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

CROFTON OLD CHURCH

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Newsletter Number 208 -

January 2020

On behalf of myself and the FOCOC committee, may I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Christmas is now just a distant memory as we look forward to the coming year. But just for a moment let's look back at all the events that you supported over the last couple of months.

Way back on the 23rd November we held the annual Yuletide Fayre at the Parish Centre. As often happens at that time of year the weather was cold and wet, but despite that there was a very good turnout and, after slow start, there was a steady flow people buying items from the stalls or sitting with friends whilst enjoying some refreshments. All the stalls were kept busy during the morning and it was lovely to see so many of you greeting friends and supporting FOCOC on a wet November morning. We raised around £544, so many people put so much into organisation and preparation, my thanks go to all the stall holders, the catering team and everyone who donated goods, time and effort to making it such an enjoyable morning.

On Sunday 1st December we were delighted to welcome the Westhill Park Community Choir back to St Edmunds. The Church was packed, and we were treated to a wonderful repertoire, with a mixture of chorale music and traditional carols, and the added bonus of song sheets so that everyone could join in with the carols. It was a lovely way to start Advent and the countdown to Christmas. Thank you to Nick and Wendy Blunn for setting it all up, and all the members of the choir for giving up their time, also to everyone who came out to support it. From donations over £300 was raised for the FOCOC funds.

On Saturday 14th December Brian and Janet Newman opened their home for us to enjoy Wine and Mince Pies. I know that Brian and Janet put a lot of work into this annual pre-Christmas event, so I was very pleased to hear that, once again, it was very well supported and enjoyed by all who attended. They raised £338 which is an incredible result and certainly make all their hard work worthwhile.

It was lovely to see St Edmunds Church looking so beautiful, and with such large congregations for the Christmas services. With the Church full for the Nine Lessons and Carols the singing was wonderful and all the Readers did an excellent job to bring the story to life.

Equally, the Nativity services on Christmas Eve were filled to capacity with around 370 people attending over the two services. Well done to everyone who worked so hard to put it all together.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 1st February the FOCOC Barn Dance, with music provided by the Harvesters. At Titchfield Community Centre starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are now available from the Parish Office Holy Rood, David Dawson Taylor on 01329 663611 or Peter Gladwell on 07793197670, the price is £9.00, this includes a ploughman's supper. There is a Fully Licenced Bar. Everyone is welcome. (No dancing experience is required as full instructions will be given.)

Saturday 29th February, Leap Year Quiz Night. To be held at the Parish Centre starting at 7.00 pm. Tea and coffee will be available, you are welcome to bring other refreshment if wish. There will be a raffle. Admission is free. Donations to FOCOC funds.

Saturday April 4th Friends of Crofton Old Church AGM. At St Edmunds Church starting at 10.00. It's a perfect opportunity to get an over-all view of what has happened over the last twelve months and what is planned for the coming year. Also, to elect the Officers and Committee members that have been nominated. It would be lovely to see you there.

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

Services at St Edmund's

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.

There were four friends, all of whom were clergymen, three of them were considerably older than the fourth and over the years throughout their friendship whenever there was a decision to be made the three elder men would join forces and vote against their younger friend.

Eventually, when the latest vote had once again gone against him, he became so frustrated by their actions that he called out, saying "Lord, I know in my heart that on this matter I am right. Please send a sign that will convince my friends of the truth."

Immediately a small dark cloud appeared in an otherwise blue sky and for a few seconds rain poured down outside the window, then it disappeared. "There,"said the young man, "a sign from God! I knew I was right !"

"No, no."said his colleagues "That's a natural phenomenon, we' ve heard of this happening."Instantly three dark clouds converged, there was a flash of lightning and a roll of thunder, then a voice boomed from the sky. "THE YOUNG MAN IS CORRECT!"

They were all quite for a moment, visibly shaken by this turn of events, then one of them said, "Okay, but it's still only two against three."

Until next time.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Gladwell