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Jan 29

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

We welcome Revd. Lynn Money as our new Rector for the Ashford’s Group of parishes and we are delighted that she has chosen to lead her first service in the group here at Ashford Bowdler. Her installation service at Richard’s Castle on 17th January was a memorable occasion, which gave her the opportunity to meet many of her new parishioners for the first time. Two events took place in the parish just after the December magazine went to press. On Saint Andrew’s Day, 30th November, our Patronal Evensong was conducted by our new Lay Reader, Stephen Treasure, and the sermon was given by our old friend and former Team Vicar, Kelvin Price. We are most grateful to Stephen and Kelvin and to all who joined us for the service and for refreshments afterwards. On Saturday, 2nd December, Ashley and Tim Burdett put on a Christmas Coffee Morning at The Wain House, with a sale of arts and crafts, in aid of the church. They raised £248.50 for church funds and we are most grateful to Ashley and Tim for their generosity. We again welcomed good congregations at our Christmas services, the communion service on Christmas Day and the Carol Service on New Year’s Eve. We are very grateful to Grahame Taylor as organist (at both services), to all the readers of lessons and to Stephen Treasure for presiding at both services. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Our charitable donations in 2017 (including Gift Aid) were as follows: The Harvest Festival collection raised £181.84 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution The Remembrance Service collection raised £133.50 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal The collection at our Patronal Evensong (and the raffle that followed it) on 30th November raised £262.12 for the Church Missions Society. We also donated £100 each to Hope House Children’s Hospices and Midlands Air Ambulance.