Ascension day May 10: The Service, the Picnic, the Results
Over fifty people attended the beautiful Ascension Day Service, which was our chaplains first at St Mary’s. A service that left people with a smile on their face, a spring in their step and a song in their heart. Feelings reinforced when they reached the Wood Yard and saw the sumptuous feast laid out before them. Over sixty people came together to enjoy the chaplaincies annual picnic.
However, before feasting could begin there were two important tasks to complete. First, our chaplain led us in the Grace and after that, judging of the pies in the pie bake had to take place. (After all, the pies were there to be eaten!)
The international panel of culinary experts, Canon Geoffrey Allen, Maureen Underwood and Blair Charles, who have well over a century of serious eating between them, nibbled, masticated (posh chewing) and pondered. It was a close run competition but by a majority decision, the winner of the Sweet Pie category was Caroline Siertsema. The winner of the Savoury Pie category was Everhard Ottens. The two expert cooks were congratulated and presented with a selection of culinary tools Then the feasting could begin in earnest. Once all the food was eaten everyone sat back to listen to the beautiful selection of music put on by Carol van Straten, on guitar, and partner on piano accordion. It was yet another wonderful day out. If you missed it there is always next year.
Text Blair Charles, Images Lub Gringhuis