The 2015 Wargrave Village Festival ran from Wednesday 10th June to Sunday 28th June. Its theme this year was “Mad Hatters” Watch this space for Festival 2017!
2015 Festival Programme and reports were published on its website.
St Mary’s Church has always played a central role in the Village Festival, with the Church and Mill Green the location for many of the activities. In addition to hosting many of the events we also organise several activities ourselves
Saturday 13 June: 7.30 pm - Rhythm & Blues in the Woodclyffe Hall
Sunday 14 June: 10.30 am – All-Age Service with Henry Olonga. The former Zimbabwean cricketer spoke on Cricket & Christ. He is also an accomplished singer. See below.
Sunday 14th June: 6 pm – Brass on the Grass – supporting Tearfund, at Wargrave Court – bring a picnic and listen to Bracknell and Wokingham Community Band.
Monday 15 June: 8 pm – Reading Community Gospel Choir in St. Mary’s Church- We were singing, clapping and tapping our feet all night.
Thursday 18th June: 8 pm – Barn Dance in the Festival Marquee.
Wednesday 24 June: 9.30 am – Parenting through the Looking Glass – in the Festival Marquee with the Butterflies. For Parents and carers..
Friday 26-27 June: 10 am to 5 pm - Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church. (Prosecco Preview 6-7.30 pm on Thursday evening). On the theme of hats - from Pirates of the Caribbean to Henley Regatta, and from Russia to Morocco. World War I helmets and ceramic poppies from the Tower of London. Mad Hatter’s Cafe for refreshments.
Saturday 27 June: 1.15 pm – Festival Parade and Fête -
Sunday 28 June: 10.30 am – Festival Service in the Marquee. Preacher: The Revd Jonathan Fletcher. Followed by the Family Party Barbecue on Mill Green..
We were delighted to welcome Zimbabwean Henry Olonga as our speaker at the start of the Festival this year. A full Church heard him speak about cricket and his faith. It was an informal "café-style" service, with coffee served from 10 am, the first time we had tried this format. It was also our first use of the newly installed Audio Visual system, and while the sound worked well, the camera, projectors and screens were not quite ready for use. Unfortunately it did not prove possible to record his talk and songs.
Author of "Blood, Sweat and Treason", Henry is also an acclaimed tenor and he will intersperse the morning with song!
You can read biographical notes by his wife Tara here..
A joyful service to mark the end of the 2015 Festival. The guest speaker was Jonathan Fletcher, a renowned preacher who has led the growth of several Anglican Churches. His recent book "Dear Friends" has been highly acclaimed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan WIlliams, and the vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, Nicky Gumbel.
He spoke on the theme of "An irresistable Invitation", based on the Bible passage in Isaiah 55. A recording of this talk can be heard here..
Earlier in the service, Jon Drake interviewed Peter Teague on the changes in his life following his decision to commit his life to Christ. A recording of this interview can be heard here.
Well known hymns were led by Peter Dart, a number of musicians and members of St. Mary's Music Group.
This was followed by the Festival Family BBQ with games and entertainments for children or all ages which was hastily but most successfully relocated to the Marquee when rain interfered.