Service of Thanksgiving ~ after which refreshments were served
Exhibition and talk by the Architect, Iain Walker
Our Day of Celebration began with a Thanksgiving Service led by our Rector the Rev. Karen Rayner. We were honoured to have many of our kind benefactors at the service including Mr. & Mrs. Alan Watling from The Geoffrey Watling Trust and Mr. & Mrs. Nick Wiggins from The Round Tower Churches Society. We made the day a threefold celebration; it marked the completion of our Church Repair Project, the Queen's 90th birthday and
our Rector's return to health.
We had a very nice informal lunch before setting off in the rain for the unveiling of the newly restored Village Sign with its commemoration plaque in honour of the Queen's birthday. Despite the drizzle the sign looked very colourful and impressive; Paul had done a wonderful job. Margaret Alston unveiled the sign and it was blessed by our Rector. Our District Councillor and the Chairman of the Fleggburgh Parish Council were present together with many villagers. The rain stopped immediately after the ceremony for our walk back to the Church.
Iain explained the whole process of applying for funding & detailed the work that had gone into the project, much of this was below ground. A whole series of photographs accompanied this absorbing & informative talk. People were able to browse through the pictures afterwards which were displayed on our smart, new boards together with a photographic history of St. Peters.
This display illustrated the photographic history of Clippesby Church. Each picture was accompanied by a description from old directory entries and put together by Pauline.
During the afternoon lovely young people of the Opus String Quartet entertained us beautifully as we browsed through the displays and Jean and Bobby of Runham Church had baked and prepared a scrumptious tea. We were so grateful to them for helping us on our special day.
The Clippesby Team made sure that things ran smoothly and kept the guests supplied with drinks making good use of the new kitchenette in the tower.
Avery lovely Sogs of Praise brought this long day to a fitting close. Anne Brookes played hymns that had been chosen by different friends and these were introduced by the Rector and Mike Rayner.
So very many people had an input into the Church Repair Project and our Day of Celebration and to each and everyone the Churchwardens would like to express their grateful thanks. Teamwork makes it possible to do incredible things, all of us slotting together and fitting in where there is a need. It's the pattern as St. Paul described the Church as the Body of Christ, each one of us with different talents and gifts and all needing each other to function in the best way we can.
The Celebrations continue