- St Mary the Virgin
- Church Lane
- RH1 4LP
St Mary’s says Happy Birthday to her Majesty the Queen.
St Mary’s church celebrated in style over the weekend 11th and 12th of June. The church was packed, with standing room only, for a Concert for the Village by the Village. Nearly 80 performers either living in the village or members of village organisations took part in this memorable concert which included wonderful solo performances, many from youngsters under the age of 18. We were charmed with operatic arias from Julian Gavin, a world famous tenor now resident in the village, asked by the Bletchingley Players to imagine life in the village should the Queen decide to retire to the country!
The 3 choirs present delighted us with a range of musical styles from the children of St Catherine’s school, the Bletchingley Community Choir and the Church Choir. A retiring collection gathered over £800 and this will be divided equally by Young Epilepsy and Us, formerly USPG, who are working with the refugees stranded in Greece. Indeed, a joyous evening.
Sunday morning arrived, the bunting was up, the gazebos erected, chairs and tables gathered but still it continued to rain! Reluctantly as the 9.45 service ended we decided to hold our ‘Street Party’ in the church. The weather didn’t deter villagers from coming out to celebrate this wonderful occasion as the social committee fed over 220 people with cold meats, salads, chutneys and various summer fruit tarts. Finally, the candles on the birthday cake were lit, happy Birthday sung and all the small children present blew out the candles! We were very lucky to have the Band of the Surrey Yeomanry to entertain us throughout the lunch with a wonderful selection of music.
The lunch finished with everyone joining in to sing Jerusalem and then the National Anthem.
We aimed to fulfil her Majesty’s wish that Charity, Community and Celebration should be at the heart of our festivities. We hope we succeeded.
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