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NEW STUDY GROUP


On the 2nd Friday of each month a new Study Group is meeting at the Methodist Chapel in Litcham at 10am.

Next meeting June 9th.

Interesting discussions and much laughter plus coffee.

All welcome to come.

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CHURCH NEWS


ALL SAINTS CHURCH WINS GRANT FOR URGENT ROOF REPAIRS


All Saints Church, Litcham has successfully secured a grant of £99000 from the Government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund to address urgent roof repairs that will ensure it is weathertight, safe and open for use.  It is one of 502 grants from a total funding package of £30 million that have been announced for urgent roof repairs for places of worship across the UK by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

Dated March 2015


News from Litcham All Saints

Despite the work going on in the Church, we had an excellent congregation on Easter Day led by Canon Heather.  We were joined by our friends from the Chapel and had a good number of children.  We catered for them with a table of colouring books and craft stickers, all presided over by Pam Jackman.

The lilies were splendid, as usual, so thank you to all who donated them and my ladies who arranged them.

The Annual Parochial Church Council meeting was held in the Church on 25th April.  The Churchwardens, Richard Vogt and John Birkbeck were re-elected unopposed.  There were no new nominations for the Council and as the current members were all prepared to stand again, they were re-elected en bloc.  We are indebted to our Churchwardens and to those who serve on the Council, who set up the Church for the Services and generally look after the building for the use and enjoyment of all of us.  We said thank you to Fiona Crump who stood down as the Treasurer after two years and we welcomed the return of Anthony Wilson as Treasurer.

The AGM of the Friends of Litcham All Saints was held on 20th April where it was decided that after ten successful years, the summer Wine Tasting would be replaced this year by an Open Gardens day to be held on Sunday 16th July.  Tickets may be purchased from The Old Rectory on the Mileham Road.  Refreshments will be available and Pimms will be served by courtesy of Diana Patterson at The Tithe Barn - resist if you dare.

The gravelling of the churchyard path was also discussed and the funding for that will be released once the building work is complete.

I will be helping Diana Collin to run a cake stall at the fete on 17th June.  Proceeds will go into the joint pot.  So plenty of cakes etc to me please.

My next fundraiser for the Church is on Saturday 12th August with afternoon tea on the lawn behind Bevan Cottage.  As with the one we did at Litcham Hall, some of my friends will act as waitresses.  Tea will be served between 3pm and 5pm and tents will be put up to allow for all weather.

For the tea, please, it is more cakes, cheese and fruit scones as well as sausage rolls and traditional sandwiches.  As August 12th is also the beginning of Open Churches weekend, perhaps we can persuade visitors to the Church to come down the road for tea at Bevan Cottage?

I have raised money by selling Church mugs and getting friends to put their odd change in my pot.  With this I have purchased a lovely new urn for my teas.  If anyone would like a lovely Norfolk china “All Saints” mug for £1.50 - there are still some left.

I finish with this from my little book of prayers:-


Lord, thou knowest how busy I must be this day

if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.

                                                                                                  Sir Jacob Astley


Until next time, Love & God Bless, June Bevan


PS Chester was no help when I took a tumble on the common, he proceeded to push me back down as I tried to get up - he thought he was helping!




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FROM YOUR VICAR…


It’s a good idea when we’re faced with a life changing decision to canvass the opinions of others.  Last year I had to decide whether coming as Vicar to this big group of parishes was the right move, and so I talked it over with family, friends and senior clergy in the Diocese.  Someone very senior thought this wasn’t the right post for me as he thought I would be happiest in an urban setting where there were centres of community to engage with.

I was sure a strong sense of community was just as likely to be found in a rural area as in a town or city and I was right!  My diary is filling up with lots of lovely community events which will bring people together to meet old friends and make new ones and raise money for good causes in the process.

For any event to happen, whether a concert or large village fete, people have to volunteer their individual gifts and talents and work together to make it a success.  St Paul uses the imagery of the body when talking about how a church community should work.  He says that every part of the body is unique and necessary but needs every other part of the body to function as a whole - and this applies to every community.  Each person is valuable with something special to offer but limited in what they can achieve on their own - but the possibilities are limitless when we all work together.

I’m not sure whether we have been promised a ‘BBQ Summer’ as yet but here’s hoping all our events are at least blessed with dry weather!

Reverend Julia

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NEW STUDY GROUP

On the 2nd Friday of each month a new Study Group is meeting at the Methodist Chapel in Litcham at 10am. Next meeting June 9th. Interesting discussions and much laughter plus coffee. All welcome to come.

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LITCHAM CHOIR

The arrangement whereby the weekly practice is on Tuesdays afternoons between 3.45 - 4.30 is now established and works well.  Squash and biscuits are available before the practice under the watchful eye of the Choir Matron, Mrs Sara Williams.

The Sunday commitment is generally Evensong but on the Third Sunday in the month it is in the morning.

Detailed information is available from the Master of Choristers the Rev’d Jonathan Boston (01328 701200) or from Mrs Williams (01328 700167).

Enquiries from parents of boys aged 7 and over are invited.  Further information from Jonathan Boston, Master of Choristers (01328 701200)

Jonathan Boston, Master of Choristers 01327 701200

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Jonathan Writes...

Choices and Consequences


Faced with a number of options, one often hears “you choose” or what are you doing?” as a response.  Partly this is indecision but it can also be an attempt to avoid any responsibility if events do not turn out well.

The General Election presents a challenge: most people vote “on balance”.  One suspects that few voters are in complete agreement with every element of the party they support and may well agree with, or even admire, elements of candidates they do not.

This is a serious responsibility and one, surely we have to exercise for the benefit of those whose needs are greatest.  To vote out of self-interest above all else whilst disregarding the greater good in the long term is not only selfish but irresponsible.

“A definite maybe” is not an option: a decision has to be made.

When Jesus’ Disciples were entrusted to continue His work and witness, they were faced with finding a replacement for Judas (who had been chosen by Jesus Himself, in retrospect a calculated risk) and having to choose between “Joseph called Barsabbas, surnamed Justus” and Matthias.  We hear nothing further of Joseph but he must have been a serious candidate, to have been considered.

It so happens that this month also sees the Church Season of Pentecost (or Whitsun) and Trinity-tide, when new clergy are ordained.  Those who come forward have offered themselves, but it is “The Church” as a body which chooses and appoints them.

Whether a candidate for Parliament (or The Church) we are all involved and exercise our responsibility not only in appointing but then supporting those who are chosen.

Jonathan Boston

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