Apuldram Around

JANUARY 2020

The annual Carols by Candlelight
took place on 22nd December. The church as always looked very festive, the sconces were filled with glowing candles, foliage lay on the window ledges and the Christmas tree lights twinkled. Moira led a joyful service of familiar readings and carols during which the children built up the crib scene. Afterwards there was a convivial gathering for mulled wine and mince pies.

Welcome back to The Apuldram Centre

who, after an absence of a few years, came back to St Mary’s to hold their Carol Service. The arrival in teeming rain in no way detracted from the excitement, and Moira led a lovely service, assisted by John Sheppard. Everyone fully participated, some doing readings from the Nativity story and all singing carols with great gusto, ably accompanied by Annabel on the organ. Everyone then went through into the Meeting Room for well deserved mince pies.

At the start of 2020
we look back over the past year and give thanks to Moira for her guidance, friendship and pastoral care. We thank all the PCC members for the work they do in maintaining the overall wellbeing of our church. Special thanks go to our Treasurer, Graham, who has kept our finances under control and equally to our churchwarden, Maureen, who has not only continued another year of fulfilling the duties of a churchwarden single handed but also organised the cleaning rota, is Deanery Synod representative, has locked the church each evening during the summer months and carried out innumerable other jobs. We thank Linda who continues to unlock the church each morning during the summer months and helps out in many other ways. To all those who help by way of flower arranging, organ playing, church cleaning, magazine delivering and a myriad of behind the scenes jobs, thank you for all you do to ensure the smooth running of our services and the maintenance of our lovely church. In particular we thank all the Flower Festival team for their work on the hugely successful event in September.

Remembering
Frances Barton whose funeral took place on 28th November. Our thoughts and prayers are with her mother, Valerie, and all her family and friends.

Keep vigilant
For the past few months in Apuldram and the surrounding area there has been an endless stream of reports of break-ins to cars and sheds. In the majority of cases these have been left unlocked – easy pickings! The police will not follow up on these thefts but reporting them does at least make them aware of the extent of the problem.

The Apuldram Parish Meeting
met on Friday evening,13 December. To view the Minutes from this meeting, and previous meetings, visit www.apuldrampm.org.uk The next meeting will be held on 13 May 2020.

St Mary’s Meeting Room
is now available to the community for hire, either by regular users or for one-off events. For further information on availability and rates please contact St Mary’s Meeting Room Administrator at apuldramchurch@gmail.com

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