A collective sigh of relief travelled round the Temple Balsall Community as the Heritage Weekend survived the Great British Weather.
Despite rain on Friday and early Saturday morning, all the attractions and stalls were ready for the grand opening, and even though quite a few visitors came before the official start time they were warmly welcomed.
The Art Exhibition was a resounding success, the activities on the main lawn and in the grounds of the Court were very popular, the School had its own attractions, the raffle was drawn, the dancers danced, the Knights paraded – and the band played on
Saturday was the encapsulation of all that is fine about Middle England, friendship, fun, mutual support and lashings of good humour , sustained by tea and cakes, and bacon rolls and hot sausage sandwiches.
When our visitors had drifted homewards little groups of helpers cleared the rubbish, made good the holes in the hallowed turf of The Lawn , dismantled as many of the tents as feasible -and finally slumped into chairs to devour the well-earned fish and chips and to toast all concerned for a job well-done.
Sunday was a day for further dismantling of marquees , the traditional teas in The Old Hall and avoiding the rain showers.
Now all we have to do is look back at the weekend , and ask ourselves what we could improve and the lessons we learned.
Thank you to all who contributed, whether from the Community or as visitors , and we give thanks for the Divine intervention that made it all possible , as we are really only those who serve….