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December 2018

Local community heroes receive royal merit

British Empire Medals (BEM) awarded to local people in recognition of their contributions to community life.

Ray Peart, William (Bill) Morgan, Byron Jones and Lyndon Baglin were presented with their BEM awards by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, at Shire Hall on Wednesday 17 October 2018. A special awards ceremony was held to honour their contributions to community life.

Ray, 72, sadly lost his sight in 1973 due to an explosion in Northern Ireland, whilst serving with the Gloucestershire Regiment (Glosters). Since then, he has committed himself to raising funds for over 30 charities and good causes both local and international. Ray received his award for his services to injured service personnel and charity.

William, (Bill), 83 has dedicated himself both professionally and in his charitable work to Bristol’s aerospace heritage. He has shown outstanding dedication to preserving the regional history by acquiring planes and returning them to their former glory as museum exhibits.

Byron, 68, has been a professional organist for more than 50 years. He has been committed not only to sharing but also preserving the music of the Theatre Organ. His charity work is intertwined with the concerts he holds. One of the aims of his ‘Music for All’ festivals, as well as providing entertainment for his patrons, is to raise money for charities. He has not only organised many events himself but has also catered for them so that all the proceeds go to chosen charities.

Lyndon, 80 is an ambassador of the euphonium with a career spanning seven decades, including being principal euphonium with some of the finest brass bands in the UK and winning awards throughout his career. Lyndon received his award for his contribution and continued services to brass band music.

Dame Janet Trotter, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, said: “I am proud to have been able to present such a prestigious award to four wonderful gentlemen. The award recognises their hard work and dedication to charity, history and music, for which they should be very proud of what they have achieved”.

A BEM Award is presented to an individual who has shown meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.

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Twas the Night before Christmas Poem
By Clement Clarke Moore

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Now is the best time to adopt thanks to new regional programme

Adoption West is working with local authorities to help people to find out more about adopting during National Adoption Week.

The launch of Adoption West represents an exciting new chapter in how adoption services are provided. local authorities in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire will join together to provide a dedicated adoption service for the children in these areas awaiting adoptive families. The aim of this collaboration between authorities is to deliver an adoption service that offers improved outcomes for both children and those who want to adopt

The move is expected to improve the adoption process; making it simpler for adoptive parents, and quicker so children awaiting adoption are waiting less time. Working regionally expands the pool of adoption-ready parents to match children with and that means children will not be waiting for adoption for as long.

The team at Adoption West pride themselves on welcoming applications from individuals and couples from all walks of life willing to adopt children, including babies and toddlers. There is a particular need at the moment for people to come forward to adopt sibling groups and children with additional needs. There is no upper age limit to adopt and Adoption West is keen to hear from married and unmarried couples, single people, lesbian and gay couples and individuals, those who have their own children, homeowners or those renting a property.

It can now take just six months to be approved as an adopter and as little as three months for second time adopters or foster carers. Adoption West offer a comprehensive support package to adopters, in a bid to make the adoption pro-cess as simple and as smooth as possible for the children and adopters. There has never been a better time to consider adoption in our region.

Cllr Richard Boyles cabinet member for children and young people said: “Finding permanent homes for children in care is a priority for the council. The aim for all children is to give them the best possible life chances, which means offering the opportunity to adopt to the widest possible range of people. We need people from across the region to come forward and consider adoption”.

National Adoption Week, which started on the 15 October 2018, is the nation-wide campaign, organised by First4Adoption. This week is all about raising awareness around adoption and the rewards it brings for children and adoptive families. There is currently a National shortage of adopters, with over 2,000 chil-dren waiting for their forever families nationally.

Adoption West are urging people to think about those children who wait the longest for a loving family. Could you be the family they are looking for?

Adoption West are holding information sessions during National Adoption Week for people to come along and find out more. More information can be found at www.adoptionwest.co.uk.

Alternatively you can call a member of the Adoption West Team on 03303 550333 or find the team on Facebook.

December 2018

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At the time of writing we are full on with the poppy appeal collecting in Tesco and Aldi . As usual the general public are tremendous with their support and our volunteers are exceptional .We started the Appeal with our 10th Annual Poppy plod on 21st October as usual Glos. Athletics Club and Wincanton Logistics provided support . 


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The Tesco Knit and natter group. Hardwicke RBL Men’s Shed in Waterwells along with local schools and Brownies Flutter bugs came together to build a beautiful display in Tesco Foyer lots of hard work went into the display and special thanks go to Tesco and especially Theresa Fisher and Emma Watkins for their support and good humour.

At the end of the first week all is going well . I would like to let everyone know that the sparkles brooches and pins unless bought from the Official poppy shop or Marks and Spencer are probably Chinese fakes flooding the country so it’s buyer beware the money does not go to RBL. 

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Our next branch meeting in December will be a Quiz night open to everyone who would like to join us. Dec. 12th is the date 7-30 start and Teams of up to six £2 per person. Come and join us. 

Hope you all have a good Xmas.

Carol Bratty B.E.M 

Branch President 

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Thank you

T4U Christmas shoebox appeal.
Thank you to everyone.
A total of 60 boxes were filled during and after our workshop at Hardwicke Academy.
60 Smiling faces! 60 very happy children!

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December 2018



Paul Evans came in October with a selection of his monologues, stories and poems. He told a few short stories and then donning scarf and tweed cap read, in character, a poem of changing times. Other poems of how life has changed over the years, particularly with the onset of the new technology, were also amusing.

These were interspersed with well-known poems, such as "The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God" by John Milton Hayes and "I wandered lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth. He recalled a visit he had made to a favourite aunt when he had met Laurie Lee. He then read an excerpt from the author's book "Cider with Rosie". Once again members had enjoyed a very entertaining hour.

At the next meeting Tony Osman - glassblower - gave a most interesting talk and demonstration. Glass is made of three components: 70% Silicon Oxide (sand), 20% Sodium Carbonate and 10% Calcium Carbonate (limestone). This is used for everyday items such as light bulbs. It is the cheapest form but not of poor quality. Glass is pure and may be used more again in the future in supermarkets to replace plastic. There is no danger of chemicals being transferred to the contents.

There is evidence of glass being made in pre-Egyptian times. Molten glass was poured over a mud mould and the mould scraped out when the glass had cooled. We were shown the many qualities of glass and Tony made a decorated perfume bottle from a glass tube to conclude his demonstration.

We meet at Quedgeley Village Hall twice a month. Contact Laura Tremble on 01452 690976 for more details."


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December 2018

We are SO much more than

 'Jam and Jerusalem'



December 2018



Trafalgar Day was celebrated by a beautiful Service held in St,James' Church in Quedgeley that was attended by the County High Sheriff, 5 Mayors, a Town Council Chairman and members of the Royal and Merchant Navies as well as the Emergency Services. 

Led by our Chaplain, the Reverend Canon John Ward, the Service was preceded by a procession of Colours and Standards including the Alacrity Navy Training Group from Portsmouth, the County Standard of the Guides. 

Gloucester Brass played for the hymns and also played music allied to the sea and all who sail or work on her boundless waves. They were brilliant. 

Work has started for the Big Big Show (yes Big Big is right) next June where the Alacrity Band will be displaying, an It's a Knockout, a Dog Show and a Car Rally are already in the draft. 

There is also our Annual Indoor Show at Severn Vale School on the blocks, our 11th visit to Belgium to take part in the Menin Gate ceremony and a visit to Poland to visit the Auschwitz Camp.# 

We have been invited to Portsmouth to the Alacrity Inspection and a visit to the Mary Rose Museum. 

We are a busy and very sociable group that always welcomes supporters, come and join us. We are going to Bath Chrsitmas Market on November 24th and have a Table Top Sale in Quedgeley Village Hall on November 3rd. 

Steve Smith (recently re elected as Chairman, what a privilege). 


December 2018

Gloucestershire County Council 

launches Care Leavers Offer

To mark National Care Leavers Week 24 – 31 October, the council is launched its Care Leavers Offer 2018.

The council has worked with a group of care leavers to produce a booklet which provides advice for young people leaving care.

The Care Leavers Offer 2018 provides information on how care leavers can access support and prepare for living independently as an adult.

It forms part of the council’s role as corporate parents to young people in care and those who have left care. Being a corporate parent means the council has a moral and legal responsibility for all local children and young people in the care system including those who have left care, up to the age of 25.

To celebrate the launch of the Care Leavers Offer 2018, Gloucestershire County Council and Prospects Services are holding an awards ceremony for care leavers in Gloucestershire to recognise their achievements since leaving care.

The award categories are; Educational Achievement, Motivation, Personal Progression, Personal Achievement and Inspirational Young Person. Some of the award winners achievements include securing an apprenticeship after undertaking a programme of education and successfully gaining independent accommodation.

Alison Williams, director of Children & Family Services at Prospects said “We work with young people across the county who may be at risk or in a vulnerable situation. We are pleased to be working with Gloucestershire County Council to produce a care leavers offer that now provides support and provision for young people up to the age of 25. We put the child at the heart of all of our work, but for care leavers it can seem that childhood ends abruptly when they leave care. Children and young people can’t become adults overnight, so we offer a level of care and support to our young people that we would want for our own children and in doing so we help them to develop their potential throughout their lives.”

Cllr Andrew Miller, care leaver champion said “ We have high aspirations for producing a truly child friendly Gloucestershire and as part of this we are now developing a more detailed and ambitious strategy specifically for our care leavers. We will continue to look at how we can take our existing Care Leavers Offer and make it work better for the young people of Gloucestershire.”

For more information and to see a copy of the booklet please visit https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/children-young-people-and-families/care-leavers-offer-2018/

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The story of Donkey Fred 

Old Fred he stands with downcast eye, 

He shakes his head and wonders why, 

This empty meadow for my home 

And I stand sadly here alone. 

He calls to mind a summer day 

And folk who walked the Bridleway, 

Who stayed awhile and had a chat 

And gave old Fred a friendly pat. 

He wonders if it’s true, that when, 

A donkey went to Bethlehem, 

That Mary on his back did ride 

With Joseph walking at her side. 

And now the stars are shining bright 

And darkness falls, once more ‘tis night, 

Now all is quiet, and donkey Fred 

Walks slowly to his humble shed. 

And underneath the starlit beams 

Old Fred the donkey sleeps and dreams, 

With shepherds poor and the wise men 

He walks the road to Bethlehem. 

And one bright star looked down and led 

Old donkey Fred to Jesu’s bed. 

He lowly kneels and with a bray 

Greets Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. 

And Mary said, we thank you Fred 

For coming to our manger bed, 

Tell folk who walk the Bridleway 

You came to us on Christmas Day. 

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 September 2018

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The next walk in the Severnside area will take place on Thursday 13th of
December from the Stable Café at Saul Canal Junction meeting at 10.45 for a 11.00am start.

As ever, the walk can include stiles and field paths, is approximately 2 miles in length and should take a maximum of 1.5 hours.

Future walks will take place in 2019 on Monday 7th January, Tuesday 19th February and Wednesday 13th March. (Note 2019 walks will start at 10.00am).

A customised walk is now available for those “Returning to Walking”. This a short flat walk over firm ground with no stiles (a minimum of 2 walkers are required) For details please contact a walk leader named below. 

For more information, please call Nick on 01452 740265 or Keith on 07811 123700 or alternatively email Nick on nandanailsworth@yahoo.co.uk

or Keith on kparry61@icloud.com


Nick Peters & Keith Parry - walk leaders


The Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a group of patients working with Frampton’s GP surgery to help improve services.


We want to better understand your needs, priorities and issues, so we can work together to deliver the highest quality of health care locally. Please give us any feedback by emailing myppg@framptononsevern.com or by calling Alison Drake on 741988.


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Hardwicke Village Hall


Please email your interest to: chair@hardwickevillagehall.org.uk


Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, GL2 4QA

Registered Charity No.: 279925


December 2018


JOHN DEERE ride on children’s pedal tractor model 7930 

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Length: 114cm Width: 52.5cm , Height: 65.5cm


This tractor has an opening bonnet and adjustable seat. For ages 3 upwards. Mechanical features include a strong 12mm thick rear axle, covered integral fixed wheel chain drive, a pedal crank with eccentric bearing chain tensioning system and anti slip pedals, and a heavy duty front axle with suspension. Colour mainly green with yellow seat and black and yellow wheels. 


COST £157 Will accept £50 

Phone 01452 721392 

December 2018

Having Trouble Sleeping?

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A lack of sleep, or poor sleep quality, is something that we all experience from time to time, but for some it is an ongoing problem that impacts on work, family and the overall health and well-being of the individual. So here are some practical TOP-TIPS that have been proven to aid better sleep.

This keeps your natural time keeping clock healthy (circadian rhythm),
helping you stay awake in the day, and improving night time sleep quality
and duration

This light is emitted from electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and computers. It tricks your brain into thinking it’s daylight – ie time to be awake! The answer is to switch off – or look into some gadgets that are available, that block out blue light

Relaxation techniques before bed can help – read a book, listening to relaxing music, take a hot bath, deep breathing and visualisation

We all know that caffeine is a stimulant. For those who really struggle to sleep – caffeine can stay elevated in the blood for 6-8 hours! So no large amounts after 3-4pm, or stick to decaffeinated

It can confuse your body clock, although it does depend on the individual.
Having a different routine (later bed time) at the weekends, can interfere with your natural time keeping clock (circadian rhythm), and lead to poor sleep

Try to minimise external noise, light and artificial lights (eg alarm clocks). Create a bedroom that is quiet, relaxing, clean and enjoyable, and not too warm (20c is comfortable). Get a comfortable bed and pillow!
Sleep plays a major role in your health and well-being. Poor sleep is linked to diabetes and obesity, so make sleep a top priority in your life.

Terrie Pritchard PDCH, BSCH (Assoc)
Clinical Hypnotherapist

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 December 2018 

Twas the week before 

Christmas– poem for Teachers 

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Twas the week before Christmas and all through the school 

The children were crazy, I was losing my cool! 

Their papers aren’t finished, they don’t want to work 

But when I try to make them, I feel like a jerk! 

I’m tired, I’m cranky, these kids have it coming 

But I stop and think, what a Scrooge I’m becoming. 

So I tune out their chatter and I try to enjoy 

The last days before Christmas with each girl and boy. 

They are so excited and buzz with holiday cheer 

And their homemade presents begin to appear. 

Be-glittered and fashioned with craft sticks and glue 

And of course, there’s a ‘Best Teacher’ mug ...or two. 

The last day, they come as candy crazed creatures 

Then it’s TWO WEEKS of break… 

I love being a teacher!!! 

Amy Oelschlager 

December 2008 

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December 2018

St Nicholas Parish Church, Hardwicke

A warm welcome awaits you at St Nicholas, Hardwicke

Advent and Christmas Services 2018

Urgent Message - We have received notification that Church Lane will be closed for the week from November 12th

Access to the Church will be only possible via Pound Lane


 For this reason we have canecelled the planned Nativity Festival which was due to take place on Saterday December 8th.

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Advent Sundy is December 2nd this year.

This is the season of preparation for Christmas and every Sunday in Advent our main service is at 11.00am

Our Christmas celebrations at Hardwicke Church are as follows:


Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service

 In Church on Thursday December 20th at 7.30pm


Christmas Ece Nativity Crib service 

In Church Monday December 24th, at 4.00pm


Midnight Mass will be at Elmore Chruch this year

Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December, at 11.15pm

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Christmas day Services

In Church, Christmas Family Service at 11.00am 

Sunday after Christmas

On Sunday December 30th there will be a short family Eucharist in Church at 11.00am this will not be a Cafe style Chruch

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Vicar’s Viewpoint 

Advent to Christmas 2018


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The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 2nd and a new horizon lies before us. We begin to look towards the Nativity; the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Long ago the jewish people looked for the arrival of their Messiah, the on who would be God's anoited leader and rescuer and in the birth of Jesus Christians recognize these holes fulfilled.

Christmas is on of the key messages of the Christian Gospel that God in one with us, touching human lives in person

''But for now, this is the time for turning.

The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red to Orange.

The birds are beginning to turn, heading towards the south.

The animals are beginning to turn to store food for the winter.

For leaves, birds, and animals turning comes instinctively.

But fo us, turning does not come easily.


It takes an act of will for us to make a turn.

It means break-in old habits. It means starting all over again.

And this is always painful.


It means recognising that we have the ability to change.

These things are terribly hard to do.


But unless we turn.

we will be trapped forever in yesterday’s ways”


Make a new start at Christmas time this year and like many countless millions across the world ,get up, go to church, and welcome the Saviour of our world.


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Baptism (Christening) or Weddings - phone Fr. Andrew 01452 720015


Email : vicarage@inbox.com      

Our Website : www.hardwickechurch.info


Join us on Facebook – follow us on Twitter: @StNicHardwicke


Bell ringing practice: every Wednesday, 7.30 - 9.00pm Interested in learning? Please come and meet us! tel. Carrie 01452 883882

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English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley Gloucester GL4 ONX is the friendly and welcoming Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics who live in the area where this magazine is distributed. Our usual Sunday Mass time is 9am and you would be very welcome to join us. In the first two weeks of July 2018 the Church will be welcoming the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism to work in partner-ship with the parish and our sister Parish of St Augustine’s Matson 

Christmas Eve Monday 24th December 

7:30pm Christmas Eve Mass with children’s play 

Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 

10:00am Christmas Day Mass. 

Services at St Augustine's: 

Christmas Eve 24th December 

5:30pm Christmas Eve Mass with children participation. 

11pm Midnight Mass 

Every week the normal Sunday Mass at English Martyrs is at 9am and includes Children’s Liturgy of the Word and beautiful music and singing. The mass is followed by tea and coffee in our parish hall. Normally there is also a Mass on Tuesday and Saturday at 10am but please check the latest newsletter which also includes details of our other activities at www.gloucesteremaoc.com

The Mystery of Christmas 

On Christmas Day most of us will receive presents and gifts from family and friends and sit down with some of them for a larger than usual meal. But why? Well the clue is in the word Christmas, it is actually two words made into one Christ and Mass. 

On Christmas Day we remember the birth of Christ Jesus, born in poverty in a stable and wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manager. This is recalled to mind in Christmas cribs in churches as well as outside them and in other places. Mass is the summit of the liturgical life for Catholics and some other Christians and which many will attend from late afternoon on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day. 

In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy and her friends back away from the scary wizard and notice that guy on the side. ‘Pay no attention to that man be-hind the curtain!’ yells the wizard, who wants to instil fear and keep people at a distance. The last thing he wanted was to seen as human. 

Unlike the false wizard, the true God wants to come as close to us as possi-ble. God does not want us to back away, but to approach him with affection and wonder, like the humble shepherds and the curious wise men after Jesus birth. 

Why do we pay so much attention to that baby in a manager, what draws us to the Christmas crib? It is because, paradoxically, that was the best way for God to reveal to us the Infinite Love, which is his divinity, through Jesus’ humanity as a vulnerable baby. 

This is eternal mystery of Christmas. 

May we adore him and may he bless us. 



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Grace Church Quedgeley

www.gracechurchquedgeley.org www.facebook.com/gracechurchquedgeley

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September 2018



Many thanks to everyone who joined us on the 1st Dec for our 

Christmas Fayre. 

Sunday 23rd 10.30 -11.30am Sunday Service 

Monday 24th 6.30-7.30pm Carol Concert 

Monday 24th 11.30pm Communion Midnight Service 

All our usual activities will be carrying on through the month 

Every Monday 2 -3.30pm except Christmas Eve 

Womens fellowship 

A visit from our Minister, Knit and Natter and 

Christmas Celebrations with Carols Readings and Poems 

Every Tuesday Sunbeams except Christmas Day10.00-11.30 

a place for babies and toddlers to socialize and run around 

snacks crafts songs and a variety of toys and play equipment 

Tea coffee and biscuits for parents grandoarents and carers 

Tuesday 18th Dec Drop-in Coffee Morning For ALSORTS 

10.30-12noon Tea Coffee and Toasted Teacakes £1.50 

Books to suit all tastes 40p each or 3 for£1.00 


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Everyone welcome to join us to 

celebrate a special time of year.