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Many thanks to Janet Coghlan, Rector's Warden at St. John the Divine, Maple Ridge for photos and report on their Holly Tea for 2021

After such a long hiatus for COVID-19 we decided to go ahead with our Holly Tea and sale in November this year. It was touch and go up to almost the last minute, but we opened at 11am on Saturday, November 20, dutifully checking everyone’s vaccine card and ID and making sure they were masked as they entered.

There were fewer shoppers and partakers of Tea than in previous years, but everyone had a good time, and the food was excellent! 

We scaled back, cutting out some of the sale tables and inviting vendors from the community to participate instead, which added variety.

In the end, we made a respectable profit (if less than other years) and decided, with the approval of Sunday’s congregation (those gathered on November 21), to donate a large portion of the profits to flood relief in BC, through Sorrento Centre and PWRDF.

Who knows, we may even attempt a Strawberry Tea again next year!


  • A Christmas decor sales table
  • The handcrafted knitting table and staff