Swans W.I. September 2021 meeting report; date of next meeting 7 Oct 21
Valley Art; details
South Newton – St Andrew’s
Extract from Secretary’s Report.
We now have only two regular services a month. The 8 a.m. Holy Communion has been dropped as only 4 or 5 people attended. These people have been able to find alternative services to suit them. Evensong has been held during the afternoon during the winter months and has been attended by a loyal and regular group. Once the clocks changed for summertime we return to Evensong at 6 p.m.
We have incurred various expenses over and above our usual running costs. An electrical problem required the ministrations of an electrician and a full survey of fire appliances had to be carried out. We are required to undertake a full electrical survey to satisfy the Insurance Company. The oil tank is fast needing replacement. All this needs paying for. Hence our outgoings outstrip our incomings.
However, one light in the financial fog is that Derek Blake, together with a band of helpers has kindly taken over the grass cutting and general graveyard maintenance. This has saved us several hundreds. They undertook the enormous task of clearing the graveyard extension and together with Chris Swanton, our farm neighbour, clearing and removing all the detritus, and erecting and treating a new fence. Since then beech saplings have been planted and will be allowed to grow to the top of the fence height. Thanks to the incredible generosity and hard work of these people this has cost us nothing.
We still badly need offers of help. If you would like to do some flower arranging, brass cleaning or general cleaning in the church it would be greatly appreciated and you might even enjoy its therapeutic value!
Another area where we could do with more volunteers is the delivery of the magazine every month. This is a task right up the street of those wanting to keep fit! One or two of our usual deliverers have had to give up so someone else has had to double up on their round. If you feel you could help in any way please contact Mary Dicker on 01722 744901.
But we do thank everyone who is already doing any of these tasks, which is contributing to the well-being of your village church and local community.
We have been so pleased to welcome some residents of Glenside to our services. We are really happy to have them with us.
Again we must express our gratitude to Malcolm for being our organist. What a dull gathering we would be without him.
Who knows what next year will bring. We trust in the Lord to guide us into the future.
The Reverend Jonathan Plows
St Andrews Church may close without support.
Dear Fellow Residents,
We hope that you and your families are well. We are writing to ask for your help. John and Steve from your Parish Council have met with the Rector, the Rev’d Jonathan Plows, and Mark Pountain, Vice Chair of the Church Parish of Wylye and Till Valley and Church Warden of St Andrew’s Church, to discuss the situation as set out in the attached survey.
To help us develop a plan for St Andrew’s Church over the next few years, we would be very grateful if you would complete a short questionnaire and the link is below. You do not have to include your personal details and we will NOT be passing your thoughts onto anyone else. If you have any queries, please contact John Derryman on [email protected] or Steve Black on [email protected].
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey - your views and support are vital.
Best wishes from Reverend Jonathan Plows, Mark Pountain, John Derryman and Steve Black.