In July 2016, we had been banished from our building, so that essential work could be done. But this year, in July 2017, in the week of our Patronal Festival, the work had already been completed, the church had resumed its pattern of worship, and the Saturday Shop had returned and was flourishing.
On July 8th, we went on pilgrimage to Walsingham, with thankful hearts. We had a wonderful day, with plenty of time to relax in the beautiful garden at the shrine, or to walk around the village.
Back in Grimoldby, we had to get busy again. We held a Flower Festival from Friday 14th until Sunday. Christine Baxter had organised this, with help from friends at two of our sister churches, at Saltfleetby and Theddlethorpe. In addition to the display of flowers, the WI, the Honeysuckle Club, Little Lambs, and Grimoldby Primary School had displays of their activities. On Friday evening, the Somercotes Singers gave a concert of well-known songs, much enjoyed. The festival continued through Saturday and Sunday when, in the morning, we had an informal service of Songs of Praise at which everyone had a chance to choose a favourite hymn.
So, it was all over – but not quite. In the coolness of the church, the wonderful flowers continued to bless us for many days.