It has been said that Whitsun is the forgotten holiday since it disappeared from the UK’s calendar of bank holidays. Whitsun is the birthday of the church and celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. But it has not been forgotten at Hadleigh Temple thanks to the efforts of sisters Joy and Sue Whitehouse.
On Saturday 14th May a Whit Fayre was held at the hall. It involved stalls, musical entertainment, games and crafts. Following the theme of ‘You will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth’, raising in excess of £600 for Salvation Army projects around the world, including Ghana, Tanzania, Myanmar, Vanuatu , India and The London North East Summer School.
On a very cold May day, the Band could have been forgiven had they played carols, as they played outside and encouraged passers by to come into the hall. They also gave people the opportunity to conduct the band or play the drums. The Songsters entertained people having their coffee and cake.
Major Geoff Ashdown acted as Town Crier and was also the target (in photo form) of a bean bag toss, which was very popular.
During the Sunday morning meeting (which was led by Sue and Joy), some of the Alove group released balloons with a Bible message attached – last seen heading towards Kent!