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S. Mary's Church News September 2014

Tower Open and Dedication of the refurbished bells

There was a short service on Saturday 19th July to bless the refurbished bells after which the tower was open for tours.

It is a fantastic achievement to have refurbished such a fine set of church bells and it is only as a result of the generosity of local people and businesses together with support from The Heritage Lottery Fund which made the whole project possible.

There will be a further Tower Open afternoon on Saturday 13th September.

The Patronal Festival

A celebration of The Blessed Virgin Mary - will be marked by a special service at 7.30pm on Monday 8th September which will be followed by refreshments at The Vicarage.

Harvest Festival Service

This year's Harvest Festival Service will be held on Sunday 5th October. This will also include a pet service. Following on from a successful first pet service last year, everyone is encouraged to bring their pets with them to the service for a blessing.

The Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper will be held in the Town Hall on Friday 3rd October at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £10 will soon be available from Ann Harris and will include a three course meal with a starter, Rodney Stokes' home cooked beef with all the trimmings followed by apple pie and cream.

Joint Confirmation Service

On 14th December there will be a joint Confirmation Service at S. Mary's starting at 10.15am. The service will involve all churches in the Ellesmere Deanery. Any young members or adults from S. Mary's who are thinking of being confirmed are encouraged to speak with the Vicar to discuss arrangements and preparations.

Churchyard Update

The judges have visited the Churchyard once and were due to Inspect it a second time during August. The worn and broken stone steps on the path down from the vicarage have been replaced.