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S. Mary's Church News June 2016

Concert:
A very successful concert was held in church on Thursday 21st April to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen. The Orthopaedic Male Voice Choir performed a varied programme which included some popular 'Last night' type songs. Thanks must go to Mr Terry Davies, Bell Tower Captain for sponsoring and organising the event which raised over £400 for church funds.

Flower Festival:
The Mercia and North Wales area of the National Association of Flower Arrangers held their 55th Anniversary Service and flower festival at S.Mary's from 13th-15th May. The flower displays were superb and a large number of people visited the church over the weekend to see them. Members of the fundraising team served teas, coffees and homemade cakes on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Garden Trail:
For the third year we will be running a garden trail at 12 properties within walking distance of S.Mary's on Sunday 12th June from 1-5pm. A number of new gardeners have very kindly offered to open their gardens for the trail and refreshments will be available at three properties on the route. Entrance to all gardens is £5 per adult and tour leaflets can be collected at several of the gardens on the way.

Parish Lunch:
On Sunday 19th June, by kind invitation of Mark Spurdens the annual Parish lunch will be held at his home at Leasowe, Northwood.
Tickets priced at £12 are now available from church warden Ann Harris and we hope that as many of you as possible will join us for a fine lunch including Rodney Stokes' roast beef, new potatoes, salad and a large selection of homemade desserts.

Ascension Day:
On Ascension Day, Thursday 5th May, a good number of the congregation made an early 7.30am appearance at church to climb the tower for a short service and then enjoy a magnificent full English breakfast in S. Johns room. Thanks to all those church members who worked hard to cook, serve and wash up after the meal.

Churchyard:
William Spurdens continues to help in the churchyard as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award for voluntary work. We have entered the Diocesan churchyard competition again this year. Paths have been tidied and potholes filled, S.Mary's club children continue to build wildlife retreats in the wildlife area and we hope that the judges are impressed with the overall high standard to which the churchyard is now being kept.