Our annual Harvest and Patronal Festival was taken by Rev James Cooke, in a church that looked simply stunning. The beauty of our church is something that we should never take for granted – I certainly never do – and the love and care that is showered on this ancient Norman building is a wonderful thing in this plastic, throw-away world we live in.

The team of flower arrangers rose to the challenge, as always, and decorated the church with simple Harvest dignity, and it was a great pleasure to hear the ancient words spoken in our ancient church, decorated in the ancient manner.

The previous Saturday, thanks to the great generosity of Henry and Miranda,  we had heard the fascinating history of Shalfleet from the earliest times, through the Roman occupation, and then the Norman invasion, and on into the middle ages and beyond. John Medland held an audience of around 100 of us spell bound in the candle lit church, and once more it helped remind us how lucky we are to have this wonderful church at the heart of our village.

Just under £800 was raised on the night towards our Windows Campaign, which was a very welcome boost, so thank you to all of you who supported this event. As Summer turns to Autumn, and the nights draw in, we are mindful of the work that lies ahead to repair 4 of our windows, and we are grateful to all those who have expressed their support for the work we are doing, to preserve this beautiful building for the next generation and beyond. We have made an excellent start in terms of raising the £80,000 we need to undertake this work, with £25,000 already received or pledged from local families, but we have a long way to go, so do please contact us if you are able to help.

Many thanks.