June 18th 6.00 pm
to everyone who was involved.
was a lot of thought and hard work went into it.
had a total of just under 250 visitors. Many
of them said as they left that they felt “uplifted” by their visit.
raised £1,464 for the church and £1,218 for the NGS and its charities.
This year their Gardens & Health Beneficiary is The National Autistic
Well Done everyone!
OPEN DAY PLANT STALL
At our Annual vestry
Meeting on 28th April we expressed
our gratitude to the retiring Church Wardens; Prue Edwards, Roger Smith and
Christine Thomas. They have given
freely of their time and talents to our church and having served their time they
were due to stand down. On behalf of
you all I expressed our gratitude to them for all their hard work.
With 4 Church Wardens
we benefited from their different capabilities and experience and we also
benefited from the additional time that was the result of having 4 people
We now have 2 Church
Wardens. We are very grateful to
Hugh McMichael for agreeing to continue and also to Francis Jones for
volunteering to pick up the baton.
Many churches have to
manage with either 1 or non Church Warden so we are very fortunate.
With less man-hours available more will need to be done by the rest of us
or we just accept it not being done at all.
For example, I remind
Sidesmen of the various tasks that they are asked to fulfill when they are on
duty. If any have mislaid their
piece of paper I will happily provide another copy.
There will be other
jobs such as:
wearing the Yellow Waistcoat and helping members of the
congregation across the road;
ensuring that we have adequate supplies of such critical
items as toilet rolls, candles etc.,;
Readers will need to
make sure that they find a substitute for their reading when they find they are
unable to be present.
We will all need to
be on the lookout for what might be missing or needs to be done.
Anyone who has
attended what became known as a “team-building exercise” will recall how the
aim was for each person to watch for what needed to be done and respond without
Volunteers to help at Lyttelton Well
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).
We are looking
for volunteers for the Readers’ Rota, Coffee Rota, Sidesman and the Flower
month, please pray for those who manage The Well from day to day.
business manager; John, bookshop manager; and Catherine, café manager.
Pray too for their assistants, Gemma and Becky. Thank God for their
wisdom, energy and vision.
DISTRICT STROKE CLUB
small friendly Club has been running for many years at Somers Park Avenue
Methodist Church Hall and there are spaces to welcome more! If you, a friend, a
family member or neighbour have suffered a stroke and have lost the courage to
go out and meet people, then do give Moyra, or me, a call. The Club meets
fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.30-4.30pm and we have a programme of
lots of different things to do for the first hour, followed by tea, cakes,
conversation and the opportunity to meet people who may have similar experiences
more information, please ring:
Shand or Anna Byers 01905 830741 - 01684 541089
you like to have a valuation of you precious items,
sale or insurance purposes, without fear of fraud.?
trusted member of our congregation will do this
you for a small charge.
more information please ring; 562922
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper
and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. I've gone for
30 years now,' he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000
sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them so, I
think I'm wasting my time and the priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons
This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the
Editor's column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until
someone wrote this clincher:
I've been married for 58 years now. In that time my wife has
cooked some 64,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire
menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished
me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me
these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to
church for nourishment, I would be
spiritually dead today!
When you are DOWN to nothing....God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
THE FLOWERS OF ALL THE TOMORROWS ARE IN THE SEEDS OF TODAY.”
year has been busy for the flower arrangers. No sooner had we taken a breath
from Christmas/ Easter/ Open Day festivals than it seemed that we had a flurry
of weddings. The latter seem to come with more requests than ever but we are
always prepared to meet a challenge! The results often mean that we have some
remarkable displays in church which last for ages.
is time to prepare the rota for next year and I must thank all those who stay
year after year. However we can always do with extra hands! If you would like to
volunteer please contact me, in church ,
by email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or by ‘phone – 01684 575753.
thanks and appreciation to the congregation for donating so generously for
festivals and to the flower ladies who work so hard to create some really
astounding arrangements. Your time and effort is so valuable and so rewarding.
It is also a time of great fellowship, especially at
with chatter and laughter and a sense of belonging to a community which extends
beyond the art of flower arranging.
Thank you, Barbara
Skidding on our car park?
In an attempt to help
with this problem we have had several tonnes of the gravel moved from the bottom
part where it was deepest and spread over the top part and the whole area has
been flattened.. The following advice may help be helpful
Weight on driving
wheels helps prevent skidding. On a hill, more of the weight of the car is
transferred to the downhill wheels so you are less likely to skid if your
driving wheels are downhill.
Nearly all modern
cars are driven by their front wheels so if you want to reduce the chance of
skidding (and churning up the gravel ), consider parking facing DOWNHILL! (For the technically minded, this is a different issue from the advantage
of front wheel drive on slippery or snowy roads: this is to improve steering
If you want to know
about people on the PCC there is a list of them with their photographs in the
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
you all very much for your continued support of the Food Bank.
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
Parish Share – a fresh
Parish Share - that is, the amount we pay towards the
running of the Diocese and its work - accounts for over 70% of our annual
outgoings. In 2017, our Share stands at £47,877 Parish Share is used to
pay for clergy stipends, clergy pensions, housing and training for other
parishes in the diocese. Although we
benefit only indirectly from most of these expenditures, our Share helps to
underpin the fundamental structure of the Church of England in our diocese and
we should be part of a much weaker organization if we failed to contribute to
Our Share has risen steadily over the years,
we managed to pay it in full for many years. This may well not be possible in
future. Based on last summer’s assessment of average income in each parish
within the Malvern Deanery, there has been a major reallocation of Share.
As a result, the proportion of the Share allocated to us has been sharply
increased. We are not the only church to have seen its Share go up, and some
smaller and much poorer parishes have had a reduction. On balance this seems
fair, though it does mean we are faced with a considerable additional
The upshot is that in 2012 we were asked to provide an
extra 5% annually over the next few years, until our Share reaches the revised
allocation level of over £39,000 by 2017. The bill has now reached
£47,877. It is a huge extra amount and we need to find ways of dealing with
it. It would, in theory, be open to
us to ignore the increased allocation and continue to pay at the existing rate,
thereby clocking up a notional debt. But the Diocese is dependent for its many
activities on the financial support of its constituent parishes. The PCC
therefore believes that we should do our best to pay as much of the higher Share
There are few options open to us in this situation,
other than to ask members of the congregation to help by increasing their
regular giving, although the PCC will be examining all possibilities. Members of
congregation already give generously and these are not
the best of economic times. But given especially the increased challenge we
face, please do anything you can to help.
congregation already give generously and these are not
the best of economic times. But given especially the increased challenge we
face, please do anything you can to help.
In particular, it is very important
that any regular giver who pays tax and who is not yet registered for Gift Aid,
should sign up to that scheme. It costs nothing, is entirely confidential, and
increases the value of every pound given to £1.25. The easiest way to do this
is to participate in either the weekly envelope or the standing order plans. Our
Treasurer, Peter Williams, will be happy to advise on how this can be done.
The Cure of Souls at Little Malvern
Priory from 1989.
At Easter 1989 the
Revd Edward Cox retired from Little Malvern Priory.
The Church then became part of a United Benefice with All Saints (The
Wyche) and St Peter’s (the Wells) led by the Vicar the Revd Michael Dunn.
Little Malvern Priory wished to continue wih its own minister and after
advertising the Post I was appointed honorary Curate to All Saints, St Peter’s
and Little Malvern Priory in 1990. This
was an honorary appointment as I was a Non-Stipendiary (I earned my living
working in industry and carried out my ordained ministry on a voluntary basis).
I was given special responsibility for Little Malvern Priory and so we
agreed on the title of Chaplain.
When the Malvern Deanery was undergoing a re-organisation,
Team Ministries and Group Ministries were under consideration.
It was agreed that Little Malvern Priory should be made a Benefice in its
own right so that it could retain its Lay Patron.
This was the situation before Edward Cox retired.
After the Revd Michael Dunn retired he was replaced by the
Revd Graham McNamee. I continued in
an honorary position but with special responsibility for Little Malvern Priory
as Chaplain. At Graham McNamee’s
Induction the Archdeacon (the Ven. Frank Bentley) said to me “listen to the words of the licence,
we are going to make legal what is illegal”.
When the Revd Graham McNamee retired All Saints was joined
with St Andrew’s church and there was then a question of how to deal with
Little Malvern Priory. It was
decided by the Diocese to suspend the Lay Patron’s (Alex Berington) Right of
Presentation and make the appointment one of Priest in Charge.
So on 14th May 2000 I was
Licensed as Priest in Charge (Non-Stipendiary) of Little Malvern Priory.
That Licence expired in 2012. So
the question was again raised about what to do about Little Malvern Priory?
The conclusion was to restore the Lay Patron’s Right of Presentation of
During the last few months of 2012 representations were made
by the Bishop, the Archdeacon and two members of the PCC to the Archbishop Rowan
Williams requesting him to invite me to become the Incumbent of Little Malvern
Priory. I received that Invitation in December and duly accepted.
As a result of this the Right of Presentation by the Lay Patron is being
Although we had a Service of Licensing on 14th May 2000 we now need
to have a Service of Induction, Institution and Installation in order to
officially recognise this change in my legal status and the Restoration of the
Right of Presentation by the Lay Patron. So
after all that we will be back almost to where we were in 1989.
I say ‘almost’ because the position from 16th June will be that of
Now I have written this to help you understand what is happening on the evening of 16th June. I have written it more or less from memory and so there are gaps such as dates. Perhaps those of you who wish to add more detail would kindly let our Archivist have the information and he can compile a fuller account for the records.
For your information the following definitions apply:
Presentation The act, by a registered patron, of presenting a priest to fill a benefice.
in Charge A priest given charge of a parish by licence of the bishop. (S)he has not been presented and
therefore does not own the benefice property.
Incumbent The freehold owner of a benefice - can be either a rector or a vicar
- with responsibility for the cure of souls.
Supporting Minister (Non Stipendiary Minister) A deacon or priest who does not
receive a stipend or clergy pension or a house but supports himself or herself
from his or her own resources. An SSM may hold an office, such as incumbent or
team vicar, which would usually be a stipendiary one.
Church Crossing Patrol and The
Despite the 40mph
limit, many vehicles speed round the downhill bend on the A4104 which separates
Little Malvern Priory from its car park. This situation could put
members of the
congregation, particularly the more elderly
or infirm, at risk when crossing the road. The Deputy Church Wardens have
therefore initiated a “Church
Crossing Patrol”. Now, Clive Prue And Roger will don their (highly prized)
yellow high visibility waistcoats every Sunday to assist those crossing the road
at the busiest times of arrival and departure of the congregation. If you do not
need assistance please do not be offended by an offer, but if you do need it
they are there to help.
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALVERN
– Mrs Chris Bray -
Secretary Mrs Jenny Bull
20 Crown Lea Avenue
10 Christ Church Road
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.
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
you wish to join ‘the team’ please let me know, in person, by phone –
01684575753, or email: email@example.com
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!
We will be floodlighting the church for an hour or two every Sunday evening during the winter months. If you have a special occasion that you think would be suitably commemorated by floodlighting the church at any time, please ask one of the churchwardens. There is no set fee for this but something to cover the cost of the electricity would be welcome.
MIND THE GAP!
It is marvellous that at our little church we get an average of 50 people a Sunday. However it does mean quite a number of drivers need to leave vehicles in the car park. Could you therefore try to park as close as is reasonably possible to the next car so that we make the best use of the space available.
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