A Letter from our Rector, Mark:
What does it mean to celebrate a place? It is an interesting question whether you live in Saxtead or Framlingham.
Is it to celebrate the diversity of buildings, roads, facilities such as pub, Foxearth home, greens, old school and Church building? The road takes us back to Roman times, the Church to the middle ages, the windmill – and the pub and Victorian school all have played their part.
Is it to celebrate the fields and trees and buildings? – yes and we will do so in the events from an entertaining talk about the Church - and Roy Tricker is always worth listening to for history and humour with a dash of eccentricity. And we will do in the special harvest service at Saxtead on the 22nd.
History – faith – community past and present. Stories of families and individuals, coming together and disagreements hopefully finding resolution. Celebrating a place is an opportunity to think what makes a community, and what helps it to grow. The kindness and charity which formed the village Charities, people willing to take responsibility in meetings and Councils up to the present day. Loving your neighbour as Jesus and so many other religious leaders suggested. For in loving according to faith proclaimed in the Church Sunday by Sunday for as long as anyone has known is what expresses God’s love for us. Not all might agree with that, but in Celebrating the heritage and the present of Saxtead, I am glad it is not being overlooked but is part of the celebration – and that seems right and proper. Whether you agree with the faith or not – we can celebrate together and form deeper friendships and community over these days.
Best wishes, Mark
News from St Michael’s
St Michael’s Rooms update
The Town Council and Parochial Church Council are working hard on a legal agreement for the local Community Infrastructure Levy grant of £70,000. This would be match funding for the PCC who will have to fund-raise a similar amount and the District CIL grant of £700,000 to complete the £840,000 needed to build the new St Michael’s Community Rooms. This would provide the community with a hall of about the same size as the present, a smaller room which would take about 20 people, with modern facilities for heating and disabled. If all goes well this might come to Council for discussion and agreement at the meeting on September 5th at 7.30pm at the Westbury Centre; members of the public may attend.
The 2019 Sponsored Bike Ride Event will take place on Saturday 14th September
The Annual Sponsored Ride and Stride is a national event, and every second Saturday in September cyclists and walkers all round the country are out making money for their local County Churches Trust.
The idea started in Suffolk, and consistently Suffolk has headed the table of funds raised. The Suffolk sponsored bike ride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs. The ride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational; the money raised by each participant is shared equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the place of worship nominated by the cyclist.
As important as the cyclists are the many volunteers who give up their day to man the churches and chapels and sign in the cyclists as they arrive. Hundreds of places of worship are manned during the day and that takes quite a team of volunteers! It is a real community effort that is the lifeblood of the Trust.
If you are receiving this newsletter by email, you will be able to click on the link below to register as a participant, to obtain further information on what’s happening in Suffolk, or to request a sponsorship form from your County Organiser. You can also send an email to the address given. Thank you.
Soul Food: This prayer group meets every Friday during term time at Framlingham College Chapel. A light breakfast is served from 8.30 – 9am followed by prayers from 9 – 9.30 am. All are welcome. For more information contact Rev Bryn Bayman – College Chaplain: firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 9th the Deanery has a lovely opportunity to share in a Quiet Day at Crow’s Hall, Debenham. The day is being led by the Rev Dr John Parr, a Biblical scholar who opens up the Scriptures in a beautiful way. He will be leading it on the three Marys of the Gospels, and there will be time to listen to him and time and space to find God. If you would like to come, see the booking details below:
Tel: Revd Susan Bates: 01728 860222