Monthly News from our Churchwarden

Congratulations go to PL24 Community Group for the ‘Made in Par’ Day they held in the Gott Hall at the end of August. Who would have believed there are so many professional articles being made in our local area. There were excellent paintings and examples of the different media in art, with stunning examples of this beautifully displayed. Varieties of home made cards, candles, jewellery and fancy goods, home preserves, cakes and crafts and I only saw the things displayed in the Gott Hall, there was so much more in the Scout Hut. People came and went all day and everyone agreed it was a really good occasion , showing and advertising what skills there are around us, it was so successful PL24 have agreed to hold another such event in December.


We had our own ‘Made in Par’ stall, displaying and selling the talents of those in the parish, the inevitable cakes, plants, home made jams and pickles, crafted items such as aprons, peg bags and cushions and knitted baby clothes. The cards made by Micky and Barbara were also available. We did extremely well selling the items given (£410) and it was also a good PR exercise to advertise our appeal for the Spire with several people knitting squares, Cathy giving out sponsor forms to the community for all she was worth and with Jill and I putting the envelopes together for the Gift Day, the following week.


The Gift Day for the Spire Appeal was a huge success, the weather could have been kinder especially when Jill and Di were trying to erect the gazebo on the grass of the car park and Barry was up the ladder putting up the Lottery Sign with me holding the ladder. From nowhere came the most horrendous shower and there was no real shelter for any of us. However it did clear for most of the day although Jill and Di must have been chilled to the bone sitting under the gazebo all day. We are grateful to Par Community Association for the loan of the gazebo and to Sonia Clyne and John Cloke for their assistance erecting it. Lots of people drove into the car park to give them donations, everyone was fascinated by the model of St Mary’s Spire that had been made by Robin Guest, a local sculptor and more than keen to put their money into it and make the bell ring. What an asset that will be to us at future events. Many others came into the church and had a cup of coffee and cake with us to bring their donations. Some people stayed for lunch to enjoy ham and cheese rolls, hand crafted by Barbara, (the rolls, courtesy of the Co-op to whom we send our grateful thanks). Thank you to all who helped deliver more than 750 invitations around the village, it certainly brought dividends and thank you to all who supported the day or helped in anyway.


The beginning of September saw all the church activities come to life again and the Gott Hall busy with all the different organisations who use it daily. Little Lambs began with a total capacity of little people, some new babies having been born over the summer and proudly accompanied by older sisters and brothers. The children were all eager to play with their favourite toys and to stick and glue and paint and sing-a-long with Fr Derek. Monday Mums began with another faction of little people and is a thriving group with new people welcomed to join them. The first babies who began this group are now almost ready for Little Lambs, how the time goes.


The Open the Book team have now been to Biscovey Infant’s Academy for the first two weeks of the new school year, with the new intake of children meeting us for the first time. The first week we told the parable of ‘The Lost Sheep’, who in our story was called Shaun, probably not a good Hebrew name but the children would relate to that. This week it was the story of Tabitha, who Peter raised again after she fell ill and died.


Elderberries has the problem of leadership with June standing down because of health problems. June has been totally committed to keeping this group going and our thanks go to her and pray her health will improve and the Elderberries situation will be resolved.