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June 2018

Spring Fair 2018

Julia Fletcher

The sun shone, the church looked splendid after hours of preparation – and in the words of the preacher, Bishop Michael Curry ‘two people fell in love and we all showed up’ … to Hampstead Parish Church for the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Or at least that is how it felt to me last Saturday, 19th May, looking at all the people coming into church to watch the wedding on our big screen and then having fun in and around the church afterwards.


he combination of glorious weather, shared celebration and hard work by many led to a wonderful all age event attended by people of faith and none, young and old. New skills were honed and new friendships forged.  We learnt more about ourselves and others through the displays mounted in church and had lots of fun in the process.

But this is only the start. ‘Big and Bold’ was one comment, and it was – with the possibility of more.  If we want to attract new people we must go out to the neighbourhood and put on events attractive to all ages and pockets. Competition for people’s attention is fierce in today’s economic and digital climate – many people, congregation members included, work long hours and are time poor.  We must be able to offer quality without compromise and clarity without fuss or else we will be side-lined, along with many others. 


f you have any ideas or would like to be part of a future planning team for an event then please talk to me.  I would just like to pay tribute to the planning team for this year’s Spring Fair who were so helpful and supportive; together we came up with new ideas and ways of doing things which hopefully we can build on in the future. Grateful thanks too to all those who donated ,helped, baked, offered raffle/silent auction prizes and came along on the day to support us.

At the time of writing, we have raised £10,500.00 for our chosen charities – a perfect result!

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