Welcome to the latest NewsRoundUp ! May 2014 be Peaceful and bring you many Blessings.
St.Edith's welcomes many visitors, with differing needs and interests
The church is open every day.The newly updated Walk-round Guide gives a short history of the building's most outstanding features, or you may find a moment's peace and tranquillity within its timeless walls.
The Garden of Remembrance is an area dedicated for the burial of cremated remains. It is availble for use by the family of anyone who has known and loved this church.
If you are considering a smaller, but delightful, church wedding, we are now able to arrange a marquee reception on the lawns in the church grounds. We can suggest a wedding planner, caterers, flowers and marquee and toilet hire providers, but the choice is entirely up to you, to make it your own unique event.
The church grounds are now affiliated to the Quiet Gardens Trust. Visitors are invited to enjoy the peace and look at the proposed wildlife conservation management plan.Some Quiet Day events are planned, details as arrangements are made.
At last, the long-awaited History and Guide book is available. This is a 35 page booklet, professionally produced with 36 colour photos and a wealth of information, both well-known and the result of recent research. It contains the first full list of incumbents ever compiled and is available ,price £6, from the churchwarden, 01427 788629, email@example.com
There is so much to enjoy at St.Edith's, it is open every day, do come!
Please do make this a two-way conversation....email your ideas , suggestions and thoughts to the churchwarden (firstname.lastname@example.org), to be participate.
JANUARY'S blog: The new year always starts with so many 'thankyous', to the team, or more like an army, of everyone who cleans inside and out, creates most beautiful flower arrangements, mows grass, clears undergrowth, mends electrics, tends the precious ancient woodwork,sets up the crib and Easter garden and makes the traditional teas such delightful events. September saw a delightful wedding, with, for the first time, a marquee on the lawns, sun shining, children playing. For the 'clear-up day', some large, derelict machinery was removed, rubbish cleared and the western approach to the church landscaped attractively. Forthcoming plans...... We have been asked by the organisers to participate in the Heritage Open days, which this year have a Tudor theme...lots of imaginative input needed to prepare for this, as St. Edith's is a very rare surviving example of such an interior. The Lincoln Diocese is developing "quiet places" and January sees a visit to explore possibilities here.
We do need 1 more person to help clean, just one month in three. There is also a opportunity to do the flowers in August. Anyone interested?
It's MAGIC! How do you convert unwanted scraps of paper to medicines, rehabilitation, training and a new life? BY SAVING YOUR USED POSTAGE STAMPS AND CARDS for the Leprosy Mission. The Seafarers' Mission need and really appreciate men's warm clothing and wooly hats. please leave both in church or give them to the church warden.
STOP PRESS! MARCH 29TH is the date of the Traditional Afternoon Tea, for the Eve Appeal (ovarian cancer research) 3.300pm
FEBRUARY'S : The aconites and snowdrops are at their most beautiful and birds are singing like Spring. The grounds are well worth a visit. Arrangements for the Afternoon Tea are well under way. We are delighted that there will be live music, a varied programme of high-class background entertainment, on flute, clarinet and sax.... as well as the legendary cakes, flowers and good company. and now....craft demonstrations by Pyrus too! Do make this a date.
We still need another cleaning volunteer and someone to put flowers in during the first half of August.
Thankyou all for your generous donations over the Christmas season.** £50 went towards the Salvation Army's work with homeless people,** £25 from Plough Sunday, to Send-a-Cow sustainable agriculture, ** a bumper box of children's craft/ drawing material to the Women's Refuge .Experienced play leaders work with families who find themselves in these traumatc situations. They tell us that such activities are particularly helpful.
Thankyou to Tim and Harry for cleaning out the gutters, essential annual maintenance......and another thankyou to the member who has supplied delicious home-made jam and chutney, on sale in church, for church funds.
MARCH and APRIL: are quiet months, a 'rest' during Lent. The AGM was held on April 30th, well-attended and very positive. Full minutes and accounts are available on request. We heard clergy, deanery and diocesan reports. There were MANY thanks to all the people who have done so much over the past year to keep the church clean, beautiful and full of flowers and seasonal decorations. It was good to receive offers of help with the cleaning rota. The Fair Trade stall was discussed. In subsequent discussion we decided to reduce to the most popular FT lines and increase the 'Home-made, Home-grown' aspect , sharing local produce. The first experiment with this, for church funds, took place on Rogation Sunda and proved a hit. Heavy rain worked to our benefit, as Nigel, the farm manager gave his annual update, with interesting visual aids, in the 2000-ton grain store and adjacent cattle shed. This was a rare opportunity to see inside the workings of a huge commercial farm.
MAY and JUNE. Heavy rain on Rogation Sunday worked to advantage, as Nigel, the farm manager took everyone into the huge grain store, then to the cattle sheds, a very rare chance to see inside the workings of such a large commercial farm. Thankyou for such an intersting up date, always something new!
JULY .. Three cousins from the Duffy family were christened on a lovely sunny day. This was a delightful ocasion, made something to remember for ever, when toddler, Saphire, spent the rest of the service 'christening' everyone else with the water. ( I discovered some weeks later that she is continuing this idea, using her grandma's birdbath.)
AUGUST John Rose, CEO Worldshare, talked about their work, illustrating it with four case studies/life stories. These made the real effect of the initiatives they sustain, graphically real. A happy 'bring and share' lunch followed...thankyou to every one of the large gathering for making this such a memorable day.August also saw the wedding of Pete and Helen. It was a delight to welcome Helen's family from South Africa, as they arrived in time to share the lammas service and to help get the church and grounds ready for the event. Pete's mother, an expert crafter, made a beautiful pair of embroidered satin wedding kneelers, which she has given to the church...a big thankyou...they will be lovely for the next wedding in November.
SEPTEMBER The Heritage Open Days were very busy, much appreciated by many visitors who enjoyed talks centring round Tudor times at Coates (the Hansards and Butlers), Tudor -style refreshments and researched Tudor style flower arrangements.Special thanks to Clare and Sarah, without whose enthusiasm this event would not have been possibe. While some climbed into the rood loft to see the paintings, other followed the self-guided trail arounf the church and grounds. A display of superb photographs by Andrew Moreton revealed hidden details of the loft paintings, coloured glass, and especially dramatic, the coat of arms of Charles I. He spent many hours climbing around, then computer -processing , to produce the stunning results. We are exrtemely grateful for his time and expertise. (Mounted A4 prints can be ordered, £10 each, please contct the church warden)
OCTOBER Harvest Festival, was a happy event,with stunning decoration (thank you ,Sarah).Afterwards, the non-perishable food went to Gainsborough SA emergency larder, while fresh fruit and veg went straight to the Women's Refuge towards their nightly communal cook. Three giant pumpkins also went there, for the children to make Hallowe'en lanterns. Thank you everyone for you great generosity. The church in Sweden is facing challenging financial restructuring and a group visited Coates and Stow (to see how we manage). This was a most interesting and enlightening meeting. The following week, a group from the Russian orthodox church held a liturgy , a very different , but again, a great privelege to learn more of different traditions. Both parties appreciated the harvest decoration, happy coincidental timing!
NOVEMBER Liam and Carla are being married on Nov. 7th. We hope the weather brightens up for them, but it will be a lovely occasion, come rain, fog , frost, or even sunshine!
DECEMBER A wonderful CAROL service. £50 was sent to the Salvatiion Army Homeless Appeal.
JANUARY 2016 Plough Sunday was an extra special event, when we pleased to welcome both Rt. Rev. David Court, the Bishop of Grimsby and Corringham Young Farmers, who had a stall and provided contrasting tractors, ranging from a petrol-paraffin Fergie, to a 2015 Challenger. The YF did an amazing job with their tombola and we have been able to send £50 to Send a Cow, sustainable, small-scale agriculture in Africa.
BUTLER FAMILY BOX PEW, c1560
As well as the customary programme of events (see Services and Events page), we have applied for a faculty/permission to return the Tudor Butler family box pew to its original site in the chancel. It was moved to the back of the church in 1884. The reasons for this proposal are a) the space is needed for our increasing hospitality and we have been given a more suitable counter/storage unit b) the pew is almost 500 years old and in need of conservation and c) we cannot get rid of the mice breeding under the false floor on which the pew rests! We will keep you updated.........April We have been granted a faculty, subject to approval of details at the meeting of the DAC on April 20th.
APRIL 2016. Amongst many suggestions arising from thr AGM was an idea for a church walk, along the lines of the popular radio and TV programmes.. This was taken back to Willingham Scout team, bu Robin Wright CM and met with enthusiasm. The Scouts and their leaders are now working on ideas for such a podcast/U-tube upload.
Coates St. Edith's has now been included in the Pilgrimage Tours brochure and is on the Diocese of Lincoln list of quiet retreat venues.
We are looking forward to the Rogation farm update, lead by the farm manager, Sunday May 1st, 10am.
There have been requests for quiet.reflective times or days to be arranged. What are your thoughts on this?
A group of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees are expected to arrive in Lincoln soon and, as part of 'Compassionate Lincoln' and CTLD, we should like to offer what ever support would be best.
With blessings from St. Edith's