Scripture Verse

While we have time, let us do good unto all men; and especially unto them that are of the household of faith.

— Galatians vi:10, Offertory Sentence for Holy Communion

Garden Party

St Stephen’s 2018 British Garden Party and Fête is just around the corner! We’ve got lots of fun in store for you. Join us on Saturday, May 5th, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the Church grounds: fun, games, and food for the entire family! Mark your calendars now!

(Contrary to what Facebook may say, no tickets are required! General admission is free, but there is a modest charge for Afternoon tea, and comestibles and potables are available for sale on the green. How much you spend at the Jumble Table or at one of the Wheels of Chance is up to you.)


  • Bagpipes. The Scots be representin’. The Piper is part of our opening ceremonies, and then he’ll play a set or two later in the day.
  • Maypole. The Maypole is back! Join in the dancing, and strike a blow against Puritan repression!
  • Dr Horn’s Punch & Judy Show. This authentic Punch & Judy show has been a runaway hit in years past. We’re excited to welcome Dr Horn back this year.
  • Wheels of Chance. We have two wheels this year! Take a spin to win bottles of wine or spirits—or chocolate, at the “children’s” wheel.
  • Flower Show. Creative flower arrangements. This year’s theme will be announced shortly.

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Children’s Activities

  • Face Painting. Which is scarier? Lions or mimes?
  • Handicrafts. Flower Pot painting and Suncatcher painting: why not make something for Mother’s Day?
  • Races. Okay, adults can join in these, too. There are Egg Races, Wheelbarrow Races, and Sack Races, for various combinations of participants.

(Note that we will not have the Bouncy Castle this year.)

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Food and Drink

  • Afternoon Tea in the Parish Hall. Sandwiches, scones, pastries, and, of course, tea.
  • The Barley Mow Pub on the Lawn. Come visit the newly refurbished Pub! The beer selection will be announced shortly.
  • Annie’s Specialities. Sausage rolls and Ploughman’s lunches. There’s also American fare (hot dogs (or “snorkers”, as we calls ’em)) and wraps on the other side of the pub.

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Specialty Booths

  • Portobello Road White Elephant Stall. Only the best jumble will do.
  • Flower Arrangement Stall. Pick up some geraniums, or some prêt-à-porter flower arrangements for Mother’s Day.

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Photo Galleries

Garden Party 2007

The 2007 British Garden Party and Fête was a rousing success. The weather was beautiful, the food and beverages were plentiful, and there were lots of activities for people to enjoy. Here are some photos from the activities on the lawn in front of the church, plus a few shots of entries in the Flower Arranging competition.

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Garden Party 2011

Like its predecessors, the 2011 Garden Party and Fête was a great success. We had singers and pipers, and greyhounds, and a visit from HRH Henry VIII.

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Garden Party 2011 Flower Show

The theme for the 2011 Garden Party Flower show was "British Movies". As you can see, we got a lot of very clever entries, giving the judges quite a challenge.

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Garden Party 2012 Flower Show

The theme for the 2012 Flower Show was "Her Majesty the Queen", in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee.

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Garden Party 2013 Preparations

There's a lot of work involved in setting up the Garden Party every year—especially in the Tea Room.

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Garden Party 2013

The weather was spectacular, and a grand time was had by all. The 2013 British Garden Party and Fête was a grand success.

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Garden Party Flowers 2013

This year's Garden Party Flower Show's theme was "Best of British". The show was judged by Nancy Johnston, of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland.

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Programme for the 2017 Garden Party PDF

business advert letter 2018 PDF

Garden Party Handout 20180408 (half–page black & white flyer) PDF

Garden Party Poster 20180409 lgl

Garden Party Poster 20180409 ltr