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Maureen, our Vicar, is convalescing after knee surgery so for the November magazine “Maureen’s Musings” have been replaced by “Churchwardens’ Chat”

Iain ColemanGena Richards  November 2017  
No sun – no moon!
No morn – no noon –
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –
No Vicar … November!
But: No let-up in the activities of St. Chad’s Church

As we write our thoughts, October is already rushing by. On a day that saw much rain, we again applauded the efforts of all the intrepid “Bells” runners who defied the elements to complete a sodden muddy course; as well as the stoicism of all the organisers and helpers in making it all happen.

And a day later, Maureen had a successful operation on her knee and is now in a period of rehabilitation. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as the work of physiotherapy continues. She will be out of the parish recuperating for about two months. Any matters which you feel need to be dealt with during this time should be referred to one of the wardens.

Much repair work has been carried out at the Church recently. We have seen the completion of minor works associated with the architect’s quinquennial inspection, mostly repointing and addressing some unevenness in the floor of the Loft.

Thanks to the Butler Fund we have been able to complete every recommendation made by the architect. We will also complete the lighting project so the south and west areas of the church will be far better illuminated than previously. This completion follows the request and generous donation of the late David Baxter to carry out the project in memory of his wife Jenny. Finally, we hope to restore the Vicar’s vestry to good order now that the heating
system installation is complete.

The first two Sundays in November will be particularly significant in the Church’s life in the community. In the evening of November 4, we will be holding our annual Commemoration of All Souls. As in other years the names of those we wish to remember will be read out along with the opportunity to light a candle in their memory. Special card baubles and stars will also be available to remember loved ones. These can be completed on the evening ready to
be hung on the Memory Tree at the Christmas Tree Festival.

Remembrance Sunday falls, rather neatly, on November 11 this year. There will be the traditional Service of Remembrance in the morning: please remember that it will start at 10.30am, thus enabling us to place the naming and remembering of the fallen at the centre of our worship.

In the evening, we are holding a Celebration of Peace in the Village Hall when we will acknowledge that it has been one hundred years since the end of the 1914-1918 conflict. By means of exhibition, sounds, readings, prayers and music we will seek to remember and understand the thoughts of the people at that time. Light refreshments will be available from 5.30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6.30 p.m. You are all very welcome.

All warmest wishes

Gena and Iain

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