Plough Sunday, Berwick St James

Plough Sunday, Berwick St James

We could not have wished for a brighter, crisper winter’s day on which to hold the St James’ first (for as long as anyone can remember) Plough Sunday service.  It serves to celebrate the ploughing, sowing and planting time of the farming year, and to remind us of our dependence on and responsibility for this fragile earth.  Those coming to the service were greeted by the sight of the Streets’ tractor and plough which Charles had kindly parked outside.  Inside, the church was adorned with a carpet of seeds in the choir, various farm implements and sacks of soil and […]

February 2020 Benefice Letter

Lord, may Lent be a time of inward searching that makes me more able to look with compassion at the needs of the world. Amen Dear Friends The jollity of Christmas seems a long time ago as we now journey through Epiphany exploring the revelation of Christ to the world. Christmas Season ends on February 2nd with the celebration of Candlemas and we then have a short interlude before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent on February 26th. Into your presence we come, Lord a few moments of quietness in a busy world that demands our attention Lent has […]

In Praise of Winter . . .

Our seasons come as a blessing, Changing the weather, And bringing all sorts of dressing To adorn the world. The rain gives us fields that are soaked, Lakes where grass once lay. Cold mornings bring us shapes, frost-cloaked, So fragile, until……….… …The sun appears, low in the sky; Smiles brighten faces. When dull, grey clouds are forced to fly, All is light and shade. Yvonne Allen

Stapleford Christmas Party

Stapleford Christmas Party

The Stapleford Village Christmas Party was a well attended and very jolly event fuelled by Rose Carnegy’s famous ‘special brew’. There was a festive atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the food and chat before settling down for the entertainment. Simon Pratt sang the Hippopotamus song, Mark Elcomb recited Jabberwocky, and Marjoleine Butler read a politically correct poem that was dangerously close to reality as we go into the new ‘woke’ decade. These turns were interspersed with bursts of rapid-fire raffle and the main part of the evening ended with mince pies and carols accompanied by Colin Carnegy on the piano. Those […]

Plough Sunday 2020

Plough Sunday was celebrated in the Langfords and at Great Wishford in special services on Sunday 12th January. The observance of Plough Sunday (often on the First Sunday of Epiphany) goes back to Victorian times, but behind it there is a much older observance, associated with the first working day after the twelve days of Christmas, hence ‘Plough Monday’ in some places. Although the nature of farming has changed greatly since 1945, Plough Sunday can still be a way of celebrating farming, the work of farmers and the rural economy and way of life. These special services, along with a […]

Carols, Cake and Creativity at St Giles’ Christmas Cafe

Carols, Cake and Creativity at St Giles’ Christmas Cafe

Rain proved to be no deterrent for our hardy regulars at Café.  We were especially glad to welcome back a former Wishford resident, George Hayward (thank you Joy for bringing him).  As it lashed down outside, those inside warmed themselves with mulled wine and merriment, marvelling over (and eating!) the festive array of cakes.  The triple-layered ‘Christmas presents’ cake proved very popular.  Our team of helpers turned out in force to keep those refills coming and sell raffle tickets.  Jonathan Plows gathered a group of mums and children round a table to make Christmas cards, and the church was filled […]

January 2020 Benefice Letter

January 2020 Benefice Letter

 Light-Bulb Moments    “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”  (Matt. 3:17) As we contemplate a new year and a new decade, putting away the decorations, finding space in the freezer for all those leftovers, we are not yet done with Christmas.  In the Church calendar, the Christmas season runs through till Candlemas in February.   And because Christmas is not just about over-spending and over-indulging, January offers us a chance to think more deeply about the significance of Christ’s birth.  On Epiphany Sunday, a day set aside to commemorate God revealed through the person of Jesus […]