The Patronal Festival Choral Evensong took place on Sunday 1st September and was a truly wonderful service. We were joined by the Choir of the United Parish of East Harptree with West Harptree and Hinton Blewett, under the direction of Tricia Rees-Jones, with Jean at the organ. Rev’d Karen Spray of the United Parish gave the Address and spoke of all those women named Mary who knew Jesus, of whom the most important was his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Patron Saint. The music and special anthems reflected Mary’s life and her courage and fortitude. And after the service, drinks and canapés were served in the churchyard in fine weather! Thanks to all who helped and to all who came!                           

Our traditional Harvest Festival Evensong will be on Sunday 6th October at 6.30pm. All are welcome to this special celebration in our church’s year. In connection with this, we shall be grateful for all gifts of produce, including vegetables, fruit, preserves, eggs etc., to place in the church ready for the service. The church will be decorated for Harvest on Saturday 5th October from 10am, so if you’d like to help, or to give produce, please come along then, or contact me. The following week, the produce is taken to Greenhill House at Timsbury, (our local Cheshire Home), where it can be enjoyed by residents and staff.

Our annual churchyard clear-up is on Saturday 19th October at 10am. We need help please!! Do come along bringing with you suitable tools and join in. There’ll be plenty of laughter, hard work and delicious refreshments!

And looking further ahead, our special All Souls Day service to remember those we have loved who have died, will be held on Sunday 3rd November at 6.30pm. Our good friend Canon John Simpson will be giving the Address.  There will be an opportunity for those present to light candles in memory of family members and friends who have died and for names to be read out by Mark if so wished. This is a service which is greatly valued by many people and all will be welcome.

Advance notice, Christingle Service: Sunday 1st December at 4pm!!                                            

Jill Nicol, Churchwarden