Book launch

Boook launch - 10 October 2013

St Margaret's church in Hempnall was abuzz with activity, the wine was flowing and the canapés were circulating. The Group has published not one, but two books to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and this was the launch party. 

Former clergy representing between them all but two of the past fifty years had gathered for the double launch. One of the books, Golden Harvest: Reflections on rural team ministry for the fiftieth anniversary of the Hempnall Group of Parishes, presents essays by many of them, and includes a Foreword by the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James. Anthony Lathe, one of the original team of three, spoke of his memories of the early days. Ben Bradshaw MP, son of the first Rector, Peter Bradshaw, then spoke of his memories of his childhood and of his father's work. He paid tribute to the work of both clergy and laity in the years since to carry forward and build on the original vision for group ministry. The Hempnall Group is one of the very few in the country to have the same parishes in it now as when it was set up. 

The name of the second book, Hotchpotch: Fifty Years in the Hempnall Group, says it all. It's a delighful hotchpotch of memories, thoughts and reflections contributed by people in our villages, interspersed with favourite mouth-watering recipes, photos and delightful drawings. In the the Preface, compilers Sue Beare and Jill Turner observe that 'Much has changed in the last 50 years but people remain fundamentally the same, funny, loving, sometimes maddening and very talented.' They promise 'something to make you laugh and something to make you think.'

Golden Harvest is available at £9, and Hotchpotch at £5 (P&P £2). To order either or both, please email the church office.

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