2017 saw a very successful coffee morning in May at the Old Stable where over £300 was raised for the church. As well as the usual raffle, two lovely bird feeders were donated and raffled. June saw cream tea at Parkhouse Water for Steph Jeffs to meet those in the village who contributed so much to the church by way of flower arranging, etc. and being a Friend of St Margaret's.
The Dog Show on 12th August 2017 was a very popular event held on one of the few fine days so far this August. There seemed to be more dogs than ever and the Judge, Chris Coles, had a busy time. Cream teas and Pimms were enjoyed as people relaxed after guessing the number of sweets in a jar, the name of a bear and hoping for success in the raffle, tombola and pound in a jar. We were enormously grateful that yet again Fred and Pat Robinson opened up their paddock for this annual event.
August Bank Holiday Monday was a beautiful day and some forty people enjoyed a convivial time over a ploughmans lunch in the beautiful setting at Champles Barn shaded by a selection of gazebos. £316 was raised at this social event. It was good to have Steph and Robert with us for this occasion.
Harvest Supper on 2nd October was a great success and the change to skittles brought out a competitive spirit with those taking part. Over £370 was raised for Devon Air Ambulance.
Over £200 was raised at a coffee morning on 31st October 2017 kindly hosted by Mrs Enid Hamadullah. It was lovely to welcome newcomers to the Village as well as catching up socially with so many people.
The Christmas Fayre at the beginning of December raised £1,186. There were many stalls "mostly made in Stoodleigh" and we were over-whelmed by the generosity of the donors to the raffle.
The Carol Service nearly did not happen because of a fall of plaster from the roof but thankfully it was repaired in time. The annual Carol Singing raised £142 and a donation was made to the Market Bus, the balance helping towards the repair of the roof.
Below is a round up of 2016 news from Stoodleigh Church and Community (please see 2017 dates in Events):
Carol Singing round the village on 20th December was enormous fun and we are grateful to all those who welcomed us into their homes. We were very thrilled to be able to add a further £130 to the Marie Curie fund set up in memory of Michael Honnor whose funeral had taken place earlier in the day.
The annual Carol Service on 18th December was led by Steph Jeffs, our new Rector, who was warmly welcomed to Stoodleigh. The church was packed and the children performed a short Nativity Play concluding with young Lottie Rigamonti playing "Away in a Manager" on the organ. The choir this year had swelled to twenty and gave great support to the congregational singing with splendid descants. Joe Strong sang the first verse of "Once in Royal David's City" and in addition there were two choir items, "Christmas Lullaby" by John Rutter and "The Three Kings" by Peter Cornelius, in which we welcomed Keith as the soloist. See our photograph album for some pictures of the service.
The Family Fun Dog Show on 13th August was a happy event held in brilliant afternoon sunshine after a damp morning. A considerable amount was raised shared between the church and the parish hall.
The annual Ploughmans on August Bank Holiday was held at Champles Barn on a lovely sunny day and was a great success. This was followed by a busy September which saw a coffee morning at Furzeclift, a drawing-room performance of "The Gondoliers given by the Barle Singers at Champles Barn and at the beginning of October, Harvest Supper. We are grateful for all the support raising funds towards St Margaret's. In addition, it was good to be able to send £100 to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust as a result of the Harvest Supper auction.
The annual Christmas Fayre in the Parish Hall on Saturday 10th December was a great success and over £1,100 was raised for the church. Many thanks for all who helped decorate the Hall, had stalls and came to support this event. Father Christmas got delayed by the fog but otherwise all things ran smoothly!
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