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

CROFTON OLD CHURCH

St Edmund's window

Newsletter Number 206 -

September 2019

I don't think we can really complain about the weather this summer, it has been glorious. The outside events that have been going on around the South have really benefited including our own.

On July 27th Nigel and Linda Moss opened their garden for the annual FOCOC Garden Party. The weather was perfect, and the gazebos were erected in record time by the skilled and well-practiced team of helpers. The party was very well attended, the sandwiches and cakes were delicious (even though some of the cakes did suffer from the heat), with plenty of tea and coffee to wash it down and a brain teasing quiz from Doug Johnson, a good time was had by all. Pam Harvey was manning the Bring-and-Buy stall and Yvonne Edwards, with the assistance of her daughter, ran the raffle. The event raised just over £630 which is an incredible achievement. My thanks to the hard-working catering team for supplying all the food and to everyone who helped to set it all up and clear away at the end. Also, a big thank you Nigel and Linda for the use of their garden and to all of you for supporting it.

August 26th was the Bank Holiday Stubbington Fayre. That was an early start, with a stall to set-up we were on the site before 08.00, with a small but efficient team we had the gazebo set-up in record time and tables stacked with cakes, jams, jigsaws and souvenirs we were ready to go. Again, we were blessed with the weather, it was a beautiful day with the sun shining and St Edmunds flag flying proudly in the gentle breeze. Caroline Knight organised the cake stall and Brian Reed was in charge of the jigsaws. Fortunately, they were not alone, teams of helpers turned up during the day and there was always someone on hand to serve customers or talk to people about the work of FOCOC and St Edmunds Church. It was a long hot day and we made a profit of £184, which was a great bonus and a credit to the time and effort that so many of you put into the day. As always at this event, our main aim is to let the public know about Crofton Old Church and we certainly achieved that, the warmth, the cheerfulness and the welcome shown by all the helpers made me feel very proud to be a part of it. My thanks to everyone who helped and supported us, I look forward to next year.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 12th October This will be held at the Parish Centre, Holy Rood Church starting at 19.00. Tickets are on sale now, price £9, available from the Parish office, myself on 07793197670 or from David Dawson Taylor on 01329 663611. There will be a Raffle and a Quiz. Guests are invited to bring their own wine or soft drinks

Saturday 23rd November. From 10.00 to 12.00 at the Parish Centre. Admission is 30p on the door. There will be Christmas Gifts, Bric-a-Brac, Cakes, Books, Toys, Jigsaws, Jewellery and much more. Refreshments are available. Everyone is welcome.

Make a note in your diary, Sunday December 1st, the West Hill Park Community Choir will be presenting an Advent themed Concert at St Edmunds Church. It starts at 16.00, admission is free, and everyone is welcome. Any donations go towards the upkeep of St Edmunds Church.

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

Services at St Edmund's

Please note that over the winter period the 1st Sunday 08.00 Communion service will move to 09.30. This will be starting on November 3rd.
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 you know the Church is open on the 18th of the month between 10.00 and 12.00,

I shall leave you with this.

The sermon that Sunday had been very long and dull, at the end of the service the congregation filed out in silence. Finally, the vicar was pleased to see one of his parishioners approaching who always had something to say about the sermon.

As they shook hands he said, "Thank you Vicar. You know, your sermon today reminded me of the Peace and the Love of God."

The Vicar was pleased that at least someone had taken something away from the sermon, and asked, "Why did it remind you of the Peace and Love of God ?"

"Well," the parishioner, "you know, the Peace of God passes all understanding, and the Love of God goes on for ever"

Until next time.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Gladwell