Harvest Festival weekend at St John’s Church was also a celebration of the gifts and skills of all ages in our community organised by Revd Beth Hutton. The Saturday morning saw the flower arrangers decorating the church with beautiful arrangements of flowers and greenery, items for the Harvest Festival being collected and a wonderful array of our community’s talents and skills being brought to be displayed in the church.

There were paintings, tapestry cushions, covered stools, craft items, silk screen printing, boxes in various shapes prettily decorated, glass items, needlework and cakes. In the afternoon, various musical instruments were set out and Revd Beth invited people to “have a go” – an invitation enthusiastically taken up.

This was followed by an entertainment in which Graham Paramor sang two songs accompanied on the electric guitar by George Carruthers, Maureen Lawrence read a poem she had written about Brexit, Bernice Allott said a prayer in thanks for her gift of needlework, Innis Jeffries told a joke, David Mant played a hymn on his guitar and Shirley Snell recited a poem about how the dog got his name. Others played a few notes on instruments they had only just tried for the first time: Matilda Jeffries and Nick Weir on the trumpet, and Delphi Jeffries on the bass recorder. The afternoon concluded with the singing of a song composed by Revd Beth about Jesus calming the storm and we all joined in the chorus. We all enjoyed ourselves and saw just how much talent there is in our community.

A big Thank You to Revd Beth for putting it together !

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