Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 18th March

Last Sunday was Mothering Sunday and a special Holy Communion service was held in St Andrews church to mark this special day, and a good sized congregation came to enjoy the music and hear the sermon by  our vicar, Rev Matt Rowland. Hymns can’t be sung of course, but resident organist Mrs Vanda Irish played the hymns whilst the congregation enjoyed her wonderful playing. There were quite a few youngsters in church and the family was very much in mind as different generations of the same families enjoyed worship together. Lovely little posies of spring flowers were handed out to the ladies in the congregation after the service, and many thanks to Mrs Mary Fish for preparing the posies. There was a short PCC meeting after church and it was decided not to hold a fete this year. Sad but a cream tea afternoon was proposed with an evening service on the Rectory Gardens for September, when hopefully the Covid restrictions will be better

There is a  Winter Grant scheme administered by the Citizens Advice organisation to help with heating costs, but the scheme has a deadline of March 31st to register. The eligibilty has been widened to include those who pay their energy costs by direct debit. If you know of anyone who may be eligible, do pass the word around, or visit the Citizens Advice, more details are available on the village website/facebook pages.                                                                    

There seems to be a rise in the heartbreaking crime of dog theft. The advice is to be vigilant and keep your beloved pet in view at all times during walks and don’t ;leave them unattended ie outside shops etc. The price of dogs and puppies have rocketed upwards during the pandemic, increasing the demand for pets.Just be careful and keep you and your pet safe.                                                                                       

This week’s service in St Andrews will be a Holy Communion led by Rev Neil Barker that will start at the usual time of 11am , all are welcome to attend, social distancing measures will still need to be observed.

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