Open Churches Festival May 2017
Once again St Mary's took part in the West Lindsey Open Churches Festival. In the past it has been a great success. This year was no exception. The sun beamed down almost all weekend and visitors came and enjoyed a range of refreshments and had the opportunity to buy a range of locally produced cakes, marmalade, greetings cards, postcards and shopping bags.
As ever a team of volunteers, cooked, baked, manned the church and sold their wares. And it was a delightful triumph. The team raised over £700.00 for Church funds (that is considerably higher than last year, and last year was an all-time record!) and we had over 140 visitors.
As last year a feature for St Mary's was an exhibition telling the history of Thoresway and the church. This proved very popular with visitors. The exhibition will remain on permanent display in the church, so if you have not seen it yet, why not pop in and learn a little about your village's past. A new panel has been added explaining how we have spent the gifts of money we have received from events like Open Churches.
This year included a small exhibition of photographs by a local professional graphic designer/photographer. They depicted the countryside in and around Thoresway. They raised a lot of compliments. (And some prints were sold to add to the coffers!)
However the exhibitions were not as popular as the great range of cakes, biscuits, quiches, soup (made by our local celebrity TV Chef Rachel Green) sausage rolls, chicken pies and filo parcels. (I can vouch, personally, that every morsel was delicious ... said the editor.) Everyone who contributed must be thanked.
Another feature (again from last year) was the inclusion of a plant stand. Selling everything from tomato plants to Bonsai Trees, this too was a huge success. Our thanks go to everyone who helped man the stand and to all those who contributed plants.