Church Newsletter – July 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise. Details of all services in the benefice can be found at www.dornandridgebenefice.org.uk/

07.07.201918:00Evening prayer
14.07.201911:00Lay-led morning prayer
21.07.201909:00 Breakfast
09:30 Service
Family @ Church breakfast
Service
21.07.201915:00 Ledwell open air service
24.07.201910:30 Home Communion (venue tbc)
28.07.201911:00 Eucharist followed by refreshments

Family @ Church Breakfast Service Following a very successful event in May, we will be holding another family breakfast service on Sunday, 21st July at 09:00. The event will begin with breakfast at 09:00 after which there will be a short simple service at 09:30. A Eucharist service will follow the short service, for those who wish to stay. If you would like further information or would like to help with the breakfast service then please contact Clare Burgess (01869 347382, clarebugress@gmail.com). If you prefer to join the service just for communion, please join us at 09:30 or at 10:00. All ages welcome!

Our Charities

Christian Aid Week

In May we raised a total of £1058 – with a further £182 to be claimed in gift aid. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this collection, and to everyone who gave up their time to distribute and collect the envelopes.

Charity of the Quarter

For May, June and July the PCC will be collecting donations via the charity plate near the door of the church, to help the work of the Banbury branch of The Samaritans. Nationally, the Samaritans receive 600 calls every hour from people who are struggling to cope. For more information please go to: www.samaritans.org. Please give generously. Thank you to Kate Wait for telling us about the charity on 23rd June.

Polly

As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Thank you to everyone who supports Polly. Clare Burgess 01869 347382.

Church Fete

The Church Fete on 16th June was a great success despite the weather! A big thank you to all our visitors, donors and to everyone who helped before and on the day. The amount raised was £5,360 and, although there are a couple more expenses expected, this is an amazing total. This is the church’s major fund-raising event of the year and makes a vital contribution to the running costs of the church. THANK YOU!

Competition Winners

Tug of War – Duns Tew was soundly beaten by North Aston once again. Sadly at least 4 strong team members couldn’t make it on the day. Come and support our team for a second chance at the North Aston Fete on 13th July. If anyone can be part of the team on 13th July, please contact Marshall Brooke. marshall.brooke@gmail.com

Guess the Number of Sweets was won by James Marsden with his guess of 320. The actual number was 337

Welly Wanging – Male: Charles Stapleton, Female: Ellen Smith, Child: Theo Rittson-Thomas

Paper Plane – Ethan Birch’s plane flew the furthest – a massive 1080cm. Well done, Ethan. We have your prize waiting for you if you’d like to contact Clare Burgess 01869 347382

Fun Races – Egg & spoon, sack race and three-legged races were very popular once again. A big thank you to Jon Burgess for organising these for us.

Silent Auction for 15 tonnes of Aggregate, courtesy of Smiths of Bletchingdon: highest bid was from the Hall family.

Congratulations to all. Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who made the fete possible, particularly:

Fiona and Gavin McAlpine for their generosity and support, particularly for the use of the Manor Gardens, hiring the large bouncy castle, organising our outdoor power circuit, and much more, all of which ensured a fabulous afternoon.

Clive Tompkins (Cherwell Graphics Ltd) for printing all the raffle tickets, banners, signs, leaflets, raffle tickets, and for putting them all up.

Charles & Caroline Landless for storing the fete equipment for us

David and Margaret Goundrey for giving up their garage space for White Elephant

The White Horse, Duns Tew for the donation of burgers and buns

Moore & Lyon, Middle Barton for the donation of sausages

Smith & Sons of Bletchington for donating 15 tonnes of aggregate (Silent Auction)

PLUS the following organisations for their support in donating Raffle Prizes:

The White Horse
Soho Farmhouse
Nicholson’s Nurseries
Karcher UK
Bunkers Hill Flower Centre
Eagles of Deddington
Cotswold Falconry Centre
Cotswold Bakery
Bugatti Owners’ Club
Tolly McRae

Dragon Framing
Horse & Groom Caulcott
The Holt Hotel
Deddington Arms Hotel
Wychwood Gallery
Oxford Garden & Shopping village Brockway Carpets
Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Bicester

A big thank you to everyone who donated anything to the fete and to all the stallholders for their preparation work beforehand and everyone who set up/cleared away on the day.

Thanks, too, to our 2019 Fete committee: Marshall Brooke, Nicky Brooke, Clare Burgess, Helen Hammond, Clare Howard, Chris Keeping, Steph Lacey and Sarah Taylor.

Advance notices

Progressive Supper – Saturday August 17th

The Progressive Supper is a great way to meet fellow villagers and enjoy a fun evening moving between a number of venues in the village.

The evening starts with drinks and canapes, moves on for a starter, then a main course and the evening ends in the village hall for dessert and coffee. If you are willing to host a course or help with the cooking, or if you are new the village and would like more information please get in touch with either Stephanie Lacey 01869 347350 stephanielacey@btconnect.com, or Carol Rigby 01869 340632 (nonesuchcarol@gmail.com)

Special diets can be accommodated if we know in advance. Tickets at £27.50 each are available from Steph and Carol – the profit is used to support the upkeep of the church.

Ride or Stride 2019 – Saturday 14th September

Would you like to spend an enjoyable afternoon in the countryside and raise some money for the ancient churches of Oxfordshire – including our very own St Mary Magdalene, Duns Tew?

If you do, then why don’t you consider getting someone to sponsor you to cycle or walk around the churches of Oxfordshire. If you don’t wish to be so active you can still support by volunteering an hour of your time to welcome walkers and cyclists to our church. This year the Historic Churches Bike Ride will be held on Saturday 14th September.

For more information, contact Clare Burgess clarebugress@gmail.com or 01869 347382

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Church Fete – can you help?

Church Fete - can you help?

We would be very grateful for donations of any of the following items which we can sell at the fête. See below for details, and please deliver to these locations from Friday 31st May – Saturday 15th June:

Bric-a-brac/toys: David and Margaret Goundrey, The Nurseries (Look for the White Elephant sign). Any queries please contact Clare Howard, tel 07968 028818 or claremaryhoward@gmail.com

Plants & Vegetables: Please leave plants in the church porch in boxes provided or contact Sue Glenn, susan.glenn1@btinternet.com

Books Please leave in boxes provided in church, or contact Rosemary Jefford (rosemary.jefford@gmail.com)

Bottles/cans/jars suitable for bottle stall (in date please!): in box outside Daisy Hill Farmhouse, or Midsummer Cottage. Contact Helen Preston (hmppreston@gmail.com) Collectors will also be coming round door-to-door.

Cakes / Jams / Chutneys (for cake stall): from Friday 14th June to Steph Lacey, 34 Main St, Duns Tew, tel: 01869 347350.

Cakes for Teas stall: on morning of the fête after 10am, at the Manor. Or contact Sarah Taylor, 2 Longfield, 01869 340827 sarahtaylor27.st@gmail.com, We can reimburse for cost of ingredients of cakes!

Any other questions please contact;

Sarah Taylor

01869 340827

sarahtaylor27.st@gmail.com

Church Newsletter – June 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise

2nd June18:00Evensong
9th June11:00Lay-led morning prayer
16th JuneChurch Fête 13:30 – 16:00
No service in Duns Tew due to fête
23rd June11:00Eucharist with refreshments afterwards
26th June (Wed)10:30Mid-week Holy Communion
Venue tbc
30th June11:00Benefice Service and animal blessing at Steeple Barton

Breakfast Service

On Sunday, 19th May we held our very first family service with breakfast. Thank you to everyone who came and made this such a successful event. Special thanks go to Jane McBean for bringing her gorgeous sheep, to Steph for organising interesting and creative activities, to the musicians who sang and accompanied us, and for the breakfast, especially Carol’s delicious breakfast pie. We hope to be holding another family service in July, so watch this space next month for details. All ages welcome!

Prayer Tree

There will be a Prayer Tree in Duns Tew church between Ascension Day (30th May) and Pentecost (9th June). The idea is to write a name, or a place, or a situation on one of the cards provided, and tie it on the tree. These become the focus for our prayers throughout the period. On Friday 7th June there will be a special time when anyone who wishes can meet in church at 6.30pm. We will then read all the cards aloud, saying a prayer for everything and everyone who has been named. You are very welcome to pop into church and place a prayer card on the tree or join us on 7th June at 6.30pm, or do both.

Advance notices

Progressive Supper – Saturday August 17th

The Progressive Supper is a great way to meet fellow villagers and enjoy a fun evening moving between a number of venues in the village.

If you are willing to host a course or help with the cooking, or if you are new the village and would like more information please get in touch with either Stephanie Lacey 01869 347350 stephanielacey@btconnect.com, or Carol Rigby 01869 340632 (nonesuchcarol@gmail.com).

Special diets can be accommodated if we know in advance. Tickets at £27.50 each are available from Steph and Carol – the profit is used to support the upkeep of the church.

Ride or Stride 2019 – Saturday 14th September

Would you like to get fit and raise some money for the ancient churches of Oxfordshire – including our very own St Mary Magdalene, Duns Tew?

If you do, then why don’t you consider getting someone to sponsor you to cycle or walk around the churches of Oxfordshire. If you don’t wish to be so active you can still support by volunteering an hour of your time to welcome walkers and cyclists to our church. This year the Historic Churches Bike Ride will be held on Saturday 14th September.

For more information, contact Clare Burgess clarebugress@gmail.com or 01869 347382

Church Fête

Sunday 16 June 2019, 1.30pm – 4pm, in the Grounds of Duns Tew Manor

Raffle

You should have received 10 raffle tickets by now, if you haven’t, or would like some more, please contact Sarah Taylor sarahtaylor27.st@gmail.com or 340827.

  • £100 cash
  • Lunch for Two at The White Horse (including wine)
  • Coffee & cakes for two in the Yurt
  • Cotswold Falconry family admission (Batsford Arboretum)
  • The Holt – tea for 2
  • Deddington Arms £25 voucher
  • Eagles, Deddington – Hamper
  • Horse & Groom (Caulcott) £20 voucher
  • Wychwood Gallery print framed by Dragon Framing
  • Cotswold bakery voucher
  • Karcher product
  • Hand-finished British wool rug,
  • Vouchers for Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Yarnton Garden Centre
  • Bouquet of Flowers, Bunkers Hill Plant Centre
  • Prescott Hill Climb, American w/e 2 tickets
  • and ………. lots more!!!!!

Return stubs with cash in envelope to one of the collection points listed on raffle envelope by 8th June 2019.

Please fill stubs in clearly. Cheques “Duns Tew PCC”. For info or more tickets, please contact Sarah Taylor, details as above. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PROMISED SUCH BRILLIANT PRIZES

Silent Auction

We would like to announce a Silent Auction for 15 tonnes aggregate of choice (highest bidder wins) kindly donated by Smiths of Bletchington, WORTH OVER £900.

Sign up at the raffle table at the fête on Sunday 16th

Other Donations

We would be very grateful for donations of any of the following items which we can sell at the fête. See below for details, and please deliver to these locations from Friday 31st May – Saturday 15th June:

Bric-a-brac/toys: David and Margaret Goundrey, The Nurseries (Look for the White Elephant sign). Any queries please contact Clare Howard, tel 07968 028818 or claremaryhoward@gmail.com

Plants & Vegetables: Please leave plants in the church porch in boxes provided or contact Sue Glenn, susan.glenn1@btinternet.com

Books Please leave in boxes provided in church, or contact Rosemary Jefford (rosemary.jefford@gmail.com)

Bottles/cans/jars suitable for bottle stall (in date please!): in box outside Daisy Hill Farmhouse, or Midsummer Cottage. Contact Helen Preston (hmppreston@gmail.com) Collectors will also be coming round door-to-door.

Cakes / Jams / Chutneys (for cake stall): from Friday 14th June to Steph Lacey, 34 Main St, Duns Tew, tel: 01869 347350.

Cakes for Teas stall: on morning of the fête after 10am, at the Manor. Or contact Sarah Taylor, 2 Longfield, 01869 340827 sarahtaylor27.st@gmail.com, We can reimburse for cost of ingredients of cakes!

Any other questions please contact Sarah Taylor (as above).

Parking on Fête Day

We hope there will be a high number of visitors to the fête, as usual, but we are aware that this can cause problems for residents when cars are parked inconsiderately. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

Tug of War & Races

Come and see if Duns Tew can beat North Aston this year! We also expect a round with Somerton this year. If you would like to take part in this or any of the other fun races (egg & spoon, three-legged etc) be sure to sign up on the day at the Raffle Table or contact Clare Burgess clarebugress@gmail.com or 01869 347382

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE FÊTE ON SUNDAY 16th JUNE

Charities

Christian Aid Week

12th–18th May – Thank you to everyone who contributed to this collection, and to everyone who gave up their time to distribute and collect the envelopes. The amount raised will be given in the July newsletter.

Charity of the Quarter

Many thanks to everyone who so generously supported the first quarter charity collections to support the work of the Medical/Orphan Project (MOP) in Zimbabwe through TZABA. Together with £100 from the Wortons we were able to send £340.88. For more information on the charity please go to http://tzaba.org/

In May, June and July the PCC will be collecting donations via the charity plate near the door of the church, to help the work of the Banbury branch of The Samaritans. Nationally, the Samaritans receive 600 calls every hour from people who are struggling to cope. For more information please go to: www.samaritans.org. Please give generously.

Polly

As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Thank you to everyone who supports Polly. Chris Drake (340057)

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Church Newsletter – May 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise

5th May18:00Evening Prayer
12th May11:00Lay-led matins
17th May (Fri)19:00Roman Catholic service with Fr Tony Joyce, at Westcote Barton Church
19th May09:00Family @ church: breakfast and simple service, followed by Eucharist for those who want to stay
22nd May (Wed)10:30Holy Communion
Venue tbc
26th May11:00Eucharist
30th May (Thu)14:00Ascension Day at
Over Worton Church

May 12th – 18th Christian Aid week

…and house to house collections. If you would like to help, please contact Sarah Taylor (340827). Last year we raised over £1241 including gift aid – which was fantastic. Callers will be collecting envelopes towards the end of that week.

Dates for your diary

  • Sunday 16 June: Church fete Please see separate advertisement
  • Sunday 16 June, 10:00 – Steeple Barton Chase: The main event is a 10K run, with a 5K run for the keen but slightly less energetic. There is also a 1K Fun Run for kids aged 4 to 10. See www.steeplebartonchase.co.uk for further details and registration information. Plenty of time to come to the Duns Tew fete in the afternoon!
  • Saturday 17 August: Progressive Supper – please put the date in your diary and if you are willing to host or help please contact Steph Lacey 347350 stephanielacey@btconnect.com or Carol Rigby 340632 nonesuchcarol@gmail.com

Charity of the Quarter

For May, June and July the PCC will be collecting donations via the charity plate near the door of the church, to help the work of the Banbury branch of The Samaritans. Nationally, the Samaritans receive 600 calls every hour from people who are struggling to cope. For more information please go to: www.samaritans.org . Please give generously.

Polly

As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Thank you to everyone who supports Polly. Chris Drake (340057)

Books for Duns Tew

Last year on 1st May we launched the successful ‘Books for Duns Tew’ venture in the church meeting room and since then it has gone from strength to strength. ‘Books for Duns Tew’ is based on the ‘Books for London’ scheme where we invite you to leave a book that you’ve enjoyed on the shelves for someone else to read, and take away another book that takes your fancy.

No joining fee, No charge, No forms to fill in!

There is a good selection of books, including the latest bestsellers for both adults and children.

The church is open during daylight hours – more or less! When you get inside the church, walk down the aisle and at the bottom turn left to the meeting room where you will find the books.

Do turn the lights on, so that you can see, but please turn them off when you leave.

This venture is organised by the PCC of St Mary Magdalene Church

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Church Newsletter – Apr 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise

07.04.1918:00Evening prayer
14.04.1909:30Benefice Service for Palm Sunday – Over Worton
Mon 15.04.1909:30Morning prayer
Thur 18.04.1919:00Maundy Thursday Benefice Service and Passover Meal**
Fri 19.04.1914:00Benefice Meditation – Sandford SM
Sat 20.04.1918:00Benefice Easter Eve – Westcote Barton
Sun 21.04.1911:00Easter Eucharist, refreshments afterwards
24.04.1910:30Midweek communion at Dinghams, Hill Farm Lane
28.04.1911:00Eucharist

**Maundy Thursday: 19:00 Eucharist with foot washing and a passover meal in the church.
For catering purposes, please let Jon Blows jonblows@fastmail.co.uk, phone 347445 or Kate Wait kate_wait@hotmail.com, phone 347069, know by 14 April if you would like supper.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

At our recent annual meeting Clare Burgess & Jon Blows were elected as Churchwardens, to be assisted by Sarah Taylor and Chris Drake. The meeting thanked Steph Lacey for her many years’ unstinting work as churchwarden (particularly over the last 6 years) but especially for Steph’s guidance through the interregnum and her determination to ensure that Jane’s appointment went smoothly. Steph is looking forward to being able to devote more time to her lay minister role within the benefice. Minutes of the meeting and reports will be displayed in the church porch.

Women’s World day of Prayer

Thanks to all who took part in the Women’s World Day of Prayer on 1 March. £65 was collected for the World Day of Prayer and its charities

Lent Events

Lent Lunches, 12:45 – 14:15 Wednesday 3 April, The Leys Farm, Steeple Barton, Thursday 11 April 2 Longfield, Duns Tew. If you are interested in coming along to one or both please fill in the form in the church.

Lent Study Groups 20:00 – 21:00 at the Rectory on Friday 5 April and Wednesday 10 April when we will be basing our study on the book ‘Merciful Humility of God’ by Jane Williams

Dates for your diary

  • May 12 – 18 Christian Aid week house to house collections. Please contact Stephanie Lacey, 347350, if you would like to help.
  • Sunday 16 June: Church fete, see separate advert
  • Sunday 16 June 2019, 10am – Steeple Barton Chase: The main event is a 10K run, with a 5K run for the keen but slightly less energetic. There is also a 1K Fun Run for kids aged 4 to 10. See www.steeplebartonchase.co.uk for further details and registration information. Plenty of time to come to the Duns Tew fete in the afternoon!
  • Saturday 17 August Progressive Supper – please put the date in your diary and if you are willing to host or help please contact Steph Lacey or Carol Rigby

Charity of the Quarter

For February/March/April, the PCC will be collecting donations via the charity plate in church, to help the work of Medical/Orphan Project (MOP) in Zimbabwe (www.tzaba.org). Thanks to Jo Barton for giving us more information on MOP at the service on 17 March

Polly

As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Thank you!

2019 April newsletter Download

NEW date for Church Fete – NOW Sunday 16th June

By kind permission of Gavin and Fiona McAlpine, the Church Fete will once again take place in the Manor Gardens. The date this year will be Sunday 16th June, from 13:30 – 16:00.

Plans for an exciting afternoon’s entertainment are underway.…some new stalls as well as the old favourites. As usual, we need your help!

Could you provide a great prize suitable for our Fete Raffle?

Our popular Book, and White Elephant Stalls need lots of stock, so please start sorting out any unwanted useful household equipment and books you can donate to the fete.

Can you sow a few extra veg/flowers seeds or split some of your herbaceous plants so we can sell them on the Plant Stall?

We also need more stallholders, a set-up team and clear-away team.

Tug Of War

We need strong people to help us win the North Oxfordshire Tug of War competition this year against North Aston.

Committee

This year’s fete committee are Clare Burgess, Sarah Taylor, Helen Hammond, Clare Howard, Steph Lacey, Chris Keeping, Nicky and Marshall Brooke. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in the preparations or on the day.

Please speak to any of the above, or contact:

Clare Burgess

01869 347382

clarebugress@gmail.com

Duns Tew Fete – Save The Date – Sunday 30th June

By kind permission of Gavin and Fiona McAlpine, the Church Fete will once again take place in the Manor Gardens. The date this year will be Sunday 30th June, from 13:30 – 16:00.

Could you provide a great prize suitable for our Fete Raffle?

Our popular Book, and White Elephant Stalls need lots of stock, so please start sorting out any unwanted useful household equipment and books you can donate to the fete.

Can you sow a few extra veg/flowers seeds or split some of your herbaceous plants so we can sell them on the Plant Stall?

This year’s fete committee are Clare Burgess, Sarah Taylor, Helen Hammond, Clare Howard, Steph Lacey, Chris Keeping, Nicky and Marshall Brooke. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in the preparations or on the day.

Please speak to any of the above, or contact:

Clare Burgess

01869 347382

clarebugress@gmail.com

Church Newsletter – Mar 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise

01.03.197 PMWomen’s World Day of Prayer
03.03.195 PMEvening Prayer
06.03.1912 PMBenefice Service for Ash Wednesday,
Sandford St Martin
10.03.1911 AMLay-led matins
17.03.199:30 AMEucharist, followed by Annual Church Meeting (APCM)
24.03.1911 AMEucharist
28.03.1910:30 AMMidweek communion at Dinghams, Hill Farm Lane
31.03.1911:00 AMBenefice Service for Mothering Sunday, Steeple Barton

Women’s World Day of Prayer

To be held on Friday 1st March, at 19:00, in the church. Please join us for this service which has been written by the women of Slovenia; they invite men, women & children of all ages to “Come –Everything is Ready!”

Their service will encourage us to reflect on the barriers they have faced since the end of the Second World War when their country was a part of Yugoslavia, a Marxist socialist republic. If you would like to do a short reading, please contact Karen Fairfax-Cholmeley, 01869 347106 karencholmeley@yahoo.co.uk

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SERVICE.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The annual church meeting, to which all are welcome, will be held on Sunday 17th March, at 10.30, following the 09.30 service.

Lent Lunches, all 12:45 – 14:15

Building on the success of previous years, we will be holding our Lent Lunches in various locations throughout the benefice.

  • Thursday 14th March, The Rectory, Westcote Barton
  • Wednesday 20th March, The Grange, Over Worton
  • Thursday 28th March, Parish Hall, Sandford St Martin
  • Wednesday 3rd April, Steeple Barton
  • Thursday 11th April, 2 Longfield, Duns Tew

Lent Study Groups, all at the Rectory from 8-9pm

We will be basing our study onthe book “Merciful Humility of God” by Jane Williams

  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Wednesday 20th March
  • Thursday 28th March
  • Friday 5th April
  • Wednesday 10th April

Mothering Sunday 31st March

The Benefice Service for Mothering Sunday will be held at 09:30 at Steeple Barton Church, supported by the Benefice Choir and the Brownies.

Please note

The evening service on First Sunday in Month reverts to 18:00 for the summer after the clocks go forward on 31st March.

7th April Evening Prayer will therefore begin at 18:00

Charity collection

We were able to send a cheque for £47, plus £100 donation from the Wortons parishes, to Ripple Africa, our charity for the Nov-Jan quarter. Thank you to all who contributed

Charity of the Quarter

For February/March/April, the PCC will be collecting donations via the charity plate in church, to help the work of Medical/Orphan Project (MOP) in Zimbabwe (www.tzaba.org). Jo Barton will be telling us more about this work during the 09:30 service on 17th March.

Polly

As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Thank you!

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Church Newsletter – Jan 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise

06.01.19 5 PM Evening Prayer
13.01.19 11 AM Lay-Led matins
20.01.19 9.30 AM Eucharist
27.01.19 11 AM Eucharist

Christmas Thank Yous!

The newsletter went to press before our Christmas services – but thank you to all those who made the church look so beautiful: tree decorators and flower arrangers. Particular thanks go to everyone who organised and participated in our Carol Service on 23rd December. Thank you to John & Margaret Gordon who kindly donated the Christmas tree, and Martin Fairfax-Cholmeley for brewing up the Christmas punch after the service.

Carol Singing

Thank you to everyone who braved the truly awful weather on 15th December. Over 40 people gathered in the church for some great singing, with lovely accompaniment from Philippa Smethurst & Sarah Taylor on oboe and recorder. We raised £212.80 for The Children’s Society. Thank you to everyone for their support.

Christmas cards

thank you to everyone who bought cards; we raised £110 for the church. News about funds raised at services for other charities will come next month.

Advent Supper

A huge thank you to all those who cooked for, helped at and attended the supper which together with the church collection raised £272.10 for the Romanian Foyer Trust.

Charity of the Quarter

For November/December/January, we are again supporting Ripple Africa whose aims are: To improve the standard of education and healthcare
To preserve and sustainably develop the environment
To create opportunities for local communities in Nkhata Bay District of Malawi.

(For more information, please go to: www.rippleafrica.org).

Please give generously – the charity plate is available for donations at the end of each service. If you wish to donate at any other time, please place money in an envelope marked for RIPPLE Africa, and give to Carol Rigby (Nonesuch, Hill Farm Lane).

Flower arranging

The church is looking for some new people to join the flower rota. You would need to be able to do the flowers for a 3 week block once a year and then to help out with Easter, Harvest and Christmas decorating if available. For more information contact Sarah Taylor, Tel: 340827 or email sarah.taylor27.st@gmail.com

Church cleaning

If you have a bit of time to spare three times a year, the Church would benefit from some extra people on the cleaning rota. You are not expected to clean the whole church each time! For more information contact Sarah Taylor, tel: 340827 or email: sarah.taylor27.st@gmail.com.

Polly

As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Your donations are very much appreciated. Clare.

Last week Polly told me that a young man she used to help came back to meet her one evening as she was handing out food. He wanted to thank her for helping him get back on track. He now has a job and had got in touch with his mother again after 15 years. He brought her along to meet Polly. Needless to say, Polly was overjoyed.

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Hello from Rev’d Jane

I’m delighted to be saying my first newsletter “hello”, having just arrived in this beautiful part of the world! Alan and I are very much looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing in the life of the communities here.

The autumn has been a time of farewells and welcomes for us. Farewells to friends back in Suffolk, where we have lived for the past fifteen years, and wonderfully warm welcomes from everyone since our arrival.

The villages here are all new to us, although we can’t quite understand why, having lived not a million miles away in the 90s and early 2000s. Warwick, Stretton on Fosse and Kingham have all been home at one time or another during those years, as well as London and Herefordshire. Not that I originate from any of these places, having grown up on a dairy farm in Somerset!

There are many references in the Bible to the importance of ‘welcoming the stranger in our midst’, and we would like to say a huge thank you for the way in which you have welcomed us. Hospitality is one of the most important gifts any of us can offer, whether to strangers, friends or neighbours. May God continue to use and bless this gift among us, in our homes, our churches and our community.

With very best wishes, Rev’d Jane.