Sunday, June 16, 2024
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Rose Queen Festival – Come Together

Most Beatles fans probably know this already but I learned of it quite recently. John Lennon and Paul McCartney met each other at a fete in St Peter’s church, Woolton in Liverpool on 6th July 1957. The fete was ‘opened’ by the local Rose Queen. John was performing at the event with his skiffle group called the Quarrymen. Afterwards, Paul was introduced to John by a mutual friend. And the rest, as they say, is history!

My point? The presence of a Rose Queen can make special things happen! OK, in Thelwall’s case, it may not rival the meeting of Lennon and McCartney. But when it comes to a collaboration of creativity and commitment, it tops the charts. Our Rose Queen festival is a real celebration of our communal life, where kindness and inclusion reign supreme.

Summer Whittaker – our outgoing Rose Queen – has served the village with distinction and zeal. And we pray for our Rose Queen elect, Kaysie Wright, as she begins her year of service. Kaysie will, I’m sure, further enhance the life of the village.

The Rose Queen festival is on Saturday, 17th June on Chaigeley field. And the church service to celebrate Kaysie’s coronation will take place the following day at 10am in All Saints.

To quote Lennon & McCartney let’s “Come Together” on 17-18th June!

Revd Douglas Black