Wyre Forest afternoon tea a great success

On Sunday, July 21st, the Wyre Forest Group of Friends of the Holy Land hosted a traditional English Afternoon Tea in the Priest’s Garden at St Mary’s, Harvington, with the kind permission of Monsignor John Moran, the Parish Priest. 

"Gazebos were erected and tables laid with embroidered lacy cloths. Fine China tea cups, saucers, and plates were laid out ready for our guests. At 3 pm they arrived, ladies in afternoon dresses and many gentlemen sporting light jackets and panama hats. Dressed appropriately as Waitresses and Waiters, we served finger sandwiches, little cakes and scones with cream and strawberry jam; all accompanied by the sounds of pouring tea and the clinking of glasses of Prosecco. The strains of light piano music drifted across the garden courtesy of our volunteer pianist. Our efforts were well rewarded, a good time was had by our 50 guests and we raised just under £1000 for the Christians of the Holy Land ." said local FHL Wyre Forest Committee Member, Gail Brown.

Harvington Pilgrimage

Each year on the first Sunday in September, the Archdiocese of Birmingham hold an annual Pilgrimage to The Shrine of the English Martyrs at Harvington Hall, Worcestershire attended by several hundred pilgrims from across the diocese (typically 500 – 600 people) . This year the Principal Celebrant was Rt Rev David McGough, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham. St Mary’s Harvington host the event with volunteers from the Parish providing tea, sandwiches and cake after the Mass in the Priest’s Garden. The weather was kind to us as it was dry and bright if somewhat blowy. 

For some years, the Friends of The Holy Land Wyre Forest Group have had a stall in the garden with a wide range of Olive Wood items from the FHL Catalogue, Aboud Olive Oil soap and Christmas Cards for sale. The Pilgrims very often like to have a memento of the occasion and are always very generous in their support for the Christians in the Holy Land. This year, we took over £500 in purchases and donations at what was a very joyous and spiritual occasion. 

A huge thank you to all of our friends across the country whose support means we are able to help vulnerable Christians in the Holy Land.