Dec 15

Halloween Party

Lots of ghosts and ghouls came and enjoyed playing games organised by Wendy Griffiths and Sally Swann. One of these involved being blindfolded and pinning the spider on its web, wizardly tricky to do. Putting an After Eight on your forehead and then, without touching it, wriggle it down your face to your mouth was fun and messy. Then there were ghostly charades.
Everyone brought food and tucked in to toffee apples and witches’ fingers (sausages).
It was lovely to see so may children in our Village Hall.

Dec 15

Poppy Collection

Thank you to everyone who helped with the village door to door collection and every-one who donated. The village collection raised £555.87 for the British Legion.
Many Thanks
Tony Freer

Dec 15

Remembrance Sunday

This year marked 100 years since the Armistice which ended the First World War, and the occasion was marked by a service in the church followed by prayers, the reading of the names of the dead and a hymn at the War Memorial outside the Village Hall, before the two minutes silence at 11.00.
The weather which had been cold and damp at the start of the morning cleared and by 11.00 the sun had come out and shone warmly on the congregation.
Coffee and cake were served in the Village Hall and people were able to admire the display of memorabilia from both World Wars and later which Dave Froggatt had laid out in the hall.
At 12.30 bells in churches all over the country were rung to remember the end of the conflict and parishioners were invited to come to St Marys to try heir hands at campanology under the guidance of Peter, Betty and Michael.

Dec 15

Monday December 24th – 8.00pm

St Mary Magdalene, Ashford Carbonel
Monday December 24th
A Service of Carols and
Come and join us to start your Christmas on a joyous note by singing your
favourite carols and listening to uplifting stories and poems.

Dec 10

Finding your Feet – Tuesday 11 Dec @ 7:30pm


Our next film is on Tuesday 11th December: 7.30pm
FINDING YOUR FEET – Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall
On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. Shocked, she finds her aspirational world turned upside down as she approaches the ‘third age’ of her life. Unable to deal with what she considers the shame of her predicament, she goes into exile with her estranged bohemian sister, who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate and is a keen member of a senior citizens dance group based at London’s Sadler’s Wells.
This may sound a rather sad story but it must be one of the most hilarious films of the year!
Tickets are £5 (no booking required) and as usual the bar will be open.

Dec 10

Autumn Coffee Morning

The Festive season got off to a lovely gentle start on Saturday November 10th with the Autumn Coffee Morning, in aid of St Mary Magdalene church.
A cup of coffee plus a selection of delicious cakes were available to be ooh’d and ahh’d over whilst sitting chatting with friends.
There was a chance to win prizes on the tombola and raffle stalls, and shopping for presents before purchasing more home-made cakes to take home. As well as a wide range of Traidcraft goods to choose from, we also discovered how talented the Hughes family is when it comes to crafts! Items made by three members of the family were on sale: coloured glass ornaments made by Ann, insect houses and pyrography amongst other lovely gifts made by Jane, and exquisite jewellery made by Sarah.
Thanks go to all those who made cakes to sell, manned the stalls, and of course came to spend their money! Almost £400 was raised for church funds.
Julia Hall

Dec 03

Living Nativity – 14th Dec @ 6pm

You are all invited to a Street Art Performance of the Nativity which will be held on the Playing Field in Ashford Carbonel on Friday 14th December at 6.00pm.

There is no cost. We will finish in the Village Hall with free hot chocolate and mince pies. Come and join us, in the unfolding of the most wonderful Christmas story.

Bring appropriate clothing and torches or lanterns.

Come and follow Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem. Meet the Shepherds and Angels, and follow the Three Kings to where baby Jesus lies.

This is a ” Community, Home Production” but it needs your HELP!!! Does anyone know of a donkey who could walk with Mary?

Can anyone accompany the singing of the Christmas Carols as we move round the field, or help form a small choir to lead the singing?

If you are prepared to fill a part… Shepherds, Angels, Kings, Mary and Joseph we really need you.

There will be one rehearsal and some requests for props and basic costumes! Nobody needs to learn their lines… scripts will be used. If you would like to know more please contact Stephen and Lucy Treasure… or ring 872741 Please help us make this work.

Thank you, thank you.

Dec 03

News from St. Andrew’s, Ashford Bowdler – Dec

Our Remembrance Sunday service on 11th November – the centenary of the first Armistice Day – was, not surprisingly, better attended than in normal years. As well as the names on our war memorial, there were seven other names read out during the Act of Remembrance, all relatives or friends of members of the congregation who had died as a result of one of the two World Wars. The two minute silence was relayed from the Cenotaph in London by radio, followed by the sounding of the Last Post, and the service then followed the traditional order of Matins. It included a most moving sermon by Stephen Treasure, who read from letters to his great aunt from a young soldier serving in the trenches in the First World War and who never returned. The collection was as usual donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and amounted to £213.75, including Gift Aid.
Our Christmas services will be as follows:
Holy Communion on Christmas Day will be at the usual time of 11.15 and will be taken by our Rector, Lynn Money.
Then, also as usual, our Carol Service will be on the following Sunday (30th December) but, instead of being in the afternoon, it will be at 10.30am. This will be a joint service for all the Ashfords Group parishes and will be followed by refreshments in the church.
Please join us for either or both of these services if you can, and bring any guests you may have staying with you.
In addition to our donations from collections, we made the following charitable donations in 2018:
Midlands Air Ambulance – £100
Severn Hospice – £100
St. Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy – £100
The Churchwarden and other members of the PCC wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Nov 08

Notes from The Beach

Our riverside beach is a wonderful village asset, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) be-cause of its special eco system. As such, the Environment Agency takes a keen interest in what goes on down there, and can enforce changes if they find us wanting in terms of caring for it. So it was a trifle nerve wracking when they turned up unannounced on October 8th requesting access for their vehicles to do a site survey!!
They were jolly friendly though, and their main interest was their occasional fish survey of the river. They were particularly interested in whether low river levels last year would have prevented salmon from accessing their spawning grounds at the upper reaches of the river.
The fish survey involves stringing a wire across the river, passing a current through the wire, landing the stunned fish to count them and then returning them to the water. As well as a very healthy level of minnows, bull head and stone loaches, they found 8 baby Atlantic salmon making their way back to the sea – slightly lower than some years, but better than anticipated. They reported a good adult salmon population in the river outside Worcester which they expected to make their way upstream as soon a river levels rose. With heavy rain in mid October, several spawning salmon should hopefully have leaped over the weir since then.
Another visitor after the rain was a Dipper, hopping along the newly beached tree trunks hunting for food caught in the vegetation washed up with the wood. We have several Dippers living around The Beach, but they usually dive to feed from the river bed, so it is both fascinating and unusual to see them feeding like this so close to the bank.
Margaret Delattre

Nov 08

Caynham Christmas Tree Festival

The preparations for the seventh annual Christmas Tree Festival, at St Marys Church, Caynham are well under way. This year the theme of the Festival is “A Christmas Poem”.
On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of December, the Church will be open from 10 am till 4 pm. Entry is Free. There will be Hot Drinks, Mince Pies and Cake available throughout the day. There will be a Christmas Stall, as well as a Raffle and a Tombola. As usual there will be a Concert on the Saturday evening, starting at 7.30 pm, in Church. This year it is The Britten Singers.
Tickets are: £6 Adults and £3 Children. Tel: Jill Bufton (01584) 876900 or Chris King (01584) 876819 .
On the Sunday there will be a Christingle in Church at 3.00 pm. All are very welcome!
St Marys Church, Caynham, Ludlow SY8 3BN


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