Smiling through the rain
Published 13/08/2016 | 00:00
Members of the Church of Ireland community in Wexford showed they are hardy annuals by staging their popular fundraising field day in aid of St. Iberius Church in stubborn rain at Johnstown Castle.
Many people assumed the 27th annual event would be cancelled but they hadn't reckoned on the organisers being made of sterner stuff because there was no suggestion whatsoever of the fete being called off.
An army of hard-working volunteers behind the successful event had invested too much time and effort in baking cakes, hoarding books and nurturing plants to let inclement weather interfere with their plans.
All available canvas was roped into use to provide shelter for bric-a-brac, jumble sale and pongo stalls while sensible volunteers wore wellies and all-weather gear in a collective show of gritty spirit.
The Church of Ireland Bishop Right Reverend Andrew James Burrows graced the field day with his presence and was spotted in the busy tea tent chatting to Reverend Arthur Minion and Reverend Paul Neiland of Wexford who is now a Padre with the British Army, station in Stafford.
The tent was a magnet for visitors seeking shelter and at €3 for waitress-service tea/coffee and a taster box of lemon drizzle, chocolate biscuit, brownie, madeira and fruitscone, it was excellent value. St. Iberius field day serves the best cakes, no contest.