Rugby World Cup Fete 2015: View the video and photographs from 27 September here
On Sunday 27 September, St Mary with St Alban's Church hosted the Teddington Rugby World Cup Parish Fete in Udney Hall Gardens.
The fete, which was opened by Tony Diprose, ex-England player and Harlequins coach, brought the local community together to celebrate the tournament taking place on our doorstep.
Fuelled by burger or hot dog, delicious home-made bakes, tea, coffee or wine and beer (the grown ups!), there was something for everyone of all ages, from bouncing on inflatables; to perfecting your rugby passes or playing tag; knocking the rugby ball off the coconut shy; hooking ducks; hulaing hoops; pony riding; face painting; flag and cup making and much more!
An amazing day, made all the more special because it was completely free, a gift from the church, including a free raffle to win a RWC ball signed by England players: Anthony Watson, Geoff Parling and Sam Burgess.
Rev Joe Moffatt said of the afternoon: "From the moment the Bishop caught the high-ball, kicked by the England international Tony Diprose, I knew this was going to be wonderful occasion. And so it proved with hundreds of people coming along to enjoy the many fun activities laid on. I was particularly pleased with our decision to offer it all for free, creating a wonderful community spirit and an uplifting dynamic of goodwill, generosity and gratitude."
Huge thanks must go to the brilliant organisers; Georgia Doran and Hannah O'Neill, to Ian Glover and everyone who helped ensure we all had a fantastic, sporty, rugby-themed afternoon together.
A video and pictures, which capture the day beautifully, are available below.