Walking Day and The Summer Fair

Revd Jane

Parade   PSP

Walking Day is the biggest community event of the year.  Church members, school children, all the uniformed organisations and any one else who wants to take part walk from school, around Grappenhall and back to the school field where we have our Summer Fair. Come rain or shine hundreds of people turn out to take part in what is an annual walk of witness.

We have a short service on the school field to send us on our way with an emphasis on the importance of community and working together. We give thanks to God for our friendship and for His love for us and then off we go. Accompanied by a brass or silver band the walk is lined along the way by well-wishers and there is a real atmosphere of celebration.

  walking day   band  PSP

Rose Queen and Rose Bud

Izzy  Rose Bud

Another essential element to the day is the crowning of the new Rose Queen and new Rose Bud. Chosen from girls in the parish the retiring incumbents and the newly chosen ones walk in procession and the crowning ceremony begins the Summer Fair back at the school field.

Girls are invited to apply to be Rose Queen in Feb/March. They must be 11 years or older and be connected to Grappenhall through church or one of the uniformed organisations. Younger girls can apply to be Rose Bud or one of the attendants.

It is a wonderful occasion for the girls and makes them part of a village tradition going back many years. There are many older residents of Grappenhall who remember the pride they felt in being the Grappenhall Rose Queen.

Our new Rose Queen and Rose Bud for 2015 was chosen on Mothering Sunday. Congratulations to Izzy Collins and Mia Gilby.

All the fun of the fair!

Stalls, coconut shy, face painting, beer tent, BBQ, teas, crafts and cake! There's something for everyone. Here are some photos from 2015, where a fantastic time was had. Money raised benefits the school and the church. Come along next year - date for 2017 to be confirmed - just follow the crowds!

Revd Jane wave  Pre School

brownies  Teddy stall

Tombola   Field Games

Duck hunting  Wrecking ball

sticky board  choir

Wolfie  Tug of war

General field Brass band