Wayland churches group success

The congregations of six parishes came together for united worship in 2008, and have continued to worship together becoming the Waylaid Group of Parishes. Week by week they rotate around the six church venues for Sunday morning Holy Communion service, as a result the individual congregations support each other, and enjoy the fellowship of worshipping and meeting together.

blossomandyarnBreckles, Caston, Great Hockham, Griston, Stow Bedon and Thompson are villages in the Wayland district of the Breckland area of Norfolk, about 20 miles to the west of Norwich.  Wayland, originally called Wanelunt or Waneland, was a historic ‘Hundred’. The ‘Hundreds’ were the areas into which England was divided for the purpose of calculating the charges levied by Danish invaders to be paid by the Saxon kings. All of the villages are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The six congregations are now combining their fund-raising talents, and what talents are being exposed!  Many people from all the villages are knitting, crafting, sewing, designing...and much more, and, most importantly, working together to produce the festival you can read about below.

'Blossom and Yarn'  this event looks set to be the largest village festival ever held in this part of Norfolk.

The festival takes place over the weekend of July 10-13, 2015 from 10am to 6pm each day, with a special preview evening on Thursday July 9, 2015 at Caston Church with the official opening of the weekend at 6.45pm by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt. Rev Graham James followed by canapés, bucks fizz and live music (please dress as for a wedding reception). There is limited availability for this event at £15 per person.

This festival will be quite unlike anything you have experienced before – and an experience it will certainly be!  In each church, you will be immersed in the theme for that location – Christmas (Great Hockham), Easter (Breckles), wedding (Caston), Christening (Griston), harvest (Thompson) and remembrance (Stow Bedon). Teams of knitters have produced thousands of small knitted squares, which are being crafted together, along with hundreds of other knitted items, to create figures and scenes in wool, all enhanced with flowers.  All your senses will be aroused through a skilful blending of sights, sounds and smells.

The weekend will culminate in a Songs of Praise at St Martin’s Church, Thompson on Sunday July 12, 2015 at 7.30pm

The artistic director is Lois Gill, a well-known craftswoman, gardener and floral artist.  She is a NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) qualified national demonstrator, speaker, teacher, and judge.  Lois has judged at Chelsea and other RHS shows, and her talent has been recognised with a medal three times at Chelsea.  She has demonstrated her floral art skills to audiences all over the country and abroad and was the designer behind the highly-acclaimed ‘Through the Garden Gate’ flower festival in Caston in 2013.

At each venue there will be:

  • home-made refreshments in keeping with the location’s theme.
  • options to buy other themed merchandise
  • toilets
  • parking
  • activities for children

The festival is also holding knitting and sewing sessions in various locations, including: ‘Cast-on in Caston’ (in Caston Village Hall):

  • Wednesday April 15, 2015 1.30 to 4 pm
  • Tuesday April 21, 2015 11 am to 2 pm
  • Wednesday April 29, 2015 1.30 to 4 pm

There are also ‘knit-ins’ taking place in various shops and other venues in the area, for more details see www.blossomandyarn.co.uk

Cost: £6 for admission to all venues.  Children under 16 free!

Tickets:  Tel: 01953 488111  Email: blossomandyarnbooking@gmail.com


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