What comes to mind for you when you think of the month of August?
Memories of family holidays, lazy days on the beach, the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and the sound of the waves breaking on the beach every three seconds?
Summer holidays from school, freedom, camping and ice cream?
As a child, every summer holiday was spent on the beaches of North Norfolk whatever the weather. Dips in the sea in rain or sunshine were an obligatory part of our summer holidays and a little bit of rain or wind would not dampen our spirits.
It is worth remembering August brings intense business especially for our farming communities an all whose livelihoods depend on leisure and tourism.
Many volunteers across our villages will also be putting on events - Lifeboat day, Walcott flower festival, garden sales, village shows, open churches, bingo, cake sales and quizzes, fetes at North Gap and Happisburgh, and the Beach Service at Eccles on Bank Holiday Sunday. So much time and effort from so many goes into their organisation, so please support them if you possibly can.
I wonder what this month means to you?
Whether its remembering good times or creating new memories, August is a wonderful month to enjoy in our Coastal group of villages.
The hymn ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’ remains popular, and reminds us that whether we are at work, rest or play (in the words of a famous chocolate bar slogan if you are of a certain age!), God is waiting for and alongside us in our every moment.
May God bless all that August brings for you, and, in the words of the hymn, from waking to sleeping.