A candlelit path will welcome you to the magical church of St. Peter’s next week. On Thursday, 15th December, commencing at 6pm the church is hosting a ‘Follow the Star’ event.
You can jump straight into star gazing (weather permitting) and there will be a range of childrens’ activities, seasonal refreshments and a short service including insights into some astronomical wonders delivered by our local expert, Rebecca Whitehead.
And to extend the ‘star’ theme further we’ve come up with a candlelit ‘Graveyard Trail’ that will get you to ‘unearth’ (not literally) some of Haveringland’s former stars! A series of graves will be illuminated, but even so, it’s probably a good idea to bring a torch.
A small band of ‘Friends’ are planning to clean the church tomorrow from 9am, so if you can lend a hand with that, brilliant. If you can help with stewarding, manning children’s activities, refreshments or in some other ways on the night that would be great, just let me know as soon as possible, please.
This promises to be a fascinating evening– with or without clear skies!
If you can’t make this event, may I wish you and yours a very happy Christmas and New Year…maybe we’ll see you at the meeting to firm up next year’s programme on Thursday 16th February commencing at 7.30pm. This is being held at The Old School, Haveringland. I hope you might be able to come along and give us your thoughts; so if you can and it is of interest, please put it in the diary.
Nigel Boldero (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Groundforce Day #3 was on the morning of 22nd October (aka the Great Haveringland Rake-off). This was definitely harder going than our previous efforts; several days of rain meant even modest piles of grass weighed a ton. But undaunted, Brian Canavan and Mary Beatty joined us and the job was tackled systematically so that eventually the whole area was cleared. This will reduce the vigour of the grasses and hopefully see even more wild flowers establish in coming years.
The front section alongwith other areas of tended graves and paths through the proposed meadow habitats were given a closer mowing and will not only look tidy for the winter, but will start to reveal the areas to be regularly mown during the growing season. Alongside this, Mary spent her morning raking up a huge amount of dead fir leaves and branches from under the trees which form the southern boundary inside the wall. This was used as a mulch to cover and hopefully kill off the weeds the other side of the wall.
Although there is plenty which could still be done, this should see it through to the spring when new growth returns. Dates for working parties will be advertised in the magazine as well as on this site or on posters around the parish. If you would like to be on our Friends email contact list, drop a note to email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who has given up their time- some of whom don’t even live in Haveringland – to make such a difference at St. Peter’s. Whether you came once or every Saturday, to borrow a well known phrase, “every little helps!” There have been many favourable comments from visitors both regular and casual who appreciate what has been achieved.
Why not join us for a warm welcome at the Christmas event “Follow the Star” on Thursday 15th December, when there will be lots of stargazing- related activities, a short carol service and refreshments- including mulled wine, mince pies and hot dogs. It kicks off at 6pm.
Deborah and Nigel Boldero
Around 150 people of all ages joined together for a celebration of the growing year at St. Peter’s Church on Sunday.
It was a glorious sunny day as the Aylsham Band played in the Tractor run from Cawston. Following a brief welcoming service in the open air (featuring some well known harvest hymns), people tucked into a range of activities as well as some scrumptious refreshments!
As well as making their own bread and butter children (and some adults) were able to make their own tractors, do some colouring in, sow broadbean seeds and search for worms in the Master Composter wormery. We also had a few interesting standing steam engines on display.
Local history displays accompanied the cakes and teas inside the Church and the churchyard looked suitably ‘spruced up’ after ‘Haveringland Groundforce Day #1’! Beautiful Quilts donated by Gisela Auckland raised £30 in a raffle which, along with other donations on the day, will go towards the upkeep of the church. The afternoon concluded with another brief service at which food stuffs were donated for a local Food Bank.
Thanks to sponsors Ben Burgess and to all who brought equipment, gave money, time and ideas towards the event!