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NEWS FROM AROUND THE BENEFICE DURING 2015

           

Christmas preparations

Thank you to all those who pulled together (literally!) to raise the Christmas tree at St Peter's Church, Market Bosworth in December. It was a busy day in church; putting up decorations, preparing the Christingles and extra choir practice ready for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 

   

Angel Festival

'Household Angels' was the theme for this year's Angel Festival at St Peter's Church Market Bosworth.  Visitors to the church at the Bosworth lights switch-on event, were able to enjoy refreshments, hand-bells and the choir, which all added to the festivities as we head towards the Christmas season.  Here are some of the angels - why not pop along during the day to see them all - they remain on display until after Christmas. 

 

Remembrance Sunday 2015

On display for the first time was the Royal British Legion Roll of Honour book.  Originally made by the Women's section of the Royal British Legion, the book was rather unwieldy to hold and unfortunately contained some errors.  It was therefore decided that the book be refurbished and the specialist calligraphy skills of Kathy Sedar were called upon to create a new book along with a box to store the book in.  The box incorporates the original hand carved wooden front cover as the lid.  St Peter's Church was pleased to offer a contribution to the Royal British Legion for the work to be carried out.  At the Remembrance Sunday service at St Peter's Church, the book was displayed whilst the names of those from Market Bosworth who fell during the First and Second World Wars were read out. To read more about Remembrance 2015, along with other news across the Bosworth benefice, please click here to access our New Insight magazine.

 

Spotted!

Here is a picture of our lovely Bill Sharp, Church Warden for St Andrew's Church, Carlton.  He is a volunteer guide at the Heritage Battlefield Centre - don't forget to give him a wave and say hello if you should spot him when you're out and about - although if he is waving those flags, he is hard to miss!

 

Licensing of a New Reader

Over the last year I have been training as a Reader, usually the course is two years but because I am already a Pastoral Assistant it was decided that I only need to study for the one year. On Saturday October 10th I went to the Cathedral for the “Called Together” Service with other new Readers and  a number of new lay ministers.  It was wonderful to have so many people from the benefice and to have my family there including my brother and  sister in law who came down from Tyneside.  It was a wonderful service, Bishop John quite enjoyed himself when he had to spray the congregation with water from the font, it was not so much fun when it was his turn to be sprayed! 

  

 

  L-R: Revd Julia Hargreaves, Revd Alison Thorpe, Colleen Annan

After the service there were refreshments at St Martin’s House and luckily the weather was good and we all stood in the gardens meeting all our friends and taking photo’s. On the Sunday morning at St Peter’s we had three baptisms so  the church was full.  I preached on the story of the Rich Young Man, looking at the story from the blind man and the deaf man.  I managed to get everyone talking to each other which was enjoyable.  I thought it went reasonably well but you can never tell. It was a wonderful weekend and I feel extremely lucky to be now working in the benefice  and learning more about what is required of me.

Thank you to everyone who was there , who sent good wishes and those who also prayed for me I really appreciated them.

 

On the evening of 9 September bells rang out across the benefice to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest serving Monarch in our history.

Nailstone bellringers were out in force:

L-R Joe Gutteridge, Derryck Senior, Alison Thompson, Margaret Gutteridge & Wendy Caudwell

L-R Derryck Senior, Marion Ingham, Vivienne Wood,

Alison Butler, Wendy Caudwell

 

Nailstone's Annual Garden Fete was held on Saturday 22 August.  The fete was well supported by the village, and, unusually for this summer, the sun was shining!  Fortunately for Tarka the border terrier, there was some relief from the heat under the trees. In total the fete raised the magnificent sum of £1,450. A big thank you to all those involved in the preparation and for coming along on the day.

  
 

Living history at real-life wedding ceremony

Herballist and living history demonstrator Gerda de Mey and 15th century re-enactor Richard Bradbury, who met at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre near Sutton Cheney and have recently married, had a wedding blessing service in St Jamess Church, Sutton Cheney, where Richard III is believed to have taken his final mass before battle, on Friday August 21 2015, the day before the 530th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.  Read the full story and view the photo gallery here.

 

Seth and Reuben's John O'Groats to Lands End Challenge

for Action for Stammering, because it's a great challenge for a great charity!

7 August 2015

Seth Lewis, along with 14 year old son, Reuben, are to embark on a John O’Groats to Lands End challenge.  They begin their journey on Saturday 15 August and will be cycling an average of 70 miles per day!

Read full story here.

Visit Seth and Reuben's JustGiving page where you can support them with a donation and words of encouragement www.justgiving.com/Seth-Lewis1

 

2 August 2015

A very special presentation took place at St Edith's Church at Orton on the Hill on Sunday 2 August. 

Organist, Treasurer, Secretary and all-round star, Janet Shanks, celebrated her 80th birthday!  If all those jobs is anything to go by, it looks like her secret to long life is to keep busy.

Congratulations Janet - hope you had a lovely day.

 

Farewell to Father Dominic McClean

12 July 2015

St James Sutton Cheney was the venue for Father Dominic McClean’s farewell Eucharist, his final service in the benefice before heading off to Machynlleth in Wales.  There he will begin the next chapter in his life as Diocesan Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Bangor, working in the ministry area of Cyfeillog and Mawddwy. Continue reading

 

Headteacher Ralph Wood was a special guest at the Parish Communion service at
St Peter's Church on Sunday 5th July, where the Rev. Canon David Jennings made a presentation to Ralph on his eminent retirement following all his years as Head of St Peter's Primary Academy School. The presentation took the form of a question and answer session between the two of them. A full Church gave a warm round of applause as Ralph was presented with a card and money token. All agreed that he will be sadly missed at the school, but Ralph explained that he is looking forward to taking up a position with the Diocese of Leicester as Senior Education Officer (School Effectiveness).  He will be working with Carolyn Lewis, the Diocesan Director of Education, to monitor and improve the effectiveness of leadership in Church schools and academies across the Diocese with a firm commitment to schools improving their effectiveness through Christian distinctiveness. We wish Ralph every success on this new chapter in his life.

   
 

All Saints Nailstone had an unusual wedding vehicle arrive recently, when the groom, Richard Barrett, turned up to his wedding to Victoria Cawthorn in a ribbon festooned tractor! Wishing the couple good luck on their future journey together.... with or without the tractor.