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S. Mary's Church News December 2016

FUND RAISING
The re-launched Shoppers Lunch took place at the Town Hall on Friday 4th November. This was a joint event between S.Mary's and the North Shropshire Supporters of Age UK and, for the church, took the place of the Autumn Fayre.
Over 100 diners were served a magnificent spread of home cooked main courses, salads, sweets and cheese and biscuits by volunteers from the church and Age UK and were joined by Kirsty and Chris from Tesco.
Thanks must go to everyone who provided food, to Tesco for providing salads and many other ingredients, Ellesmere College for the loan of crockery and cutlery and some of the food and to those who provided raffle prizes: ABP meats, Belton Cheese, The Boathouse, Lily the Pink, Wendy Lloyd Jewellery, Motors, and Morris, Cook and Co.
The event was a great success, providing an enjoyable social occasion for lots of local people and raising over £1800 for the two charities.
This brings the total raised so far since April by the fundraising team to over £6000 (which includes a final magnificent total of over £800 from Jeremy Stretton's bungee jump in October) and we are very grateful to everyone for their continued support.
GRAND DRAW & CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING
This will take place on Saturday 3rd December starting at 10.30am until 12.00 noon at Ellesmere Town Hall.
Join us for festive mince pies, coffee and a glass of sherry. The prize winners for our Annual Grand Draw will be announced. Buy your tickets for the opportunity to win a £50 first prize and over 30 other quality prizes.
Tickets are still available from Anne Edge and will be available on the day.
200 CLUB UPDATE
The 200 club aims to raise funds for those 'extras' for the church which the normal budget will not allow. The annual subscription of £10 (which is due in February) has traditionally been collected by a small group of volunteers who visit everyone to collect their subscription.
In an effort to try to reduce the workload, we are introducing Standing Orders in 2017 for the 200 club subscription. Further details and a standing order form will be available in the January magazine and we hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to set up a standing order.
Confirmation Service at S.Mary's.
The Bishop of Shrewsbury will be in Ellesmere on Sunday 11th December to conduct the Deanery Confirmation Service. Young adults from S. Mary's and some of the other of the fourteen churches in the Ellesmere Deanery will be presented to the Bishop for Confirmation in what is a very significant step.

S. Mary's Church News November 2016

Congratulations to Jeremy on successfully bungee jumping to raise funds for the Church. His courage is to be admired!

HARVEST SUPPER
The harvest supper at the Town Hall on Friday 7th October was a great success with almost 90 meals served. Guests were treated to melon or prawn cocktail starter, Rodney's magnificently cooked and carved beef sirloin with Yorkshire pudding served with new potatoes, peas and carrots was followed by delicious apple pie and cream. Thanks as always to Rodney for providing, cooking and serving the beef. Big thanks also to everyone who helped to prepare and serve the food and for help with the washing up.
Jeremy provided a very good starter quiz and the evening raised over £700 for church funds.

UP COMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Our next fundraiser is a joint event with North Shropshire Age UK and sees the return of the very popular Shoppers' lunch on Friday 4th November at the Town Hall. Tickets are still available from Ismay's, Maxwell's, Rainbows or Ann Harris. Tickets cost £12 which will include a magnificent two course lunch with a wide range of wonderful home cooked dishes. There will be a raffle, card, gift and preserves stalls. The event starts at midday.

GRAND DRAW
Tickets for our Grand Draw are now available from Anne Edge. With a first prize of £50 and around 30 other quality prizes the draw will be held at the Christmas Coffee morning on Saturday 3rd December again in the Town Hall at 10.30am. Tickets will soon be available. The cost will include coffee, homemade mince pies and sherry.

SILVER AWARD
We have recently received notification from the Lichfield Diocese that we have achieved a SILVER AWARD in the Churchyard competition. Thanks must go to Peter Leigh and Mark and William Spurdens for their hard work (William as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh voluntary work). Warm thanks also to Corinna Jebb for maintaining the flower tubs by the church doors and of course to the contractors who keep the grass well-trimmed.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
The Service of Remembrance takes place on SUNDAY 13TH NOVEMBER. The parade starts from the main town car park, walks to the memorial in the church yard and after the Act of Remembrance moves into the church for the service.

S. Mary's Church News October 2016

The Harvest Supper will take place on Friday 7th October at the Town Hall at 730pm. In a break with tradition the supper is on the Friday AFTER the Harvest Festival and not the Friday before.
Tickets priced at £10 will be available soon from Ann Harris and it is hoped that as many of you as possible will join us for a full three course supper with starter, roast beef, York¬shire pudding and all the trimmings followed by apple pie and cream and tea or coffee.

Following from his successful zip wire challenge last year, Jeremy Stretton is attempting a bungee jump to raise funds for S. Mary's on Saturday 8th October and hopes to raise at least £500 for Church funds in the process. If you would like to sponsor Jeremy he would be pleased to accept donations and you can also sponsor him online via his Justgiving page.

On Friday 4th November in conjunction with Age UK North Shropshire a 'Shoppers Lunch' will be held in the Town Hall from midday to 2.30pm. This event ran for many years and raised thousands of pounds for charity, but has not been held for some time. All being well and with your support it is anticipated that together the lunch can be re-introduced as a successful social and fundraising event. Please support this new enterprise by joining us on the day. There will be a number of fundraising stalls, a raffle and of course a magnificent selection of home cooked lunches and desserts. This event will replace the Autumn Fayre which is usually held in October. It is hoped that everyone will lend their support to the Shoppers' lunch so that we can keep up with our fundraising efforts.

Tickets are priced at £12 each, to include a two-course home-cooked lunch. They can be purchased from Ismay's, Maxwell's, Rainbows or from Ann Harris. Proceeds are to be shared between Ellesmere Parish Church and Age UK North Shropshire Supporters.

S. Mary's Church News September 2016

The Harvest Supper will take place on Friday 7th October at the Town Hall at 730pm. In a break with tradition the supper is on the Friday AFTER the Harvest Festival and not the Friday before.
Tickets priced at £10 will be available soon from Ann Harris and it is hoped that as many of you as possible will join us for a full three course supper with starter, roast beef, York¬shire pudding and all the trimmings followed by apple pie and cream and coffee.

Following from his successful zip wire challenge last year, Jeremy Stretton is attempting a bungee jump to raise funds for S. Mary's on Saturday 8th October and hopes to raise at least £500 for Church funds in the process. If you would like to sponsor Jeremy he would be pleased to accept donations and you can also sponsor him online via his Justgiving page.

On Friday 4th November in conjunction with Age UK North Shropshire a 'Shoppers Lunch' will be held in the Town Hall from midday to 2pm. This event ran for many years and raised thousands of pounds for charity, but has not been held for some time. All being well and with your support it is anticipated that together the lunch can be re-introduced as a successful social and fundraising event. Please support this new enterprise by joining us on the day. There will be a number of fundraising stalls, a raffle and of course a magnificent selection of home cooked lunches and desserts. This event will replace the Autumn Fayre which is usually held in October. It is hoped that everyone will lend their support to the Shoppers' lunch so that we can keep up with our fundraising efforts.

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