Church Warden's Report December 2018

   Hi there. Well, December is here again! That means Crib Service for definite. If there are any children who would like to read a passage this year, please do get in touch with me x

   We had a very successful Macmillan Coffee Morning run by Michele Wheelhouse raising a whopping £303.03!

   Our talk at the Benefice service here in Widdington, was by people who had just got back from Kyangala, Kenya. Explaining what the Trust is and what it had done this year and how it had spent its money. We raised £247 from the collection to go towards future projects.

   A HUGE thanks need to go to all the people who organised the wonderful Black Tie Dinner Dance in the Village Hall. The food was amazing and we were treated to music by Hannah Horton and her Band. The evening raised a fantastic £3605.50 to go towards the restoration of the Church Tower.

   Next year we shall be renewing our Church Electoral Roll which is 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.

From the Registers –
September 2nd – Baptism – Nancy Bay Matthews
October 23rd – Funeral – William Robertson
October 27th – Marriage – Asley Gatecliffe to Hannah Clayton
October 28th – Baptism – Isaac Gatecliffe

Harvest Festival
The Church looked gorgeous again this year, thank you to everyone who decorated and helped make it look so lovely. We had lots of donations of goods, which was great. These were taken to Jimmie's Night Shelter in Cambridge by a very kind volunteer who we are very grateful to. They were very appreciative as always. I received some late donations which went to Streets2Homes in Harlow who we have supported in the past, they were also very appreciative.  The collection of £405 was sent to the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal.

Shoe Box Sunday
We had a lovely service, sadly, not many school age children, though we did have lots of fun with very excited helpers filling and sorting boxes.  We sent 36 boxes plus nine from Quendon which was a brilliant achievement. Thank you to everyone who helped and donated bits to fill boxes and money for Samaritan’s Purse to send them to their destination. I must give a very special thank you to Fiona who has taken on this project and does such a great job of getting everything ready and finished off. We have been discussing our future Shoe Box collections and are struggling with all the restrictions that the Samaritan’s Purse are putting on the collectors, with even more banned items next year, including toothpaste and sweets! So, we’re thinking of alternatives and if you have any ideas or feelings about this then please do say.

Remembrance Sunday
The 100th Anniversary Remembrance Service at Newport War Memorial this year was well-attended with representatives from Carver Barracks, boys and girls from the local village Guiders, Brownies, Rainbows and Scouts, amongst others, all laying wreaths. The name of every WW1 soldier from Newport, Widdington, Quendon and Rickling were read out and brought to the front of the Church and placed in a Garden of Remembrance. Very moving.

Sonia Whalley – Church Warden

 Village Coffee Morning  

 Do come and join us for one of our Coffee Mornings in the Village Hall.
Anyone home on a Wednesday morning between 10:00 to 11:30am are welcome to pop in, and why not bring a friend!
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of every Month

January 9th and January 23rd
Three week break
February 13th and February 27th
March 13th and March 27th
April 10th and April 24th
May 8th and May 22nd
Three week break
June 12th and June 26th

If anyone would like a lift organizing then please call Sonia (Whalley)

Christmas service times

December 9th        Messy Christingle   3.30pm (Newport)
December 16th      Carol Service         3.00pm
December 24th          Crib Service           4.00 pm
December 25th      Christmas Day      10.00am