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Creative Chapel Service

Chapel took on a more creative focus on Sunday 13 March as we incorporated the famous pancake race into our service.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, was traditionally a time of fasting and, on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins).

The best-known Shrove Tuesday celebration is the Pancake Day Race at Olney in Buckinghamshire, England, which has been held since 1445.

Its origin is the story of a woman who was cooking pancakes when she heard the church bells ring, summoning her to the church service. Going to church was compulsory at that time so she ran to church wearing her apron and still holding her frying pan. This started a tradition of the Pancake Day Race, which has gone on for more than 500 years.

During our Chapel Service, the girls dressed in their PE gear and House t-shirts. Rouncil were the winners of the pancake race, with Frimley closely behind.

Our guest speaker, The Reverend Dr Anne Van Gend, spoke on love and forgiveness. She also brought her placid dog, Coramo, which the girls loved cuddling.

It was great to see such a good turnout of parents at this Chapel service.

The energy, laughter, cheering and fun made this a very special event.

Reverend Joy Hamilton-Jones, Chaplain

Flipping a pancake during the Pancake Race.

Flipping a pancake during the Pancake Race.