I was thrilled to be able to host Fr Reggie and Ann on the weekend of July 28/29/30. Fr Reggie is the Rector of the parish of St Francis, Alberton South Africa. Their diocese is called the HIghveld (High Field) The Cathedral is at Benoni and the nearest big City is at Johannesburg.
We have been twinned with St Francis for about 10 years and had one visit from Cynthia de Klerk but this is the first visit of their parish priest, who took advantage of a visit with their son and family at Windsor.
On Saturday 28th I hosted them to “Vicarage Tea”, along with Canon Marian Dowsett, The Revds Glyn and Audrey Jenkins and my South African neighbours, Hennie and Ann-Marie. I laid the table (and didn’t it look good) and Ann made the sandwiches, but I also donations of pudding and cake from my churchwarden’s wives. I also bought a bottle of Prosecco but no one wanted that – peasants!
On Sunday Fr Reggie came to church and preached on the story of the Feeding of the 5,000. He said that many of us had forgotten how to ask for things from a very generous God. After the service we had coffee and presentations and then I was taken to the Coach House for lunch. What beautiful belly pork we had – the best I’ve had for a long time!
On Sunday evening then we were hosted by Mr & Mrs James, along with David & Jen Mundy and Sally and Martin Dunn. What a tea that was and on top of my belly pork.
On Monday Reggie and Ann decided to go down to Cardiff City Centre and catch the Tour Bus. When will we be here again? So I packed them off on the number 30 and left them to their own devices. On their return they told me what a magnificent city Cardiff was and what a beautiful place Bute Park was.
In the evening I gave them Spaghetti Bolognaise (Jamie Oliver doesn’t come anywhere near me!) and talked until 10pm, covering just about every subject under the sun including religion. What a pity people don’t listen.
On Tuesday Fr Reggie and Ann departed for Windsor at about 9.30, via Bath. What a good weekend we had. What was meant to be one night turned out to be three and how lovely for St Dyfrig’s and St Mellons to meet up with some of the people for whom we pray every week.