The church’s contribution to community arts is manifested in the Bowdon Festival programme, with St Mary’s and the Parish Centre providing outstanding venues. The events are entirely run by volunteers from the church and local community. The most ambitious occasion to date was a concert version of Puccini’s Tosca on 19 July. More than 300 people enjoyed the opera and over 100 picnicked in the Parish Centre beforehand. None of this would have been possible without the volunteers, orchestra and wonderful soloists; we are most grateful to them all.