“AY CARAMBA!” If you were passing down Main Street on the rainy Saturday night of 26 January, you may have noticed the odd sombrero wearing stranger approaching the village hall. You may have heard the strumming of Mexican music, the faint waft of chilli. This was the spectacular ‘Chilli Night and Auction of Promises’ put on on behalf of St Michael’s Church to boost much needed funds.
It was difficult to tell if the occasional tear in people’s eyes were caused by the extra helping of the jalepino sauce, by awe and wonder at the superb Photoshop Mexican montage of images of Gidding scenes (plus occasional residents) or indeed the eye watering generosity of guests bidding for trailer loads of manure or sacks of local potatoes through to cakes and wine or a ride on a train.
The gifts and ‘promises’ were varied and wondrous. The food was generously donated and delicious – the auctioneer was both focused and funny.
Over £2000 raised for St Michael’s Church
The organisers would like to thank everybody who took such an active part and made it such a fun evening. Special thanks to the odd strangers from Winwick who ventured over the border and dug deep into their pockets to help us all raise over £2000 for our Church. We could not have done it without you, whether as guests or helping with contributions towards the food and promises. So Muchas Gracias and Adios Amigos!
Report by Mary Read