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Shadwell Flower and Vegetable Show: although the weather was a bit mixed with sun, wind and heavy rain the flower show, which was held on Saturday, August 17, was well attended. There was a good display of flowers and vegetables and some beautiful flower arrangements and potted plants. In the YCA tent entries were up on last year especially in the hand knitted class with 38 entries and 18 beanie hats which were knitted for an African charity. They were all brightly coloured and made a lovely display. The hats were all donated to the charity and will be sent to Africa in due course together with the hats already knitted by the Knit and Natter group. As in other years the children’s hand writing class was very well supported with a large number of entries coming from a school in South Africa. The trophies were presented by the retiring president Peter Wooller and the produce was auctioned off at the end of the show.
Churches Together: the tent themed weekend continued on Sunday morning after the show with a church service in the big marquee. The service was led by Rev.Andrew Atkins, he is a member of the Methodist Team Ministry. Andrew told the congregation about the work of the Churches Together in manning a prayer tent at the Bramham Music Festival. The original idea of a prayer tent was for festival goers to have somewhere to go and have a quiet time and if they needed it to talk to someone. It started with a very small tent some years ago and as with small acorns it has grown until now they have a large tent and are able to serve tea and coffee. This year they have also been asked to take care of lost property because this has been a problem in the past. They have also been asked if they can send a team to be there for 24 hours all over the weekend and to go round the festival ground helping anyone who needs it, a bit like the Street Angels in the city. The music for the hymns at the service was provided by members of the Castleford Salvation Army band and this seemed to make the congregation sing with gusto. After the service everyone went to the village hall for coffee and friendly conversation.