Mick Watkins of the English Carpet Bowls Association came from Suffolk today to introduce a keen group of parishioners to indoor “carpet” bowls in the Village Hall. Over twenty people came along, including children. After a demonstration of how it should be done, we all had a go, with varying degrees of success! Everyone enjoyed a really fun afternoon and we are now going to set up a Bowls Club. Many thanks to Mick for making it so enjoyable, if not exactly easy!
Our demo last October sought financial support for groundwork so we would be able to use temporary flood barriers to protect the village. Great news that our Vale District Council agreed recently to pay for this groundwork – needed to level the land, and provide for crossing the field ditch.
Various permissions have to be sought, plans drawn and contracts agreed, so it will be some time till diggers appear. Surveying has already begun.
While the Environment Agency cannot promise barriers until the day, this makes it much more likely we’ll be protected.
Thanks to everyone who came to the demo – and all the other support!
From Fr James Wilkinson, the Vicar
This year Sunday 5 October sees our annual thanksgiving for the harvest, our 9.15am Eucharist at St Laurence on that Sunday will have all the traditional hymns as well as harvest decorations. We will also have as our preacher the Archdeacon of Oxford Fr Martin Gorrick. Later in the morning following the 10.30am service in St John’s New Hinksey the harvest lunch will follow. This will be a wonderful curry cooked by the Singh family. If you would like to come to the lunch let us know.
In church we use many words for the service often called Holy Communion. Eucharist is one such word which comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving, we offer back to the Lord bread and wine in the spirit of thankfulness and the Lord returns to us his Son Jesus Christ.
During harvest time we traditionally think of the products from the land, but it is also a time to give thanks for all the things that sustain us.
A prayer for use at Harvest time,
you crown the year with your goodness
and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season:
grant that we may use them to your glory,
for the relief of those in need and for our own well being;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
This year we will be keeping our annual service to remember the departed on Saturday 1 November at 11.00am. There will be a Eucharist in church followed by the blessing of graves in the churchyard and burial ground. Please feel free to come to the service, or simply join us for the blessing of the graves at around 11.45am. During the service you will have the opportunity for your departed loved ones to be remembered by name and to light a candle for them. You may also like to decorate the graves you are associated with.
Advance notice of… Christmas!
This year our service of Carols and Readings will take place on Sunday 21st December 2014 at 4pm. There will be carols and readings and poetry, all by candlelight. We would like to involve you so if you would like to read, or sing something, or help with the decoration of the church please let us know. Children will be invited to come dressed as a character from the Nativity – Mary, Joseph, shepherd, wise man, angel, sheep, donkey, Ox, or even the baby Jesus…
The Village Hall has undergone considerable repair, refurbishment and redecoration over the past few months.
A major element was that the frame of the large window over the door of the Chapel was rotten and in danger of coming away, so has been removed and replaced with an entirely new frame, but incorporating as much of the original glass as possible. Where new glass was needed new panes were made by traditional methods to match as closely as possible (which it does very closely indeed). Smaller repairs have been done to the other original windows and their frames in the Hall. This work cost £10,932, funded with the help of a generous grant of £4,730 from the Vale of White Horse District Council, for which we are very grateful, the remainder coming from our own reserves.
We also benefited greatly from a grant of £1750 from Bob Johnston’s County Councillor Community Budget, thank you. This allowed us to use the opportunity of the main window replacement to raise and reform the false ceiling in the area around this window. Not only has this restored it to its original glory and much improved the appearance, but it also lets in much more light. This grant also made a significant contribution towards the new lighting described below.
An energy audit has been carried out by a team from Oxford Brookes University and we are acting on the recommendations. We received a £500 grant towards the £600 cost of this audit from Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment and again we are very grateful for this generous assistance. New lighting, using LEDs in place of old style bulbs, and lowering the fittings so they can now be reached from a ladder (whereas before we had to hire a platform scaffold to change a bulb!) should be installed by the end of this month.
Numerous smaller works have been carried out. The under-floor central heating has been recommissioned and now works well. Redecoration of the main hall is almost complete.
Villagers assembled at the Village Hall for the latest pop-up restaurant where a seemingly endless stream of Spanish dishes appeared – tortilla, lemon chicken, butter beans in tomato sauce, tart, calamari. Some savvy diners even brought Spanish wine with them. This was followed by a yummy seasonal strawberry tart with refreshing elderflower sorbet. Yet again, it was a fantastic opportunity to meet up with friends in the village and to have a relaxing and local night out. Thanks again to Pippa and her team.