"In an English Country Garden"

Fr John reports

On Saturday 4th  August the sun shone and  the Vicarage garden was filled with the sounds of the gentle clink of china, the hum of quiet conversations, and music in the background. Over fifty people from St. Mary’s and St. Faith’s arrived to take their places at tables and chairs, to eat the finest afternoon tea Rosie Walker and the Social Committee could provide.  For the children there were toys to play with and for all ages the added attractions of Benjamin the Rabbit and Socks the Dog.

The afternoon began with “Ye Olde Wigan Bible Quiz” which  proved a challenge even for Father Dennis.  Father John entertained on the guitar with a rendition of “My old man’s a dustman.”  Heather Stark, one  of the young people from St. Mary’s, played on the harp,  and Ann Dickinson gave a fine medley on the keyboard of songs from the shows.

The raffle was organised by Gareth  and Brenda, and Fred and Linda Nye provided a display from the Waterloo Partnership.

Thanks go to Ruth Reed for her organisation of the event, and to those who helped to move tables and chairs before and afterwards.  The aim of the event was to get lots of people together to have a good time, but the bonus was that after expenses we raised £309, which was divided between St. Faith's, St. Mary’s and the Waterloo Partnership.

Linda Nye, Chair of the Waterloo Partnership, writes

Rest assured, the money will be well spent - £103 goes a long way in Sierra Leone, and is almost enough to pay for two of our Ebola orphans schooling for a year.

Photos: Fr John and Rick Walker