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St Mary the Virgin Update
- September 2019

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So, what is the latest news on the skyline?  Apart from Boris J, and the never to be forgotten BR**** decision, very little of interest, depending of course on your point of view or interest locally, nationally and internationally!  Oh yes, I forgot to mention the five days of intense heat; Jan and I were on a short break away, and we really suffered; but thanked the Lord for the air conditioning in the hotel and the coach. Never again!
However, recently in Thorpe Arnold village, we had a great Village Fun Day, with our lovely church full of visitors, and our village hall being overtaxed with folk eating their way through cakes and sandwiches, cups of tea and coffee and squash.  The church had a variety of entertainment laid on with the U3A Silver Tones and Generation Gap providing beautiful sounds to suit all tastes. Chris Lynott read out his own composed poetry, the Art Group had put up some outstanding art pictures, and Terry showed off a number of his collected vintage musical instruments. 
The weather could have been kinder, but didn’t stop a tent with tombola being
popular, a marquee with quality second hand clothing proving in great demand, and Sue (Hattie) the clown running around with balloons and circus antics. 
Over the main road in the farm yard field there was a number of pet dog competitions with great prizes. And up in the village car park, our keen car park attendant kept a close vigil on all four wheeled vehicles! Well done David, you have the job next time around!
This Fun Day took a lot of organisation, much preparation, and above all depended on a lot of enthusiastic supporters giving of their time and effort. The DCC, our congregation, and the village hall committee deserve a big thank you for all efforts before and on the day; and the next day when it rained and the ‘tentage’ still had to be taken down and packed away!
Earlier on in the month, an enjoyable Art Is Fun evening took place in the village hall, a two-hour session for budding Monets, complete with Jan’s refreshments and all materials provided. Terry would like to set up a follow up session probably in September.
 Money toward the church roof repairs continues to build up, small amounts sometimes, but very welcome, and proving that the willingness is there among our church followers. 
Our church will be open for the annual Ride & Stride on the 14th September, and our Coffee and Book Swap morning on Saturday 21st
September. All are very welcome to take part, man the church door, or lounge and chat in the village hall!
All these activities are fine, and essential to our Christian outlook, but it’s Sundays that I really enjoy, the church services in our peaceful little village church. Recently we have had Revd Peter, Revd Mary, and Revd Graham visiting us. They are always welcome, with their topical and challenging addresses. Long may they reign.        

Jan and Terry Ide

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