On Sunday, Holy Nativity climbed aboard a minibus and invaded Wakefield Diocese’s Party in the Precinct” at Wakefield Cathedral. It is 125 years since the Diocese of Wakefield was created to serve the needs of West Yorkshire and with a newly refurbished Cathedral it was time to PARTY!!
And what a party it was! The Bishop of Wakefield, Right Reverend Stephen Platten opened proceedings with a giant cake. As the old school jazz band led hundreds of people in singing Happy Birthday we found that the Bishop was conducting them with the large knife he was preparing to cut the cake with. “It was fantastic to see the Bishop entering into the spirit of the celebrations” said Revd Robb Sutherland, vicar of Mixenden and Illingworth. “There he was smiling and laughing and joking with people as we celebrated”.
The highlight of the afternoon had to be the activities in the precinct as entertainers taught everyone to perform circus tricks like riding a unicycle. It was a treat to see one of our young people painted like a pirate whilst spinning plates balanced on a stick on his chin. We are now all worried that Robb has caught a taste for the circus and will run away to join them!!
The day finished with a service inside the Cathedral where Holy Nativity provided one of the communion stations. After that the night took off with the bar opening and the Ceilidh band striking up as we boarded the bus back to North Halifax. Everything on offer was free from the fun and games right through to the whole roast hog! “It was an absolutely fantastic day out” said Val. Here’s to the next 125 years!