Monthly News from our Churchwarden

Editors Ramblings:

The most exciting news this month is of the course the good news that Heritage Lottery has awarded us a grant to begin the much needed work on the tower at St. Mary’s.

The week after Easter we held the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and this was followed by several of us going to the Royal Inn for lunch, we were joined by Fr David and Linda and it was a time of good food and nice company. We are, as I write, still of course in the Easter period and still singing the joyous Easter hymns proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus, the most important time of our church year. The churchyard at St Mary’s did look good for Easter with the primroses were still evident interspersed with bluebells and celandines. Unfortunately now the grass has grown and the garlic flowers are beginning to choke out the primroses and spreading into the grove and down the steps. They do look pretty but are invasive. The circles in the car park have lots of colourful flowers blooming now, thanks to Anne and the Arum Lily Denis planted somehow manages to stand proud with its several large blooms amid a myriad of fast growing weeds.

The Summer Bazaar was a bit of a WOW event with the final total raised being £1474. It was a very busy morning with local people and holiday makers filling the Gott Hall, enjoying the bacon butties and browsing and buying at all the many stalls. Many of the stall holders said they had no time to look around themselves as it was so hectic. Micky had lots of Fluffy toys to replenish her Toy Tombola and had none to pack away at the end, which was good. Probably some of the mums were not so keen with another variety of furry animals to add to the ones at home already! It was a very busy happy morning with an astounding result. Thank you everyone.

Forty people sat down to lunch for our Christian Aid Pie and Pudding Lunch. Everyone was commenting on what a tasty lunch it was, mostly due to Anne Retallick for the delicious Turkey Pie she had cooked, complimented by the creamed potatoes, now second nature to Ann Dewing (after the jam of course!) and peas and carrots. The desserts also went down a treat thanks to Barbara’s Bread and Butter Pudding, Jan’s Juicy Fruit Flan, Penny’s Plum Crumble and not forgetting my favourite, Beryl’s Trifle. We had a raffle and Anne sold plants and the end result was a pleasing £321 for Christian Aid. Thank you to those who provided food, helped in the kitchen and of course, those of you who came and supported the event.

The volunteers collecting outside Par Post Office for Christian Aid this year found it very wet but were very thankful for the new awning above the front of the shop. It was said that as we were collecting for those who often have no clean water and live through severe droughts, perhaps it was divine intervention and we were being reminded how lucky we are to have the rain.

Thank you for everyone who gave towards collections and events for Christian Aid Week, if you have not yet returned your envelope, it is never too late to do so.