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Walk through Buckland St Mary to the church and back.

During this coronavirus lockdown we are making more time to go for walks so that we get some exercise other than gardening.  Today we walked through the village up to the church and back and these are some of the views we saw along our way, for the benefit of those who don’t live locally.

Firstly the view across the fields from just up from our house.20200419_125805

A field had either been mowed or rolled into neat lines,20200420_114502

and this is where the footpath sign to the church is.20200420_114517

The telephone box by the telephone exchange is looking a bit worse for wear. Perhaps we could have a village book swap in there like some villages do?20200420_114849

Further up the lane a flag was flying.20200420_114956

We passed a Dutch barn where they store hay in the Winter and commented on the lovely view.20200420_115136

This is the lane to the mill.  We  have never been down there as we are told the path becomes very muddy.20200420_115221

A sign post shows the way to Buckland Church and in the other direction to Birchwood.20200420_115308

Bear right there and you can see the church.20200420_115336

Opposite the church is a small shelter.20200420_120407

The lychgate to the church has been recently renovated.20200420_120503

This is the wording as you pass under.20200420_120519

As we walked around the outside of the church we spotted this gargoyle.20200420_120631

The steps up at the back of the church lead to private land.20200420_120648

All the tombstones were showing up brightly in the sunshine.20200420_120748

The memorial still has some poppy wreaths on it.20200420_120858

On the way back home we stopped to look at the view towards Birchwood.20200420_121912

This is the lane homewards.20200420_122710

The junction of the lanes that make the triangle near us, also shows a neighbour’s field.20200420_123059

And home again.  En route we stopped to chatter to locals in their gardens or in their cars, all from a suitable 2 metre distance of course.  It makes for a sociable walk.

 

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Macmillan coffee morning in Buckland Church

This morning Neil and I hosted a Macmillan Coffee morning in Buckland St Mary Church. It was like a military operation getting everything ready, making lists of things to take and baking like mad yesterday afternoon, to make cakes and biscuits for sharing and to sell.  We got everything ready last night, even blew up the balloons so we would make a quick start this morning.

Balloons and bags at the ready

We’ve hosted Macmillan Coffee mornings before, when we lived in Langley, but doing it from home is quite different from doing it in the church, because we had to take literally everything with us.

 I’d roped friends in to make cakes aswell and other friends to work on the cake stall and to sell raffle tickets.  We’d advertised it in the local parish magazine and also in the local paper.  Over 100 people turned up.

The church brimming with people

Neil and I made tea and coffee all morning and there was cake to eat too.  We asked for donations rather than selling it and people were very generous.  Overall with the cake stall, the raffle and the donations we took £370.00, which we think is excellent.

Chris selling the last few cakes to Bernard

I must admit it felt like hard work, especially as there are no facilities for washing up there , so we had to bring home all the cups, saucers and plates and wash them up at home, to take back this evening.  What fun!!

Anyway in 19 months I think you can say we have well and truly integrated into our local community to hold a coffee morning, get that many people turn up and make so much money.

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