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

CROFTON OLD CHURCH

Newsletter Number 214 -

March 2021

It has been a long and bleak winter, it can be a lonely and depressing season at the best of times, but it was made so much worse by the inability to meet with family and friends.

It is such an improvement now that spring is here and the restrictions are gradually being lifted. The spring flowers and fresh buds on the hedges always manage to lift my spirits, and I am sure that, like me, you are looking forward to getting out and about as the warmer weather arrives. We are very fortunate to live in this area, to be able to get to the beach and with plenty of space to exercise or just get some fresh air. So many people in the towns and cities don't have that luxury.

FOCOC AGM.

Last year we had to cancel the AGM at the last minute. This year due to the Covid restrictions we are holding it in a very different way.

We will be at St Edmunds on Saturday 10th April from 10.00 and start the meeting at 10.30 via Zoom.

The details of the AGM and the committee members standing for re-election are being sent out with this letter. It would be lovely if as many members as possible could join us via Zoom, it will enable us to hold the meeting within the confines of the current Covid restrictions and for you to take part from the comfort and safety of your own home. You will find the link for Zoom on the accompanying letter.

The number of people that can be accommodated in the church is limited, if you are unable to join us online, but would still like to come to the meeting, please let me know so that we can allocate places and avoid any disappointment.

Just to remind you that the annual membership subscriptions are due in April, payments can be given to or sent to the Treasurer, David Dawson-Taylor, or you can contact him to arrange an online payment. Services at St Edmunds. As you are aware, services at St Edmunds have restarted, with the continuation of social distancing and face coverings. The congregation still needs to be split into two groups as it was before the last lockdown, Side "A" attending on the First and Third Sunday, and Side "B" on the Second and Fourth Sunday. Forthcoming Events.

Over the last twelve months we have not been able to hold any social or fundraising events. I have really missed the social aspect of FOCOC, meeting you all at various different events, and speaking to members of the public about St Edmunds Church and the work of FOCOC at the more public events. We intend to restart our events calendar later in the year, depending on the progress of the pandemic.

It is hoped to hold an Open Day at St Edmunds during the summer, it would be a great opportunity to celebrate 150 years of Crofton Parish and the role St Edmunds Church played in its creation.

I shall leave you with this.

It was the middle of winter and two friends decided to go ice fishing, leaving before it got light so that they could get everything prepared

inding a good spot, they drilled a hole in the ice, set-up their lines and sat back to wait for the fish to bite.

Suddenly, from all around them, a voice boomed out. &qquot;THERE ARE NO FISH HERE!"

Surprised and a little shaken they quickly packed up and moved on.

Not wanting to go home empty-handed they stopped a little further on and began to drill another hole.

Hardly had they started, and they heard the voice again, echoing all around. "THERE ARE NO FISH HERE!"

Hurriedly they grabbed all their gear and moved further on, hoping to find a suitable place to try again.

Almost immediately the voice came again, "I TOLD YOU. THERE ARE NO FISH HERE!"

"This is amazing." Said one of the fishermen. "It must be God guiding us to the best fishing site."

The voice replied. "I'M NOT GOD. I'M THE MANAGER OF THE ICE RINK AND THERE ARE NO FISH HERE!

ntil next time.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Gladwell


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