October 2018 Saint Wilfrid’s News
The last month has seen the moving of the World War 1 items in the Church into the Lounge so that more members of the local community can see them. They are also an important reminder as we approach the centenary of the Armistice of the ‘local’ impact of the war and those who served in it. The re-siting is the latest phase of the 20 Streets Project and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Grant that the Project benefitted from. But the project continues in other ways and Keith Roberts has been doing further research, including a trip to Oxford where he has discovered some papers relating to the Church and area during the time of one of the curates – Oswald Hunt. Keith hopes to be able to share more of his ‘finds’ over the coming months (and for those on Facebook it is worth following the 20 Streets page where he is posting regular updates). The Mothers’ Union Branch are working with Keith and Father Bob to hold an event on November 7th to mark the centenary and to allow us to use the items as a focus for our ‘remembering’. More details will follow.
Following the success of the Summer Bingo afternoons, there is now a regular weekly chance to come and enjoy Bingo on a Monday afternoon from 1.30 p.m. It is hoped that we can expand to other games and pastimes. But in the meantime, if you have not yet popped by, then please come and try it out – it is great fun and company. You can also enjoy the calling skills of Chris W! A new career path is opening up for him ….thank you to him, Kathy and the Taggs for their providing this and running it.
September also saw 2 Coffee Mornings and the Charity Lunch. It is good to see the Lounge being used by people to relax and have fun. The Macmillan Cancer Coffee Moring raised £145 and was particularly supported by SWISHERS – thank you to them for the part they played and the entertainment they provided.
Meanwhile the DCC continues to reflect on the future of the building – they will be sharing this thinking with the congregation before it is taken to the PCC in November. If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions please let Father Bob know.
Lastly, we hope to see a good cross section of the Parish and community as we gather to celebrate Saint Wilfrid’s Day on Friday October 12th – we are delighted to be welcoming back as our preacher, Father Jamie Hawkey. See you there?