Church Warden's Report December 2017

From the registers
January 31st  -   Funeral and burial    -   John Kenneth Calver
The St. Mary’s Christmas Quiz was great fun. The advertising was brilliantly organised for this event by Sally & Phil Collins, a huge thank you to them! We had lots of tables which made for a great evening and Neil’s Quiz mastering was lots of fun. Huge thanks to everyone who made the evening go so well. We raised a brilliant £683 for church funds.
Carol Service and the Crib Service
It was lovely having so many villagers and their families join us for all our Christmas services again this year. The Church looked lovely, a huge thanks to everyone who helped make it look so special. The collection this year from the Carol service went to the Salvation Army and the collection from the Crib service was split half to the Children’s Society and half to Widdington Church.

Tombola at the Christmas Fair was another great village event, thank you to everyone who helped and donated prizes. With the honey sales and the tombola we raised £300 for Church Funds.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is being held in the Village Hall Social Room on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm. This is an open AGM meeting so everyone is welcome to come along to listen or have their say.
The Lent Course this year in being run by Neil McLeod at Church House, Newport, for the six weeks of Lent, every Tuesday, from 7.30-9.00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join him. This year the course is based on a film starring Martin Sheen called The Way. It is the story of a man who walks the Camino Way to Santiago de Compostella, honouring his son who died undertaking the walk. The first session will be watching the film and the following five will be discussing it so, as long as you’ve     seen the film you can join in for one or two or all of them!
             It will be starting on Tuesday 20th February until March 27th
Mothering Sunday Service this year will be a little bit different. It will be at 10.00am, a little bit later than our normal Family Service, and run by the PCC. Neil was trying to fit three morning services in three parishes on March 26th so we volunteered to do our own! Everyone is welcome and there will be a distribution of posies to all mothers who join us! 

Easter Egg painting and decorating. Look out for the posters of information. Come and see the display at the back of the Church over Easter.

Shoebox Collecting. I know people collect bits and pieces for shoeboxes throughout the year so we thought we’d help you with some suggestions. So here is a list of items that would be good to collect for this years shoeboxes: Toothpaste (especially children’s), Hairbrushes, Hair ties and clips, Pencil Sharpeners/rubbers, A5 notepads, Crayons/felt pens, Boys Hats, Girls gloves, Cuddly toys, Toys/games/tennis balls.
Sonia Whalley – Church Warden

Flower Festival - weekend of Fundraising
The upkeep on an old building is constant, as you know and the more repairs that we can do rather than rebuilds, the better.
The Church is not in bad repair at all, thanks to the constant love and attention it has got from many many people over the years.
There are some roofing and tower problems at the moment (you might have seen the scaffolding!) these are being sorted out and this will keep it going for a bit longer and hopefully stop any major problems occurring.
To try and cover some of these costs we have decided to do a ‘weekend’ of fundraising. As you have probably seen by our advertising we are going to hold a Flower Festival in the Church over the second May Bank Holiday, weekend 25th-28th May. Irene Wilkinson is busy getting this off the ground with an amazing team of helpers (always looking for more if you’re around!)
Alongside this Christine and I are going to run an Auction of Promises/Silent Auction. We will be looking for offers please from as many of you lovely people as possible! These offers can be as varied as you like. Here are some examples from previous events
  • Bottle of something.
  • Volunteering to dog walk for so many hours.
  • Volunteering to iron for so many hours/loads.
  • Vouchers or subscriptions or tickets for shows or treatments or magasines.
  • Week or weekend holidays in your holiday cottage, at home or abroad.
  • Baby sitting for so many hours.
  • Any items of interest.
The lists are endless and anything you could come up with or offer would be gratefully received!
The auction will be put on line so can be accessed through a computer as well as in person or in writing before and on the day.
More details will be circulated nearer the time but please put your thinking caps on!!

 Village Coffee Morning  

10:00 to 11:30 am
Widdington Village Hall
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the Month:
  • March 14th and March 28th
  • April 11th and April 24th
  • May 9th and May 23rd
The December coffee morning Christmas raffle for St. Clare Hospice raised £74. Thank you very much for all your support. Thank you again for everyone’s continued commitment and lovely cake baking!

If you know someone who would like a lift then please ask anyone serving at the Coffee Mornings.

Church Fabric update

The dilapidated wooden cross marking the joint grave of James Walter Court (rector here for 61 years) and his wife Frances Ellen Court has been replaced with an engraved stone tablet which lies flat on the grave.  This is to the West of the tower.

Repairs to the nave/chancel crossing have been held up by the cold weather but should soon be completed and the scaffolding taken down.

Repairs which are necessary to the tower are detailed in the Flower Festival section of the magazine as we shall be fundraising during this event.   We hope the work will be carried out later this year to prevent further deterioration to the fabric of the building.