Around 240 members met between 17-24 October at Beverley Park in Goodrington, near Paignton in Devon for a wonderful, uplifting time of worship and fellowship. The Paignton/Torquay area is often called the ‘English Riviera’ and is a picturesque part of the UK with glorious scenery, lovely beaches and tourist sites such as Dartmouth, Dartmoor National Park, Greenway House, and Compton Castle. The weather this year was beautiful—sunny and unseasonably warm until the last day when we had some refreshing rain. The atmosphere was also warm as people renewed friendships and spent time together at the Services and activities each day. Those Services were filled with inspiring messages, enhanced by prayers, readings and a wide selection of hymns. One Service included the blessing of two children.
Beverley Park is a caravan park with a variety of models varying in size, price and style. These range from compact budget caravans to the new – and very modern - ones with balconies, walk-in showers and fitted kitchens including full-sized fridge-freezers, microwave and espresso coffee machines. As in previous years, most members stayed on site with an easy walk to the hall, shop, restaurant, swimming pool, and laundrette. A few indulged in nearby B & B, hotels or holiday cottages/lodges.
Activities ranged from our traditional Quiz Night, Talent Show and Hymn Sing to a Ceilidh (Scottish Country Dancing), Bible Study and outings to Greenway House where Agatha Christie lived. Life Club, Paignton Zoo and Children’s Church catered specifically for families and were well-attended. You may review the full schedule here.
Because of falling numbers, our meeting hall next year will be located over the road in Beverley Bay. This attractive hall has a coffee lounge and bar, and spectacular views over Tor Bay and Goodrington Beach. You are welcome to book caravans in the Beverley Bay caravan area or, as before, in Beverley Park, and then walk across the road to the hall each day. This takes about five minutes. Bookings are handled, as usual, by Beverley Holidays. For caravan and chalet Information/Reservations go to beverley-holidays.co.uk or phone 01803 661961. The postal address is BEVERLEY HOLIDAYS, Goodrington Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7JE. Some caravans can be booked by the day, for those who cannot come for the full time. Mention you are booking for the WCG/GCI Autumn Festival to arrange for the 9 day period and rate.
David Silcox is Festival Co-Ordinator and can be contacted by email.
The dates for next year are 5-12 October with the Opening Night Service on Wednesday 4 October 2017. A Blank Schedule can be found here.