The Perth Community came together through out the Perth Metropolitan area to celebrate St Bartholomew’s Day at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday 23rd August. The celebrations began with the afternoon service, with St Paul’s Chapel Choir of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School singing the Choral Evensong and Procession.
The newly appointed Bishop Katherine Ann Wilmot led the service, which included readings from St Bartholomew’s House resident Andrew and St Bartholomew’s House Board Member Reverend Wendy Gilbert.
At the conclusion of the service at the Cathedral, the congregation were led outside by Bishop Kate to surround the newest addition to the Parvis, for the Blessing of the Jacaranda Tree, as the choir sang “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree.”
Following on from tradition the previous year, the service was followed by the St Bartholomew’s Day Fun Fair. Organised by St Bartholomew’s House, the fair aims to raise awareness and celebrate St Bart’s efforts, for over 50 years, to ’assist the homeless of today to rebuild their lives and act to prevent homelessness of tomorrow’
In the space of a few hours the grounds of the cathedral were transformed into a fairground, with a ferris wheel, traditional fair games, stilt walkers and hoola hoop performers to keep the crowd entertained.
As people sat down to enjoy the traditional beef stew, generously provided by the Hyatt Regency Perth, the WA Brass band kept the atmosphere alive with their smooth tunes.
Adding to the fair atmosphere this year was the animal farm and pony rides, proving popular amongst the younger children, who liked getting up close to the baby animals.
As the sun went down, the Fun Fair drew to a close and once everything was packed up, the Parvis was restored to it’s former tranquility.