Monday, 14 June 2021

Hundreds flock to village church’s snowdrop festival

MORE than 600 cups of tea have been sold so far at this year’s snowdrop teas in Swyncombe.

MORE than 600 cups of tea have been sold so far at this year’s snowdrop teas in Swyncombe.

John Sennett, who helps organise the event at St Botolph’s Church, says he has been amazed by the demand.

Last Saturday was so busy that volunteers ran out of cakes and around a dozen people baked through the night so that there were cakes ready for the following afternoon.

Mr Sennett said: “It was absolutely astonishing and a hugely successful weekend. We have had visitors from all over the place — Cambridge, Norfolk, London and Slough as well as Oxford and the local area.” The annual snowdrop festival takes place on the first three weekends in February between 2pm and 4pm each day.

About £2,800 has been raised so far this year which will be donated to the church funds.

A choral evensong will round off this year’s event on Sunday.

The Swyncombe singers will perform at 4.30pm and Rev Helen Kendrick, who trained in the benefice of Icknield before becoming the priest-in-charge of Sutton Courtenay with Appleford, will preach.

Mr Sennett said: “We are looking forward to Helen coming back and the evensong will be a wonderful warm end to this year’s teas.”

Entry is free and there are signs on the B481 to direct visitors.

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