Thanks to the volunteer effort of Church school youngsters and their parents, St Martin’s Parish Hall was transformed into a setting par excellence for the Parish Dinner held Saturday, October 29th 2016 to honour the 1700th anniversary of the birth of Martin, our Parish Saint and namesake. Sparkling garlands swept across the ceiling. Exquisite, hand crafted giant tissue flowers suspended from the ceiling gave the Hall an air of elegance. Adding to the elegance were the three banks of tables and head tables beautifully set with white linen, red accent squares, blue napkins and coloured candle jar centrepieces. Atop each plate was the souvenir program trumpeting the menu and order of proceedings for the gala evening along with a St Martin pen memento. The
Mediterranean cuisine served family style was delicious.
Commanding centre stage was the enormous banner especially created by the Church school for the evening: a banner that before long it is hoped will have pride of place on the upper walls of the Church sanctuary.
Over 100 people attended the gala event. Former incumbents and neighbouring clergy were among the honoured guests. Highlights of the evening included presentations to six long serving volunteers with the Parish and musical interludes by members of the choir that boasts its very own “Three Tenors”. The next morning before Sunday worship got underway the buzz was all about what a marvelous evening the celebration had been. “The best ever in living memory” exclaimed many. Watch for full coverage of the Dinner in the upcoming winter edition of the Messenger.