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News for May from Saxtead

28 April 2019

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May Services at All Saints Saxtead
5th 11.15am Holy Communion (BCP)
12th 11.15am Holy Communion (CW)
19th 11.15am Holy Communion (BCP)
26th 6.30pm, Evening Prayer (BCP)

June Services at All Saints Saxtead
2nd 11.30 Rogation at Trust Farm
9th 11.15am Holy Communion (BCP)
16th 11.15am Holy Communion (CW)
23rd 6.30pm, Evening Prayer (BCP)
30th 11.15 am Holy Communion

All Saints’ Church News:
What does Saxtead have in common with Paris? Few people will ever forget watching the images of Notre Dame de Paris burning against the night sky- a fire of truly cataclysmic proportions that seemed to symbolise an attack on one of the great centres of western Christian civilisation. The connection? We, too, lost our tower, which collapsed on the 8th July 1805: how frightening and distressing that must have been to the people of Saxtead. Both events to a large extent due to centuries of neglect and inadequate repair. How timely, then, our current repairs to the stonework and north wall. Please be careful, not just here but around all other areas in the churchyard that pose potential hazards if not treated with respect. Rupert Thornely-Taylor, churchwarden, reports "We tolled the All Saints bell for Notre Dame at 7 pm last Thursday 18th April. As only one of our original three bells survives following the collapse of the bell tower , seven of us took turns to ring it for one minute each."
Fete Tuesday 25th June Time to start putting aside contributions for the fete including freshly baked cakes and pies. Bake a bigger batch and you have some for Celebrate Saxtead too! Speaking of which, how are your marrows growing? The ‘Mount Fuji’ blossom is now just going over, but the church yard looks its best, and was enjoyed by the 40 or so visitors on Easter Sunday.
Future events
Planning is going full steam ahead for the excitement of Celebrate Saxtead events over the week-end of 21/22 Sept. Other events coming up are the Rogation service at Trust Farm, at 1130 on Sunday 2 June and the fete, as usual at The Barn at 1800 on Tuesday 25 June. The pet service is at 1530 on Sunday 21st July at Todds farm. Sue Ward.