Walking Day and The Summer Fair

Walking Day and Summer Fair 2023 are to be held on Saturday 24th June. Let us hope the weather is kind and the sun shines for us! Here are some photos from 
Walking Day 2022. 

 

 

 

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.

 band 

Rose Queen, Village Prince and Rose Bud Retinue

Another essential element to the day is the crowning of the new Rose Queen, Village Prince and new Rose Bud. Chosen from children 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.

Children are invited to apply to be a part of the Retinue in Feb/March. To be our Rose Queen or Village Prince they must be 9 or older and be connected to Grappenhall through church or one of the uniformed organisations. Younger childrens can apply to be Rose Bud or one of the attendants. The selection is announced on Mothering Sunday.

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.

 

All the fun of the fair!

Stalls, coconut shy, face painting, beer tent, BBQ, teas, crafts and cake! There's something for everyone and money raised benefits the school and the church. 

 

 Teddy stall

Tombola Field Games

Duck hunting 

 choir

Wolfie Tug of war

General field Brass band