Churchwarden Brenda’s Note for August

We are now into the second half of the year and would you believe. only 21 weeks to go to Christmas!!!!  I heard this week that apparently there was an advert on television for Christmas trees, this before the schools have broken up and the majority have enjoyed their summer break, but it seems to be the trend now – Valentine Day cards in November, Easter Eggs on sale immediately after Christmas (if not before), etc; etc:

Forgetting Christmas, we unfortunately had to cancel the Bar-B-Que scheduled for the 14th July, but the PCC is hoping to re-arrange another date soon and we will let you know as soon as plans have been made.

On the 19 July, 37 church members and friends enjoyed a day out to Whaley Bridge (NW Derbyshire).   We were expertly driven by Malcolm from EmJay Tours in a very new and comfortable coach.  He took us the scenic route and often pointed out places and things of interest with the odd joke thrown in.   Marjorie Rippon and Jean Wightman took on the role as stewardesses and served tea/coffee/hot chocolate and soft drinks – thank you both.   Our mid-morning comfort stop was at Bakewell, where a few of the group stocked up on Bakewell Puddings.   We managed to have a whistle-stop wander round the town.   Then it was on to Whaley Bridge where we boarded the Judith Mary narrow boat for a 2½ hour round trip on the canal.   Lunch was served, consisting of Lancashire Hot Pot followed by Apple Pie and cream and was delicious and with the added bonus of liquid (alcohol) refreshment. It was most enjoyable.   On our journey home, Malcolm took us via Buxton, where we stopped for approximately 1 hour.   We were very lucky with the weather, being sandwiched between the very hot Tuesday and pouring rain on Thursday.   Thank you to Herbert and Sylvia, Ian G, Ian H and Colin for organising the day.

On 22nd, we opened the church as part of the Diocesan open church week-end and took the opportunity to have a working party.   We had a few visitors who took advantage of the opportunity to look around the church and learn some of its’ history.   We were also serving tea/coffee and cake.   In the churchyard, we were able to cut back a lot of elderberry and weeds that were growing under the beech tree, tidying round a few other trees and edging the front path.   Thanks must go to Cynthia and Patrick, Jean and Colin, Charles Benson, Dorothy, Elizabeth and my husband Brian for your help on the day.

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Richard and Rae Cumberland, Colin and Jean – Colin undergoes a major operation in August, Ian and Danuta, Elizabeth and Robin