23rd May 2018

Dear Friends

What an amazing weekend. A huge thank you to everybody who was involved. I thought Friday evening set the tone for the whole weekend, excellent food and expertly mixed cocktails. The Jazz quartet set just the right mood of celebration and the flowers were amazing. Saturday was a triumph, it was so good to see so many people arrive to watch the wedding on our TV, there was such a community spirit, it was a joyful occasion. Our evening organ recital was very well received. Jane Parker-Smith playing was superb and the organ was magnificent. Sunday morning mass was a wonderful occasion, Hyden’s St Nicholas Mass was beautifully sung and it was good to see so many people in church. The crowds continued throughout the day. Chiswick Gospel Choir brought a great energy to the afternoons proceedings with the powerful gospel songs and it all ended with our Songs of Praise at 6 pm. There were some rousing hymns and deeply moving explanations, we will certainly be singing ‘Be Still for the presence of the Lord’ again.

I know it was incredibly hard work, it took a lot of organisation, time and skill, but we did it, we achieved something very significant. Thank you all.

Simon