Taddington joint benefice for talk of ancient bread, lanes races and rain at Y Not Festival
Ending the July heatwave with Furnace Friday July 27th, Chelmorton eleven hundred feet above sea level had no thunderstorms, but Furnace Friday ended with rain and cloud, blocking any view of the blood-red lunar eclipse. Saturday sunshine returned with the coolest day of the heatwave summer, Buxton and District Landrover club trialling west of Chelmorton on the hillsides at Hurdlow, far side of the five one five.
Sunday rain proper, the first strong water of the summer to bring green back to the parched linear fields of Chelmorton. The Sunday rain set the tone for Welsh celebrations to win the Tour de France on the cobbles of the Champs d'Elysee while folk from Main Street headed east over the hills to Taddington where vicar Richard took a joint benefice service.
Taddington joint benefice service, Sunday July 29th - A good turnout to fill up the pews, sermon recognising the recent archaeology uncovering bread twelve hundred years BC, scientists had judged the bread pre-dated crop farming - was crop farming developed from the need for bread? a reversal of the previous views. Very ancient history, where folk may have been completing ritual long before Christ.
Tea, coffee and biscuits encouraged much discussion in Taddington church alongside dates of importance that included Taddington summer festival and Taddington Lanes running race on Sept 21st. The congregation returned to the rain in the mind to train for the local running event.
Y Not festival, both sunshine and rain - The other huge local congregation was at the summer music festival of Y Not,.
Giant red and white circus-shaped tents aside the centre stage were some shelter from the rain. Dry fields, with a shade of green turning brown as music-goers left Y Not for their way home from life in the heart of the Peak District.