Parish Magazine for March 2006

Pencil sketch by W A Green

A Reminder

Please join us on Shrove Tuesday (28th February) for our annual Pancake Race starting at 10.30 am from Whitton Farm. Pancakes will be provided, please bring your own frying pan. Spectators welcome. Sherry and coffee will be served afterwards. Come and join in the fun.

Another Reminder!!

The PCC will meet in Church on Monday 27th February at 7.30 pm. The Annual Accounts and Report will be presented together with the Electoral Roll.

Daffodil Daze

As I write (30.01.06), the daffodils are making little progress, it is therefore difficult to predict the dates for Daffodil Daze at this stage. Please keep an eye out for the advertising boards. Offers of cakes and help with the tea and stewardship rota will be appreciated.

Annual PCC

The Annual PCC meeting will be held in Church at 7.30 p.m. on Monday March 27th. This is a meeting open to everyone on the church Electoral Roll - come along and have your say as the church is such an important part of the community.

Mothering Sunday

Please join us on this special day for families at our service at 10 am. on Sunday 26th March. Celebrate Mothering Sunday with all families and enjoy simnel cake and blessing and presentation of posies after the service. EVERYONE WELCOME.

Open Gardens

We plan to hold an Open Gardens Weekend on Saturday/Sunday 1st and 2nd July from 11am-6pm. We need to know, as soon as possible, which gardens will be open. If you would like to show the beauty of your garden and all your hard work, please contact me (Michael Holmes) so that definite arrangements can be made.

Church Building Restoration

Following our unsuccessful grant application to English Heritage last year, the PCC proposed making a start by tackling those parts of the building deemed to be most at risk and in line with what we could reasonably afford from our own financial resources.

In consultation with our Architects it was decided to undertake the work required to stabilize the Victorian Chancel which has continued to ‘move’ at an alarming rate.

Plans have been drawn up to underpin the structure, to remove and conserve the valuable Burne Jones/William Morris window, to restore the stonework tracery and ‘ stitch’ the whole chancel together.

Further to this, plans have been prepared to remove the non functioning Victorian gully drains which are allowing water ingress and to replace them with ‘French Drains’.

The work to replace these drains is being undertaken by volunteer labour provided by members of the Parish under the supervision of our Architect.

The estimated cost for these works is in the region of £40,000 and an application for a Faculty is in hand. Plans and specifications can be viewed at the church any day between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

All of this takes no account of the enormous task still facing us with the leaking roof and bulging tower masonry which will become the subject of a re-application for very urgent assistance by way of financial grants this year.

The PCC realises that finance for the rest of the tasks that present themselves is not certain to be forthcoming but that to continue to do nothing is not an option, that a start has to be made to help ourselves and to assist in alleviating the situation that we find ourselves having to undertake - Tony Easteal (Churchwarden).

MANY THANKS

  1. To all who contributed Shoe Boxes, gave donations or knitted hats, scarves or gloves for this year’s appeal. This year 1.15 million needy children in 13 countries, including India, Mozambique, Swaziland and several Eastern European countries received gifts. As one Samaritan’s Purse worker in the Ukraine said: “You bring meaning to the lives of abandoned children, some kids dream of receiving a present but they could not imagine that God would put it in someone’s heart in a far off country to give them a gift at Christmas”. Did you know that Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990 by Dave and Gill Cooke of Wrexham after seeing the plight of orphans in Romania?
  2. Thanks for the old mobile phones donated which have now been sent to Christian Aid. These will provide finance for water taps in villages in Peru.
  3. I recently took another large consignment of knitted garments and blankets to the Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility Office at Hereford. A letter of thanks tells me they are now on the way to the charity Hope Carriers Trust which works in Inue, Romania. Many thanks to you all, all these appeals are ongoing throughout the year so please keep up the good work - Kath Bills.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. January 7th - Liz and John Rushen
  2. January 14th - Barbara Measham
  3. January 21st - Aileen Hood
  4. January 28th - Morgan Jones

Thought for the month as seen in a B & B dining room

“Grant that we may not be like cornflakes, lightweight, brittle and cold but like porridge - warm, comforting and full of natural goodness. May not be like porridge - stiff, stodgy and hard to stir but like cornflakes, crisp, fresh and ready to serve”.

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