Lanterns ready to light the way for village walk

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON news@wok­ing­ham­pa­

A NEW festival of light will brighten up one of the bor­ough’s vil­lages next week­end.

The Par­ish of St James and Cal­i­for­nia in Fin­champ­stead is to or­gan­ise a spe­cial Lantern Pa­rade and is invit­ing vil­lagers to come to­gether for the event.

It will take place in the grounds of St James’ Church in Church Lane – parts of which have been short­listed for a national award.

The Lantern Pa­rade will go through the church’s grounds and into the sur­round­ing countryside, be­fore re­turn­ing to the church­yard for a bon­fire.

It takes place from 6pm, on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 21, so it will be a walk in the dark for ev­ery­one and peo­ple are asked to bring lamps, torches and glow sticks to light the path ahead of them.

And the church has been busy help­ing cre­ate spe­cial wil­low lanterns to use on the evening.

The first work­shop was held at St Mary and St John Cal­i­for­nia’s morn­ing ser­vice last Sun­day, while there’s an­other chance to get stuck in this Sun­day evening from 6pm.

These wil­low lanterns can be spon­sored in mem­ory of a loved one: the par­ish of­fice has a sup­ply of spe­cial brown en­velopes in which do­na­tions can be placed.

James Law­buary, the par­ish’s youth­worker, said: “We’re invit­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity to bring lamps, torches and glow sticks and join us on the a short walk round the countryside, cul­mi­nat­ing in a bon­fire up at St James’ Church Fin­champ­stead.

“It’s shap­ing up to be rather ex­cit­ing, the lo­cal schools and uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions are sup­port­ing it and hope­fully we’ll have a good turn out.”

As we re­vealed two weeks ago, a pro­ject to ex­tend St James’ grave­yard, which dates back to the 12th cen­tury, was added to the judge’s list for the Church Times Green Church Award in the Bio­di­ver­sity cat­e­gory.

The par­ish will find out if it is a win­ner at a cer­e­mony which will be held at the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury’s Lon­don home, Lam­beth Palace, on Mon­day.

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