March at All Saints


Well what a wert wet wet yet more wet month we have had but glad we have now settled to normal Spring weather which means we get most things most weeks. Thank you all of you who came to a very fun Quiz at the end of January, delighted that both the winner’s prize and wooden spoon stayed in the Village, the first time this has happened for a while.

February’s Church Service was a little different. Just as we started the electricity stopped!! which also I seem to remember effected the whole village. Well what to do as the manual pump on the organ has not worked for years? We came up with a solution….. something a little different with David our organist humming the first few lines to give us start. All went very well all be it a little cold as of course the heating was off too.

Coming up we are putting on a Messy Church on a rainbow theme in the Village Hall on Saturday April 4th 10.30-12.00. Children under the age of 13 are invited to come and join us for a bit of fun. All children need to be accompanied by an adult so it will be nice to gather for all age groups and so allowing a bit of a catch up. Entry is of course free, if you would like anymore details please contact Mary Alderton on 01379 668537.

Easter is just around the corner following on from our Messy Church. We will have short Evening Devotional Service on Holy Tuesday at 6.30pm and then a devotional ½ hr on Good Friday at 2.00pm. On Easter Day we plan to have a family Communion Service at 9.30am with Lynda Mansfield and Rev. Sue Auckland

As I write the church yard is ablaze with Aconites and Snowdrops particularly around the north side. Daffodils are making an appearance before our Meadow Saxifrage making their annual appearance in May/June. June is a very good time to have a wander around the church yard which you will know is managed for its wildflower population. Every year I am surprised by the appearance or even non appearance of various flower species there. Please do feel free to pop up there, many of our wildflower species are in decline and church yards often havens of which All Saints is a very good example. Additionally the church will be open at weekends and Bank Holidays after Easter. Some peeps think that just because the Church gates are closed means that you cannot go in, nothing could be further from the truth, these gates whilst physically together are never closed to those who wish to enter, a gentle push is all it needs.

A big thank you for all those who have had the lights on celebrating or remembering over the recent months it is so lovely to see the church alight. It costs just £5 a night and the money goes straight into our Maintenance Fund from which we draw frequently in the upkeep of this Grade 1 listed 900 year old Church. If you would like the lights on please contact Sue Williams on 07855414941. Payment will be needed before the night if you could please.


About All Saints Thorpe Abbotts

Living in Thorpe Abbotts I am the Secretary to the PCC, manage the churchyard conservation area and write regularly for the Parish Magazine.
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