The autumn equinox takes place on 23rd September. Exactly 12 hours from sunrise to sunset. Day perfectly balanced by night. A few days later on 28th September a full moon, the Hunter’s Moon.
As the days slip and the light changes, autumnal hues are starting to flush the trees in the woods. Birds which are summer migrants have moved on and native birds feed on berries and hips, making the most of this time of plenty.
At Chadkirk, as elsewhere, these glimpses of the connections between all things can bring a deep sense of pleasure and these delights are enjoyed by visitors, many of them strolling round Chadkirk daily, others visiting at weekends, some more occasional visitors, coming to the Chapel, Walled Garden, woodland walks and country park for some of the organised events.
Our calendar of events follows the rhythm of the seasons and reflects the community and the environment.
On Saturday 12th September we had our annual bird and bat box making event. This year drenching drizzle drove us inside. Snug in Chadkirk Chapel, visitors were ably assisted by John, who helped them to construct winter homes for bats. The nesting boxes for the birds will be ready when for small birds when spring arrives. This is an ideal opportunity for people young and old to learn about the life cycles of these animals from some-one who knows. Fascinating and fun.
Please be aware that this is our only bird and bat box day this year.
October always provides an opportunity to celebrate.
There’s our annual Harvest Supper on Friday 23rd October and the Harvest Festival on Sunday 25th October.
Tickets for the Harvest Supper are available from Staircase House. The evening in the chapel includes a quiz and hotpot, with home made apple pie for pudding.
For the Harvest Festival no ticket is required.