Harvest Festival was another amazing community event this year!
A great celebration followed the service at Longney Church…… Tea, Coffee and homemade biscuits were served along with some delicious, freshly cooked Samosas whilst neighbours and friends caught up with each other amongst the beautiful displays and competition entries. Even the choir carried on with their practice undaunted, preparing now for Remembrance Sunday and Christmas.
Along with the beautiful flower arrangements by Judy Smith and her team Longney School pupils had decorated the porch and the interior of the church with Autumn themed poems and artwork. Exhibitions included paintings and photographs by local residents. There was an array of competitions for all ages ranging from Photography, Animals made from Fruit and Vegetables, Best Home Grown Vegetables and Fruits, Harvest themed drawings and “The Great Harvest Bake Off” which saw a range of the most delicious and exquisitely decorated cakes! We have some amazing talent in our two Parishes!
Activities for children included decorating gingerbread men and making vegetable kebabs for their Sunday lunches. The treasure hunt was fun with children exploring all areas of the church in search of clues.
The bottle tombola was a great draw (excuse the pun) and the mighty raffle raised over £1000! The produce stall was over flowing with delicious things to eat and plenty of local fresh fruit and vegetables were on sale as well as the cakes from the competitions. The plant stall did well with lots of healthy looking species ready for autumn planting.
Probably the biggest excitement was the scarecrow competition – and a drive through the villages of Longney and Epney over the Harvest weekend was very entertaining and full of surprises!
A whopping £1598 was raised for the church. So a big thank you to everyone who contributed and helped with this super event, it will definitely be on the calendar for next year and we would welcome any ideas or feedback! – Cathi Beloe