Refreshments have been provided for a number of years in our churches after the services and from memory my own and her neighbour friend they were heavily involved at St Cedd’s and in later years, the role went to others.
Profits raised often were used to buy items needed by the two churches like hymn books, church equipment or other items, now the money goes into church funds.
My accounts records have files for both All Saints and St Cedd’s and for All Saints they were on a slightly smaller scale than St Cedd’s. Both files began in 1997.
In that first year All Saints bought the vicar a birthday cake, then it was a gazebo and contributed to the leaving gift of Reverend Andy as he moved off to the Wix area. Then in 1998 they spent £55 on the purchase of a ladder. In 1999 they spent £47 on a new flag.
2000 saw them contribute £330 for a cassock for the vicar. Two years on it was money spent on tea cups £54 and a water heater £171. There was another major spend in 2003 when £568 went on work in the churchyard.
Then in the next year it was £100 for cups in the CCCP work to refit the improved kitchen at St Cedd’s. More cassocks costing £242 were bought in 2005. Then in 2007 a new urn was bought for £79.
My records for St Cedd’s start in 1997 and by 2004 with funds now £1,260, they contributed £578 for a fridge/freezer and £100 towards the CCCP fund to refit out the revamped St Cedd’s Church. In 2006 they spent £600 buying a trolley and some tables.
For All Saints from what I can recall those involved over the years have been many ladies and indeed men have helped out over the years.
Whilst I was only directly involved in the Parish Audit for two groups, I did assist my mum with her knowledge on the Teas. From what she said it was during the time of the Reverend Timothy that the teas started in the mid 1960’s on the suggestion of his wife after the Sunday Morning Communion Service.
This gave us a chance to have coffee or tea, a biscuit and a time to chat. The object was not to make a profit, so no charge was made, but just a dish for donations. In the main all was profit, as most of the ingredients of coffee, tea, sugar, milk and biscuits were donated. A dear old lady called Florence who lived in Gloucester Avenue often gave items for the refreshments.
My mum was asked to organise this and she was helped by various others. One of mum’s jobs was to prepare the rotas and buy in goods when we were short.
It was often amusing when those on duty switched on the urn and then forgot about it, of course then remembered and rushed into the kitchen to find it was full of steam.
From the monies that were raised over those early years, the vicar was normally consulted about any church needs and some items bought included – purificators, kneelers, a bible rest on the altar, stations of the cross pictures, a clock, a gas heater, an electric fire for the kitchen and new cups and saucers. In 1982 after 17 years of organising, mum had to give up, due to ill health, with another lady taking on the role.