To mark the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton, All St Church held an exhibition of Wedding Anniversaries for their Open Weekend on 7th and 8th May. Village groups and individuals were invited to create exhibits for specific anniversaries in the church resulting in some wonderful and imaginative ideas. There were twenty altogether from Cotton to Sapphire. Cotton the 1st Anniversary, by Linda Steed, included flags and cushions displayed at the entrance to the church.
Many beautifully handmade cards created the display for Paper, the 2nd Anniversary. For Leather the 3rd Anniversary, the exhibit created by Muriel Levick, included shoes, handbag and moccasin slippers. A wonderful overflowing basket arrangement represented Fruit and Flowers the 4th Anniversary, created by Diane Bayliss. The Bowling Club were responsible for Wood, the 5th Anniversary display which of course included wooden bowls and shields.
Sugar, the 6th Anniversary, included syrup, information leaflets on cane sugar, a hat and of course sugar all displayed on a bright tropical cloth, created by Linda Steed. A large model of a sheep, a spinning wheel and some Herdwick sheep’s wool was the exhibit for Wool the 7th Anniversary, designed by Muriel Levick. Salt, the 8th Anniversary, included a large salt pot plus information leaflets on the benefits or otherwise of salt, created by Linda Steed. Shiny and well polished items of copper and an elegant floral arrangement were the exhibit for Copper, the 9th Anniversary. The Speckled Frogs Play Group created Tin, the 10th Anniversary, which was simple yet most effective with an arrangement of tins each containing an individual handmade paper flower. The Friendship Group designed Linen and Lace, the 12th Anniversary, which included several delicate pieces of handmade lace and linen including a very old and fragile lace wedding veil kindly loaned specially for the event by Mrs Lynn.
The 15th Anniversary of Crystal included beautiful crystal glasses, decanter and tray, bowls and vases all displayed on a lace cloth together with floral arrangements. The Village Hall Committee were responsible for China, the 20th Anniversary, which included various items of china, a paper dragon and Royal Wedding memorabilia. Silver, the 25th Anniversary display by the Parish Council included a beautiful wedding dress with train, kindly loaned by Brenda Wilson’s niece.
Beckingham cum Saundby History Group created the exhibit for Pearl, the 30th Anniversary, which included oyster shells and beautiful real pearls. There were also photos of past weddings that had taken place in Beckingham and the church register for people to view. Coral, the 35th Anniversary display was designed by Beckingham Gardeners Club and included a spectacular arrangement of flowers on a large piece of driftwood along with a brief history of coral. Ruby, the 40th Anniversary, was a stunningly elegant display of a floral arrangement of red roses and carnations along with champagne and glasses, created by Muriel Levick. Gold, the 50th Anniversary, included a large floral arrangement of gold and yellow plus glasses displayed on a beautiful gold cloth. Diamond, the 60th Anniversary, was another simple yet elegant display with a large floral arrangement of white flowers and a wedding tiara. Sapphire, the 65th Anniversary exhibit, was beautifully arranged on the church font and included two large rings representing engagement & wedding rings, champagne, a delicious looking blue and white iced cake (sadly not edible) and a blue and white floral display on a blue cloth, designed by Caroline Thomas.
Items depicting the Royal Wedding were displayed on the Altar including a picture of the Royal couple and the marriage vows. Children from Beckingham Primary School created some wonderful works of art, many of which were displayed around the church. The church was also decorated throughout with some beautiful floral arrangements for the occasion. Refreshments were available all day. On the Saturday a Bridal Tea was served in the afternoon.
A wedding breakfast was served during the morning on Sunday and in the afternoon a special Songs of Praise service was held to which everyone was invited. A great deal of time, hard work and effort went into the arranging of the displays for the event and into the organising and running of the weekend which was well attended. Sincere thanks go to all those who were involved or supported in any way, helping to make the weekend, which embraced the whole community, such a success.
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