Easter Weekend in the Vale

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Good Friday dawned warm and dry, perfect conditions for the pilgrimage from Cropwell Bishop to Langar via Colston Bassett. A good crowd (including Archdeacon Phil Williams and several dogs) set out following a short service at St Giles at 11.30 am on the first leg. We stopped for a packed lunch and another short service at St John the Divine before tackling the last leg to St Andrew’s, where Archdeacon Phil led a moving service, followed by tea and hot cross buns.

On Easter Sunday, worshippers were up even before dawn for the Sunrise Service at the ruined St Mary’s church in Colston Bassett. The 5.45 am service was attended by a congregation of 30 and led by churchwarden Edward Hine. As the sun rose over the horizon, those present were encouraged to take some time to reflect on the new day and the new covenant ushered in by the glorious resurrection of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

After the service, worshippers moved on to Colston Bassett Village Hall where they were treated to an amazing and hearty ‘Full English’ breakfast, prepared and served (most appropriately!) by the Bacons, to whom we offer our most grateful thanks.