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Newsletter Number 198 -

May 2018

I say it every year, but it’s not going to stop me saying it again, what a wonderful moment it was walking into St Edmunds Church on Easter Morning. The flowers filled the Church with colour and the scent of the Easter Lilies was beautiful. The flower arrangers did a fabulous job, once again filling every available space with stunning displays. After the bare emptiness of Lent, culminating on Good Friday, Easter Morning is like a magical rebirth filling us with joy and hope for the future. As Gary mentioned at the AGM and at the APCM on the April 22nd, probably for the first time ever, there were three services at St Edmunds on Easter Morning and all of them were well attended. I think that is an incredible achievement for a small Church, sentiments that were echoed by the Vicar at both the AGM and the APCM.

At the APCM the Charlie Crane Cross was awarded to Roger Mann in recognition for the work he does for the Church. A well-deserved award and congratulations to Roger.

On the 22nd March Janet and Brian Newman hosted a Skittles evening at the Crofton. This is always a popular event and all the tickets sold very quickly. It was great fun and really bought-out the competitive spirit in everyone. The food was good, the company was good and we all had a goodtime. With the raffle, an incredible £132 was raised. My thanks to everyone who joined in to make it such an enjoyable evening.

Saturday 14th April found us at the FOCOC AGM. It was lovely to see so many members attending to hear the state of the accounts from our Treasurer, David Dawson-Taylor, and to renew their membership. We also heard from Gary Willcocks about the work that has been carried out over the last 12 months and what is planned for the next year.

Richard England took the chair for the election of Officers and four Committee members, all of whom were accepted unanimously. Marion Horley has stepped down from the committee after 10 years, she will be greatly missed for her work catering at our events and I would like to thank her for all her hard work over the years. We welcomed Hazel Stringer as a new member on the committee and I look forward to working with her over the coming months.

Thank you all for your continued support. The growth and development of Crofton Old Church is largely due to the time and effort that the members and the congregations have put in over the years.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 12th May, Musical Evening. At 19.30 in the Parish Hall Holy Rood. The St Edmund Singers, led by Herb Edwards and accompanied by Janice Barley, present ‘An Evening of Popular Music’, to commemorate several centenary celebrations. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. Light refreshments are available during the interval. Everyone is welcome, please tell your friends, better still bring them along. Admission is free, but any donations go to the upkeep of St Edmunds. There will of course be a Raffle.

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June, Flower Festival. The theme is “The Joy of Singing”. The Church is open from 10.30 to 17.00 each day. Admission is free. There will be a refreshment tent serving cream teas and cakes each day. On Friday 8th there will be a stall selling Woodcraft and Craft Jewellery. On Saturday 9th there will be the very popular plant stall. Do tell your friends and families about the festival, it’s a wonderful way to showcase this lovely old Church. The Festival will close with the St Edmunds Singers leading the singing of a medley of the flower arrangers’ themes at 16.00 on

Saturday 21st July, The Annual FOCOC Garden Party at 18 Crofton Lane. Nigel and Linda Moss are again opening their garden to us. Starting at 3pm the tickets will be on sale in July, price £6.

Monday 27th August, Stubbington Fayre. FOCOC will be running a stall at the Fayre again this year, selling Jigsaws, Cakes, Homemade Jams and Souvenirs. Do come along and say hello.

Details of future events will be in the next Newsletter and on the FOCOC website.

Services at St Edmund's
1st Sunday of the month Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 08.00. Common Worship service of Holy Communion 11.10.
3rd Sunday of the month Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 09.30. Common Worship service of Holy Communion 11.10.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month Morning Service at 09.30
5th Sunday of the month Common Worship Service of Holy Communion with Hymns at 09.30

If you would like to attend any of the services at St Edmund’s but have trouble getting there please contact a member of the committee and we will do our best to arrange transport.

As always the Church is open on the 18th of the month between 10.00 and 12.00

I shall leave you with this.

As I was walking into the village the other day I met my old friend Harry.
Some years back Harry had an accident at work and only has one arm.
As we were chatting I asked, “What are you up to today Harry?”
He said, “Today I have to change a lightbulb.”
“Oh,” I said, “that’s going to be a bit tricky isn’t it?”
“No, it’s alright,” he said, “I’ve still got the receipt.”

Until next time.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Gladwell