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 […]

December 2019 Benefice Letter

O Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy Perfect Light God of hope be with us in our Advent journey to the stable and beyond, be with us in our meeting and in our travelling together, be with us in our worship and our praying together, be with us in our Advent journey to the stable and beyond, our God of hope. Dear Friends, As the nights draw in and the darkness comes to surrounds us, we enter a time of preparation. Advent beckons and our sense of […]

Wishford School Remembers

Wishford School Remembers

KS2 pupils from Great Wishford C of E VA Primary School filed quietly into St Giles’ church on 11 November for a service to remember those from the village who died in the two World Wars.  The doves that they had made, together with the hymns ‘Peace perfect peace’ and ‘Make me a channel of your peace’, gave away the service’s underlying message of hope that one day the world will be at peace.  Ivy Henstridge and Ivan Gurd read ‘In Flanders Field’ and Jo Jo Barratt ‘For the Fallen’ – all three pupils evoking so well the terrible sense […]

Harvest Praise at Great Wishford

Accompanied by the Benefice choir, who were in particularly fine voice that evening, the congregation at St Giles’ were tunefully vocal in their thanksgiving for harvest.  The message of God as provider and sustainer of life was clear in the readings and the homily, reminding us also that everything we receive is from God and remains his – and we are to look after it.  A fabulous loaf in the shape of a wheat sheaf adorned the altar, made with the enthusiastic help of Jack and Henry Noble.   Afterwards, those not coming to the Harvest Supper were invited to break […]