August News from Churchwarden Brenda

Dear All

I must apologise for not producing a newsletter last month, but my work contract and preparing for the arrival of my daughter and her family from Sweden for 12 days’ holiday seemed to take over my life.   Fortunately things have returned somewhat back to normal (whatever that is!!!!). There is good news on the horizon in that the Pierrepont Heron will hopefully resume for September.

Well what can I say, July started off in the best possible way with the Flower Festival organised by the North Midland (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire & South Yorkshire) Federation of Flower Arranging Clubs .   I was in awe, as I am sure you were if you took a tour round the Hall, gardens and church, of the truly wonderful floral arrangements and the imagination of the designers. The weather was also kind which is a bonus in itself.  Ian Godson has very kindly posted photos of the ones in church on our website (if you were uanable to make it).

The Holme Pierrepont and Gamston Parish Council held their meeting in church.   It is always good to welcome them as their continued support to the Church is invaluable. They are continuing to fund the churchyard grass cutting and this year as well, are paying for the Lych Gate timber to be treated.  Our continued thanks go to them.

On Friday, 22nd July, we held our Annual Barbecue in the west churchyard. For a change, after the last two years, the weather was kind to us, although we did worry about the heavy black clouds gathering as we were lighting the barbecues. Fortunately, the few spots of rain came to nothing.

Around thirty people, congregation and friends joined us. It was good to see the Revd Robert and Kate again, now living in retirement in Robert’s childhood home in Wollaton.  Although the barbecues have never been fund-raising events, there is generally a profit made, after the generous donations of salads, puddings, etc. This year’s was around £170. Thank you everyone who contributed to the event, especially our chef Ian.  With him and you all, it could not be a success.

A date for your Diary:

Sunday 9th October – 11.00 am Harvest Festival, followed by a lunch in church

Please note, there will be no evening service on that day!