Prestbury Parish Magazine
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Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust
Sponsored Ride/Walk 1999
Saturday 11th September 1999 was a great day for the Trust. The annual sponsored Ride/Walk, in which 156 churches/chapels participated, raised £41,481. This averages £266 per church. In Prestbury as a whole we did better than that, £506 from St. Mary’s and £188 from St. Nicolas’, but came nowhere near the Challenge Shield winners, St. Edward’s, Evenlode, who raised £3,684!
This year’s Ride/Walk is planned for Saturday 9th September. Start training now and let’s see how much we can raise this year.
I know that many people in our parish take an active interest in this society which is, after all, our own Society caring for children. Perhaps you don’t know that our local branch has a number of events coming up in the near future so here is a note of some of the things on offer:
There is a free Quiz pack available to help you organise a fun evening to test people’s knowledge of the last 100 years and raise funds for the Society.
If you believe that ‘Every child deserves a decent chance in life’ then you believe everything that the Society stands for.
For further details of these and other events please contact me (Frank Merrett, Voluntary Staff Member of the Children’s Society) or our Area Fundraising Manager, Pauline Granger on 01452 612535 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a busy full time executive. I wear a suit to work and spend 5 days a week tied to a desk handling policy, personnel and practical problems. Stress is my middle name!
Once a week though, I “go home on time”, change from my suit to a sweatshirt and realise that for girls growing up in Prestbury there are more pressing concerns than answering an e-mail or getting that all important presentation right. I’m a Guider. I’m not a “do-gooder” or a “goody-goody”. I am an ordinary harrassed, over-worked woman who thinks that being a friend and mentor to young people is something that really matters in this hurly-burly world. Becoming a teenager is not easy. There are pressures to conform, to dress in the latest style, to get good grades at school, to cope with the pace of the modern world and make life-changing decisions when some mornings you don’t even want to get out of bed. Guiding provides a space so that girls can explore, experiment, laugh, get dirty and have a go at things they haven’t tried before. The girls learn for themselves about how to work in a group, achieve something difficult or make a difference to someone else, sometimes putting their own wishes last so they can help another girl do something really special.
A Guider is a facilitator not an expert, she has to be able to listen and communicate but more than anything, she has to be able to suspend reality - leave the job and the day-to-day concerns behind and be herself for a couple of hours. To be a Guider is to take responsibility for the well-being of the girls when they are with you, but the personal benefit is great too - it is also a huge pleasure to see girls blossom and achieve independence and confidence, knowing that you have been a little help along the way.
I am leaving the UK this summer having had the chance to learn from many girls in this area. We desperately need more adults willing to give Guiding a try if we’re to carry on giving girls living near St Nicolas’ church this unique opportunity to develop and learn. If you want to turn up, switch off and make a difference, perhaps Guiding is for you. Interested?
It is time for the Annual Easter Cleanup in the churchyard and this is on April 15th, the day before Palm Sunday. We need as many of us as possible, armed with any garden implements or willing to use the motor mowers and strimmer and also to barrow the rubbish to the skip. Morning is best (coffee will be provided!) but there will still be activity in the afternoon. There will be a chance to send off for a fish & chip lunch! Please come!
We are still in need of someone to act as a link between the volunteer grass mowers through the summer. One vital task is to ensure that there is always petrol available for the machines. Is there someone who could just look after this aspect? Please speak to David Lyle or Ken Bradbury.
The stream should soon be coming back to the churchyard! It is apparently not just a ditch but an official watercourse with the lovely name of “The Noverton Brook”. It is not entirely natural, being in part a “leet” or man-made watercourse. I imagine that its use was to divert the water flow into the mill stream which it joins opposite the Little Priory. This would have provided more water to the mill where the Marshes’ house is. However another story is that it was to provide water to the Priory when it WAS a priory. If that is true, then it was probably not drinking water, but for ‘ablutions’!
According to the Council, the brook is blocked in the Idsal House area, due to problems with the trees and the wall. Before it became blocked, the Council had installed a “weir” higher up under the High Street so that if the flow became too great, then it overflowed into the main sewer. The blockage seems to have meant that the WHOLE flow has been going that way all the time, which would not please the water authorities. Work should have started on the 31st March, but it is not known how long it will take.
Church Flower Rota Easter 2000 - Easter 2001
I am preparing the new fortnightly rota for the flowers in St Mary’s church for the High Altar and the Side Chapel. I presume that those already on the list are happy to continue. If anyone else would like to be included, or others feel they would like to make a change, please let me know as soon as possible.
Our Annual Meeting will have to be arranged too - so watch this space for news of the time and date. Spring is on the way!
This month’s musician is Chris.
The French horn is a brass instrument and has 7 metres of tubing. It is the hardest instrument there is because you can blow different notes by changing the shape of your mouth. I play in the training band and the wind band at Cleeve School. I have been playing for 1¼ years. My favourite piece of music is Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat which I played in a concert with windband. I like playing it because it is loud.
Chris Rudge, aged 12
The Hall and kitchen are now registered with Cheltenham Borough Council for use by a Play Group and are, therefore, subject to the Environmental Health Regulations, which include periodic inspection.
The Environmental Health Department have kindly provided two posters, which, together with a Health and Safety Notice, are on a wall in the kitchen. They cover such things as personal hygiene, tidiness, food preparation and handling and storage procedures, based on good practice and common sense.
A requirement of the Regulations is that ALL users of the kitchen are now asked to study the Notice and posters and comply with the relevant parts.
Please take the time to read the information before you next use the kitchen.
Alan Jackson, Secretary, Hall Committee
Gold Cup Parking
£1400 was raised at St. Nicolas’ during Gold Cup Week. Many thanks to everyone who helped with coffee-making and car-parking.
Bible Reading Fellowship
Several of us find these daily Bible reading notes very helpful. There are two versions: New Daylight, in which a short passage from the Bible is printed for each day, followed by a commentary and a prayer or reflection; and Guidelines, which does not print the Bible passage, in order to make room for more detailed comments.
The notes are produced three times a year, in May, September and January, and a year’s subscription costs £8.55. If you would like to begin subscribing in May, or if you need further information, please contact Peter Brown at St. Mary’s or Paddy Spurgeon at St. Nicolas’.
Now that a wonderful fixture in the Parish Calendar, the Annual Parish Dinner in January, is sadly, for various reasons, no more; before the memory of it fades, may we, doubtless with many others, pay tribute, albeit belatedly, to all those who made this unique event possible.
Cheerfully giving of their time and talents, year after year, at a very busy season, this admirable team provided a brilliantly organized and executed festive evening, including a fun entertainment, for young and old alike, seemingly without effort, but actually involving varied and tireless work, behind the scenes.
So, thank you for all the pleasure you gave, in every way!
Basil and Molly Walter
Term ends on 6th April, and then we have a month off for Easter. Next term will start on Thursday 4th May. If there are any pianists who would like to join the rota, please ring me.
Rockers began in June 1975. Here in the magazine last year I mentioned the possibility of organising a Silver Jubilee Reunion this summer, and asked people to contact me. There has been some response but not a lot - a few local ex-Rockers have expressed an interest; two others have written to me. I have therefore decided not to try and organise a big event.
However, we shall celebrate our 25th birthday in the usual way on the appropriate Thursday afternoon in church, and we shall hold our annual Garden Party (weather permitting) near the end of term. Former Rockers, both children and parents, are very welcome to attend both these events, details of which will be available nearer the time.
Thursday Morning Eucharist
We have raised £300 for “Let the Children Live”.
After the weekly service at 10.30am in St. Mary’s we meet socially for a cup of coffee and biscuits and we all usually pay 50p for this.
This function started on 18th February 1999. What a wonderful result in one year. Thank you everyone for your support.
It would be great to see some new faces there. Look forward to seeing you.
Cheltenham Passion Play 2000 - Prayer Diary
Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday 9th April at 6.30pm
This is an important event in the life of
The Annual Vestry Meeting
Annual Day of Prayer
Saturday 8th April 2000, Gloucester Cathedral, 10.00am - 3.30pm.
This will be a day led by Angela Ashwin (author of ‘Heaven in Ordinary’), exploring links between our private prayer and worship in church.
The cost is £5 per head. For more information, see the posters on the notice boards or speak to Fr. Michael.
We continue to meet monthly and would welcome any newcomers. We pray for the needs of the parish and the wider world and would be happy to see you, please phone Beryl for directions. The dates of the next three meetings will be Wednesday 5th April, Thursday 4th May and Tuesday 6th June.
Advance notice of a Missionary Evening to be held in St.Nicolas’ Church on Wednesday 10th May. At 7.30pm, Fr. Michael will preside at a Eucharist according to the South African Rite. The Eucharist will be followed by a talk, illustrated with slides, on mission work in South Africa. The talk will be given by a USPG representative. We support USPG with our missionary giving - come and find out what that money is used for!
Prestbury Parish Magazine - April 2000
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