Churchwarden Brenda’s February Notes

May I wish you all a very happy New Year?

In December, our services started with Christingle led by Revd. Mark Rodel dressed again as the Christingle. We were joined by members of the school choir from Pierrepont Gamston together with members of their families and also by some families of children who had been baptised at St. Edmund’s over the past 2 years. The service was enjoyed enormously by both the young and the young at heart!!

Later that week St. Edmund’s was the venue for two organisations’ Carol Services. Our Nine Lessons and Carols service was well attended as were our Festal Communion Services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We celebrated our last wedding of 2016 on 29 December, and wish Judith and Andrew every happiness in their future together.

Our New Years Day Mattins service, incorporating our traditional Bell Ringers’ service was affected by the virus that has been doing the rounds and therefore fewer people than usual were able to attend. I hope you have managed to avoid it and if not, then you are well on the road to recovery.

The PCC had its first meeting of the New Year, setting out work that will need to be done and also our ‘social calendar’.  Please see “Dates for your Diary”!

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Richard and Rae Cumberland and Elizabeth and Robin Brackenbury.

Brenda

Ruth Holbrook and St Edmund’s…….

We all know Ruth, the Lay Reader who has been taking some of our services for several years. She is to join us on a more formal basis, to assist with the management and organising of our services. I should point out that this does not mean that our services will change. They will remain as they are .

What it does mean is that this particular burden will be lifted from the shoulders of the Revd Howard. He will continue taking the services that he has done since joining us.   It simply means that his administrative  load will be  lighter.

To formalise Ruth’s new role, we are holding a special service to which you are cordially invited. The service will be led by the Archdeacon of Nottingham, the Venerable Sarah Clark and the Revd Mark Rodel, to commission Ruth as the Co-ordinating Minister for the United Benefice of All Hallows, Lady Bay and St. Edmund’s, Holme Pierrepont. Her main responsibility will be St. Edmund’s.

We are inviting   the Area Dean and others to join us in this celebration, which will take place on 30th January at 7.00 pm. We will be serving coffee and biscuits after the service.

Please come and join us, so that we can give Ruth a proper welcome to St Edmund’s. If you would like to attend, but  need a lift, please let me know, on 0115 933 2805.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 30th.

Ian G

The bells! The Bells!

If, like me, you love to hear the sound of church bells ringing, you could help keep the tradition alive. Our band of ringers was re-formed to celebrate the new Millennium. Unfortunately, the number of ringers is not now as great as it was then, and we are looking for “new blood” to join us!

If you would like to give this ancient art a try, contact Colin Wightman (our Tower Captain, on 0115 981 0413, or by email at:  jean.colinwightman@talk21.com). Practices are held on a Thursday evening in church. You will be very welcome. Do come and join us!

IG

Christingle 2016

Over one hundred people joined us for our annual Christingle service. The singing was enhanced by the performances of the Pierrepont Gamston school choir. The Revd Mark led the service, but not robed, as we all know him – but dressed as a Christingle himself! The children and their parents were captivated by his explanations of what it all meant.

20161204_162629Rita and Keith Pratt had, as usual, produced the Christingles for  the children to take home. I’m sure that all will remember the singing of “Away in a manger” in a darkened church, lit only by candles – a truly magical experience….!

IG

Churchwarden Brenda’s Notes for December

Hi All

As I write this, I cannot believe it is only 4 weeks to Christmas. Do you feel, like me, that time is going too quickly and that I do not seem to have enough hours in the day to do all that I would like to do?

November saw Howard, Ian H, Herbert and I, together with Jeanette and Sylvia, welcome 5 couples who are celebrating their weddings at St. Edmund’s next year together with Andrew and Judith who are our last couple to get married this year, on 29 December. The informal wedding information morning is a lovely way for us to get to know them and for them to get to know us as well as each other and to be introduced to St. Edmund’s.

The following evening we commemorated Remembrance Sunday, which as always was well attended, welcoming descendants of the men remembered on our Lych Gate, 2 representatives from the Royal British Legion as flag bearers, County Cllr. Kay Cutts, Borough Cllr J. Wheeler and Mrs. Cynthia Stacey representing the Parish Council, these 3 laying wreaths at the altar. The service was followed by light refreshments. Thanks to all who helped with this, to Cynthia for the poppy decorations and to the bell-ringers who rang before the service.

There will be no issue next month (January) so please note our service times, shown elsewhere on the website.

May I wish you all good tidings for Christmas and the New Year?

Brenda

Churchwarden Brenda’s November Notes

The season of Autumn is here, shown not only by the drop in temperature but the changing colours of the trees and leaves dropping to the ground.   Travelling around the county I am totally enthralled by the hue of different colours and in awe of what Mother Nature can bring.   Even at my age (?? years) I still can’t resist looking for and even picking up conkers when I see them as I walk down Trent Boulevard.

We celebrated Harvest time with our service on 9th October. Following the service, 27 members of the congregation enjoyed a 3-course lunch – Tomato Soup kindly made by Sylvia Wakefield, Steak Pie mash and vegetables, and a wonderful choice of puddings donated by various members of the congregation.   A very enjoyable time was had by all.   Donated perishable goods were auctioned off after the meal and tinned goods were donated to The Friary.   Thank you to all who helped, contributed in any way, especially Jean & Danuta in the kitchen, and of course to all who supported the event.

Last weekend a working party was held    Ian G and Cynthia finished off treating the rafters of the Lychgate. Colin treated the notice board, Jean, Brian and I worked on the ground level gutters and tidying up the pathways.   We all did other general clearing up. Thank you.

When our Bell Frame needed replacing and the ringing room floor was lowered at a cost of £45,000, we received a grant from the Southwell & Nottingham Diocese and the Bingham District Guild Bell Repair Fund.   On Friday 18th November at 7.00 pm {7.30 pm start) the Bingham District are holding a Race night as a fund-raising event in support of the fund, at Radcliffe on Trent Royal British Legion. Entrance fee is £5.00 including light refreshments.   If you would like to come to this fun evening or would like more information then please contact either Colin & Jean Wightman or me.

We ask you to remember in your prayers Richard Cumberland, Elizabeth and Robin Brackenbury and Howard.

We wish them all well.

Brenda

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival Service, conducted jointly by Brenda & the Revd Howard,  was followed by  lunch, with a glass of wine.   Twenty seven of us sat down to a three course meal, of Sylvia’s renowned tomato soup, Brumpton’s steak pie and the usual amazing selection of puddings. As ever, we all enjoyed ourselves. Thank you to all those involved in preparing the food beforehand, and/or helping on the day! Without you it could not happen.

IG

Sylvia, our new “Heron” editor writes………

Hi, friends
I’ve been given the pleasure of taking over the Heron from Ruth who has rather a large workload and this also fits in with my lifestyle at the moment. I’ve had to retire from the PCC due to evening meetings and also give up editing the Community Association Newsletter (which I have thoroughly enjoyed and have done for over 30 years}. Being asked to do this came as a very welcome surprise.
I will do my best to make it as interesting as possible and would welcome any input from readers—just contact me on 9815102 by the 20th of any month if you would like to contribute.
I believe the Holy Spirit was at work in enabling others to recognise my need for an alternative way of contributing to the work of the parish.
Please take note of the questions in Mark’s letter because I think we all can learn to recognise His presence in our daily lives and it’s so good to be able to share it.
Sylvia

Well met at Porthmadog!

On a recent holiday to North Wales, Danuta, Ian & Nick (who took the photo), met Angela and Rob on a wet and windy day, on the Ffestiniog Railway dsc06665platform!

Churchwarden Brenda’s Notes for October

Dear All

Welcome back to ‘The Heron’ and to its new editor – Sylvia Wilkins of All Hallows.

Again September has been a quiet month in the life of St. Edmund’s.   Many of the congregation taking advantage of children returning or starting school to take their annual holidays.   Brian and I were among those, taking ourselves off to Cornwall for a week.   We had a lovely time and had the weather to take full advantage of the beautiful walks and scenery.

Today (25th Sept) is the Robin Hood Marathon and both Ruth and I experienced problems this morning in making it down to St. Edmund’s as Trent Boulevard was closed to all traffic.   It was even worse getting home as there were actual runners on the road and only one crossing point getting from the south side of Lady Bay to the north side.   While waiting for a suitable ‘gap’  I watched many pass by having reached the 19 mile point with another 7 to go and wondered to myself if they really enjoy it?   Going by the pained looks on their faces and movement of their bodies, I have my doubts.   But I suppose, like the Olympic athletes, their dedication and training gives them the sense of achievement and makes it all worthwhile when they cross the finish line.

A wedding blessing took place on 17 September of Kristoffer Field and Samantha Powell and we wish them every happiness in the future together.

Brenda