Sedbergh – one of the 10 quirkiest towns in England!
Our good friend Rev. Bill Long celebrates 100 years ~ YES!
Snow everywhere today ~ and the Howgill Fells looking beautiful, as always….
An early White Christmas ~ yippee!
The first snow today on the Howgill Fells….
Really exciting ~ my first snow for years ~ YES!
Every year at the beginning of December, a grand evening is held here in Sedbergh, Cumbria for the official launch of Christmas season, and last night was THE night! All the shops stayed open till 8:00pm or later serving mulled wine, mince pies, sweets and chocolates, many offering discounts to encourage us all to do our Christmas shopping….
At 6:00pm the church bells started ringing and Father Christmas came along Sedbergh Main Street in the Sedbergh Fire Engine, preceded by the Town Crier ringing his bell, then the Sedbergh Gala Queen switched on the Christmas lights, and the evening was well and truly launched!
Sedbergh Church is hosting a flower festival all week with displays from all the main organizations in the town and surrounding villages, and there was an organ recital, carol singers, a one-woman-band, the town band, bagpipe band, a climbing wall for children, and more besides. Everyone was there, shopping, eating, drinking and enjoying themselves. The temperatures were below freezing but with all that mulled wine, well everyone was all warmed up, me too ~ there was even Howgill Fells ice-cream on sale, I recommend ginger and lime for a freezing cold night!
A wonderfully English event. By now I’m more used to life in Taiwan, where it would be unthinkable for any shop NOT to be open in the evenings ~ closing even at 8:00pm is way too early. Which is why Taiwanese who’ve been to the UK always ask me what English people do in the evenings. Ha ha, I wonder that sometimes too, but now at least I know what the whole town of Sedbergh was up to last night!
Yippee, Christmas is coming and I love Christmas! A bit early I know, but hey, gotta be ready!
Yesterday was the Christmas Fair at St. Andrew’s Church, Sedbergh and of course along I went ~ what fun! Met lots of people I knew (including Father Christmas himself) and lots I didn’t and of course always lots of interesting things to see and do and buy. Guess the Teddy’s birthday, Guess the Weight of the Cake, listen to the brass band, shop shop and shop, but the highlight, so everyone says is always the lunch, especially the puddings, and yep I agree!
Great way to launch into the Christmas season, and thanks to all those who put in all the hard work to make it such a fun day!
My first official CMS Link Visit yesterday, starting at St. Andrew’s Church, Sedbergh, Cumbria ~ yippee!
The first of many link visits this Home Leave, a few before Christmas and many after….
Sedbergh is kind of my home base, so the visit is kind of spread out and kind of started unofficially in the summer when I happened in on a mission coffee morning in Sedbergh URC Church in aid of CMS… and then continued yesterday when I spoke at the main Sunday morning service, and to be continued further with a ppt and coffee event in a few weeks time….
Last time I was here, the church was in the Diocese of Bradford ~ now it’s moved to the Diocese of Carlisle, got a lovely new vicar too ~ and the church members still warmly remember the visit from Taiwan of Bishop David J. H. Lai and Lily, and Rev. Charles C. T. Chen and MaryJo in 2008 just before the Lambeth Conference, when Charles described Sedbergh as ‘paradise’ ~ yes indeed, paradise!
Ah yes, first the coffee morning photos….
And so to yesterday’s service….
Just wonderful people, the salt of the earth, truly! Thank you everyone for your warm welcome, your prayers and your support, all much appreciated. Paradise indeed!