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St. Peter’s News

It’s going to be a busy few weeks at the Church and I hope that you can join us- or even help us….

wp_20160911_15_37_25_proHarvest Festival Sunday 10th September 3pm-5pm

Building on the success of last year we hope to have a good display of vintage tractors, childrens’ activities, refreshments and music by the Aylsham Band. The day before (Saturday 9th, 9.30am onwards) we will be giving the church a good clean and tidying up the paths around the church yard, so if you can come along to help that would be great!

2e, 20 May 17Haveringland Groundforce Days 2017

It’s that time of year again when we need to cut back the churchyard ‘meadow’ and rake off the cuttings. We will also be trying to finish off the weeding around the church walls and, excitingly, planting an avenue of trees up the track to the church! To help with this the organisation running the Community Payback Scheme is bringing along a working party to work alongside the community; on the weekends of 7th-8th and 14th-15th October; any help you can give would be much appreciated; we shall probably be on site from about 9.30am each day. Even if you can only manage an hour or two, that would be really great; especially if you can bring along a strimmer or other suitable tools! Cake and other refreshments will be provided!

WP_20170423_15_45_41_ProRemembrance Weekend

Detailed planning for this weekend is well underway and we think we can promise you a really special time. Remembrance Day itself (Saturday 11th November) will feature a Service including a minutes silence, sounding of the last post, wreath laying, band music, a fly past of vintage aircraft and a supporting display about the local airfield; to help commemorate 70 years since its close.

Known officially as RAF Swannington, it was known locally as RAF Haveringland and in fact has most of its area within Brandiston! The church will be open from 9.30am all weekend to enable visitors to view the wonderful research that ex RAF and local resident, Mike Hillier has put together. We already have confirmation that many relatives of former service personnel based here and representatives of many service and other public bodies will be attending, so expect to see lots of uniforms! We are expecting a wonderful turn out from across the country as we try to tell the personal stories of the brave people who were based here- many making the ultimate sacrifice- and the fascinating secret missions that were flown from here, most importantly using the ‘wooden wonder’ -the Mosquito fighter bomber.

So, as you can see..a lot for you to get involved with…

Also, you might like to know that the group that has been coordinating the work on these events and activities is being transformed into the Church Action Group’. In its new role it will not only continue to plan and organise services and events, but will spearhead a new Church Improvement Project, to help raise the level of comfort and facilities that St. Peter’s provides. Residents of the parish will have an opportunity to discuss what the church might offer as part of the forthcoming Parish Meeting (7.30pm September 28th at Cawston Bowls Club).

If you’d like to be involved in the new Church Action Group, please let me know; we need all the help we can get, however small.

 I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks; please get back to me if you think you can help on any of the above.

 

Nigel Boldero (email: nbold@live.com)

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Forties in the Field

What a great night was had by all…we were so sorry to have missed ‘Forties in the Field’, held recently at the parish church. It seems to have been a great success! Many thanks to all those involved in making the evening go so well..and I gather we made a small profit too! Here’s a lovely video recording of the event made by Jade Mander…many thanks Jade! (put fortiesfield in as the password, if you need it)

So, onwards and upwards to the Harvest Festival with its attendant attractions of old tractors, music and super refreshments; come along and join us on Sunday September 10th from 2pm.

And also put Saturday 11th November in your diaries now for what promises to be a very special event; celebrating and giving thanks for  the achievements of RAF Swannington and all who served with her, with a treasure trove of historical information and artefacts on display, attended by some very special guests, with wreath laying, playing of the last post, a fly past and planting an avenue of trees to commemorate those who served here 70 plus years ago…and again some heart warming refreshments!

Nigel Boldero