St Mary’s celebrates a sunshine summer fete success in Apsley

The sun beamed on efforts by St Mary’s Church, Apsley End, to bring the local community together for the summer fair.

From Chi Gung exercises in the church to parachuting teddy bears from the roof, there was something for everyone.

St Mary's Church Apsley summer fete

St Mary's Church Apsley summer fete

Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Dacorum Allan and Wendy Lawson were special guests in the morning and Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, a valued supporter of the church, popped along in the afternoon.

A talented young pianist and a trio of friends played and sang traditional songs in the church. The tower was open in the morning for people to view the refurbished bells and a busker street organ moved around the churchyard entertaining all day.

Inside there was a display in pictures of old Apsley and the church registers dating from 1913 were available to search for entries. The lovely display of church life in pictures created considerable interest.

The refreshments, many home made, were very popular and the barbecue was a great success.

Outside a tombola, many stalls and a miniature passenger carrying railway were kept busy.

There were plants, books, games, DVDs, CDs, the Phoenix range of cards and stationery and beautiful hand made soap.

Games, face painting and a Nash Mills Church of England PTA craft table proved very popular with younger visitors.

A spokesman said: “There were many complimentary remarks about the church, churchyard and beautiful flower arrangements. The working parties that meet on Monday and Friday mornings are to be congratulated!

“We are very grateful to the 200 or so people who visited the fair making it a very successful event in aid of our Music Fund.”

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