HM the Queen's 90th birthday

Royal birthday celebrated with cake
Cake, cake and more cake was consumed in large slices as Holy Trinity and St Wilfrid’s celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in style with a two day programme of events at both ends of the parish.
Holy Trinity Church was opened for two hours on the Saturday -  June 11 – when visitors enjoyed tea, coffee and cake and the chance to admire the superb royal and patriotic decorations supplied by children from Trinity All Saints School and church members, including some lovely floral displays by Nancy Calder.
Elvira Willmott also compiled an exhibition of photographs and cuttings telling the story of our parish during the Queen’s reign.
Both congregations came together on Sunday morning for Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity before enjoying an afternoon of activities for all ages in a packed St Wilfrid’s Hall organised jointly by the church, Gilstead Village Society and our church school.
The afternoon programme began with some delightful singing by a section of the school choir, trained and conducted by Sharon Morrell.
Our children’s and families worker Kathy Hughes then organised activities for the children in church while the adults enjoyed some big band music in the hall.
The band, led on the saxophone by John Bousfield, practice in the hall on the first Saturday of the month and they rolled back the years for many of us with music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s while some of us were tempted on to the dance floor for some modern and old time dancing.
We were then entertained by some lovely singing by Fr Andrew, accompanied on the piano by Christine Tedder before we all joined in singing some old favourites, including songs associated with both world wars. 
This lusty community singing led us into the special prayer composed by the church to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and the singing of the national anthem.
So many people were involved in making a success of these celebrations starting with the organising committee led by our St Wilfrid’s based church warden Avis Jones.
The school and the village society were invited to join in the planning of the two day programme and we are grateful to them and in particular to our head teacher, Jane Glendinning and her staff for their help and support.
The partnership between church, village society and school contributed to the success of the celebrations, but let us not forget what it was all about – a tribute to the lady, who has dedicated her life to the service of our country over six decades and continues to do so.
David Markham 
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Let's continue to celebrate the accomplishments of HM the Queen, who has given this country unfaltering service, and a wise example of Christian leadership since 1953 - longer than any other British Monarch.

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