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Views from the Vicarage - September 2018

Dear Friends,

I hope that you have had a good summer and enjoyed the wonderful weather that we have had. My garden was showing signs of drying up and becoming parched but recent rain has led to almost a full recovering of its greenness. One of the spin offs of the dry summer was that I didn't need to cut the grass so often.

But with September we get back into full swing of activities.

On Saturday 8th September we have a Quiet Day in church from 9am-1pm on the various prayer traditions including Benedictine and Franciscan. Do join us. There is a list in church to sign up to. On Sunday 9th Sept we have our Patronal Festival at 10.15am. This is the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred from 8th) and is our church's birthday celebration with refreshments after the service.

Holy Cross Day is on Friday 14th September, S. Matthew on Friday 21st September and S. Michael & All Angels on Saturday 29th September, all these we keep with Holy Communion at 9.30am.

The Mothers Union are having their outing to Llandudno on Monday 17th September. Do contact Heather Wright tel 624107 if you wish to come.
Robin Gilbert and friends are putting on an Evening of Light Entertainment and Popular Music and Hits from the Shows on Friday 21st Sept 7.30pm in church, tickets £7.50. This should be fun musical evening. Do come!

I will be starting a Confirmation Course in September ready for the Bishop of Lichfield who is coming to our church on Sunday 25th November 6.30pm Confirmation and Holy Communion. Young people will start on Sunday 16th Sept after service (about 11.30 - 12pm) for ten weeks and adults on Sunday 30th September 7.30pm at the Vicarage for six weeks for about an hour. Do let me know if you are interested.

Looking further in the future Harvest Supper will be on Friday 5th October in the Town Hall and our Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 7th October with donations of food to the Food Bank and perishables to Ellesmere House. In the Evening we have Choral Evensong for Harvest by the Laudes Choir, a renowned visiting choir which I hope you will attend.

As we get back to normal after the summer break I hope you will put all these events in your diary and come and join us. We have a lot on!

My Prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Philip Edge - Vicar