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PCC MATTERS

The PCC met on the 15th October.

 Chris West's feedback from the 16th September parish review meeting had to be postponed until the next PCC on the 3rd December.

 We talked about the Parish Share which is the money the parish gives annually to he Diocese. We know that all parishes are finding this very challenging.

 Concerning the LMP building :

We are delighted with the new notice-board in the car park. This enables us to bring to everyone's attention forth-coming events and general information.

Helped by Ron Ward's efforts the organ has been given Listed status. This is very exciting and hugely positive for Francis Jones as he applies for grants to assist with the cost of the restoration which is happening in early 2019.

There is an awareness of the need to smarten up the porch area at the entrance to the Little Priory.

Malcolm Macleod is putting together our 'Parish Profile'. This is information about our church, relevant to those interested in becoming our future incumbent.

Margaret Bryer is the new Safeguarding Officer.

Alison Hunka is organising a 'Come and Sing ' performance of Stainer's' Crucifixion '. Accompanied by John Wilderspin, this will be on 13th April, ( the day before Palm Sunday )

The PCC is pleased to share with you the subjects that we discussed. We are aware of the responsibility of guaranteeing a sound future for Little Malvern Priory.

If there is any matter which you would like raised by the PCC Please speak to a Churchwarden and it will be considered at the following meeting.

 

Alison Hunka

 

APPEAL

This time it’s not for money but help as to where to find it!

As you are aware the refurbishment of the organ at Little Malvern Priory requires a substantial amount of money to be spent on it. Whilst we welcome all gifts we need to start looking at organisations who might fund us. You might know of groups, societies, clubs, corporations, firms who look beneficially on causes such as ours. These might be local or national, small or large.

Every penny that we can raise will help. If you have even a vague idea about where to look or names of agencies please speak to one of our churchwardens – Alison Hunka, Frank Jones, Malcolm MacLeod.

Alternatively email -  beesteele@btinternet.com

All suggestions are welcome.

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   Thank you all for your loyal and continuing financial support for Little Malvern Priory.

These are not the easiest of times for domestic budgets and it is very heartening that members of the congregation have managed cheerfully to maintain their regular giving. Your generosity makes a vital contribution to the running of the church and the continuance of its historic mission, particularly as we are constantly facing increases in our costs. Don’t forget that if you are a UK taxpayer and make a Gift Aid Declaration the church can recover income tax on your donation.

If you would like to make a Declaration, have a word with Ken Anstiss (tele: 01684 592215).

 

 

   

FIRST AID BOX

Following a recent tumble in the churchyard it was realised  that it was not widely known that we do have a First Aid box. This is to be found in the boiler room on the left-hand side on the shelf. Please feel free to use this in any minor injury occurring at the church. If you would kindly let the churchwardens know what you have used it will help us to keep it well stocked and ready for use.

 

MALVERN FOOD BANK

Thank you all very much for your continued support of the Food Bank.

Yes a much larger store room is now needed and the demand  is greater so we must continue in our generous giving, as you so readily do.

                                                                                                                    Best wishes

                                                                                                                                                               Ann Henderson  

   

 

                              CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALVERN

           Chairman – Mrs Chris Bray    -    Secretary Mrs Jenny Bull

              20 Crown Lea Avenue                    10 Christ Church Road

               Malvern                                           Malvern

                                                                                                                                     

                              01684 560920                                   01684 561307

                               email: cbray@waitrose.com             email: jennybull10@btinternet.com

 

 Farming Community Network

 

Farming itself is not in crisis, but many people in the farming community are experiencing serious problems related to their business or their personal lives. These problems include animal diseases, such as Bovine TB, veterinary regulations and agricultural bureaucracy, the effects of the weather, rising costs and debt, isolation and loneliness. Some are having to face up to making radical changes to their businesses or even leaving agriculture altogether. In many cases not only is a job at stake, but also a home, a way of life and a family tradition. There can be intense feelings of bewilderment, anger, frustration and despair, and often overwhelming fatigue.

 Farm Crisis Network (FCN) is a UK network of volunteer groups drawn from the farming community and rural churches, ready to ‘walk with’ farming people and their families as they strive to resolve such problems. For some all that is needed is an opportunity to talk with somebody sympathetic and not directly involved. Others may need someone to support them for many weeks or months. FCN volunteers are prepared to relate to all aspects of the situation and have links with sources of professional help where needed. FCN has its own Business Support Group and it works closely with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Arthur Rank Centre Addington Fund and where necessary with the Samaritans.

FCN provides a national Helpline which is manned from 7am to 11pm every day of the year, with an answerphone between these hours. It has over 300 active volunteers spread across England and Wales in County based Groups, which provide a visiting service to deliver practical and pastoral support to farming people and families. Following the production of a report 2 years ago into the human costs of the impact of Bovine TB, FCN has been contracted by DEFRA to provide a sympathetic interface between farmers suffering from the effects of Bovine TB and the perceived bureaucracy of Animal Health officials. Whilst DEFRA now provides some funding to cover the additional work involved, FCN still relies primarily on donations from churches and members of the public to fund the work of its volunteers and limited administrative overheads. In these difficult economic times, it is struggling to raise sufficient funds and County Groups are now having to address the challenge of raising funds, as well as carrying out their primary support role.

   

Church Flowers

 

Flowers are a gift to the glory of God and whilst they are not necessary in a church they do remind us of God’s creation. The purpose of flowers in church is to add beauty. They are not there to dominate or distract from the purpose of worship. It is for this reason that normally there is only one arrangement placed by the side of the altar. During festivals such as Christmas and Easter we are more abundant with our displays in the main body of the church.

I am sure that the beautiful flower arrangements which enhance Little Malvern Priory are much appreciated by us all and we are constantly grateful to our talented flower arrangers. However, for the coming year a few of the team of arrangers are having to relinquish or reduce their commitment for various reasons and we should be very grateful if there are any members of the congregation who would like to come along and join the team.

We are always grateful for the generous donations made by the congregation for festivals. For the majority of the year however, the flowers and greenery are provided by the flower arrangers themselves. This generosity as well as their time and effort is truly appreciated.

 Should you wish to join ‘the team’ please let me know, in person, by phone – 01684575753, or email: beesteele@btinternet.com 

Barbara Steele

 

  Photographs

I have been given a recently rediscovered photo album of “Friends of Little Malvern Priory” social events up to Harvest Festival 1996.

This is a delightful album, and, wonderfully, has titles underneath with everyone’s names. A Godsend for a forgetful person like myself!

I think it would be lovely to resurrect this idea and to include all events associated with Little Malvern Priory, not just the Friends events.

Is there a photographer out there who would be prepared to coordinate the continuation? (Or even someone who would cajole others into taking the odd photo and then collating them)

Please do consider whether you could volunteer for this. Such records are a legacy for others and a great joy to look through, bringing back special memories and friends. No doubt more important as we all grow older.

If you would like to know more, or have a look at the photos we have, do contact either me (Anne Burge 01684 569225) or…. Valerie/Eric Knowles.

And if you have any photos of events since 1996 and could spare a copy for an album, that would be great. Happy snapping!

Anne Burge

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