On Anniversary Sunday, the Sunday nearest to St Peter’s Day, the School processed to Church and led a very well attended service. It is always nice to see so many youngsters involved in worship and well supported by their parents. Also, thanks are due to the Staff at the School for their hard work in preparing the children. In the afternoon St Peter’s supported the village open gardens by running a plant tombola and selling tea and cakes. We were very well supported by local businesses and individuals who donated plants and by members of the congregation who made cakes, donated plants and worked in the afternoon selling teas and promoting the tombola and the craft stall.
Tea Party Weekend, 12th-14th July actually started three weeks before with the distribution of the brochure. We tried to get a brochure to most houses in the Parish with some in Church for those members of the congregation who live outside the Parish. There was a children’s disco on the Friday evening which raised £750 for School funds and on the Saturday the Walk of Witness and Tea Party were very well supported. It is wonderful to see the community coming together to support the event with so many helpers before the day, on the day and afterwards making the weekend such a success. The “Party in the Marquee” was very well supported and this is important as the money raised is used to pay for the hire of the marquee (£2553 this year) and other costs. The weekend concluded with an Ecumenical service in the Marquee on Sunday morning. The service was led by Revd. David Reynolds for the Methodist Church with Revd. Janet Taylor who gave the address. The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts paraded and the collection of £163 was sent to Christian Aid.
Just before the end of term our School held a leavers’ service in Church. Once again this was very well attended and we wish Evie, Liam, Monty, Ben, Chloe, Joey, Christopher, Ruby, Christian, Katie and Evan every success when they move to “Bishops”. Special thanks to Mrs Jackson for her work in organising the service. St Peter’s Church and Mawdesley Methodist Church provide each pupil with the Bible that they will need at Bishop Rawstorne College.
The final event of the summer was the village scarecrow festival. We had Bo Peep and her sheep outside Church and a fundraising stall at Cedar Farm. Our thanks to Mel and the team at Cedar Farm for the invitation to run a stall, the donations from all the businesses there and to members of the congregation for their support.