Yesterday evening, with our hall bedecked with flags of St. George, we sat down to a splendid St George’s Celebration Dinner cooked by Fr. Martin, Jan and the family who also acted as waiters/waitresses. We started with Cream of Tomato Soup, followed by Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, superb roast potatoes, braised cabbage and carrots served with gravy. We then had trifle and finished the meal with Biscuits and a selection of English Cheeses, coffee or tea, and After Eight Mints.
The really wonderful beef was supplied by our local butcher Paul Hawkins of Dagenham Road. During the course of the evening we had readings from Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling and William Blake whilst we enjoyed patriotic background music before, during and after dinner. In the great Anglican Tradition we had a raffle with all the prizes donated. We had the Loyal Toast and a Toast to Shakespeare.
One of our Churchwardens, Cathy, proposed a vote of thanks to Father Martin, Jan and the family for all their hard work in making a very happy and successful evening which also raised £165 for church funds.