Parish Magazine for February 2006
At the time of writing we are pleased to hear that Don's operation has been very successful and he is making a good recovery. We all send him our best wishes and look forward to seeing him again soon.
Our first Christmas Card has proved to be popular and a successful venture. We thank everyone who has supported us and also we send our grateful thanks to Dorothy Shakespeare for all her help with the project.
A reminder that tickets are still available for the Supper Dance on Saturday 18th February at Hope Bagot Village Hall. Tickets cost £10.00 to include supper - please bring your own drinks, glasses will be provided.
Review of December events and services
Once again we had a full house for our annual concert, the Bell Inn Band was in good form with seasonal music, the carols and Christmas songs were sung heartily, the readings were varied and festive and the punch, mince pies and sausage rolls all added to the occasion. Many thanks to the readers, Stuart the compere, to all who helped with the food and drink and to all who supported the event.
The Burnt House, the home of Clive, Rose, Sam and Jack was magnificently lit up both inside and out to celebrate Christmas. What happened to us? Did we all have “senior moments”? Rose was ready with the afternoon tea despite her incapacity (an injured foot), but where were you? The turnout was very disappointing.
Nevertheless those who did turn out agreed that the display was brilliant, the welcome was warm and they contributed £28.00 for church funds.
Thank you very much to the Edwards family and we look forward to next year when we promise to do better. We hope Rose's foot will continue to improve.
The joint Carol Service with Greete saw the church full for this celebration of the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols led by Rev Sue Foster. Thanks to all the readers and to Mrs Marina Clent who has been helping us during Don's incapacity. After the service we were warmly welcomed to the home of Mary and Barry Winn for refreshments and punch, many thanks to our hosts, to all those who kindly provided the food and to Ysy and Alan for organising the punch.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who worked so hard to make the church look so beautiful with the Christmas flowers, the tree, the Advent wreath, and the crib, namely Pat, Edie, Aileen, Linda and Lee. Thanks to Chris Wall for once again providing the tree.
Our “Midnight Mass” at 9pm led by Preb Alan Jevons was very well attended by villagers and visitors who all appreciated this Christmas Eucharist with Carols to celebrate the beginning of Christmas. Many thanks to Roland Clarke for playing the organ on this occasion.
We were privileged to host the Team Service on New Year's Day when we welcomed friends from other parishes in the team. Despite the celebration of the evening before we had a good congregation who heartily sang the appropriate hymns chosen for the beginning of a new year. Prev Alan Jevons' address emphasised the opportunity to look back and to look forward in our lives at this time of the year. Afterwards hot punch and abundant refreshments were served to those who could manage to partake after the night before!!
Thank you to the Team Clergy, to Marina Clent, to the readers and to all who joined us to make this a special service.
As mentioned in the January edition the Church Electoral Roll will be revised between 13th and 27th February. If anyone would like to be added to the roll, contact Clare Cavenagh on 891679, or there is a supply of forms in the church. The new roll has to be agreed, together with the Annual Report and Accounts at a meeting of the PCC on Monday 27th February.
Recent winners were:
- December 3rd - Nic McPherson
- December 10th - Lyn and David Wozencroft
- December 17th - Michael Holmes
- December 24th - Clare and Richard Cavenagh
- December 31st - David Rhoden
Just to remind you, could you please let me have your magazine money (£6.00 please) by 31st January, otherwise it will be £7.20. Thank You.
We hope to hold our Annual Pancake Race on Tuesday 28th February, Shrove Tuesday, 10.30am at Whitton Farm. NO CHARGE!! Please bring your own frying pan. Pancakes will be provided, coffee and sherry will be served afterwards. Come and join in the fun, spectators welcome.
Thought for the month
Believers should never be afraid to proclaim their convictions. — (Headline, The Times leader column, Christmas Eve 2005.)Archive of Previous Parish Magazines
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