General section for news we would like to share (Sorry if some of this is out of date just wanted to ensure everyone saw it) October 2018 Congratulations to Sim who raised £250 taking part in the Bucks Historic Churches Bike ride in September. He would like to say a big thank you to those who supported and sponsored him Soup Run – Message from the MK soup run team “Milton Keynes Soup Run would like to thank all who gave so generously at harvest weekend. The contributions are most welcome and will help us continue our commitment to help feed the homeless and needy in our city – the numbers of which continue to increase year on year. Thank you very much.” Harvest Thanksgiving Service John and Diana from the ‘Food Cupboard’ attended the 10.45 service last week and said thank you for all the wonderful contributions and told us a little of their work. They have presented us with a certificate saying thank you which we will hang in the annexe. Work Day the rain kept most people away last Saturday but a big thank you to Andrew, Angela, Alan and Eric who braved the elements to join Peter to clean the church and tidy the churchyard. Thank you to Peter for organising, a lot was achieved in the time. Flowers for Harvest There was a wonderful display of flowers and fresh produce for Harvest, so a big thank you to Dawn, Jill, Cathy and Angela who also braved the elements to Join Jen to make the arrangements. Thank you to Jen for organising, they did make the day seem special. September 2018 Heritage Open Day last Saturday was very successful, with lots of helpers and visitors. The visitors were very complimentary about the church, with one overheard to say it was the best Church tour he had ever had, so a big thank you to Peter not only for organising but also impressing visitors with his knowledge. The tea & cakes raised £73.50 and the jams raised £30. We also sold history books and notelets, so it was a good fund raising as well as social event. Congratulations to Ros in achieving Finalist in Women’s Leaders’ Awards MK for her Public Service. We are very proud of you Ros and be assured of our prayers for every success in your new business venture. Congratulations to Rod and Beth as they have now moved closer to Bradwell Church. Gill thanks everyone for their ongoing prayers for her husband Mick and for her sister Beryl. Beryl has now settled into her care home and is doing well. A big thank you to Peter and his team for all the improvements to the annexe from everyone in the Church, all comments have been extremely complimentary and we are grateful for his hard work. August 2018 Goodbye to Janet & Scott. Next Sunday 26th August is the last Sunday that Janet, Scott & Family will be with us as the following weekend they are moving to Stroud. Anyone who would like to say goodbye to Janet, Scott, Libby and Joshua and thank them for all the tireless work and joy they have given the Church over the years, Sunday 26th would be a good time. Chris. For those who may not have heard Chris had a heart attack last Monday, after which he was taken to hospital in Oxford where he had an operation. Beryl tells us – “But, praise God, he is now home and feeling pretty normal, though tired. We are very thankful to our NHS for their commitment, skill and hard work. Thank you for your prayers. Beryl” Dick will be moving to Stony Stratford this week after nearly 22 years living in Bradwell. Over the years Dick has taken on a large number of church roles – assistant officer, rota arranger, organiser of the Ride and Hike Historic Churches Trust annual fund raiser ….to name just three of many. We’ll remember with gratitude the contribution made by him and his wife Rosemary, who sadly passed away in 2007. Our thanks, prayers and good wishes are with you, Dick, and we hope to still see you from time to time. Music Festival Janet, Scott and family had a wonderful time at last weekend’s ‘Standon Calling’ Music festival, which featured lots of up-and-coming music artists (with a couple of golden oldies thrown in for good measure). Great fun was had by everyone with Scott doing a 4 hour spell in the karaoke tent. They experienced every kind of weather with snow being the only exception, but were true Brits and stuck it out to the bitter end in their wellies! The family are enjoying being back in Bradwell now for the rest of August before moving to Stroud on the first weekend in September. July 2018 Life begins at 80 Please wish a Happy Birthday to Olive who is 80 today Sunday! We don’t know what celebrations they have in mind but hope Olive & Douglas enjoy their day. June 2018 Music Festival – Rebecca, Dave and family have just enjoyed the “Big Church Day Out” in Cheshire last weekend. Rebecca says there were some amazing Christian artists, an incredible atmosphere with lots of different stages to choose from as well as so much more. We loved every minute of listening to God’s word through music. May 2018 Susan & Family are not in church today as she is returning to her home church of St Mark’s, Dukinfield, Cheshire, where she grew up. There is an unveiling of a plaque in memory of her father and will be alongside the screen in memory of her mother, this will be dedicated by the Right Reverend Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport. (She was the first woman to be made a Bishop in the Church of England). We hope she has a great time renewing old friendships. News from Sudbury Alan Potter with his brother enjoyed lunch with Andy & Jane this week, Andy just arriving from the reserve with soaking wet boots and socks (I’m told it’s a wetland area!!). Jane starts a job Monday as co-ordinator in the rehabilitation centre for 30 hours a week, run by the same organisation where Andy works part time. Ruth is going through the recruitment process for teacher training in Suffolk & Essex having found working as an assistant earlier in the year a revelation. Andy and Jane both looked very happy enjoying their new life and lovely house in Sudbury. Congratulations to Beryl and Chris who were finally able to celebrate Christmas with all the family, after delays for snow and illness. We don’t know if there was turkey and Christmas crackers but they certainly had a great time.