Churchwarden Brenda’s March Notes

I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to the weather getting warmer.   I know Spring is on its way because the snowdrops outside the Hall, just to the right of the path to Church are in bloom and the wild tulips are making good progress too.   I am just waiting for the crocuses to make an appearance and the picture will be complete.

It has again been a quiet month in our Church life.   We welcomed back Ian Hepburn after his and Mary’s annual ‘retreat’ to sunnier climes in the Cayman Islands and thank Derek, Richard Nunn and Keith Bailey for playing at our Sunday services in his absence.

Unfortunately for Ian, we were unable to give him the warmest of welcomes as our boiler has finally called it a day.   We think it is at least 30 years old if not older, so cannot be too shocked and we have surely had our money’s worth!!!!   The Standing Committee is meeting the Diocesan Heating Advisor on Tuesday 21st to see the best way forward.

You will have also noticed that a major change has occurred.   It has been mentioned by several parishioners that the view of the church from the park is spoiled by the yew trees either side of the path.   These have now grown too large, become unsightly and have lost their shape, so it was proposed and unanimously agreed by the PCC that the 4 yew trees be pruned back and cut down to a height of approx. 5 feet.   It is hoped that new growth will quickly appear and we can keep them shaped into bushes.   This is due to take place on Monday 20th February.

It gives me great pleasure in announcing the birth of Nancy Eva Josephine at 3.46am on 3rd February 2017 weighing 7lb 3oz to James and Jacqui Measures.   We send our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to them both and a very warm welcome to Nancy.

On a sadder note, I have to announce the death of Mrs. Jean Mills on 12 February.   Jean grew up in what is now Holme Grange Cottage (Jean & Colin Wightman’s home) when it was two separate cottages.   She worshipped at St. Edmund’s, was a member of the choir and a bell-ringer.   Jean and her husband were married here, as were her two daughters and two of her granddaughters.   Jean is being cremated at Wilford Hill on Tuesday 21st February at 11.00am.   Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Please also remember in your prayers Richard and Rae Cumberland and Elizabeth and Robin Brackenbury.