(with regular updates 2019)
General section for news we would like to share (Sorry if some of this is out of date just trying to ensure everyone gets a chance to see it)
Bellringing. You may have noticed that we have heard the bells at St. Lawrence quite a bit in the last few weeks, this is because we have had a number of visiting bands come to ring our bells. There are a number of reasons why they might want to. Our two smallest bells are from the 13th century and are two of the oldest bells still ringing regularly, and amongst the oldest in the world. In contrast, the 4th bell was cast in 1981 as a replacement for the old 4th (from 1490) that had developed an internal crack. Although it can no longer ring in tune, you can still see it hanging from a joist over the musicians area._The other 3 bells are all from 1909. Despite the age of our bells and their being hung in plain metal bearings, they are well maintained and ring very well – they are also comparatively light (our tenor, at about 1/3 of a ton, is less than half the weight of the tenor at St. Andrew’s in Great Linford, for example). So, visiting bands find our bells easy to get used to and yet are ringing on bells with a long and varied history. For the musically minded, they are nominally tuned in the key of B flat – following a major scale up from there. However, all of the more modern bells had to be tuned to fit in with the much older ones – so actually they are somewhere between B flat and A. As this clashes with modern instruments, we try to avoid having the bells and either organ or music groups at the same time. If you would be interested in finding out more about our bells, the band practice from 7:30-9pm on Wednesdays and we would be happy to tell you more.
Christian Aid we received a Thank You for the donations and our time and efforts, so a thank you is due to Alison and June for the refreshments sales but also to all who baked and contributed in any way. If you want to find out more about Christian Aid and their work see their website. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/
Anniversary – Today (26/05/2019) the Rev Susan Jackson is presiding at Holy Communion. This is to commemorate Susan’s 25th anniversary of her Ordination as a Priest. I am sure you will join us all in congratulating her on this special occasion.
News from Lynn : Lynn & David’s move to Hampshire at the start of April proved hard – Lynn had to go ahead on her own, while David (still in MK hospital) waited to be transferred to a hospital near their new home. Instead of the expected few days, it took 5 weeks for him to be allocated to a new hospital and a bed was found just this week. Meanwhile Lynn is very pleased to have found a warm welcome at a local church. She is grateful for our prayers.
June is now home from hospital, thank you for the prayers
Noticesheet for the last 20 years the Noticesheet has been printed and distributed by Douglas and his wife Olive. After all this time Douglas feels it is time to step down and take a well-earned rest so today’s Noticesheet will be his last (31st March 2019). They have both worked for all those years with together with Andy & Jane on the Noticesheet and for the last year with Alan, where Douglas worked tirelessly in the background ensuring we had the Noticesheet every week. So, I hope you will all join me in thanking Douglas & Olive for their work and dedication and pray that they enjoy their new-found time off together.
Smoke damage Eileen has had a little good news this week as she may be finalising renting a cottage in Bradwell close to her old house. This may be for 6 months. Let us all pray it will not be longer and that she finds refuge in her temporary home.
Easter cracked Neil would like pass on a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped at this year’s Easter Cracked, and made it a special day especially the main presenters Jan, Anita, Tony and Chris on tech. There were 150 adults and children and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, there were enough Crème Eggs and the crafts were all appreciated
Pancakes in the Church last Shrove Tuesday…Hot pancakes, traditional style with lemon and sugar; or with maple syrup and cream; or with chocolate and…; or with strawberries… or blueberries… or… or… or everything! And at the same time, we received £330 towards Roof and Refurb – helped by a lovely donation from Wednesday Coffee Morning: Thank you. Also Thank you to those who came and gave, and to those who planned, purchased and served. We may try it again sometime. Keep eyes scanned!
Licensing Service. The weather was good and we had a wonderful service last Thursday where the Rev Dr Neil Popham was formally licensed, installed and anointed as minister by the Bishop. The church was full we enjoyed the bells being rung the procession of clergy and the giving of symbols to Neil. It was full of good humour and not formal with the sermon by the Archdeacon on the return of the prodigal son. The introduction and links were by the Associate Area Dean taking his first time at a licensing. We are all grateful to everyone who took part, did refreshments, moved chairs or in any way contributed and worked in the background, especially to the Rev Paul Smith for making it all happen.