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Staple Fitzpaine Church Fete 2017

On a glorious hot and sunny day today, we went to the Staple Fitzpaine church fete.  This village is approx. 3 miles from us and we often pass through it on the way to Taunton. The village fete was being held in the manor house,

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a lovely old house with a beautiful lake in the back garden.

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There were lots of stalls, the cake stall, the bottle tombola (Neil and I both won something), the coconut shy (Neil got a coconut first try), the book stall, skittles, bric a brac and ladies hats to name but a few, as well as the prerequisite burger stand and ice cream seller.

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The Wellington Silver Band were seated in the shade of a large tree and were playing when we went in.  It was lovely to hear them and we stopped a while in the shade.

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Later in the afternoon Punch and Judy were appearing and a dog show was taking place in the field, with afternoon tea being served in the walled garden.  How nice it would be to own a pile like that, and a wonderful setting for the Summer Church fete which is only held every 3 years.

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Poppy collecting and Remembrance Sunday in Buckland St Mary

Neil and I were volunteered this year into door to door poppy collecting for the British Legion.  We have never done this before but took up the challenge and were assigned a rural patch with several farms and a few houses.  Even so the first day we went out it took us two and a half hours to go around, as where we found people at home, they mostly stopped to talk.

Neil with our poppy box

The lady who organises poppy collection in this area sends out 50 boxes with various people.  She has to make each box up, then collect them all in, count up the money, and bank it, so quite a job.  In our box we had normal poppies, car stickers, wrist bands, wooden crosses,  a large car poppy and a collection tin.  The wristbands seemed popular with the youngsters, but most people bought a normal poppy, and many people were very generous.

The poppy box

Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday in the UK and in Buckland St Mary, like many churches throughout the country we had a Remembrance Day service.  Ours was 3pm in the afternoon and for a small village there was an excellent turnout.  When we went outside to the cenotaph we had 2 local trumpeters to play the last post and then the revielle. Then we all retired to the back of the church for tea and cake and a natter. It’s very good to see the community coming together for such an event.

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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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