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Chocolate celebration at Aylsham church

Aylsham CCF all AR 3832013: Instead of giving up chocolate for Lent, The folk at Aylsham Parish Church have been celebrating Fairtrade chocolate with a “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Activity Day”. Tony Rothe reports.
150 children plus parents, grandparents and friends packed into Aylsham Parish Church on Tuesday February 19 for a half-term activity morning based on the fantastic "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory"

The queue outside the church at 9.30am was rather like the crowd waiting outside the original Chocolate Factory as the children with Golden Tickets waited eagerly for Willy Wonka to appear. The children in Aylsham didn't get Willy Wonka, but instead Revd Andrew Beane the Vicar of Aylsham

However they did get a Golden Ticket (pictured below) which granted them access to the wonderful activities, including making an edible garden, chocolate pizzas, superhero lollies, and designing their own chocolate concoction! 
Aylsham CCF table AR283The event was put together by Catherine Beane with the support of loads of willing helpers from the Church.  They also enjoyed a visit from Bishop Jonathan, the Bishop of Lynn, who enjoyed chatting with people and seeing what the children were creating.
Revd Beane said "We were staggered and delighted by the response, and I know from the comments we have received that everyone had a great time.  The aim of the day was very much about fun, but also about promoting Fairtrade Chocolate, and some of the issues raised by the original book about kindness, generosity and the importance of family."
Comments included :

Charlie says thank you for a lovely time at church this morning - He really enjoyed everything, especially the "Chocolate"’

‘Well done!  My granddaughter really enjoyed the morning’s activities. All for £1 per child - I must say I was very impressed.’

‘I had to work, but their Nan took my girls and they had a fabulous time - thank you.’ 

‘Loved the edible garden, superhero lollies, making the cocoa beans, loved the chocolate, loved Brenda's sweet shop, loved getting messy.’

‘Great Fun’     ‘Fantastic’     ‘Absolutely loved it’

 For more information, please contact Revd Beane at  andrew.beane@btinternet.com

Or visit www.aylshamparishchurch.co.uk

Or check out www.facebook.com/aylshamparishchurch
 Aylsham CC Factory ticket AR 3

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