Social & Fundraising
We are always looking for new and exciting ways to raise funds for our magnificent building and for the wider church in the diocese and beyond. Here are a few of our activities for you to enjoy.
Summer Fair, July 27th 2019
The weather unfortunately meant that the Fair had to be indoors, which was a disappointment, but it was still a great success, and everyone had a good time. We raised a fabulous £845 after expenses. A HUGE thanks to everyone who came and made is such a lively afternoon, especially to The Sweet Martinis who played and sang throughout the afternoon, and to The Pet Shop who organised and ran the dog show in spite of the drizzle.
Monday Morning Coffee
Coffee, tea and scones are available in Church every Monday morning during the summer months to coincide with the town’s weekly market. This is a great way to catch up with friends, new and old, over a scone and a hot drink, and all for a very reasonable price! This year we will be running from April to October, so why not come along and see what our 'cake of the week' is, and enjoy a slice with a scone.
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We had intended to hold a Strawberry Soiree in the Vicarage garden on 24th June. Unfortunately, heavy overnight rain made that impossible as the garden was too wet, so we held it in church instead. Everyone had a lovely time anyway and enjoyed lots of fresh strawberries from Sinnington and glasses of Pimms!
Beetle Drive, May 2019
We had a fun evening at our Annual Beetle Drive once again. Although numbers were lower this year as it clashed with another event in the town, it was still a lot of laughs and a great opportunity to socialise. We all enjoyed the supper and the small raffle raised an additional £40 for our funds.
Marketplace stall, 4th May 2019
We had a very cold, wet and windy morning in the Marketplace selling home-made cakes, biscuits and preserves. Our book and jigsaws stall had to be covered against the elements, but we still managed to sell a few. We are selling books and jigsaws at the Monday morning Coffee Mornings.
Eastertide Feast, 28th April 2019
We had a fabulous Eastertide Feast in the Parish Hall after the 10am service. the tables were well-laden with food down the centre; different breads, cheeses, quiches, pork pies, crisps, potato salad and pickles, with the desserts on a separate table; pavlovas, chocolate cakes, Simnel cake and Polish cake alongside a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and various fruits to cover with the chocolate. Everyone had a fabulous time and a small raffle helped us raise a little more. Although it was a social event, not a fundraising one, we raised over £185 for church funds.
Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, 5th March 2019
We held our annual Pancake event in the Church Hall this year, as the lighting work is still ongoing in the Church. We had anticipated slightly fewer visitors because of this, but were actually busier than last year! We made well over 100 pancakes and raised £205 from donations, which will be considerably more after the Gift Aid is claimed. A huge thanks to everyone who came along and supported us and helped to make this such a jolly event once again. I'm afraid we didn't take any pictures as we were kept so busy!
Winter Afternoon Tea, 5th January 2019
Once again the tickets sold out like 'hot cakes' for the afternoon tea. The date had to be changed at the last minute, but almost everyone managed to come along on the revised date.
The Christmas Fair
We had a fabulous day for the Christmas Fair and raised over £1000 after expenses. As well as Father Christmas and lovely live music from Ells Bells and The Sweet Martinis, we had a Jewellery stall, cake stalls, Scalextric, Splat the Rat, Throw snowballs down the chimney, Bottle and Chocolate Tombolas, Book stall, Guess the weight of the giant sprout, Where's Rabbit been on his holiday?, Coin balancing, Find the golden ticket in a Cracker, and great refreshments.
Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported us.
Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported us.
Pickering 'War Weekend'
Once again we provided refreshments for the 'army' of visitors who descended on the town for this very popular 40's weekend. We were very fortunate to be able to use the church as usual, as the building work has almost come to a close. We served a variety of scones and cups of tea or coffee and raised well over £1000. A huge thank you to all the people who got up early to bake the scones and to everyone who helped on the day.
We had a lovely Harvest supper on 29th September in the Parish Hall. Vegetable soup and a roll was followed by a cottage pie with buttery cabbage. Apple and blackberry crumble and custard for pudding, then coffee of tea and truffles. 'Alum Pie' entertained us with gentle singing between the courses and Steve Bulmer gave us a hilarious auction of produce. We had a raffle too, and the whole evening raised £424 which was brilliant. Everyone had a lovely evening and the atmosphere was fantastic.