St Peter and St Paul Church News

Shelter Collection
After all of the envelopes came in and with the collection from the Carol Service, the final total was a record breaking £720, which has been sent to Shelter – the housing and homeless charity. Many thanks go to all who contributed.
Ladies Friendship Circle
The group met on January 22nd and enjoyed an amusing evening of Call My Bluff discovering the meaning of some very unusual words. For instance “gentacular” isn’t a spectacular gentlemen but anything pertaining to breakfast. As to “gowl” this turns out to be a fourteenth century maiden who, when she wants somebody to do something she wants, wails and cries bitterly! Everybody laughed a good deal at this and denied ever doing anything of the sort!
Thanks were given to Pam Tyers for such an entertaining evening.
Margaret Snowdon
The speaker at  St. Peter and St Pauls’ Friendship Circle Feb.12th  was Douglas Clinton – his subject  Folklore of Leicestershire and Rutland. 
We were interested to learn that folklore was found to be different in various areas of the country. Some of the traditions were at times quite violent and would not pass in today’s society. The talk was illustrated with drawings and, in the more recent times, by photographs. 
Two of the more local traditions were The Halaton Bottle Kicking which is still held on Easter Monday and here in Syston the ‘Ringing of the Pancake bell’. This was rung here until the 1960’s by my father-in-law Ernest Payne. The church bell was rung around noon on Shrove Tuesday which, when women heard it, they knew it was time to prepare the batter for the pancakes.  A very interesting evening which ended with the usual tea and biscuits.
Doreen Payne
Sunday 4th February was an exciting time for the members of the eleven 30 congregation when Abigail was Baptised and welcomed into the family of St Peter & St Paul’s church.
Her parents Andrew and Wendy and brother Daniel and other members of her family and friends thoroughly enjoyed the special service. Afterwards there were extra special refreshments and activities for the children.
The next services will be on March 4th and 18th at 11.30am do come and join us!