Wereham News – September

Wereham Church Festival

Church and Community came together in February to plan our 2017 Festival. Five months later, it all came to fruition .
Sunday 16th July dawned with mixed weather forecast but the day was a great success with lots of people coming to enjoy a traditional village occasion.
A myriad of stalls including Horse Shoes, Hoop-bowls, Hoop-la, Sand in a cup, Bean bags, Ear-phones, Tombola, Plants ,
Water or wine? Shove-halfpenny, Play your cards, Cakes and Produce, BBQ and drinks and a comprehensive raffle .
A new departure this year was Barry and Marcus Hawkins who spent a very busy day valuing antiques and collectables .
Inside the Church were displays by Wereham Tots, Messy Church and Wereham Heritage Group together with beautiful
flowers and organ music . A P/A system had been kindly loaned and behind the scenes, a financial structure was in place .
Members of Wereham PCC are extremely grateful and wish to thank all the people who made the festival such a success –
the stall holders, planners, those who donated goods and items, flowers and plants and those who made generous donations.
Grateful thanks go also for fuel and meat for the BBQ, to Barry and Marcus Hawkins, to all contributors to the displays and
to the team who set up the infrastructure and cleared up at the end .
This was a real Community and Church Festival to which many people devoted much time and energy and it resulted in a
magnificent total of £1,898.23.

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At 9.30am on August 9th, 23 members & guests left Stoke Ferry on a Harrods mystery coach tour.
Our driver, Adam, took a devious route to keep us guessing, until we arrived at our first stop, the market town of Saffron Walden. Although it was raining lightly, we all managed to explore the many little lanes & individual shops. However, on leaving our chosen lunch venues, the heavens had opened, and most of us got extremely wet walking back to the coach.
After a short journey, our spirits were lifted when we arrived at our 2nd stop, a farmhouse in Steeple Bumpstead which displayed a sign saying “The Chocolate lady”. We were shown into a large room, where “The Lady” in question, Julie Sherry, gave an interesting talk & demonstration on chocolate-making. We were given tasters of the different sorts, & one special hazelnut cup that she had made for each of us. Julie explained that chocolate is graded by the %age of cocoa solids it contains, & that the legal limit for it to be labelled chocolate is a minimum of 39%.
We were then each served with tea or coffee & a jam & fresh cream scone. Handmade chocolates & truffles were available for us to buy if we wished.
The coach then returned to Stoke Ferry, arriving home at 6pm.
Members thanked Mrs Gillian Smith for organising the day, which was enjoyed in spite of the monsoon!
The next meeting will take place on Sept 6th, and will be a talk on bee keeping by Fred Lucas.
Claire Lankfer
( secretary )