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Despite the inclement weather on the first day it was a very successful weekend. The thirty one countries depicted in flowers were much admired.
We have some very talented Guild members and many friends who helped with this bi-annual event. Thank you to them all and to those people who give raffle prizes and their time so generously.
The Songs of Praise on Sunday evening was very well attended too and St. Mary's Church is grateful all the support.
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.
After our service in the Community Centre some thirty people enjoyed a delicious lunch. Thank you to everyone who helped with the cooking and clearing up afterwards. It was a most enjoyable social occasion. It is good to get together in a less formal setting sometimes.
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