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Thought for the Month -
Rev David Mason
We must wonder what sort of society we are living in, when, in spite of the advances in education, community and general affluence this sort of tragedy occurs. Young life, with such promise extinguished in a violent, and seemingly senseless act. Even if those who committed the crime are caught and dealt with the question will remain, `why did it happen?’ Dreadful crimes such as this have been recorded through the centuries, but in a civilised and affluent society surely we should be able to do better. It seems that children have become more vulnerable today. We dare not let our children do the things that we used to do, apparently with impunity. Our children can no longer be allowed to walk through the countryside unaccompanied by a responsible adult, we have to screen all those who offer to support or care for our children. We may well wonder if this situation reflects an unhealthy society. I am sure that we must look again at the factors which are influencing the behaviour of many members of society so adversely. Perhaps this is the price we have to pray for having such a permissive society, in which case we must consider whether it is a price worth paying.
Jesus gave us a code for living summed up in the Great Commandments to love God and our neighbour as ourself. We live in a world where evil is all around us, we need the strength and support of such a code to help us to meet and defeat that evil, and to make our society one in which children can live and play in safety.
Harvest Festival - Rev David Mason
Keech Cottage Children's
We are so sorry it has taken this long for us to say a big “Thank You” to everybody who made very kind donations to Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice following our leaflet drop. Our lives have been very busy recently with Fleur suffering several episodes of ill health and many hospital visits.
Just in case anybody is interested we have just been filmed over the last 6 months for ITV who are making a documentary about Fleur and her condition. This programme should go out sometime in the Autumn and we let you know the date nearer the time. For anyone interested the Hospice now run a weekly lottery. For details either contact the Hospice direct or we have a number of leaflets - contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 781544. Once again thank you for your kind support we really appreciate it.
Creche/Sunday School - Rev David Mason
We are hoping to start a Creche/Sunday School in the village at the end of September. This will take place during the time of morning services, and will finish in time for the children to join their parents in church for the Communion. Anyone who would like to bring children or to help is asked to contact Vicky Raymer or the Vicar.
Coffee Morning -
Tiny Tots - Richard
A Word of Thanks - Peter and Candace Rankin
Results - Candace Rankin
Preceding the judging was much hilarity as the various specimens arrived. Councillor and Mrs Hulatt rather presumptuously turned up with a blue ribbon neatly tied around their sunflower. Anna’s sunflower arrived tucked inside a black box engraved RIP. Mr Alan Stevens explained that his original entrant, now deceased, had to be represented by a younger family member (28cm) appointed by the executor for the original sunflower.
Previous to the judgement hour, Anna spent the final hours of her reign helping Mr Rankin make home-made doughnuts and planting 18 teddy bears around the garden in preparation for ‘The Great Escape Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt” organised for the younger participants.
Making a dramatically late entrance were Mr and Ms Shrimpton. Ken explained that Lorraine had needed some extra time preparing her makeup. Cameras clicked wildly when Anna graciously passed on the baton of sunflower supremacy to Ms Shrimpton. In a tearful acceptance speech she claimed that the challenge over the summer had been great. Apparently the neck and neck race for tallest sunflower had put a strain on the marriage and required intervention from Relate. But thankfully they had rallied together in mutual support once again when only two weeks ago they bravely faced together a frightening ransom note stating ‘Pay up or the sunflower gets it.”
All present celebrated the close of this annual event by scoffing cakes and cold drinks. Rebecca was given a prize for youngest entrant, and her brother, Fraser, a prize for keenest young gardener. He has already put forth ideas for next year’s competition - we hope others will be inspired to join.
Finally, in closing, it is rumoured that Ms Shrimpton and her consort have been handed a several million pound endorsement cheque from Miracle-Gro. Indications are that they have already bought an estate next door to Beckingham Palace. We hear Ken is writing a new book entitled Posh and Beck; Their History. Lorraine has supposedly been sighted shopping with Posh at Harvey Nichols, both London and Leeds stores. They are now known by their new neighbours as LolIy and Shrimps. Clearly, from small seeds do great things grow
Exhibition of Art - Caroline Scott
There will be an exhibition of Mel Scott’s paintings at Rose Cottage, on Friday 11th October from 5 — 8pm and Saturday 12th October from 11am - 5pm. Please drop in.
Felmersham Yoga Club - Hilary Foot
A reminder that our Autumn yoga classes begin at Pinchmill Village Hall on Monday, 2nd September, from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. There will be seven sessions in this series. All ranges of ability are welcome, from beginner onwards. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket or large towel with you. Even if you can’t make the first session, we will be pleased to see you for some or all of the others. Any questions to Hilary Foot on 781340.
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