Church news for the February
It’s always difficult to find news in this edition, as we have to look back to before Christmas to report on important events in our church year. The Annual Carol service of Nine Lessons and Carols seems a long time ago now, but it is always delightful and we are grateful to Robin for taking it, to Tom and the choir for making it special. The church was decorated the day before with holly ( and berries this year) from a variety of gardens and a tree kindly donated by Geoff Proctor. With the addition of as many candles as we could fit in, our church was warm and welcoming to a large congregation and as usual it’s a church that ‘dresses up well.’ After the service, many people had brought food to share in a simple village party, with mulled wine donated and served by Frank and Sandy. The collection at this service was for Crisis at Christmas and £120 was sent to them.
We would like to apologise for the lack of definitive information we have so far been able to offer with regards to the recent problems we have experienced at the Practice due to GP sickness, Care Quality Commission Inspection Reports and several other matters. However, we would like to thank our patients for their good wishes and their continued patience during this time.
News from All Saints Church
This was a very enjoyable evening for all concerned. Pippa provided us with another excellent meal. No one ever goes home hungry from anything Pippa is involved in. Thanks to Tony and Maryse for donating the wine – again., and to those who brought sweet courses. We were spoiled for choice, as usual. Barbara Burton had written the quiz questions for us before she left, although we did have cause to check the accuracy of some of her answers. Hannah-Lou, May and I had great fun acting as quizmasters and the array of bottles for the raffle was astounding. Quite an array for a church function! Many, many thanks to all the people who came to take part, in good humour and great spirit. We were slightly down on numbers, as some people were away, but it was a very good event. Together with the raffle money, we made roughly Â£412 for church finances., due to the generosity of Robin and Pippa, Tony and Maryse. Make a date for next year in your diary.
After another successful and well supported season in 2016 Boughton Cricket Club arranged a ‘Posh Hog Roast’ on Sunday 28th August. This was our major fundraising event of the season with all funds raised going towards the completion of our new pavilion which is now beginning to take shape (see picture) You may remember that we gained a grant from Sport England towards the project but needed to raise about £17K ourselves in addition to this. We are now well on the way to this total through various events that have been arranged over the past year as well as contributions from Norfolk Community Foundation and several very generous private donations.
The club was fortunate enough to be able to use a wonderful marquee and facilities for the Hog Roast that had been used the previous night for a private party next to the ground off Wretton Road. After a clean up on the Sunday morning by a crew organised by Sue Pogmore who managed to assemble an army of hoovers, the carpets were cleaned and the tables were reset and the marquee prepared for its second ‘big bash’ of the bank holiday weekend.
After a huge organisational effort by Clare Insall and Karen Short, we all prayed for some good weather but precisely on cue at 6.30pm the heavens opened and a storm ensued with quests running the gauntlet to get from their cars to the marquee. Thankfully the rain soon subsided and spirits were not at all dampened. Wendy and Tom Roberts had organised some wonderful salads to accompany the delicious pork supplied by Manor Farm Hog Roasts at Fincham and with plenty of wine and drinks available to wash it all down everybody enjoyed a thoroughly good evening. After the meal an auction and raffle were conducted by club captain Ben Wilkinson who was very successful in getting guests to dig deep into their pockets for some wonderful prizes and donated gifts. The evening concluded with dancing to music supplied by Nightlife Entertainment who kept the dance floor full until after 11pm.
I can now tell you that the evening raised circa £3200 with is a fantastic sum and I must thank all of those from the local community for coming and supporting us with over 180 tickets sold. It was wonderful to see so many people not directly involved in the cricket club showing their support for us and what will be a great facility for the village and local community once our pavilion is built. I also wish to express my thanks to all of those who help organise such a successful event as there are too many to mention by name here.
Our final fundraising effort for the year will be over by the time you read this which is Ben Wilkinson and his long suffering partner Anna, walking the Peddars way and Norfolk Coast Path over the weekend of 10th and 11th September with sponsorship raised again going to our pavilion fund and judging by previous history I’m sure this will also be a complete success.
Fabulous Flamenco in support of the playground
The church looked fabulous decked out in an array of flamenco dresses, shawls and fans and the children were all very excited for what was a unique and very enjoyable afternoon.