Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Annual Church Fete at Nayland Village Hall.
There was a wonderful community atmosphere as people from across the village (and further afield) enjoyed the side stalls, children’s and adults fun races, the Beer and Pimms Tents, the wonderful local sausages and burgers, the music and so much more.
All of this couldn’t have happened with a lot of hard work from a fantastic committee and team of volunteers, as well as the financial support of our local business sponsors.
All the profits from the event will be used to maintain and enhance the physical building of St James Church, to preserve it for future generations of villagers, as well as helping us to develop it into a valuable community space, as well as an important and much valued place of worship.
This coming Bank Holiday Monday (27th May) sees the return of our Annual Nayland Church Fete on the Recreation Ground behind the Village Hall (CO6 4JH) .
There is so much going on this year that we have extended the opening times from 1pm to 4pm just so that you have the chance to see and do everything!
In addition to the Classic Car Display, the £150 Top Prize Raffle, the ever popular Children’s and Adult’s Sports and Tug-O-War, NEW THIS YEAR we are introducing “Have a Go Archery” with White Dragon Archery, that is on top of all of the stalls listed below!
Glass and China
Kitchen and Picnic
Pictures & Soft Furnishings
Bric a Brac
Jewellery & Handbags
Good Condition Ladies Clothes
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REFRESHMENT
Cakes and biscuits
Strawberries and Cream Teas
Hot Dogs & Burgers
Last year over £14,000 was raised again which was used towards the improvements to St James’ Church, providing a new servery and accessible bathroom. More work is planned in the coming years to make the church an accessible asset for the whole community.
Adults – £3
Concessions – £2
Children – Free
Ample Free Parking (follow local signs)
We look forward to seeing you all there – but thank you in advance to everyone, visitors, sponsors, volunteers who make this event happen.
There are a number of events taking place in the coming weeks (in addition to Remembrance) for all ages! It would be wonderful to welcome as many of you as are able to come.
What a difference it makes when the Bank Holiday weather is not only dry but fantastically warm!
The good weather certainly brought out the crowds in the morning for Stoke by Nayland’s bi-annual Spring Fair, where people enjoyed climbing St Mary’s tower to admire the views, watch the kites being flown, purchased, ice creams, beer and crafts, as well as watching a wonderful demonstration of May Pole Dancing by the pupils of Stoke by Nayland Church of England Primary School…. even the vicar joined in!
Then in the afternoon, many went down the hill to join in all the traditional fun and games at Nayland Church Fete. The children (and a few adults) got into the swing of things with the sack race, egg and spoon race, three legged races, and the fiercely fought sprints – followed with more ice creams (and for the adults at least a chance to drink the Pimms tent dry not once but twice!)
In what seems to be turning into an annual occurrence The Revd Mark Woodrow once again volunteered to have wet sponges thrown at him (although we suspect that this might have just been a ploy to cool down!)
All in all it was the most wonderful day, raising much needed funds for St Mary’s Church in Stoke-by-Nayland, St James’ Church in Nayland and St Mary’s Church in Wissington.
Can we say a massive thank you to all the Committee members and Volunteers who made both events such a success, and for all of our Parishioners, Visitors and Friends for once again supporting these events.
Devastation in wake of Hurricane Irma
Following the devastation that has been wrought throughout the Caribbean Islands and the United States, the benefice have decided to offer those across the benefice the opportunity to make a donation to help those in some of the poorest islands who have lost everything.
Please do encourage friends and neighbours to give what they can. Collecting boxes have been place at the following points in the Benefice,
- St Mary’s Church
- The Village Store and Post Office
- The Cock Inn
- St Matthew’s Church
- The Hare & Hounds Pub
- The Lion Inn
- St James Church (then at the Post Office during the week)
- Kerridge the Butcher’s
- The Village Stores Bear Street
- The Anchor Inn
- The Church of St Mary the Virgin (c/o Nicola Thorogood)
Stoke by Nayland:
- The Church of St Mary
- The Village Store and Post Office
- The Crown Inn
- The Angel Inn
- Eaves Garage
- The S-b-N Hotel & Golf Club
The collecting boxes will be in place for another week until about 18th or 19th September.
If you would like to donate online, directly with Aid Organisation helping those affected please donate to:
Oxfam Hurricane Irma Appeal
World Vision Hurricane Irma Appeal
Care International Hurricane Irma Appeal
USPG Rapid Response Caribbean Appeal
We continue to pray for all who suffer as a result of this catastrophe, and what is to follow, as well as those having to abandon and flee their homes, and homelands, through persecution, tyranny and other disaster.
Our Traditional village fete will once again be held in the beautiful medieval village of Nayland on this upcoming Bank Holiday Monday:
Come along and:-
- Admire the Great Classic Vehicle Display
- Take part in adults and children’s novelty sports and Tug of War.
- Shop for plants, books, vintage, gifts and more.
- Enjoy sideshows for all ages including Splat the Rat, Bouncy Castle, Welly boot throw, China Smash and face painting.
- Feast on hotdogs, homemade cakes, strawberries and cream and ices.
- There will be a raffle with a £150 first prize Great fun for all
All proceeds to St James’ Church Fabric Fund.
Gates Open 1.30pm – Stalls Open 2pm
For more information please contact: Lorna Burgin (email@example.com)
The Village of Stoke by Nayland began its Christmas Celebrations in earnest this evening, as they gathered around the Christmas Tree to sing carols accompanied by the Boxted Methodist Silver Band.
Boxted Methodist Silver Band
Christmas Tree and Band
A great time was had by all, helped in no short part by the generous provision of Minced Pies and Mulled Wine by The Crown Inn.
A collection was taken which will support the work of the Band and also their chosen charity Action for Children.
Marenzio Singers at Wiston Church
Last night in a packed Wiston Church, we were entertained to a delightful selection of seasonal music, both sacred and secular, from across the centuries by the wonderful Marenzio Singers.
The evening was organised by the Friends of Wiston Church (Registered Charity No. 1158565) .
Thank you to all who attended, those who prepared refreshements, and of course the Marenzio Singers themselves.
A hardworking team of fundraisers came together to raise £1,220 yesterday (19th November) which will be used by St Matthew’s Church to support life and mission to the parish of Leavenheath.
With some amazing Crafts, Christmas Gifts, and visits from Father Christmas and Elsa from Frozen, it was easy for us all the get into the festive mood.
Thank you to all who organised the Fair, and a big thank you to all who supported it.