News from the Churchwardens November 2011

Our Harvest Festival was a very enjoyable occasion, as was the Harvest Supper which followed, at the Fox and Hounds. Chris Hill produced a first class meal, and everyone went away feeling very satisfied! The church looked really beautiful, thanks to the efforts of Sue Jarvis and Barbara Floyd and smelt wonderfully of autumn fruits.

On Sunday 9th October we held a coffee morning at Churchside House in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We raised £115 which will be sent off to the charity. A most enjoyable morning – thank you to those who supported the event.

We have at last secured a faculty for the PA system and the children’s room in the church, and hope that work can begin before too long.

Churchyard trees
During the summer we had to make the decision to remove the horse chestnut tree at the entrance to the churchyard. Two heavy branches had fallen close to the school and the Huntingdon DC tree adviser
informed us that it was diseased and would have to be felled on grounds of health and safety. We have also had a fallen tree at Little Gidding, and are again in contact with Huntingdon DC to see what further action we need to take. At Steeple Gidding we are very grateful to Mr Brian Scotney who has done a great deal of clearing up in the churchyard there.

Paul Freestone
We extend our very sincere sympathy to Sue, Frederik and Freya Freestone on the sad loss of Paul.

Service dates
There will be a service on Sunday 30th October, the nearest Sunday to All Souls Day, at 3pm, when we shall remember all our loved ones who have died. Mary Jepp asks that we give her any names we would like read out in the service. (To contact Mary, tel: 01480 890284 or email: m.jepp@btinternet.com)

On Sunday 13th November at 5pm, we shall be holding a Remembrance Service which this year will be led by the Sawtry branch of the British Legion. This will be our first Remembrance Sunday service without our dear, much missed, Shep leading the worship.

Home Communions will be held on Tuesday 15th November.

Advance notice
The Advent Carol service on Sunday 4th December and the Christmas Carol service on Saturday 17th December, will both be at 6pm.

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