Some of you may have wondered why the bells were ringing on Sunday afternoon - others may have seen the procession from the Village Hall to the church and wondered what that was about. One young resident who saw us was particularly impressed, judging from the reaction...
We were delighted to welcome the Institute of Oddfellows (Lincoln & Boston District) to All Saints for a service to celebrate the return of the refurbished Oddfellows' banner (actually a flag) which hangs on the wall of the south aisle. This was becoming very delapidated and has now been expertly restored by Sheila Landi at Burghley House. The Oddfellows have contributed generously to the cost of this and it seemed right to invite them to see the restored flag.
The procession was led by our verger, Ann Kennedy, carrying the virge (the Mace of State seen in use at the opening of Parliament is a rather grander virge but essentially the same thing). Next came the crucifer, Liz Murray, carrying the processional cross (polished for the occasion). Following Liz came our Rector, Lorna Brabin-Smith, followed by the Oddfellows, including the current Provincial Grand Master, Brother Dennis Spikings, three past Provincial Grand Masters (Brother Derek Green, Sister Ann Jebson and Brother George Stanhope) and a past Grand Master of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, Brother Keith Adamson.
Photos and video clips of the flag and the procession can be seen using the link below. All images courtesy of Peter Murray.