ON Sunday, November 25, 2018 a special evening service at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford was the occasion for Vennture to receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service from Herefordshire Deputy Lieutenant Lady Darnley, the Queen’s representative. This award was described by Lady Darnley as “the MBE for volunteer groups” and it is rigorously assessed. The history and development of Vennture and its various outreaches was told by numerous volunteers who also gave tribute to the Victorian Christian pioneers, John and Emilia Venn and the enterprising work they founded for the benefit of Hereford’s poor which became Hereford City Mission in 1856. Vennture intentionally imitates the rock-solid Christian values and enterprising spirit of the Venns, providing teams of street pastors and Lean On Me volunteers on weekend nights.
There are three opportunities to buy your Christmas gifts this Saturday, 24 November, in three locations:
Byford – The Byford Bazaar at Bridge Sollars Community Centre, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Staunton – Advent Coffee Morning at Staunton-on-Wye Village Hall, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Weobley – Winter Fair at Weobley Parish Church, 10.30am – 2.30pm
This update follows our post on 26 October where it was stated, “Following a fall of plaster from the roof of St Mary’s Church, Staunton-on-Wye, and the safety concerns that raises, the church is now temporarily closed and unavailable for services pending an architect’s inspection.”
At Monday’s PCC meeting it was decided that until the building repairs could be undertaken, Staunton parishioners would join with services at St John the Baptist, Letton on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The Staunton Carol Service (Sunday 16 December, 5.30pm) and Crib Service (Christmas Eve, 4.00pm) will take place in the Village Hall.
Joining the rest of the nation in the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday 11 November, Weobley will hold its Silence and laying of wreaths around the war memorial in the churchyard opposite the main church entrance.
This will be preceded by a silent march to the churchyard, leaving from the centre of the village at 10.45am, led by Clergy, Royal British Legion members, Scouts and other uniformed participants, accompanied by muffled bells.
The Eardisley and District British Legion will be visiting the war memorials in Letton, Staunton and Byford this Saturday 10 November to lay wreaths, read out the names and remember the fallen of the different villages. Times are approximately as follows:
Letton Church 11.25am
Staunton War Memorial 11.40am
Byford Church 12 noon
Anybody interested is very welcome to attend these short ceremonies.
The pictures show the restored frontal, the remains being destroyed in the churchyard and flowers placed on Eunice’s grave as a token of gratitude for her initiative.
This Sunday 4th November 2018 at 5.00pm, in the peaceful simplicity of St Mary’s Church, Monnington-on-Wye, we will remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have died. At this All Souls’ Service candles will be lit in thanksgiving and prayer. An invitation is extended to anyone who would like to attend, and if you are unable to attend but would like someone remembered please contact The Rev’d Sean Semple on 01544 318415 or firstname.lastname@example.org