Ladies Friendship Circle
On Monday 27th October Mrs Wassell spoke to us about Rag Rugs. She told us how she got into this old pastime and what she used to make them.Several of the ladies had a go!Mrs Wassell, a florist by trade, showed us how to make a small wreath using a moss covered ring of green leaves and cones.This was donated as a prize for the raffle.Our speaker on Monday 10th November was Dr Vincent Riley from InterCare. We saw a video of the work being done in South Africa. Then Vincent, a retired GP, told us how InterCare was started forty years ago.
He recently visited Tanzania and found that the work InterCare had done there had made a great difference from when he was there three years ago.
After the meeting we decided to donate our unwanted medication (as long as it was in-date) to InterCare as these are destroyed when returned to the chemists.
Sending ‘Love in a Box
Thanks to the generosity of the congregation and groups of St Peter and St Pauls Church, 24 shoes boxes packed with gifts have been sent off, ready for Christmas, to the poorest children in Eastern Europe. As part of the Children in Distress ‘caring, sharing and giving’ appeal, these will bring joy to children in poverty, those ‘forgotten’ in hospitals or orphanages, or those suffering from serious illness. Packed with gifts to keep children warm, clean and happy, they ranged from pencils and shampoo to teddy bears and gloves. A wonderful way to share our good fortune and make a difference to those who have nothingat this special time of year. J
The congregation were privileged to help Muriel Gibson celebrate her 100th birthday! At the end of the service she was presented with a bouquet of flowers, and afterwards everyone was able to share in a special lunch arranged by the congregation and her family. This was a complete surprise for Muriel who was delighted to share with us all.
Diocesan Lay Congress
Some members of the congregation were able to attend this event on 8th November in Leicester at St Martin’s House. The keynote speaker was Jane Williams, the wife of the last Archbishop, who spoke on the Joy of the Gospel. After lunch there were three seminars, one with Jane herself, one with the Dean the Very Reverend David Monteith and one with Sister Frances Dominica who in the late 70s and early 80s instituted the first children’s hospice in Oxfordshire. All three demonstrated how they found joy in the most unusual and unlikely places.The day ended with a question and answer session and a Communion Service.
Pam Tyers organised an evening of skittling for several members of the congregation at Hoby Skittling Alley on Saturday 15th November. It was a great success with a considerable amount of laughter and enjoyment as well as a filling meal of sausage or faggots, mash and mushy peas! The couples were organised into opposing teams and there was a good balance of men and women. In the end it was the ‘Away’ team who won helped considerably by the evening’s highest scoring skittler Jane White, the Rector’s wife!