St Peter and St Paul Church News

Ladies Friendship Circle
The meeting on 22nd October was our Harvest Festival. The tables were decorated with flower arrangements in autumn colours and there were matching table napkins. There was a choice of vegetable or Stilton and broccoli soup with bread and butter. This was followed with a selection of cakes and chocolate biscuits with tea or coffee to follow. 
The flower arrangements and cakes had been provided by members of the group and were greatly admitted and appreciated by everyone. It was a friendly and relaxing evening as we look forward to the coming Autumnal days.
St. Peter and St. Paul’s Ladies Friendship Circle
 The title of the talk at our meeting on Monday 12th November by Ruth Coward was ‘Ark at Our Peter’ and we all wondered what this could be about. 
As it turned out it was the early life of a Loughborough lad. Born in the 1930s and one of ten children he lived in a poor part of town. The day he was born his mother was in the middle of sweeping the chimney and whilst she was doing that the brush got stuck and she went into labour. 
At school he was not very enamoured with learning although in later life he confessed to liking some of the more academic subjects. He was more interested in amusing his fellow class mates which did not endear him to the teachers. 
He left school at fourteen years of age and went to work cutting patterns in a upholstery business. 
One of his interests from an early age was transport. At first it was an old cycle, later a motorised bike. A trip to Skegness with some mates became a real adventure when the bike ‘packed up’ and he had to resort to pedal power. He got to Skegness but it was three in the morning before he got home!
His next mode of transport was a moped to be followed by various cars. 
He was called to do his national service where he gained knowledge of car engines.
After leaving the army he married a local girl and went back into the furniture business. This led him to owning a well known high class furniture business in the town. Several ladies remembered the shop and also his family–some had even bought items from the shop. 
At this point our speaker ended her very amusing talk and offered to return to tell us more about this successful lad who came from very humble beginnings. We look forward to that visit, hopefully sometime in the New Year. 
Doreen Payne
Coffee Morning
A recent coffee morning was held by the members of the Ladies Friendship Group.
There were some stalls including bric a brac, gifts, bags and cards, a raffle and, of course, a table full of delicious home made cakes.
This event raised £250 towards this year’s charity The Air Ambulance.
Traditional Christmas Fair
Members of the congregation are busy preparing for this event on 8th December at 10.00am till 2.00pm. This will be in the church centre in Lower Church Street where there will be many stalls and some refreshments, including bacon butties until noon.
Mary Gamble
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Mary Gamble, our longest serving member of the congregation who only five weeks before had worshipped with us.
She will be greatly missed in so many ways.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Bell Ringing
To commemorate the end of WW1, and to remember the fallen of all conflicts, on 11th November a band of ringers from a range of towers rang at the churches of the Fosse Team. They rang at Syston, Thrussington, Rearsby, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreake, Barkby, Thurmaston, Humberstone and back to Barkby for service ringing. A long, tiring afternoon but a worthwhile experience.