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S. Mary's Church News July/August 2016

Parish Lunch

Our Parish Lunch was held again at Leasowes courtesy of the kindness of Mark Spurdens and his family. The monsoon conditions in the previous week had given Mark's weather station five inches of rain! Nevertheless, the weather held off on the day and the marquee was laid out attractively as usual. Special thanks also to Rodney Stokes for another stunning roast beef which is simply the best' in everyone's opinion. Many people were generous with their contributions of salads and desserts so thanks to them all too. The serving crew, without whom the afternoon would have been fairly chaotic, operated to restaurant standards. Rosie worked tirelessly at the sink running it like a military operation!

Special thanks also to Rev'd David Crowhurst for sharing our lunch and presenting grace, let alone standing in for Fr Philip during his month's holiday overseas.
Last but not least, thanks to everyone who came along to share the fellowship on the day whether as a supporter or not and helped us to raise over £800 for church funds.

Garden Trail Sunday 12 June 2016

The clouds lifted just in time for another excellent Garden Trail after some serious rain! Our sincere thanks for the huge amount of work done by everyone on their wide variety of open gardens ranging from the new and tiny to the large and informal in preparation for the day. The gardens were on or around Sandy Lane and St John's Hill giving a wide range of planting and natural areas attracting butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, frogs and the inevitable squirrels and rabbits! The event was very well attended again this year with four garden owners also laying on a range of very popular tea and cake refreshments. A fascinating afternoon offering visitors an insight into some innovative and diverse gardens. It is easy to underestimate the amount of work involved in preparing gardens for an open day but we don't. The feedback from visitors was tremendous. Thanks also to all who attended and helped us raise very nearly several hundred pounds.

Happy gardening all!

WAR MEMORIAL RESTORATION BEGINS IN ELLESMERE

Following an appeal by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, work has started on a £5,000 project to give War Memorial in Ellesmere a makeover. The memorial was erected in St Mary's Churchyard in 1921 with money raised by local people. It records the names of 67 local men and one woman who died during the conflict together with 15 men who gave their lives in World War II. During the restoration, the name of another war casualty will be added to the metal plaques - Private E Williams who served in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry and died on the 15th November, 1918 Aged 23. He is laid to rest in Solesmes British Cemetery.

Ellesmere Town Council has agreed to fund improvements to the memorial surrounds, including laying a new footpath to provide easier access. Donations have been received from a variety of local organisations. Branch President Bob McBride said: 'We set ourselves a target of raising £5,000 to cover the cost of the work, but thanks to magnificent support from the local community we have actually beaten the target by £340. The extra money will, if not needed, go to our Poppy Appeal. With financial support from the town's Rotary Club and other sponsors, Legion standard bearer Albert Trow, aged 65, raised £800 by completing a 100-length swim at Oswestry Leisure Centre, using only his legs. The Legion's tea and coffee stall at Ellesmere's weekly market received substantial donations from traders and customers and a collection at the end of a spring concert by the Ellesmere College Choral Society brought in £345. 'We wanted to ensure that the memorial is fully restored and in pristine condition when we hold a special service of remembrance in November 2018, marking the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the Great War."

"It's been a real community effort," said Mr McBride. 'We would like to thank everyone who has contributed.."

For more information please contact John Shone, 01691 624514