Parish Magazine for May 2011

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Daffodil Weekend

Despite a cold wind and an overcast day on the Saturday, there was a steady stream of visitors to St Mary's to view the splendid display of wild daffodils in the churchyard and to see the ever popular Burne-Jones/William Morris window. Some of the visitors that had come every year thought it was the best array ever. There was also a magnificent show of primroses –  they have increased considerably in the last few years.

On Sunday, although still overcast, it was a much warmer day. As always we had visitors from near and far, they came from Swansea, Halesowen, Yorkshire and Scotland to name but a few, they all saw the advertising boards and decided to visit. The cakes, books and teas did brisk business. Many thanks go to all who visited and donated, to all who greeted visitors and served teas, to all who gave cakes, scones, books and produce and helped set up and clear up afterwards. THANK YOU ALL. Once again a social and financial success resulting in £520 being raised for the Roof Appeal.


Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes were unanimously re-elected as Churchwardens and were thanked by Rev Claire Lording for their work over the past year. The following were elected to serve for the forthcoming year: Vice Chairman – Mr Tony Easteal; Secretary and Gift Aid Officer – Mrs Topsy Easteal; Treasurer – Mr Stewart McGuinness; Electoral Roll Officer – Mrs Clare Cavenagh. A full list of elected members is posted on the church notice board. Mrs Kath Bills, Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes continue as Deanery Synod Reps. Sidesmen are Rose Edwards, Sam Edwards, Michael Jenkins and Chris Kemp. The Electoral Roll was presented by Clare Cavenagh with 67 people on the roll. The Annual Report and Accounts and Gift Aid Report were presented and adopted. Mr David Clent was appointed examiner, subject to his agreement. The Team Report was handed out to each PCC member. Mr Easteal reported that the terrier had been checked signed and audited and all was in order. It was agreed to make a donation of £20 per year to the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust.


Countrywise ITV 8pm Wednesday 3rd May.

Open Gardens Sat/Sun 25th/26th June – More details next month.

Preaching Cross Service – Sunday 24th July.

Christian Aid Week

Michael will be organising a house-to-house collection in aid of this worthy charity during Christian Aid Week 15th-21st May. Watch out for the red and white envelopes, cross the box for gift aid and support the vital work, which aims to provide hope, health and a chance of a decent life to the world's poorest communities, whatever their race or religion, with your usual generous contributions.

Rotavator for Maramba

The first rotavator that was sent to Maramba in 2009, is still proving a life line to the people of Mtapwa. Bill Nield recently saw a rotavator on “special offer” in a local store and took the initiative to purchase it. The PCC have agreed to reimburse Bill and anyone wishing to make a donation to the PCC towards the cost of this project, please contact Bill Nield on 890362. Many thanks to those who have already contributed. This second rotavator will make a considerable difference to our friends in Maramba and they are looking forward to receiving it.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. March 19th Bill Nield
  2. March 26th Sue Britten
  3. April 2nd Betty Ward
  4. April 9th Oliver Warr-Jenkins

Cleaning Rota

May – Mrs Ann Kemp and Michael Holmes

Prayer for Christian Aid Week

Loving God, in Jesus you offer life to the world and love to its people. When we see life only for ourselves, forgive us. Help us to hear your transforming love, speaking to us of respect, dignity and worth, telling us that we are loved and that we are to love one another. In the knowledge of this love, work through us to bring your justice to the world, this Christian Aid Week and beyond.

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