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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Celebration Weekend on 16th/17th September, to everyone who took part in the *800 and counting* challenge and to everyone who supported the fund-raising events along the way.
Saturday was a fabulous day of celebration with singers, dancers, poetry, artwork to buy, crafts to view. We had performances by 60s band Alive and Well, Elvis, Chris & Charlie, Angel Voices. The church bells rang. The back of church was transformed into a busy café and a fabulous array of cakes and rolls were on offer. The place just buzzed with excitement and anticipation.
On Sunday we had a Special Celebration Service. We heard about the past 800 years and at least 69 priests. We gave thanks for everyone who has taken part in the challenge and the celebration, for all the priests in Buckden over the last 800 years, for Jes our current priest, for the money raised which will contribute to our Restoration Appeal and for the fun that has been had by all over the 5 months of the challenge. We were able to announce that our £800 had already grown to over £8,000 with more contributions still to come.
To hear more about our 800 anniversary and about the history of priests in Buckden, click on the “800 years” tab.
800 years – 2017 marks the 800th anniversary of the first recorded priest at St Mary’s Buckden .
800 and counting – in February we launched the “800 and counting” challenge:- If we gave you £10, could you use your talents to grow that money?
800 pounds £££ – in April we gave £10 each to groups / clubs / families / individuals and invited them to use their talents and expertise to help us to celebrate the 800, have some fun, raise funds and “Grow the money” for our Restoration Appeal.
800 ideas!!! – How you decided to “grow the money” was entirely up to you. We just asked that you use your imagination and showcase your talents to the full.
800 celebration weekend – This weekend, 16th/17th September, is when everyone involved in the challenge was invited to return to St Mary’s, to share their successes, to celebrate the 800th anniversary and to bring back the money they have “grown”.
Saturday 16th September 10am to 4pm we have a full programme of FREE entertainment running, displays in church and refreshments available in St Mary’s. We will be here to receive your money and to hear all about how you “grew it”.
10:45 Church Bells
11:00 Hand Bells
11:20 Welcome by Rev Jes
11:30 Alive & Well (60s music)
11:40 The Nobles share their talents
12:00 Line Dancing
12:20 Alive & Well (60s music)
12:45 Suzie Sparkles sings
1:10 Welcome by Rev Jes
1:30 Children’s fun time with Chris & Charlie
2:00 Angel Voices sing
2:20 Alive & Well (60s music)
3:00 *800 and counting…..* the total so far!
3:10 Chris entertains
3:30 Alive & Well rock the Church in celebration
Sunday 17th September 11am we have a special 800 Celebration Service. Again, we will be here to receive your money and to hear all about how you “grew it”.
If you can’t make it to the celebrations, you can return the money at any time over the weekend. Just pop it in an envelope marked with your name(s) and how you grew the money. Put the envelope in the wall-safe, in the wall to the right of the main door as you come in, or drop it off to Jes at the Vicarage.