip Jesus’ disciples went on after Jesus had been killed on the cross and come back to life again. They weren’t sure what to do now that Jesus wasn’t around every day like before. So they went fishing. They fished all night and caught nothing. Next morning they saw a man on the shore, who told them to lower their nets on the other side of the boat. So they did – and they caught a huge quantity of fish. Well, it was Jesus of course. With Jesus on their side, they could do anything – and so it is for us.
Our children embarked on writing prayers on fish shaped cards, beautifully decorated by Sue – but first they had to ‘catch’ their fish with a fishing rod with a magnet on the end. After learning a new song (‘Our God is a great big God’), more fishy activities ensued – chocolate cupcakes decorated to look like fish – and then we made woven rainbow fish. We finished by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to no less than five people in the room, all with May birthdays. See the photos here.
Saturday 20th May at 7pm in Drinkstone Village Hall, an original Murder Mystery by Rev’d Ruth Farrell.
Full report following. Here’s the photos.