RAINBOW and Brownie units were invited to join in this year’s harvest festival service at St Helen’s Church in Alveston.

Going along with tradition they were asked to bring tins of food to be donated to the Bristol-based Loaves and Fishes Project but they were also asked to bake loaves which would be auctioned off after the service.

On the day, 30 members of the Girl Guiding organisation arrived for the service armed with the Rainbow mascot Olivia, freshly baked loaves and tins of food.

During the service the girls learned, amongst other things, something of the countries that the tinned food had come from and waited patiently for the auction which they had all been waiting for.

The Rev Dave Pole was auctioneer for the day and opened the auction with the Rainbows brightly coloured loaves, all of which quickly sold.

The highest selling loaf of the day was made by Brownie Emily, who made a superb wheat sheaf and mouse loaf which sold for £6.

Rainbow leader Sara said “Our Rainbows always like to think big and they came up with the idea to bake not just one loaf as asked but seven loaves, one in each of the rainbow colours! So that’s what we did.”

Church member Tracey addressed the groups: “It was great to have you all and we raised £90 with the bread auction, which was an excellent result, so thanks to all of you who made a loaf.”