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CHURCH NEWS


Our good news on the Holkham Hall fundraiser for all cChurches in the Benefice is that Canon Heather has announced the final total raised is £1,967.  A good time was had by all!

As the 30th September is a fifth Sunday, a united Benefice service will be taken by Canon John Blore and the Revd Reverend Miriam Fife at Stanfield Church at 10am.  Why do not you come and join us?.

Litcham Harvest Festival is at 10:15am on Sunday 14th October and will be taken by Peter Brown.  Peter always has some surprises for us.  He has given out a lot of brown envelopes each containing an ear of corn.  He asked us to count and record the number of seeds, then plant some in a pot and bring the results to the sService.  There are still a few envelopes in cChurch if you would like to take part.

We will decorate be decorating the cChurch for Harvest Festival on Friday 12th October.  Pam and I will prepare the posts.  We will observe our usual rules; same place, bring greenery, flowers, berries, fruit and vegetables.  Tea and cake will be available after the sService.  Do come along.

Our next fundraiser for the cChurch will be the Annual Bazaar and Lunch on Saturday 1st December from 10:30am to 2pm, in the Jubilee Hall.  I would be grateful for any donations for the rRaffle, pPick-a--Peg, tTombola and cCake stallsStall.  This year I thought jacket potatoes with lots of different fillings would be welcome:, chillichili, curry, baked beans or cheese with salad, followed by desserts, tea and coffee, all for just £8.

I would be grateful for help, so please do get in touch (01328 700274).

So, until next month, Love and God Bless, June Bevan


Love and God Bless, June Bevan


P.S.  Chester has his own hareem harem now with Lucy, Maisie and Pepper all calling in for him, lucky fellow!

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YOUR RECTOR WRITES…


I have a letter in my possession written to my grandmother as a teenager during the First World War.  It told of the death of her brother at the front.  I can never read this letter without crying.  Harry Percy was the second brother she had lost in that terrible war.  Edward had been lost earlier.Her third brother James returned a broken man; suffering from nightmares and became an alcoholic. 

As we look at the names on the memorials in our villages, it seems every family in the land  was touched with similar tragedy during those dark days. 

At every Remembrance service since then we have heard Laurence Binyon’s words

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,

Age  shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

We will remember them.

We will remember them.

To honour these words, I hope people will read the names on our memorials sometimes and not just in November.  Remembering a son, brother, husband, dad or friend who left a gaping hole in the lives of those he left behind.  Remembering a person whose life was taken too soon and who was denied so much that could have been.

This is desperately sad but I believe not the final chapter of their story.  Often read at funerals is a passage from the end of the bible.  It is a vision of what is to come and is heartening and a comfort to all of us who have lost loved ones.

“I heard a loud voice proclaiming:

Look, God now makes his home with the people.  He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will be with them.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or sadness, no more crying or pain, for the old order has passed away.”

I hope these words bring you comfort when you are sad.

Heather Butcher


CAROL SINGING


Once again we shall be carol singing for charity in Litcham this year.  Keep the date!  Wednesday 12th December, more details next month but the pub is booked for mulled wine and mince pies at the end of the evening.  Hope you can join us



Heather Butcher


CHURCH NEWS


David Preston of Pikestaff Builders

Everybody will be sorry to learn of the death of David Preston whose firm carried out the restoration work on the nave and south aisle roofs at All Saints.  He was a true gentleman, both in business and in manner and the church roof at Litcham will be a long and lasting memorial to him.  A service to celebrate David’s life was held at St Mary’s Church, Sporle on Friday July 13th and donations in his memory shared between Tapping House and Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice.

All Saints Churchwardens & PCC

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THE ACCIDENTAL SACRISTAN BOWING OUT

(Gracefully I Hope)


As Sacristan for St. Mary’s Tittleshall I have learned patience, tolerance (though maybe not quite enough) and dedication.  I have received in equal measure joy and education.  Satisfaction has been gained from knowing that every task I undertook was carried out to the best of my ability.  Now I hope for someone to come and enjoy a similar experience.  It is a commitment but one which brings many rewards. 

My promise to launder the linens, (if needed) is to help maintain a well-presented altar. 

I had considered a follow up to The Accidental Sacristan under the heading, The Virtual Verger, “quit while you’re ahead” was a phrase that sprang to mind and so I bid you farewell and thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings.
Sue Bevan

A final anecdote; many years ago, a fellow flower arranger and I prepared to decorate the church Christmas tree.  We thought it rather a nice idea to use natural materials and I offered to slice lots of oranges and dry them ready to hang on the branches.  It took several weeks to amass enough slices but they looked really lovely as we placed them all over the tree. 

I think all was completed a week or so before services commenced.
On going into the church a day or so later (maybe to clean) we were baffled to see on the lower branches of the tree, not orange slices, but the empty rings of orange rind.  It was too late to make any more so they were left just as they were.
A subsequent visit saw more branches with the slices devoid of their centre leaving only the circles of rind.  By the time the Christmas service came around hardly any slices were left intact, and we realised that mice were systematically working their way up the tree eating as they went.  It wasn’t the most inspiring bit of tree decorating but it made us laugh once the puzzle was solved. 

Sue Bevan

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WOULD YOU BE A FRIEND TO LITCHAM CHURCHYARD?

Have you been into our wonderful churchyard recently?  It is such a peaceful spot. .   Malcolm Turner’s list of the flora and fauna to be found within the churchyard shows just what a haven for wildlife it is. .   (You can also view this list on the Litcham website).

I was wondering if anyone would like to help to set up a Friends of Litcham Churchyard group? ?  The Friends of Litcham Church, who concentrate mainly on the fabric of the building, have kindly said that a churchyard group could come under their ‘“umbrella’” as far as insurance etc is concerned and that if we raised any money it could be kept just for use within the churchyard.

If you feel you might be interested in joining such a group please come

along to the Litcham Jubilee Hall on Thursday 11th January at 7:30pm. .   If you know of someone who will not receive the ‘Church and Village’ magazine but has a connection with the churchyard perhaps you would be kind enough to give them my number or tell them about the meeting?

Claire Lawrence. .   (01328 700145)