November Mardler from the Church

Well a strange old time we are in, just as we were getting back into our monthly service routine and a couple of midweek Services of Compline, bang! back into lockdown we go. As I write we are in early November and the Church sadly needs to stay closed apart from visits to turn the floodlights on and off. Hopefully you will have seen and appreciated the Poppy projection on the Tower. We are really grateful to the Mardler, the Parish Council and a couple of benefactors in the village who have provided the funds for us to hire the projector. As we move into this festive time of year the Poppy gives us pause to remember those lost in conflict over the years and those families for whom Christmas would never be the same.

Really delighted how well Remembrance Sunday at the Pump turned out, clearly quite amazing how many of the Village happened to be out and about when a couple of us marked the occasion. A big thank you to Jo for the poppies in the grass which together with the wreath did look lovely. 

I think that Christmas may be very different for many of us this year as we cope with the restrictions imposed by COVID. I have no doubt that since as a nation we always rise to any challenge we will all gather somehow to mark this special time of year. As normal we will have the star on the Church Porch together with the Christmas Tree. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that we will be allowed to have a traditional Christmas Carol Service in the Church but are hoping to have a festive Evening Service early in December if the regulations allow.

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 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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