St Andrew’s Church Summer Picnic, 6 July 2019

On July 6th, St Andrew’s Church and its beautifully decorated churchyard provided a vibrant and colourful setting for a delightful summer’s afternoon of music, arts and crafts, teas and cakes, all organised by Friends of St.Andrew’s, for everyone to enjoy.

Throughout the afternoon, the marvellous “Flute Cocktail”, led by their musical director Wendy Walshe, played a selection of evocative pieces that filled the air with lovely melodies. Their music provided the perfect backdrop, as everyone relaxed with friends and neighbours under parasols and sunshades, or simply stretched out on the grass, to enjoy all that is best about an English village event in summertime.

Inside, the church was transformed into an Aladdin’s Cave. Full of special pleasures, and packed with displays of crafts, ceramics, fabrics and embroidery brought together by Ethel and Helen of “Craft Shack” fame, there was so much to see. Beautiful paintings from talented local artists, including the Cuffley Art Society, were exceptional. The children had a great time too, “hiding under the tree” whilst painting stones and being super-creative, as only children can. Home-grown plants on show were an extra attraction.

The sumptuous array of delicious savouries, cakes and sandwiches of all kinds, provided by Sarah, Mo, Sue, and Doreen was a real treat - their ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ chocolate fudge cakes were what dreams are made of! Visitors enthusiastically jostled for a place in the queue to make sure they didn’t miss a thing. Proceeds from the catering, and from the Arts and Crafts sales, go to church funds.

Congratulations and thanks to Sandie Ash and her hardworking team for organising this very worthwhile event. Thanks also to all who took part, including those who set everything up in the morning, and tidied up at the end of the day. And thanks of course to everyone who came along to support the church, and make St Andrew’s Summer Picnic such an enjoyable and memorable occasion for the Village.

Jerry O’Reilly

Photographs by Jerry O’Reilly.