Fifth Sundays provide an opportunity for something different, outside the usual service pattern. And so it was on August 25th that a congregation of 30, drawn from our group of churches, enjoyed an informal open-air communion service (with live music!) on the Glebe Field, followed by lunch. In spite of some misgivings about weather, something new etc. the occasion was a joyful one and a great success. It occurs to us at this point what a range of successful activities has taken place on the Glebe Field this summer (see elsewhere in Bleasby News). How lucky we are to have such a facility.
We wanted to be able to show the new facilities to village people beyond the usual congregation. Many of them will have contributed to them through our various fundraising activities and holding a tea party seemed to be an obvious way to say thank you. (Another opportunity will occur at our harvest thanksgiving and official opening on October 6th – report next time). It was an enjoyable occasion and proved to us that we now have a suitable venue for such events, at least in the summer. Forty or so people enjoyed tea, cake and conversation. We hope to have regular teas either in church or in the village hall when it gets too cold.
Thank you to the Goode family for opening their garden for tea on the vicarage lawn on Sunday 8th September. It was a chance to get to know members of other churches and talk about things other than church matters. Visitors could also play croquet or bounce on the trampoline! Don’t let your imagination get carried away here. There were children there who enjoyed it..
A Coffee Morning for the WAVE Project will be held on Saturday 16th November. As at last year’s event there will be interesting craft items on sale along with the usual competitions, a raffle and cakes, including mini Christmas cakes. We can’t hope to match the attendance on that occasion when Postman John was the star attraction, nevertheless, we hope for a good turnout. Offers of help and/or donations of goods will be gratefully received by Ann Woolder, Sally Huddleston and church wardens. You may wonder why funds are still needed for the WAVE pro-ject now that the work is complete.
The budget overrun caused by the problems incurred during connection to the mains drains was such that we had to draw heavily on reserves. These need to be replaced so that we can continue to keep up to date with routine maintenance and deal with unforeseen difficulties. Speaking of unforeseen difficulties, the church clock stopped recently because the hands were sticking. They ere disconnected, and the clock is now keeping good time and striking the hours reliably (ask any of the WI campers!). An expensive operation to free the hands and clean the face will be undertaken shortly by a man abseiling from the tower on the end of a rope. It is not a fundraising stunt!
Our group PCCs will hold an “Awayday” cum strategy meeting, away from more routine concerns, to look at the church of the future. This is to be held on November 9th at Rolleston Church. If you are interested in attending or have views on the subject, please be in touch with the vicar or a churchwarden.
We were pleased to be able to have the church open so that WI campers could use the facilities in the event of a queue forming at the Portaloo! It was put to good use by some of the softies among us. Thank you to the County WI representative attending the camp for presenting the church with the Southwell Care Project flowers, auctioned at the end of the event.