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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

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Groundforce Day…

The weather was perfect for the latest effort to get the churchyard into good fettle. Having cut the grass a few days before, just before the rain, last Saturday saw half a dozen keen gardeners tackling the overgrown drainage channels surrounding the church walls. These are designed to keep water away from the walls and so reduce rising damp, but over the years the channels of cobbles have become over grown with grass and weeds- and the stones just under the surface make for a difficult  mowing experience!

Well we managed to get about half of the walls cleared of growth, and in due course we’ll need to remove the soil from amongst the stones, but for now that can wait, so hopefully we cna finish the job in the autumn, when it will also be time for the next ‘Haveringland Rake Off’ which hopefully will once again see a large group turning out, especially with the promise of more cake!

The Rogation Service held the following day was  a lovely event with the congregation giving thanks for all things natural, and especially seeds sown at this time of year. We even held part of the service in the open air, where we spent a few moments appreciating the beautiful place we live in…the barley starting to push up, the buzzards screeching over head, trees coming into leaf and the churchyard starting to resemble a managed conservation area. It was also great seeing some people new to the church, including a couple from Stratton Strawless who had heard about the event via ‘Nextdoor’.

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Reggie’s Beans

IMG-20170516-WA0002I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful picture of our friends’ son Reggie. Last Harvest time he came along to see me on my stall at the Harvest Festival event at St. Peter’s, where children (and adults) could sow a Broad Bean seed to take home in a pot, nurture on the windowsill and plant out in late autumn…here’s the result! (I must say it’s rather more impressive than my own efforts). Well done Reggie!

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All Creatures Great and Small…

Woofs of delight were heard at the first ‘Pet Blessing’ Service  held on St. George’s Day at St. Peter’s Church. Pets from the parish and beyond came to join in the hymns and make friends…so did their owners!

A good turnout was able to appreciate the newly cleaned church and tidied churchyard, enter a raffle for some pet related prizes and have a nice piece (or two) of cake and tea. The day was cold, in fact it seemed colder inside than out, but this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of all involved.

We had pet and animal related readings and prayers, suitable hymns (‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ was a shoe- in for starters), and some very interesting contributiions from the RSPCA and Pets as Therapy, who brought along a few of their suitably trained dogs, that play such an important role with people who might otherwise lose connections with the world around them. There was even a pet parade and rosettes awarded for the best turned out pets (and owners). All in all a very satsifactory outcome for our first try at something a little different!Thanks to Ken’s Corn Stores, Tesco Aylsham and Pets at Home, Longwater, for their kind donations and sponsorship.

The next service, rather more traditional, will be Rogation Sunday, 21st May, and hopefully, if anyone out there is up for it, a further day of churchyard weeding the day before…watch this space.

After the Service there was a meeting about setting up a new Parochial Church Council for the church and as well as several people wishing to join the Parish Register, five volunteers were duly agreed as the core of the new P.C.C. It’s first meeting will hopefully be soon.

Talking of meetings, if you’re interested in helping to plan and organise events at the Church, please come along to the next planning meeting on May 9th at 7.30pm, to be held at the Old School, School Road, Haveringland.

Nigel Boldero

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The Spring Clean continues

Once again, the parish has been visited by “The Flying Squad” of cleaners,this time at St Peter’s Church.

For the second time within 3 days, parishioners have been giving their time to make a difference. On this occasion, it was the Church which had a deep clean… and the churchyard had its first grass cut of the year. You might recall the plan to create a conservation area here, so much of the churchyard is being left to grow naturally until the autumn. But we also need access, so paths were cut and areas where graves are still being tended cut close, too.

Although the church is not in frequent use, during the winter months, dead flies and bat droppings cover the window sills and pews and need to be removed. After 20 hours of work, it was agreed they HAD made a difference, both inside and out and St Peter’s was ready to open for business at the end of the month.

If you have never been inside, [it is kept locked at present for security reasons], why not take a peek on April 23rd at 2:30 and join “All Creatures Great and Small” the first ‘Pet blessing’ service. It is an opportunity to show off your “best friend” (bring a picture of those departed or unable to be brought along), and meet with others to give thanks for the wonders of nature. There will be a parade of pets, a raffle, refreshments and stalls –  a fun afternoon for everyone!

 

                               

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