British Summertime has arrived at last and once more we are able to enjoy the light evenings, but I think the Weatherman has got his forecast muddled.
I went out today into the Cotswolds and I experienced bright sunshine, hail and sleet showers, then snow showers which left a layer of snow on the top of the hills near Cheltenham. Crazy weather for this time of the year!
Our Spring Fayre did well and we raised just a whisker over £1,000. So thank you to all who came and supported this event. It is your support that has made this possible!
The Gospel Community Choir held their annual concert in St Mary’s on Saturday, 30th March and the church was absolutely filled to capacity with additional chairs having to be put out to accommodate everybody. A lot of bright faces of all ages and abilities presented a lively evening of song for the best part of two hours for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to seeing them again next year!
During the last two weeks of March this year the church was closed and we had to use The Tithe Barn for the service of Tea, Coffee and Biscuits. This is because we have been having some major work done inside the church building. We have had new toilets installed in the Toilet for the Disabled and the Unisex Toilet, together with new washbasins and hot air hand dryers.
No more shall we be pestered with paper towels blocking up the toilets!
The walls of the Storeroom and Memorial Chapel have been treated for damp and will take several months to completely dry out. The Painters & Decorators will then return to redecorate the affected areas and the Kitchen. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Some advance information: the church will be closed all day on Mayday Bank Holiday which is Monday, 6th May.
The next Confirmation Service in this Deanery is at St Peter’s, Henleaze at 7.30pm Wednesday, 8th May. If anyone is thinking of Confirmation then please approach Revd Helen, who will be able to advise you and supply you with further information.
On the second Sunday of the month there is a service of Evening Prayer held in the Cotswold Centre, Dursley Road. This month it is at 4.45 pm on Sunday, 12th May. Please come and give it a try if you have not been before.
We have our usual activities at St Mary’s this month.
- Golden Oldies is on Wednesday 1st May from 10.30 am and Messy Church is on Thursday 16th May from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm.
- Our Art and Craft groups continue to meet at the church on Tuesdays from 2.00 pm, not forgetting our coffee mornings which are from 10.00 am to midday each day.
- Totstop and Youth@TheBarn are back to their usual times at the Tithe Barn, following the break during the Easter holidays.
During May we shall be holding our second Wedding this year.
If anyone out there is thinking of being married in church, just consider St Mary’s. It is a beautiful light church with a long centre aisle for the Bride to walk up in all her finery for everyone to admire on what is probably the most memorable day of her life. Helen, our Vicar, will be able to help you together with Eleanor, our Church Administrator, who can be found in the Church Office.
Well, that is all for this month, but I must ask you this. Did you hear of the man who lost his wrist watch? He was going to look for it, but couldn’t find the time.
’Bye for now. C.M.E.