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News from the Vicarage - June 2016

Dear Friends,

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 including some popular 'Last night' type songs. We would like to thank Mr Terry Davies, Bell Tower Captain for sponsoring and organising the event which raised over £400 for church funds.

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. John's room. Thanks to all those church members who worked hard to cook, serve and wash up after the meal. We also had a service in the evening for Ascension.

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. The following day we took part in the nationwide 24/7 Prayer around Pentecost. Our church was open for prayer on the Monday to Tuesday and many enjoyed a time of quiet prayer. We are going to do this again on Thursday 8th September, our Patronal Festival.

There is a joint Ellesmere Deanery Evensong on Sunday 5th June at 6.30pm which I hope will be well attended. The Rural Dean is preaching.

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 us 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.

On Sunday 19th June, by kind invitation of Mark Spurdens we will be holding our annual Parish lunch 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.

I hope the Open Gardens and Parish Lunch will be very enjoyable.

My prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Philip Edge - Vicar