Crewe church hosts ‘Harvest hoe-down’


Article and images by Jonathan White


A fundraising ‘Harvest Hoe-down & Supper’ event took place on the evening of Friday 5th October 2018 at St Andrew’s Church on Bedford Street in Crewe.

The event included country dances – with tuition provided by church warden Marta Jones and her husband Martin and line dancing tuition from Andrea Ollerhead.

Several people attended in Wild West-style clothing with check shirts, denim jeans and skirts and cowboy hats.

The barn-themed stage area contained horse shoes, a horse saddle, lasso rope and hay bales. 

Harvest flower arrangements throughout the church were prepared by parishioners Sheila Woodvine and Pam Manning.



Live band Pick & Mix (Fred Allman and Chris White, accompanied by Fred’s daughter Victoria Allman) provided musical entertainment with a country and western flavour.

Supper was served during an interval – jacket potatoes with various fillings and puddings/desserts, along with a free glass of wine for each adult.

All profits from the event will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help support their aid effort following the recent devastating tsunami in Indonesia.

Organiser Fred Allman said: “We felt we should have a change from our usual harvest supper and hold an event more family and community orientated and a hoe-down was suggested.

“It has been a great success – bringing together old and young for a most enjoyable event.

“All those involved in the organisation have worked very hard to produce a great evening for everyone.”



The event was part of the church’s annual harvest festival celebrations which also included the Harvest Sunday service.

Priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Church, Rev Lynne Cullens said: “I am delighted that the evening drew people from across the age range and community.

“This is our first major event since launching as a Connected Communities Centre and it feels appropriate that we’re coming together in thanks for the many blessings we have as a community in Crewe South.

“We very much look forward to a future developing our programme of activity and engagement here alongside residents, CEC’s communities team and partners.”

If you would like to learn more about the work of St Andrew’s Church, please contact Rev Lynne Cullens on 01270 569 000 or



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