Friends Of Crofton Old Church
A group dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of . .

CROFTON OLD CHURCH

St Edmund's window

Newsletter Number 200 -

September July 2018

What a great summer we’ve had this year. With sunshine and gentle breezes, it has been perfect for outside events in the area. It also meant that some minor repairs and maintenance could be made to the outside of St Edmunds Church. So one morning, with guidance from Gary Willcocks and Tim Sage, a small but eager team of volunteers gathered at the Church to clean gutters and drains, fix slipped tiles on the roof and extend the French drains around the Chancel, all things that needed to be sorted out before winter. It was very worthwhile and thank you to everyone who turned up to help.

Sadly, just a few weeks after the East window and the window in the flower vestry were repaired, there was another spate of vandalism. Once again the flower vestry window was damaged and the small south window in the chancel. The police have been informed, but there is very little they can do. Some of the residents of Lychgate Green are keeping an eye on the Church which is very kind of them.

The FOCOC Garden Party was on the 21st July. Once again Nigel and Linda Moss opened their garden to us and we had a wonderful afternoon. Gazebos were erected, tables and chairs put out. The ladies did a splendid job preparing sandwiches, cakes and scones with cream and jam. Doug Johnson set a quiz which kept us all amused and was a major talking point during the afternoon. Pam Harvey looked after the Bring and Buy stall and Janet and Brian Newman ran the raffle. The weather was perfect, which was a welcome change to last year, and the event raised £522 for FOCOC funds. A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it so enjoyable.

Once again we had a stall at the Stubbington Fayre on the August Bank Holiday. What a great day. It was an early start to get the gazebo and the stall set-up, but with a great team working together got everything sorted very quickly. As usual we were selling Cakes, Jigsaws and Souvenirs. The cakes sold very quickly and an incredible number of jigsaws were sold, we made just over £200 which is excellent. But something that I feel is far more important at this event, a lot of people, of all ages and for many different reasons, stopped to talk to us about St Edmunds Church. Thanks to everyone who supported us either by donating cakes or jigsaws, or by coming along and buying. But most of all thank you to everyone who worked so hard and so cheerfully all day, setting up and manning the stall, it really was a most enjoyable day.

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 5th September, Soup and Sandwiches at the Rotary Club Wheelhouse. Starting at 12.30, Tickets are £7.00 from the Parish Office or from me on 07793197670.

Saturday 20th October, Harvest Supper at the Parish Hall, Holy Rood. Starting at 18.30, tickets £9.00 available nearer the time from me on 07793197670 or at the Parish Office Holy Rood.

Saturday 24th November, Yuletide Fayre 10.00 – 12.00 at the Parish Hall, Holy Rood. For some a chance to get some last-minute Christmas gifts, for people like me a wake-up call to start their Christmas shopping. Details of future events will be in the next Newsletter.

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.

The Vicar stood in front of his congregation, ready to start his sermon. Suddenly an Angel appeared beside him. (This bothered him slightly, because he’d read about this happening before and didn’t fancy his chances if they were planning to repeat that miracle.)

“Fear not” said the Angel “I bring glad tidings.” (This did nothing to appease his concerns.) “God has seen your good works and would like to reward you. You may choose one of these three gifts, infinite wealth, infinite wisdom or lasting exquisite beauty.”

Much relieved and with out a moments hesitation the Vicar said, “I would like infinite wisdom.”

The Angel smiled and, after gently laying his hands on the vicars’ head, he disappeared.

The Church was silent for a moment as they all tried to take in the wonder of their shared experience. Eventually one of the congregation called out, “Tell us Reverend, what insight has your new-found wisdom given you?”

The vicar looked up and said quietly, “I should have taken the money.”

Until next time.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Gladwell