St Stephen’s Newsletter: September 2018

By Editor, Sep 30 2018 03:21PM

First of all this month, my apologies for not writing last month. My only excuse is that during the horribly hot weather we were having, time somehow ‘slipped’ into our annual family get together in Cornwall, where we enjoyed the lovely cool weather almost as much as meeting up with each other.

Meanwhile Mary was also absent for one of those holiday Sundays, so we both missed David’s debut ‘guitar service’. Hazel said it was much appreciated so we now look forward to a repeat – when Mary and I will be able to appreciate both David’s service and his expertise on the guitar.

Moving on, it’s amazing how just a few days seem to herald the ‘turning of the year’ and we are immediately in the midst of planning for our Harvest Service and Supper while Linda and Helen are projecting even further ahead to their proposed Beacon Christmas/New Year Lunch.

But first we celebrate our Harvest season beginning with our Parish Harvest Supper at 7 o’clock on Saturday 6th October in the Village Hall. Linda always has her menus sorted months ahead of schedule and Janet has already begun dispensing tickets. At £10 per head these are a massive bargain for a delicious three course meal, plus cheese and biscuits and coffee. Of course you are expected to supply your own glasses and liquid refreshments!

The evening will include the usual raffle and quiz, and this year’s entertainment comes from the singers of the Oasis Baptist Church. Do come and join us if you can – last year I had to keep postponing my lift home as no one seemed inclined to leave at the end of the evening.

As mentioned, our Supper takes place in the Village Hall and last weekend we celebrated the 50th anniversary of its opening, celebrating too the inter connectivity of Church and Village. It’s somehow a lovely thought that the Hall stands on church ground for which a peppercorn rent is paid. I love that antiquated terminology!

Debbie and all the other members of the Village Hall Committee, St. Stephen’s, the WI, Playgroup and many others had all combined to provide a lovely afternoon of memories and activities, not forgetting refreshments and pleasant company.

It was a pleasure to walk into the hall and see Janet and Linda ‘manning’ the St. Stephen’s table, sitting next to Hazel and Debbie at the WI book stall. I must add the WI also provided a sumptuous cake stall so it was a very productive visit. We walked home with a delicious cake and another copy of the Village History book, compiled by Hazel and Angela several years ago.

The lemon drizzle cake lived up to expectations and the following morning, after Andris’ most satisfying service, Linda produced a big tin of freshly baked gingerbread. What we used to call ‘food for the body and food for the soul’. Altogether a delicious and satisfying weekend!

So it just remains for me to remind you of our Parish Harvest Service and Supper and to repeat that you are warmly welcomed to share either or both events with us. We look forward to sharing the friendship and fellowship of St. Stephen’s with you.

On behalf of everyone here at St. Stephen’s Janie Grinstead

P.S. I’m very envious of Frances who now, once again, has her brother, sister, daughter and four gorgeous grandchildren, all living in close proximity in the Village, not to mention all the other family members.

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