I was asked the other day “For how many years has the open gardens event been happening in Blofield”. About 20 years was my initial response. Then a chance discovery of old copies of Blofield News led me to this entry.
“Why spend August bank holiday in a traffic jam? Choose instead a peaceful, leisurely afternoon spent exploring other people’s gardens and enjoying a cream tea in Blofield Church. Tickets £1.”
This was in 1994 and was billed as a new enterprise. By the next year it had moved to a Sunday in June. Could we ever have imagined the idea blossoming and growing for 22 years?
Over the weekend of the Queen’s official birthday Blofield Church was busy with visitors arriving to see the open gardens around the village, calling in for their cream tea and also enjoying a lunch to celebrate the special royal day. Some of the older residents in the village had contributed memories of events during their lives and these made a display which visitors enjoyed reading. These are still available in a book and if anyone would like to contribute their own memories of life in the last 80 – 90 years we would be pleased to hear from them.
One older resident attended the lunch and wrote, “Thank you for making such a nice day for me and my family. We enjoyed it very much; you made me feel special.”
The celebration of the installation of the new kitchen took place on Saturday 7th May with the delivery of a Medieval Banquet in the west end of the church. Fine food, authentic drinks and candle light surroundings were augmented by some excellent traditional music, thanks to the beautiful voice of Rachel Prior and a talented recorder ensemble. Thanks go to all those involved in making such an enjoyable and stylish evening.
With the kitchen now back in full use, all the former events before the temporary closure are now operating again. The service of coffee and biscuits each Sunday is now resumed as is the Wednesday morning West End Cafe at 10.15 am after service, to which all are welcome. Come along and see the changes which have taken place and enjoy all that the new facilities have made possible.
Each Wednesday there is a warm welcome from 10.15am at our West End Café with hot drinks, cakes, cookies and companionship. Do come along then or join us also for the 9.30 am mid-week communion service which precedes the café.
Our parent and toddler group, “Play Church”, will not be running during the school holidays but will restart on September 7th.
Poppies Community Cafe is an outreach group from Blofield Church. We meet every Wednesday from 10.00a.m until noon in Blofield Courthouse, where there is disabled parking and a ramp with rails for easy entry. Find good company, laughter and good food – all for a small donation which helps to pay the rent. You will be offered a selection of savouries, cakes, tea breads, biscuits, tea and coffee served by Elizabeth and John and their helpers. Everyone is assured of a welcome. Do come and see for yourself what a happy group this is.