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Oct 27

News from St. Andrew’s Ashford Bowdler

We have been delighted to welcome Revd. Richard Mutter as our ‘stand-in’ vicar since 1st September during Kelvin’s special assignment to the Ludlow parishes. Richard has conducted several of our services, including the Harvest Festival.
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Once again, we are extremely grateful to Susannah Hall for riding for us in the annual ‘Ride and Stride’ event in aid of the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust on Saturday, 10th September. She visited 21 churches this year and her sponsorship raised £310 which, as usual, will be divided equally between the Trust and our fabric fund. Well done, Susannah!
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Since the last magazine, two special services have been well attended and much appreciated. On Sunday, 18th September a service of Songs of Praise took place on the theme of women, both in the Bible and as hymn composers. Devised and organised by Margaret Small, it featured appropriate readings and hymns and all the readers were women. Only the organist was male!
Our Harvest Festival evensong was on Sunday 2nd October and most people stayed on for refreshments afterwards at Church Barn. Many thanks to Ron and Fiona for their warm and generous hospitality.The collection of £190.25 was as usual donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
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Looking ahead, our Patronal Festival evensong this year will be on Wednesday, 30th November at the later time of 7.00pm. After the service, there will be refreshments and a ‘bring-and-buy’ at Church House and the collection and ‘bring-and-buy’ proceeds will as usual go to the Church Missions Society. Do come if you can.
Please note that our service on Remembrance Sunday (13th November) will start at 10.50am and will include the customary two minute silence at 11.00am, which will precede the normal service of Holy Communion.
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Finally a special plea……….the food bank box in the church porch has not been quite as well supported as in its early days. As winter approaches and food prices start rising, help for those in need becomes even more important. The box contains a list of the items that go to make up individual parcels, which are all easily obtainable and long lasting. However, please remember not to donate items which are past their ‘sell by’ date, as these cannot be included in the parcels.
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Note for PCC members: The next meeting of the PCC will be on Tuesday, 22nd November, at Church House at 7pm