Bank Holiday Monday saw the gardens at Holkham Hall opened for the annual Archdeacons Charge and Picnic. The event, which is organised by the Diocese of Norwich has been taking place at Holkham for several years now and is becoming a popular day out for churchgoers and those involved in ministry within the diocese. This year the event was blessed with some of the finest weather on record for the May Day Bank Holiday Monday. Visitors enjoyed reduced admission to the Hall itself and there were vintage and classic cars on display as well as refreshments for those who hadn’t brought a picnic with them. A band entertained throughout the event, youngsters were able to play on the bouncy castle and in a supervised play area.
For the energetic visitors a 5km Run was held and a shorter walk around the ornamental lake for the less active was also on offer. Finishers received a medal and section winners were presented with prizes.
An extensive Craft Marquee had a good selection of stalls selling various wares to visitors. NAC had a stall in the marquee and had a busy time offering visitors a chance to win a £10 note if they were able to identify the correct church from a selection of illustrations on offer. The competition held the attention of our visitors and opened conversations about Cursillo. Several interested visitors asked for further information and Rev’d Jane, Barbara Harrold and Pat Rout are following up on these leads. We pray that those who are interested will be moved to take up the challenge and support that Cursillo offers. The £10 prize has been despatched to the winner of the competition.
The stall staff (Roger & Barbara Harrold, Bill & Pat Rout) returned home tired but satisfied that they had made the Cursillo name and aims to a wider public. Our opinion is that the Archdeacons Charge event is an effective vehicle for promoting the Cursillo Method of Prayer, Study and Action to a receptive audience. Our thanks go to Andy Johnson for drawing our attention to this event and for making the arrangements for us to attend and to Angela George at Diocesan House for her support throughout our preparations and on the day itself.
(We did take a few pictures during the day but we will have to wait for them to be uploaded onto the picture gallery before we can publish them. Watch this space. Ed.)