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Sunday, March 3 | noon - 2:00 pm

Members, friends and visitors are all invited to mark the last Sunday before Lent begins, at a traditional English Shrove pancake lunch and party, complete with pancake races for all ages. Join us for this fun event and help us mark the beginning of Lent by eating up all our fats and eggs, which many people give up during Lent as a reminder of the penitential season to come.

the history of pancake races

Shrove Tuesday was once known as a "half-holiday" in Britain. It started at 11:00am with the ringing of a church bell. On Pancake Day, "pancake races" are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake. The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, especially England, even today. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan whilst running.