Thoughts from the Vicarage 106

Greetings dear Friends of The Valley

This is Christine writing to you this week. Julie is unwell and has asked me to tell you that she is currently in Great Western Hospital with suspected diverticulitis. She and Keith are especially in our prayers at this time as we continue with our St Michael’s Patronal Festival weekend.

St Michael’s Patronal Festival weekend

There are a couple of special opportunities this year – the open ringing on Saturday afternoon – your chance to ring and then on Sunday evening Songs of Praise at 6.30 followed by refreshments including a glass of wine for which we will be asking for a donation. A fascinating range of hymns has been chosen so do come along. Here is the timetable. Refreshment and cake at every opportunity!

September 25th Saturday morning

  • Receiving of Gifts at the Lychgate
  • Coffee morning with refreshments
  • Church decorated with flowers
  • Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition
  • Camera Club Exhibition

September 26th Saturday Afternoon

  • Open ringing and refreshments in aid of East Garston Bell Repair Fund
  • Church decorated with flowers
  • Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition
  • Camera Club Exhibition

September 26th Sunday

  • Benefice service 10.30
  • Songs of Praise and refreshments 18.30 (not 18.00 as previously published!)
  • Flowers in Church

Patronal days are when we celebrate the Saint after whom a church is named and as usual Lambourn is making the most of this celebration of St Michael & All Angels! Do come along over the weekend – although Julie cannot be with us we hope that this will not detract from the events and from people’s generosity especially on Saturday morning when, along with the Wardens, Julie’s husband Keith will be at the Lychgate to receive your gift and enjoy time in conversation.

Lambourn Lambs re-started on September 20th so do please spread the word to all those friends who have newborn babies, are expecting a baby or have a toddler! All are welcome on Mondays from 10 – 11.45. We will be as Covid secure as is possible and feel more confident now the numbers of cases have declined.

If you’d like to keep an eye on the covid case numbers, this link will take you there:
https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/search?postcode=RG178PD

Harvest Festivals will be taking place in October in each of the Lambourn Valley churches and this year we will once again, be welcoming Lambourn CE Primary school. They will be bringing Harvest gifts for the West Berks foodbank collections.

Since January, the West Berks foodbank has provided emergency support to over one thousand adults and children each month, and a staggering 3,401 in the last two months. The items specifically requested are coffee, biscuits, instant mash, pasta sauces, tinned fish and soup, shower gel, shampoo, tinned meals, sponge puddings and tinned vegetables.

Each class will gather one of the urgent needs the foodbank has shared. There is a West Berks foodbank poster in each church so please do join in and support this cause over the Harvest period.

Please make a note of the Harvest Festivals (attached) and please donate as you are able. Many thanks for your support for our neighbours in difficulties.

Finally, I have just returned refreshed from a lovely holiday staying in a Shepherd’s Hut in Cornwall, and having fun with one of my sons, so I will continue to assist across the Benefice as much as I am able.

With all best wishes and every blessing,

Christine