As I write this, I think all the PCC and helpers are recovering from a very busy but very successful weekend. Our Flower and Quilt Festival was

a huge success. The church looked absolutely wonderful with quilts and quilted objects, wall hangings, cushions, boxes etc, on stands and on every pew, complemented wonderfully by beautiful flower arrangements themed in different colours. I am not a quilter so had no idea of the range and number of quilts that could be found within a very small radius of Escot. Almost everyone who came in remarked that they had expected to see a small number and were bowled over by everything on show.

We were very blessed with the weather as it was fine throughout and not too hot so working in the refreshment tent was tiring but not impossible! The bacon baps went down a treat and I feel sure will be repeated on any similar future occasion as did cheese scones, cream teas and a magnificent display of cakes. Even the quantities were fortuitously good as we ran out of bacon and rolls just after Sunday lunch, scones by late afternoon and had very few cakes left when we cleared up.

I should like to extend a huge thank you to all those who lent quilts and arranged flowers, organised the publicity – never have I seen so many signs advertising our events, set up and took down displays and catering facilities, stewarded, baked and served refreshments all weekend. Even the potholes in the drive had been filled – thank you Adrian. We are a small group and some people worked very long hours for which I am truly grateful. Not only was it a success in the numbers coming through, about 370 over the three days, but financially as we have made over £1,400. New boiler, here we come!

We are delighted that Rev David Carrington, our new vicar, will be licensed at Feniton on 1st August and we look forward to welcoming him and his wife Dawn into our community. His first service at Escot will be on 12th August.

Judy Davis