What a fabulous day we had last Sunday!
Together we raised over £1,000 for St Mary’s! Much needed funds to help keep our lovely historic church open, but it’s not just about raising funds, it’s also about bringing our community together The church is the last remaining communal building in Billingsley.
There are so many people to thank for making it such a big success so here goes …
First of all a big thank you to everyone who came and supported us on the day. We hope you had a good time.
Thanks also to those who bought raffle tickets and made donations.
Another big thank you to Bonnie & Mike Garvey who were the driving force behind this event.
Thanks to Sue & Phil Bates for organising the raffle & prizes and for stepping up when the going got tough at the BBQ!
Thanks to Amanda & Dave Prescott for organising the BBQ.
Thanks to Caroline for cooking all the onions and supporting in the kitchen on the day.
Ellen thanks for baking such an amazing array of cakes and for staying up until after midnight the night before.
Thanks to all of our other helpers on the day.
A big shout out to ‘The Endangered Species’ (the band!) for their time and talent on the day.
Thanks to Harry Scriven for donating the burgers and sausages.
Thanks to The Eagle & Serpent for organising the licensed bar.
Thank you to all of our raffle prize donors.
Last but definitely not least a big thank you to David Poyner, our assistant curate, who walks around the village every month to say hello and publicise our upcoming events. Please say hello and give him a wave next time you see him out and about!
Think we’ll all have a bit of a rest now before we start thinking about 2020!!!
Despite the overcast weather and change of time, the annual Billingsley BBQ and village fete was well attended and a great evening was had by all. The Churchwardens and rest of the St Mary’s PCC would like to thank everyone that supported or helped run the event. Special thanks go to Frank and Rose Cartwright and everyone at Rays Farm for yet again allowing us to host the event at this wonderful location and to Harry Scriven for donating the delicious burgers and sausages! Stottesdon musician Emily Bond played an excellent acoustic set for nearly 3 hours and there were plenty of stalls for people to enjoy in between visiting the animals, and sampling the delights from the BBQ and Bar! Almost £1800 was raised for St Mary’s Church in Billingsley from this event. Some of the money will be put towards the Churches refurbishment fund – we are currently raising money for the installation of a kitchenette and fully accessible toilet inside the Church. This will enhance the experience of our visitors and of anyone attending services at the Church. It will also mean we can start to use the Church for more community events once our facilities have improved. The trustees from Deuxhill Village Hall generously gave us a significant sum towards this fundraising project following on from the sale of the hall, but we still have quite a shortfall so money raised from this years BBQ will give the appeal a real boost!
Packed crowds enjoyed the annual Billingsley BBQ and Fete at Rays Farm
Our 2 biggest supporters, Mr Frank Cartwight and Mr Harry Scriven, always come along to join in the fun!
A warm welcome awaited you at The Bar!!
Get your delicious Burgers and Hot Dogs here!!
Local Musician Emily Bond entertained the crowds with her amazing acoustic set!!
A great night, but we were all shattered by the end of it!!Fete at Rays Farm
SATURDAY 30th AUGUST 4pm
Rays Farm Country Matters
off the B4363 in Billingsley
To The Editor,
We would like to thank everyone who supported our annual BBQ and village fete on Saturday 31st August at Rays Farm to raise funds for St Mary’s Church, Billingsley. The event was a huge success, raising over £2000 for the Church, and a great night was had by all. Specific thanks go to the Cartwright family and all the staff at Rays Farm for generously providing this wonderful venue, and to Harry Scriven and family for the delicious sausages and burgers! Thanks also to The Highley Colliery Band for providing an enjoyable evening’s entertainment and to everyone who donated items for sale, helped out on the night, or came along to join in the fun!!
Next years BBQ has been set for Saturday 30th August 2014, so please pop this date in your diary – it’s sure to be a great night!
Zoe Baggott and Rebecca Hadley
St Mary’s Church
Sunday 31 August 6pm at Rays Farm Country Matters
BBQ (100% local meat), licensed bar, raffle, tombola, home-made teas, produce, cake and book stalls, bric-a-brac, and lots more.
Music by the Highley Colliery Band, Visit the animals of Rays Farm.
Admission: £3.50 for adults Children – Free!
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