The Good Friday walk was well-attended again this year in spite of a grey, drizzly day. Fifteen or so walked the whole distance and sixty joined for walking or services at some point along the route. Licensed Reader Jane Johnson led the meditations at each church. We were grateful for coffee at Upton before we started, a delicious soup lunch provided by Morton in their hall, and hot cross buns and tea at Hoveringham at the end of a fulfilling day.
The Easter Day Eucharist congregation was swelled by visitors staying in the village and fellow Christians from other local churches. Sally Huddleston provided delicious Easter biscuits and there were Easter eggs for the children. We were grateful to Canon John Smith for taking the service and for his thought-provoking sermon.
The second Sunday service was a “home grown affair” led by the wardens with contributions from the congregation, as Elizabeth Blakey was too ill to take the service as planned. We are pleased to report that she is out and about again. In place of a sermon Diana Temperley explained aspects of the rural ministry document recently circulated to churches and reported on the progress of the working party. John Sterland came with his sister Jennifer and he was able to inspect the “new” facilities made possible through the Sterland family legacy. He was pleased with what we have accomplished in such a small space.
The Inland Drainage Board has been undertaking extensive work on Church Dyke and its banks as part of the flood prevention scheme. Thanks you to Alison Sutherland who kept a close eye on operations when not at work and various other people dropped in from time to time. This is necessary work but inevitably with such large machinery there is some “collateral damage” to the vegetation along the bank. Hopefully the spring surge will soon cover over much of the mud!
Mowing has begun in the churchyard and Roger Bennett has been careful to avoid spring flowers - primroses, cowslips and violets - which have been so prolific this year. Some areas have been cut and in others the grass has been left longer and paths cut through to make the eventual mowing easier. John Huddleston has been mowing in the new graveyard to ensure the area around these graves is kept tidy to allow easy access for visitors who come regularly to lay flowers. We are grateful to all those who work hard to keep the churchyard looking tidy whilst preserving its rural qualities.
We are pleased to have been able to facilitate the setting up of a Carers, Babies and Toddlers group (mums, dads and grandparents all welcome) in the village hall. This is operating on Monday and Friday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 and members are enthusiastic about how it might develop. Victoria Walster from The Old Chapel is coordinating the group and she can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost per session is £2 per family.
The Coffee Morning held on Saturday May 9th was a great success providing a much-needed contribution for the work of Christian Aid; this being their annual fund-raising week. Our grateful thanks to all those who helped, all who attended and all who gave so generously.
“Who is my neighbour”-A Letter from the House of Bishops to the People and Parishes of the Church of England for the General Election 2015 is available on the website - www.churchofengland.org/GeneralElection2015. It is too late now to influence your voting decisions but nevertheless it is well worth reading. Section headings and summary sentences alone are food for thought. If you would like to borrow a hard copy please contact a warden.
Lastly, retired priest Wolfgang Werwath has returned from a long illness to take our 9am Holy Communion services again. We are delighted to have him back with us and to see him looking so well after a little Scottish sunshine.
We are also delighted to see the Area Dean, Rev David Milner, who was with us for our service of Holy Communion in May.
Diana and Rachael