Quarley Harvest Festival
||A real Celebration in Quarley this year!
The Church was dressed overall with spectacular flower and vegetable
arrangements, all grown in gardens round about. Huge clusters of flowers ranging
from the mighty sedum to the glowing Chinese lantern, rose hips like small
scarlet flagons to the calmness of lilies: a joyful pumpkin by the altar,
flanked by modest white squashes in the shape of small pies: and sheaves of corn
interlaced with their poppies. The rich reds and yellows of autumn were the dominant
theme, but here and there a vase in cold colours to remind us that winter's on
the way. All this a bounteous background to a service well sung by the choir and
organist, with the good old harvest hymns and an anthem sung by Peter Coulson in
memory of Dick Aubertin!
the following evening over eighty people came along to celebrate the harvest in
style with a barn dance in the hall, genially masterminded by Canon David
Slater, who got everyone dancing - not that they needed much persuading. The
whole hall was needed to house the dancers and the supper, at two long tables
appropriately decorated with hops and grapes (although these were not the only
drinks on offer!). Tommy Watts conducted the auction with his usual aplomb and
the rafflers made history by running out of tickets! Many hands made light work
of the delicious supper and the evening was pronounced a great success. Thank
you for coming - please come again next year.