Open Weekend, November 27th-29th, 2015 

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Our second Open Weekend of 2015 brought in many interested visitors to see our beautiful church and find out more about us as a church family.
 
There was a popular bottle stall, plus cake stall, book stall, bric-a-brac, Christmas gifts stall and children's activities, as well as a bellringers display and Heene Parish history display.
 
On the Saturday, the bellringers opened the bell tower to visitors, who were able to learn about bellringing and have a little go themselves!
 
There were two Tai Chi demonstrations (pictured) and also a couple of Tai Chi drop-in sessions, which each attracted about half a dozen people to 'give it a try'.
 
The U3A Inspired Instrumentalists delighted audiences at both their sessions with their enthusiastic renderings of a wide range of different music.
 
The Open Weekend was primarily intended to again raise the profile of St. Botolph's Church within the local community, and to
re-iterate the fact that we are still open for worship and a wide range of other activities. That said, we still managed to raise over £500 for church funds and this money will go towards the repairs needed to keep the building in good order.

Open Weekend -
July 24th-26th, 2015

A very busy morning at Friday Coffee, July 24th.
Friday also saw our art morning - when 14 enthusiastic youngsters enjoyed making their own 3d beach scenes - most featuring real sand and pebbles! - beach structures, and pebble painting.
Although Friday's weather was poor, tours of the air raid shelter proved popular.
Saturday, 25th - Open Day. Visitors were able to look at the Heene Parish history displays and Bellringers display as well as visiting the table sale and looking round the 15th century ruins of the ancient Heene Chapel.
An appreciative audience enjoyed the evening concert given by the choir of St. Botolph's and friends.
Sunday, 26th July:  Despite atrocious weather, we had a reasonably good congregation for our 10am Sung Eucharist when the celebrant and preacher was Archdeacon Douglas McKitrick. A small number also braved the rain for choral evensong at 3.30, but the planned barbecue was, unfortunately, a complete washout! Rain, rain everywhere - but not a drop to drink (apologies for what I know is an incorrect quotation)!!!