Churchwarden Brenda’s November Notes

On 8th October we celebrated our service of Harvest followed by our traditional feast.   38 members of the congregation and friends sat down to a 3 course meal –Tomato Soup  home made by Sylvia Wakefield, Steak Pie with mashed potatoes and vegetables followed by a wonderful range of puddings made by various church members and all washed down with either a glass of wine or Elderflower cordial,  home made by Jean Wightman.   A big thank you must be given to Danuta and Jean who were our chefs for the day and worked extremely hard, and to everyone else who either contributed, helped or came to make the day both enjoyable and as always, a great success.

The Diocese held a day’s seminar on ‘Managing your Historic Place of Worship’ at Jubilee House on 19th October to which Ian Godson and I attended.   It was organised by the both the Diocese and Historic England (formerly English Heritage).   The content of day was full and very interesting, although Ian and I were familiar with some of the items.   We also made ourselves known to various people who we can approach for advice and help in the future.   We were also treated to a wonderful lunch!!

Despite Storm Brian threatening to hit on Saturday 21st we held a working party.   As you may or may not know our dilapidated asbestos garage at the rear north east corner of the church in the churchyard was taken down by a professional company.   The company removed the ivy which had covered it but it was  left behind.   Jean and I ‘attempted’ to clear some of it and to clear the brambles that were overtaking the yew bush nearby.   Though we didn’t make much headway a start was made.

Ian G. tackled the inside of the church as well as clearing debris from the roof over the south aisle.   Danuta ‘spring-cleaned’ the kitchen and Charles Benson attacked some of the undergrowth in the church yard.   As Ian was working in the church, he noticed that we have a possible damp problem coming in from the roof on the north nave side of the Chancel arch. This will be investigated and our new contacts will come in very handy.   Thank you to all of you who helped.

This Saturday we will be celebrating our last wedding for 2017.   We are holding our informal wedding information morning on 4th November for the 9 couples who have chosen to be married at St. Edmund’s in 2018.

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Richard and Rae Cumberland, Robin and Elizabeth Brackenbury and Colin and Jean Wightman.   Colin has had a few hiccups since undergoing major surgery in August and despite this, still manages to smile.   Let us pray for his speedy recovery.