Projects Update 2019



St Andrew’s Church 700th Anniversary Celebrations 8 & 9 June 2019

The Shalford Local History Association together with the Parochial Church Council, under the direction of Barbara Mavis and daughter Alison Gurnett organized and coordinated, with the help of a small committee, a fantastic weekend with events to attract all ages and interests. With heavy rain the night before, and the next morning, it was looking doubtful that the event would take off. However, as planned at 10.00 am the Church Bells rang to start proceedings. Many volunteers and stall holders had already set up their gazebos the night before. Luckily the weather improved during the day, and it became a lovely summer afternoon and evening.


Over 30 different stalls were arranged in the Churchyard, along with children’s activities, and timed musical events during the day inside the Church. During the afternoon the crowds enjoyed the Thaxted Ladies Clog dancers and enjoyed the FOSTAC Hog Roast, BBQ, Cakes, Pimms, and Shalford Beer, all of which sold out!


Inside the Church there was exhibits of local art, brass rubbings, and Church registers on loan from the Essex Records Office dating back to the 1500s.


A special mention must be given to the Church flower arrangers. Their floral arrangements were magnificent, featuring themes from the 700 years of the existence of the Church.


The weekend culminated in a celebratory “Songs of Praise” service on Sunday 9 June 2019 led by the Rev Janet Nicholls with hymns suggested by local organisations and groups, and a Special Prayer especially written for the occasion by  the Rev.Janet Nicholls. The service was followed by refreshments, including a wonderful celebratory cake made by Diana Forrow.


May Holmes Langford Trophy

Children from Shalford Academy took part in the 2019 Project, which was to celebrate St Andrew’s Church 700 years. The children were asked to draw pictures of the Church, which were exhibited in the Church during the special celebratory weekend.



Certificates were awarded to: Perry, Alice & Jack T


The trophy winner was Ruby Hinton.


Barbara Mavis

Chairman (SLHA)


Chair   Barbara Mavis     01371 851519

Secretary   Sue Tarling   01371 851595

Treasurer   Alison Marvis 01371 850612