In response to the relentless wind and rain of the past few months, supporters of St James Church, Dalby, came out in force to join the annual snowdrop walk, followed by afternoon tea.
Meeting at Dalby House, by kind permission of Mrs Clarke, visitors were invited to stroll amongst the garden, where a plethora of snowdrops basked in the glory of praise and endearment.
With local man, Michael Killey, on hand to answer questions, this carpet of white blooms was, perhaps, a signal that hope springs eternal. Potted snowdrops were also on sale for budding enthusiasts and experienced gardeners.
Fortunately, the predicted heavy rain held off until everyone had decamped to the nearby church, for a sumptuous afternoon tea by a roaring fire in the schoolroom, provided by a team of helpers at Dalby.
There was a welcome on the mat for each visitor, with every table tastefully decorated with vases of snowdrops, together with generous plates of sandwiches and a large selection of home-made cake.
Proceeds from the event will be divided between St James Church Restoration Fund and this year's chosen charities, Craig's Heartstrong Foundation, which provides vital screening for young people and Excellent Development, a not-for-profit organisation which supports rural, dry-land communities to work their way out of poverty in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world.
© February 2016