Church Warden's Report March 2019

From the registers
December 7th - Marriage - Lydia Scott and Kesley Dedman
December 14th - Burial of Ashes - William (Robbie) Robertson
December 20th - Funeral & Burial - Peter Lindsell
February 1st - Funeral and Burial - Harry Norris. (Interred in wife’s grave)

The St. Mary’s Christmas Quiz in December was great fun. We had lots of tables which made for a great evening and Neil’s Quiz mastering skills were excellent. The event was brilliantly organised by Sally & Phil Collins, a huge thank you to them! And thanks to everyone who joined us and made the evening go so well. We raised a brilliant £627.50 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 thank you to everyone who helped make it look so special. The collection this year from the Carol service was split between the Church and Crisis at Christmas and the collection from the Crib service was split between the Children’s Society and Widdington Church.
Tombola at the Christmas Fair, another great village event, raised a fantastic £551.90 towards the Church Tower Funds. I’d like to thank everyone who bought tickets, helped and donated prizes.
This year we shall be renewing our Church Electoral Roll which has to be done every six years, when every name is deleted and a new list is made. If you have attended St. Mary’s Widdington in the past and consider it your home church, joining the Roll entitles you to raise any question you may have, now or in the future, regarding parochial or general church interest, with the Church Council. If you would like more information or are interested in going onto the 2019 Roll then please do talk to me or ask me for a form. Thank you.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is being held in the Village Hall Social Room on Thursday 29th April at 7.45pm. This is an open AGM meeting so everyone is welcome to come along to listen or have your say. There will be refreshments served afterwards.

The Lent Course this year in being run by Neil McLeod twice a week, once at Church House, Newport, every Wednesday, from 7.30-9.00 pm. and once at The Vicarage, on Tuesday mornings from 10.30-12noon. The course is called ‘Shine a Light’ and will run for 5 weeks. Everyone is welcome to join him, for one or two sessions, or all 5!
             It will be starting on Wednesday 13th March until April 17th.

The Lent Lunch bowl of soup for St Clare Hospice this year will be in the Social room of the Village Hall on March 14th at 12.30. Everyone is welcome.
Mothering Sunday service this year is on Sunday 31st March at Widdington Church at 10am. Everyone is welcome and there will be a distribution of posies to all mothers who join us as well as refreshments including Simnel cake! 

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

Sonia Whalley


 Village Coffee Morning  

 10:00 to 11:30 am
Widdington Village Hall
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of every Month

March 13th and March 27th
April 10th and April 24th
May 8th and May 22nd

Home on a Wednesday morning? You are most welcome to come along to the Village Hall for coffee, cake and a chat!

The December coffee morning Christmas raffle for St. Clare Hospice raised an amazing £216.80. 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.