Newsletter July 2015


Recent happenings

We open by expressing our gratitude for a bequest from the late Lady Judith Marshall, which has enabled the Church to tackle various work projects hitherto on the ‘back burner’ due to lack of funds. Her widower, Sir Peter Marshall, recently paid us a visit when Arthur Bryant showed him the completed work, which included repairing windows, creating additional protective wire screens for the stained glass windows, installing a new lightning conductor and laying new granite chippings on the path with an improved ground drain to divert water away from the main door.

As predicted,  the Flower Festival was an outstanding success, with 19 displays and a constant stream of visitors, including many youngsters. We thank everyone who participated in this event or who supported  it in other ways; especially its co-ordinator,  Churchwarden Margaret Inch.

Morwenstow PCC Hon. Secretary, Carol Pirie, represented the Church at Morwenstow Parish Council’s recent Annual Parish Meeting, presenting a report of 2014’s activities and thanking Councillors for their support.

Claire Hobbs and David Pike were married at the Church on 13th June, and Caroline Fowel and Glen Chappel on 27th.

Two well known local people who passed away in recent weeks, Beryl Moore and Gordon Rogers, have found their last resting place in Morwenstow churchyard.

Summer Fun

With a very enjoyable Patronal Festival on 24th June behind us and summer holidays on the way,  July and August are incredibly busy months for members of the Church. We’ve planned a lively schedule of services and events for local people and holidaymakers of all ages. Please make a note in your diary of the Garden Fete (2nd August),  the Sausage Sizzle (6th  August ), and the Blessing of the Sea Service (23rd August). In addition to the above, there will be a Messy Church at Shop Methodist Chapel on 6th July and there is also a Pets’ Service in the offing.

With all of us involved in organizing the Sizzle and the Fete being yet another year older, we repeat last year’s plea for younger members of the community to come along and help us. These events are hard work – but a lot of fun. Your energy and enthusiasm last year really made a big difference and was greatly appreciated.

Back to Baptism Service

Finally – especially if you or members of your family are among the 280 people who have been baptised at Morwenstow Church since 1950 or even earlier – we’re organising a special service in our historic church just for you on Sunday afternoon 27th September.  We’re calling it our Back to Baptism Service and it’s designed to bring families – including God-parents – together to celebrate that important milestone in our lives, whether or not one is a regular church-goer.  After the short service, it will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to catch up with friends and relations over a cup of tea around the font. All are welcome, but the Vicar will be sending personal invitations to the 30 or so families for whom he has conducted baptisms since his arrival in the Parish nearly six years ago. So watch out for the envelope and please encourage the family to come to this very special occasion. The next baptism will be that of Lydia Halsey, on 4th July.

Bob Pirie                        

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