As I write, the sun is shining, the evening is warm, the flowers are looking beautiful and it really feels like summer. Long may it last!

We have a new opportunity for fund-raising this month. On Sunday July 23rd Helen Brown of Little Ash Bungalow is opening her garden in aid of the Hardy Plants Society from 1.30pm – 5pm. Little Ash Bungalow is on the old A30 between Fenny Bridges and Patteson’s Cross. She has invited us to do the teas and take all the profit therefrom. To see what we were letting ourselves in for I popped round to her open garden for the National Garden Scheme. On a damp afternoon with heavy showers she sold 60 teas so if the day is fine we hope to sell 120 or more. Do please come both to look round Helen’s very interesting garden and also to have tea and support Escot Church.

If you have walked past Escot Church recently you will realise that the exterior paintwork has just been redone and the church is looking very smart. We have been catching up on several jobs recently; the gutters have been cleaned and a leaky downpipe repaired and the electrics have just been examined giving us a satisfactory electrical safety report. There are some recommendations for non-urgent electrical repairs, such as replacing some of the underfloor cables which are showing signs of deterioration, that we hope to undertake soon. Having had one of those cables fail just before a wedding last December I am keen to guard against a similar problem in the future!

On the church gate are laminated sheets for a prayer walk around the churchyard which Rev Preb Cate has designed. We will leave them there as long as they remain in reasonably good condition so do take the opportunity to walk round the churchyard noting the different places mentioned and perhaps saying a quiet prayer or two. It is a very peaceful way to spend a few minutes on a pleasant summer day.

For those of you off on early summer holidays may I wish you a happy and relaxing time away from the stresses of normal life.

Judy Davis 812739