2016 – 2017: Events at St Andrew’s Church, Swavesey
Exciting events and new ventures at Swavesey
We finished 2016 with a new venture – an Advent Festival with a Craft Fayre, followed a week later by our annual Christingle service. Swavesey had enjoyed successful weekend Christmas Tree Festivals for several years but this was a new idea: flying and standing angels that would remain in church throughout the Advent season. The event was a great success with twenty beautiful angel displays swooping above the main aisle, watching us from the rood screen and gracing the side aisles.
The angels had barely flown back to heaven before members of the congregation and their friends were happily celebrating Burns Night with the traditional fare of haggis and neeps followed by a proper Scottish Ceilidh led by our very own John Mullett, Lyn McGoff and friends
We were very fortunate in February to be welcomed into the garden of Priory House, to wonder at the beautiful snowdrops and winter aconites. It is very kind of Jeremy and his family to open their garden to us and we are very grateful for the privilege. Refreshments were served in the church to warm up participants on a chilly afternoon!
Mothering Sunday saw the Memorial Hall transformed into The Ritz complete with smartly dressed waiters and a very efficient Maitre de. A splendid pianist played in the background whilst we ate our cucumber sandwiches and sipped our tea and then provided the music for couples as they waltzed and polka’d their way around the hall.
St Andrew’s was a beautiful place over the Easter weekend, decorated as it was with a range of lovely flower arrangements and Easter displays including rabbits, birds and eggs. The Lady Chapel became a quiet place of remembrance with a display of Easter Lilies dedicated to the memory of loved ones. The congregation helped to decorate a large cross in the churchyard with flowers as they arrived for the morning service.
The wonderful acoustics of our church attracted a range of musicians to perform in a season of concerts during the summer months. We began with Prime Brass, a local brass band who played a range of music from classical favourites to modern film themes. We were very lucky to be able to emulate Glyndebourne by picnicking in the grounds of The Manor House before enjoying the music. Our thanks go to Jo Bayfield for welcoming us into her gardens. A fortnight later, the church was echoing to the toe-tapping music of German based Irish music band Cara, who played and sang a range of traditional folk music and their own contemporary material. Swavesey Community Choir entertained us a few weeks later with an interesting concert of songs and readings for the summer season. Our concert season came to its finale with a concert by the Sedici Choir, a local choir who provided us with a lovely evening of a cappella singing interspersed with readings and a beautiful piano solo.
In July, we challenged the local teddies, monkeys and even a hippopotamus to ride the zip-wire from the top of the church tower down to the churchyard. After a rigorous pre-flight check by our team of medical experts, a range of intrepid animals and toys took to the air and encouraged by their owners and excited bystanders, flew down to earth. Each courageous pilot was rewarded with a certificate and a round of applause. Refreshments were served inside the church whilst paper aeroplanes were constructed and tested and church mice hunted for and recorded. A good time seemed to be had by all!
In September, we joined with our 5folds friends to take part in a ceilidh at Over Community Centre. It was a very enjoyable evening and a good opportunity to get to know each other.
During October and November, some of us met at Jacqui Fuller’s house every fortnight to chat and to create Christmas stars and crafts for our Angel and Star Festival.
We finish the year as we began it, with beautiful angels sweeping down the aisle towards the altar or bearing silent witness in the side aisles whilst stars turn in the windows and sparkle on all sides.
We hope that you have all enjoyed visiting our church and taking part in our events this year and that you will continue to support us in the future. Please contact a member of our Events Committee if you would like to help with future events or if you have a wonderful idea for something that we might try out.
Nicky Carne. December 2017
Look out for more events in 2018
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