The service taken by Ron in his usual relaxed and unflappable way was most enjoyable. Sadly we were down on numbers from last year but we did have two delightful and very well behaved little girls. They helped by taking some of the gifts to the altar and the rest were taken by 'volunteers'. Thank you all. Thanks too, to the choir for their anthem, the readers, flower arrangers and Charlie. We also say a huge thank you for the generosity of parents and pupils from our school. The base of the font was full of lovely gifts from them. Many thanks to the teachers for organizing all this and for transporting all the produce to the church.
Open gardens July
After the Open Gardens on the 8th of July we celebrated the end of a lovely day with a Songs of Praise service at 6pm. This excellent service was arranged, at very short notice, by Bert Stanford who also conducted the service as well as being a member of the choir. Thank you Bert.
On the 7th of December a lovely service with the church and school took place in the Community Centre led by David Burrell. Fifty children had made their Christingles at the school which they brought along for the service. It was good to see this so well supported by parents, grandparents, many friends and church members. Many thanks to the children and all the staff of the school, especially Sophie the Head of School, to the kind folk for getting all the chairs out in advance and to the Community Centre.
This was followed on the 10th of December with our Carol Service in St. Mary's. which was attended by some sixty people and eight children. The service included a baptism for Samuel Berry. We don't appear to have had a combined baptism and carol service before so this was special. Thank you to Ron Orams who led the service, to the choir and to the ladies for all the floral decorations. final thanks--to Bert and Charles for the Christmas Tree and Crib and finally to the school for the wonderful display of their work around the font.
Our Remembrance weekend began in Fingal Street on the 11th of November at 11am where we honoured the memory of P.C.Whiting.Seventeen of us gathered at his memorialwhere a wreath was laid by the Parish Council rep-resentative.Sadly P.C. Whiting's daughters were unable to attend but are grateful that we still remember. Rosemary Ingate outlined the history for us and invited us all to Mill Farm where we enjoyed a welcome cup of coffee.
Our Benefice service on the 12th of November was in Bedfield Church. Names of those lost in two World Wars were read our at the War Memorial by representatives from the five parishes.
Thanks to Richard who sounded the Last Post and Reveille.
Then at 12.15pm, twenty two people and one young boy from the parish met at the War Memorial in St. Mary's churchyard to pay our respects to the twenty six men listed on our Memorial. Reverend Burrell led a short service and prayers to include all past and present members of the Armed Forces.Wreaths were laid by Brian Smallcombe for the Parish Council and Charlie Abbott for the church. At all three of these services, after reading the names by Keith Wilson, the excerpt from the Khohima was read, the two minutes silence observed and the Citation was said with the response - "We will remember them."
Harp and Voice
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
On August 5th about 40 people enjoyed a cream tea in Worlingworth Church and were then entertained by Mary and Meg Barclay who played the harp and sang, choosing works from a variety of different composers. The resulting music was very beautiful. Thank you Veronica and your team of organisers for arranging such a happy event.
In St. Mary's Church, for three days over the early May Bank Holiday, our many visitors were treated to an outstanding vision of rainbows and all the associated colours at our Flower Festival. St. Mary's Ladies Guild and many friends had created beautiful displays with flair and imagination. There were many very complimentary comments from visitors who had come from far and wide. (One couple from Australia, although they hadn't come especially for our Flower Festival, but were on holiday in the area and were very impressed!)
Our grateful thanks to everyone who helped in any way (too numerous to list individually). They all contributed to such a successful and enjoyable week-end. However, special thanks to Veronica for such a good idea and for organizing all the arrangements and also to Nora, who was at the church all day for all three days, serving the teas and cakes.
The Good Friday service, held at Worlingworth Church, which included items composed by Bernard Butler, was very moving and as a member of the Benefice Choir I feel very fortunate to be amongst lovely people who enjoy singing and really appreciate having such a dedicated choir leader. Thank you, Chris and Bert, for all the care and effort you give to the life of Worlingworth and those churches in our Benefice
BURNS' LUNCH. January 2017
This was enjoyed by 32 people on the 25th of January. The food was excellent. Many thanks to Veronica and to the people who provided puddings. Last, but not least, thank you to the Ladies Guild members and the friends who helped make this a success.
We started the Christmas season with a lovely Carol Service on the 11th of December, with Ron Orams leading the service. Thank you to the Choir who sang three items, to Charlie our organist and to all the people who came to sing traditional carols. Children from our school also sang two songs which is always such an enjoyable part of our service and very much appreciated
by the congregation. Special thanks to them and to the three teachers for giving up part of their weekend to be with the children. Thank you to Colin and Jenny Wilkinson for their gift of the Christmas tree and Bert and Charles for putting it up and setting up our lovely crib, and also to St. Mary's Ladies Guild and friends for the beautiful flowers and decorations.Jumble sale September 2016.
Our second seasonal event was the Christmas Spectacular, put on for us all in St. Mary's on the 15th of December, by the teachers and children from our school.
This was really a magical evening, the children acting the nativity, narrating the Christmas story and singing beautifully as they always do. It was a joyful evening (even some dancing in the aisles) and we thank all those who worked so hard to make it such a success. Thank you to the Friends of the school for the very welcome refreshments they provided at the end of the service. It was wonderful to see the church so full of people enjoying themselves.
On the 17th of September the second of our twice yearly sales took place in the Community Centre. It was very successful and raised much needed funds for our church.
Many thanks to everyone who donated items and helped on the day to set up, sell and pack away afterwards. To the people who also worked much of Friday afternoon to prepare for the sale, special thanks, particularly to Nora.
Open gardens July 2016
We were blessed with a beautiful day and many visitors came to the lovely gardens in Worlingworth and Southolt. Some had come long distances to enjoy the day-Malta being the furthest! Some old friendships were renewed as families who had once lived in Worlingworth came back to visit. The day ended with a well attended Songs of Praise in the evening and an enjoyable sermon from our Rector David Burrell. A good day, for which we give thanks.
Thanks from Diana
Safari supper 2016 - on the theme of Bollywood (you should see the photos, click here!)
Many, many thanks to all those who came to the Safari Supper this year. It was great to see so many and I hope that the new people to the village enjoyed themselves.
I would like to properly thank the following people and recognise their contribution to the evening.
Keith Wilson for kindly supplying all the Pimms - a great start to the evening
Jenny Holmes for the ticket and menu design & printing, naans & bahjis.
Karen Osborne & Ian Abbott for collections.
Bert Stanford and Charles Plowman for the marquee.
All the 22 host houses for great cooking or chopping!
All the people who donated a pudding or cheese.
Janette Robinson, Massimo & Sarah Andreoli, Jenny Holmes for the next day cleaning.
Tuckwell's, Annie Harvey, India Knight, Karen Osborne, Bernie Totten, Shirley Rutterford and Pat Kench for donating raffle prizes.
Nick Cook, Matthew Hicks and Nick Westwood for drinking receptacles.
Lois & Mark Sheard for bravely allowing us all into their house.
Maggie Grayston for technical support
The long suffering Mr Totten for all his support this year ...haven't mentioned 2017...
Thanks everyone. We raised approx £1750 towards the restoration of our lovely church building.
The Queen's 90th birthday.
Some thirty people joined in the service in St. Mary's to celebrate the Queen's birthday and prayers were said for her continued good health. Prince Philip was also
remembered, having recently had his 95th birthday. The service concluded with the National Anthem.
Following this, some members of the congregation and others from the parish enjoyed an indoor picnic at the Community Centre.