We’ve taken the first steps in the ‘opening up’ process, and in the early stages it’s feels really good – but we still need to take care if we’re to continue along the Government’s route map. All being well, we shall continue with the phased re-opening programme with further relaxations from 17 May and fully open from 21 June as long as infection rates remain under control. Please continue to take care and stay safe and well.
Services in church resumed at Easter. Virtual services held over the past few months have been much appreciated, but it’s been great to get together and share services in person. The monthly benefice Breakfast Service will continue on Zoom for the time being because of numbers. Please see centre pages for detailed information. If you want to use the church for private prayer, please ring Anna (540610) or Richard (541522) so we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure continuing lock-down rules are applied and everyone remains safe.
EASTER VIRTUAL BALLOON RACE
Over 400 balloons competed and participants enjoyed the fun of watching their balloons progress over the week from Easter Saturday. The winner was ‘Lizzie’, whose balloon travelled virtually 2001 km, and the race raised £1840 for benefice funds which will be distributed to the parishes as requested by the participants. Sincere thanks to everyone who bought balloons. You can still track the race at www.balloonrace.com/easter2021.
GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
Sadly because of the continuing restrictions, the groups and activities that take place in the Community Centre remain suspended. However, all groups are looking forward to resuming ‘in person’ sessions as soon as possible. Up to 6 people can get together from 17 May but bigger groups will have to wait until 21 June. We hope to include details of starting dates in the next issue of the Benefice Bugle, but please contact your group leader for more information in the meantime, or Richard Taylor on 541522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make a booking. We’re also beginning to make plans for an outdoors gathering in July, the Jumble Sale in September and the Harvest Supper in October. More details to follow.
There’s still time to join the 2021 100 Club – £12 per person. It helps church and village funds especially at the moment when most other fund-raising options are not available. Please sign up and hope to win in the monthly draw. Prizes are £10 and £50. More information from Anna on 540610.
ISSUES AND CONCERNS - In these difficult times, please phone Richard on 541522 or Anna on 540610 if you have any issues or concerns that you would like to discuss - and stay well!