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Rufford Parish Church  1st confirmation 1928

Rufford Parish Church, St. Marys the Virgin. First communion after confirmation in 1928. This was the first group to be confirmed in the present church.

Walking day 1930s

Annual Tea Party

These photographs, taken in the 1930s, show part of the procession which wound its way round the village on the occasion of the Annual Rufford Tea Party.

The parade would start and finish at school, with all the different groups in the community represented in various intervals in the procession.

Mr. Griffin, the local policeman, can be seen walking ahead of the Church banner, while the Morris Dancers pave the way for the Rufford Band as they walk past `Grey Gutter Farm'.

This was a great family day out which culminated in a huge party tea in the school-room, followed by games, races and a tug-o'-war in the park.

On the following day, the Annual Flower Service was held in Church and many of the villagers would again be celebrating in their family groups.