Harvest Weekend at St Nicholas

St Nicholas Harvest Weekend on 3rd, 4th and 5th September

This was a highly successful weekend, for bring the Dereham Community together, following a harrowing year and a half of severe restrictions, due to Covid 19. The fundraising Committee had worked hard, preparing for the Withburga Weekend at the beginning of July, only to have their plans 'dashed' at the last minute, when the Covid 'lockdown' was extended and the event could not go ahead. Plan B went ahead, with a delayed event, a Harvest Weekend, re-organised for the beginning of September. 

There had to be changes, as some stall holders discovered they were double-booked and unable to come to our event.

Some entertainers, who were due to bring their talents to the Entertainment on Saturday 4th Sept. were unable to come, due to illness or holidays. We were left with 3 acts, but at the last minute, Busibody's School of Dance were forced to withdraw, due to Covid isolation for some members of the dance troup. We were still left with our very own Derrick Watts, singing beautifully  as only he can, and the Withburga Handbell ringers, who played a selection of Harvest tunes and Hymns.. Richard Bower kindly stepped in at the last minute, to entertain the public with an organ recital.


There were many craft stalls, stalls of games and chance, with many prizes to be won and an Art Exhibition. Many teddies had a ride with the 'Ted Arrows', on a zip-wire, including Children's Ministry mascot, Digger Rabbit, who hs a certificate to prove it!


Our own Messy Church had a stall,on the Fiday, where children could make a scarcrow stick puppet, and sow seeds. Sadly children were few and far between, but 13 children had fun and went off proudly with their creations. Many more children attended on the Saturday, explaining that they had been in Norwich buying their school uniforms and shoes the day before. Although disappointed that there was no Messy Church Stall, they expressed their delight that there is soon to be a 'live' Messy Church session in October. The recycle competition was won by Emily, who won a box of craft activities.


There were delicious refreshments available.


There were many scarecrows entered into the  Scarecrow competition, spread around the church yard. The award for best in show went to the Brooks family. It was BOGOF, and consisted of a double sided scarecrow, with a male one side and a female on the reverse.

The church was beautifully adorned with magnificent flower arrangements, and 3 Harvest loaves adorned the altar, ready for the Harvest Festival and Care of the Planet Service on Sunday Morning.

The weekend culminated in a Harvest Lunch in the Recor, Paul Cubitt's garden.

This was a great weekend for socialising as well as being a very successful fundraisr, and our thanks must go to those who gave their all and who needed a well-dserved rest after the exhausting work involved, 

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