A WHOLE new twist on clergy serving wine was experienced by those tempted to take tickets for a wine tasting event held at St Helen’s Church, Churchtown.
Expensive repairs are needed for the roof of the ancient church and this was a fund-raising brainchild of Canon Ron Greenall.
Organised by the Canon, with the Area Dean and vicar Rev Andrew Wilkinson alongside, the audience experienced an educational and tastefully liquid journey under the expert guidance of local “wine guru” Dr Tony Hindle, who introduced a mix of some fine whites and reds accompanied with an historical canter through the history of the fermented grape and some cunningly conceived clues by the Canon.
It seems that we owe a lot to the early church by way of introducing us to the joys of the grape, not least our own Abbot of Cockersands and three equally early pioneers known as the “Saints of Wine” – St Vincent, St Martin and St Amand.
The tasting included a light-hearted competition to identify the origins and quality of each wine, and everyone enjoyed an interval with some local cheeses donated by Dewlay and KTL dairies.
Not only was a good time had by all, but the church roof repair fund benefited to the tune of £150.