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Windy, cold, and overwhelmingly wet. But in the face of the Great British weather, our Jubilee Street Party was to go ahead regardless, as a hundred of Mallow Park’s residents and their friends and relatives celebrated 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign – in the rain.
Following successful trips to Belgium in 2004, France in 2006, the Netherlands in 2008, and Yorkshire in 2010, this morning 42 St Luke’s congregation members and their friends arrived at church to begin the 2012 three-day trip to Norfolk and the Broads. Unlike previous May bank-holiday weekend trips, which were organised in association with a third-party travel company, for this one Dad took on the role of ‘tour manager’, organising everything from the initial promotional flyer to the booking of transport, the hotel, and the day excursions. Once we’d parked on the rather appropriately named Norfolk Road, Dad’s first job of the day was to count everyone onto the Lianne coach (to be driven by Michael Poynter, the husband of trip attendee Helen), and make a phone call to the one person found to be not present by the count. After finally getting through, it transpired that the lady concerned had simply overslept, and within 20 minutes she was on-board and we were ready to go.
Continuing a tradition started several years ago, we at St Luke’s enjoyed the first of three communal ‘Lent Lunches’ after the 10:00am Eucharist service this morning. Operating on a ‘bring and share’ system, there was plenty of cheese, bread, and a choice of two soups: green pea; and lentil, pasta, and ham.
Revd Sally began at 12:30pm with a prayer from a grace cube she’d brought along, and then Roger Clarke and Sue Hinchcliffe took the bowls of soup to the tables, restricting the number of people who had to be near the kitchen. After all, too many cooks spoil the broth!
There were about thirty people who’d stayed on after the service for the luncheon, and we were joined on our table by close family friend Eileen Goford.
For dessert, little Emily had made a box of biscuits with her mum, Kate, which she helped to share around the attendees. Kate suddenly had a moment of embarrassing guilt as she realised many of the congregation members present were likely to have given up such foods for Lent. However, it was pointed out that Sundays technically do not count as part of the fast prior to Easter, so all tucked in to the shortbread.