Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Snowdrop teas sell out at 1,000 year old church

THE cakes ran out as so many people attended the opening weekend of this year?s snowdrop teas festival at St Botolph?s Church in Swyncombe

THE cakes ran out as so many people attended the opening weekend of this year?s snowdrop teas festival at St Botolph?s Church in Swyncombe.

More than £1,500 was raised by the event, which is now in its 18th year.

The snowdrops were blessed by the Rev Christopher Evans, rector of Watlington, in front of visitors.

Churchwarden Hilary Cox said the number of visitors on Saturday was lower than normal due to the poor weather but there was a good turnout the following day.

She said: ?It went extremely well on Sunday and we ran out of cake as there were a lot of people.

?The same people seem to come from year to year. Some people come to venerate their loved ones who are in the churchyard, as well as view the snowdops. It?s a very peaceful and gentle way to spend a pleasurable afternoon with tea and delicious cakes.

?We?re looking forward to welcoming more people to see the snowdrops on future weekends but I think we?re going to have to send out a plea for more cake!?

Hundreds of cups of tea were sold and there were jams, marmalades, chutneys and cheeses for sale as well as books, bric-a-brac and church memorabilia.

The festival will continue this weekend, when the snowdrops will be blessed by Canon Tony Williamson, and next Saturday and Sunday. There will be a choral evensong at 4.30pm on Sunday.

The proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the church, which will be 1,000 years old in 2020.


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