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Views from the Vicarage - June 2018

Dear Friends,

What a wonderful wedding it was for Prince Harry and Meghan Merkel, now Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We had a great day watching our TV screens and seeing the magnificent pageantry, which the British do so well, mixed with a very positive contribution from so many people from the ethnic community. The Head of the Episcopal Church of America (Anglican) Bishop Michael gave a dynamic sermon and the Dean of Windsor overseen by the Archbishop of Canterbury, conducted the service magnificently. Maybe more people wishing to marry might now choose a church wedding. Bells were rung at St Mary's on the Sunday afternoon which many have appreciated. The first full peal for about fifty years.

I must give my appreciation to Terry Davies, and his wife Elizabeth, who stands down now as our Bell Tower Captain. He has rung for bells at Ellesmere for sixty-two years and has been Tower Captain for the last forty -two years. In that time he has rung the bells devotedly for services and practices on Friday evenings. The bell tower has been well looked after and indeed considerably improved. Also many people will have been grateful to Terry for teaching them how to ring. My thanks to Terry!

In the church, having completed the Easter to Pentecost season, we now move on to the Trinity or Ordinary time, with the liturgical colour green. On Sunday 24th June we keep the feast of S. John the Baptist - see article about him. At the end of the month on 29th June we celebrate S. Peter & S. Paul. This is usually the time for ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood and for many of us clergy it is the anniversary of our ordinations. I was made Deacon in 1980 and ordained Priest in 1981 in London.

This month we have 'Cherish your Churchyard Week 10th-16th June. There is a Talk by Chris Jobson on Sunday. On Wednesday, a talk by Sue Cooper on Churchyards. History and tour of the church by Estelle Parker on Friday and the Painting and Poetry Competition on Saturday with the Tower open from 2pm. Teas and cakes are being served all week. Thanks to the small dedicated team from our church who have spent time and energy tidying up our churchyard.

The Mothers' Union are off to Erbistock on Monday 18 th June at 11am. Fr Paul Barrow is giving a tour of the church, lunch at the Boat Inn and Gardens in the afternoon. Do contact Ann Harris if you want to join us.

Our spectacular Parish Lunch of roast beef provided by Rodney Stokes is on Sunday 24th June at Birch Hall near Ellesmere College courtesy of the Gilman family 12.30 for 1pm. Tickets £12 from Ann Harris.

My Prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Philip Edge - Vicar