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Tuesday 13th February
School Hall from 6.30 p.m.

Races, prizes etc. Pancakes hot from the cooker! Tea, coffee and squash. A fun evening for all the family! Free entry but please obtain a ticket to help with catering.
Donations welcome.

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The Christmas Fair held in December raised a splendid total of £1,268 for Church funds. Many thanks to all who were involved and to those who supported the event.

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For the last few years the church has been following a programme called ‘Natural Church Development’ which has been adopted by the Coventry Diocese as a fundamental part of its strategy for growth and its key objectives of Worshipping God, Making New Disciples and Transforming Communities.
Following extensive research in church communities around the world, a framework was developed that identifies the ‘Eight Essential Qualities’ that are needed to support healthy growing churches. These are:
 Empowering Leadership
 Gift-based Ministry
 Passionate Spirituality
 Effective Structures
 Inspiring Worship Service
 Holistic Small Groups
 Need-oriented Evangelism
 Loving Relationships

Members of the Barford Church community have taken part in a number of surveys to assess how well they collectively think the church is doing in these eight areas. The results have then been compared with those from other churches across the country to identify areas of relative strength and weakness. This has helped the PCC to identify actions and initiatives to try and improve the overall ‘health’ of the Church in Barford and the way it fulfils its role within the wider community. More on this next month!

In other news, we are pleased to report that the project to convert the church to LED lighting throughout the interior was completed in December and some draught proofing work was carried out on the doors at the base of the tower - already making a noticeable difference during cold or windy weather! These are both key parts of the church’s ’green’ strategy and will reduce the consumption of both electricity and gas.

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Lent is a period before Easter which replicates Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 14), it is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. Two different Lent courses will be run this year. Both are open to all, whether you belong to a church or not, and offer a chance to learn, pray and meditate.

The daytime course is called “On the Third Day” and is about the Resurrection - then and now. It will take place on Friday mornings in the Scout Hut at 9:45 for 10:00am starting from February 23 for 5 weeks. Contact Chris Farr on 620117 (email if you want to take part or for more details .

Details of the evening course are still being finalised but it will take place on Monday evenings in Dugard Place, Barford and Tuesday evenings at River Keeper’s Cottage in Hampton-Lucy, both starting at 7:45pm. Dates will run from February 19/20 for 5 weeks. Contact Ann Fawcett on 624371 for more details.

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Music and Meditation evenings will now be held in St. Peter’s Church four times a year on the second Tuesday in September, December, March and June at 8:00pm.

The next event will be on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

Music interspersed with silences for reflection, all by candle light.

Feel free to come and go as you wish.

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A very big thank you to all those who helped in any way with decorating the church for Christmas. After the weeks of Advent the church came alive with colour through the beautiful arrangements.
It was so good to see all our regular arrangers and to welcome two newcomers. A big thank you to Sonia Farey for providing us with copious amounts of coffee and biscuits to sustain us throughout the morning.

We will be putting the weekly rota sheet in church containing dates throughout the year so if anyone wishes to arrange the altar flowers on any of the available dates, please do put your names down. A donation towards the cost of flowers is always available as we are only too aware of the high cost of flowers nowadays.

Jo Burman and Christine McBeath ..

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Knock, knock. “Who’s there?” “Isabell!” “Isabell who?” “Is a bell working?”...well not all of them are, but if you are interested in learning how to ring, come along to St Peter's Church, Barford any Monday evening between 8:00pm and 9:00pm to find out more.

Our request at the beginning of the year for learner bell ringers at All Saints' Church, Sherbourne produced five newcomers. This means that we will be able to make up, with John Wheeler, the six required for each bell to be rung; but we will also need reserves. The tower is open to all, ringers and learners alike, every third Sunday morning, from 10 until 12. Come along, see what is involved and enjoy coffee and cake in a friendly atmosphere. Bell ringing practice for all is from 10.00 to 11.30 on Saturday mornings.

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(Third Sunday of every month from 10am until 12noon)

We invite you and the family to join us at our monthly Coffee Morning. It's an opportunity to get to know us better. We serve complimentary refreshments including coffee, tea and hot chocolate along with a selection of breakfast items such as bacon butties, hot waffles and warm croissants.

We also support Fairtrade so come and have a look at the items on our Fairtrade table. When you purchase any product with the FAIRTRADE mark on it you are supporting farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities.

This month it will be Sunday 18th February 2018.

Hope to see you there... you'll receive a warm welcome.

Contact: Maurenn Tweedie (01926 409646) or David Hill (01926 493891)

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It was disappointing that the Carol Service had to be cancelled due to the snow which fell throughout the day. The Church was dressed at its very festive best. Thanks to Robin Smith-Ryland for the gift of the Christmas tree and to all those who decorated the Church. We left everything, including the many candles, as it was for the Christmas Day Service; and we lit them.

We were delighted to welcome a number of “twitchers” to the Churchyard in December. They were following a small flock of hawfinches, which are seen here only very rarely. They fed on red berries before moving on, having stripped the trees. Spotted, at the same time, were redwings and fieldfares, and a solitary mistlethrush and nuthatch. It is thought that harsh winter weather had blown them off course and that they were using All Saints’ as a service station before continuing their way southward.

Ted Copson
It is with great sadness and many fond memories that the Sherbourne Tower has to say farewell to a great ‘bell man’, and former Captain, Ted Copson.
During a part of Ted’s time at All Saints’ he led the Church Fabric Committee and gave much practical assistance in this role, both to the building and its events. As a result of this, a lasting memento of his time at the church can be seen in the twenty-seven small wooden bowls that he made from the oak timber which was left after the weather vane and its base was restored. These beautiful bowls were then sold for church funds. His skills were also put to use in making wooden candle holders for the choir stalls and the Easter cross, which are all still in use today.
He was a well-known figure in the church for many years having been bell ringing for over fifty, and Tower Captain for forty-two of them, both jointly with his wife, Pam, then on his own. Even though absent from the tower these last few years, his friends and protégés visited him to talk ‘bells’ and one of them has now taken on the Captain’s job. Both he and his wife have left a wonderful legacy in bell ringing circles with the number of pupils they have taught and the literature they created, having received national acclaim during their ‘ringing time’.
Ted was an active member of both the Coventry Guild and the Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers, and so there will be many church towers saddened by his passing.

Find us on Facebook @AllSaintsSherbourneWarwick.

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Cathedral Maintenance – The cladding project on the seven bays is progressing well, improving the rainwater drainage from the roof and refurbishing the glass ingots set in concrete is in hand. These works should significantly reduce the water penetration into the buildings, all scaffolding should be removed by the end of the year.

Masonic Donation – At a recent evening service the Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire Freemasons presented the Dean with a cheque for £5000 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association and a matched donation from the National Masonic Charitable Foundation. The £10,000 was part of an assured ongoing support of the Cathedral.

In 2018 Coventry Cathedral will be celebrating the centenary of the Diocese of Coventry. To mark the special occasion the Cathedral will host a diverse range of spectacular artistic event during the year.

The Coventry Plumbline Centenary Festival 2018

Saturday 17 March poetry – ‘Peace and Poetry Festival’.

Sunday 18 March dance/art – ‘Stations of the Cross’.

Good Friday 30 March ‘St John the Passion’ (Chilcott) Fine Arts Brass and Orchestra Pro Anima.

Visitation visit by Archbishop of Canterbury

2nd-5th May Service and visits to Southam and Nuneaton

Thursday 3 May concert – Choral concert with Grorgia Baptist Sons of Jubai South in aid of the NSPCC

For more details or to find out how you can get involved visit

David Hill
Parish Partner for the Avon Benefice

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As part of the vision to eliminating the admission charges by 2018 the standard admission charge is being reduced from 8.00 to 6.00. The concessionary charge is being reduced from 5.75 to 5.00 and under 18s will have free entry.

The admission charges were first introduced in 2010, when the average donation was just 24p.

The Cathedral costs 3,000 a day to run excluding fabric repairs.

David Hill
Coventry Cathedral Liaison Officer

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St Peter’s Church, Kineton has opened a “food bank“ for local people in crisis but are having difficulty maintaining food stocks. Families qualifying for food are referred through an agency or their GP.

Donations of food may be taken to any “Coffee Stop” in Wasperton Village Hall, or to the third Sunday 9.30am service in St. John the Baptist Church, Wasperton.

Please contribute items on the following list:
- Milk (UHT or powdered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Fruit juice (carton)
- Soup
- Pasta sauces
- Sponge pudding (tinned)
- Tomatoes (tinned)
- Cereals
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- Tea bags/ instant coffee
- Instant mashed potato
- Rice/ pasta
- Tinned meat/ fish
- Tinned fruit
- Jam
- Biscuits or snack bar

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The church is open every day during daylight hours. You are welcome to come in and look around or simply to enjoy the peace and quiet.

On Saturdays between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon, tea and coffee are available.

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Morning Prayer is said every Thursday at St.Peter’s Church at 8.30 a.m. Prayers are said on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9.00a.m.

All welcome.

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The children enjoyed an extra special tea party at the last meeting before Christmas then finished decorating their table at the back of church. Many of them were able to attend the Crib Service on Christmas Eve and helped to carry the figures from the back of church to place in the crib by the pulpit. The children continued with the next part of the Christmas story during January - the arrival of the three wise men with their gifts.

St. Peter’s Club meets every Thursday during term-time . Tea (sandwiches etc) will be available from 4.30pm until 5.00 pm. All children meet from 5.00pm till 6.00pm.

There will be no meeting on February 22nd because of half term.

The ages of the children vary and we are happy to accept any of Primary School age. Why not come and give us a try, coffee and biscuits for adults if you want to stay and watch. New members are always welcome.

We would love to see more joining especially from other villages in the area. Why not come and give us a try, ring Ann on 624371 for more information.

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The Pastoral Team exists to pray for people who want us to pray for them and to visit anyone who would like us to visit them. You can contact any of us. Members are:

Jan Bradley  (01926 624433)
Ann Fawcett  (01926 624371)
Christine McBeath  (01926 624485)
Jane Scott  (01926 624434)
David Jessett  (01926 624238)

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Do you have small children? Do you worry about bringing them to church in case they make a noise? We understand this concern but would like to reassure you that at Barford there are toy bags for children and you are welcome to take one to a corner at the back of the church and let them play there. At Sherbourne too there are toys for children at the back of church.

We would be happy to welcome you at any of our services but you may find 11.00am services on the first and third Sundays of the month at Barford to be most suitable for young people and second and fourth Sunday services at Sherbourne, also at 11.00am.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children.

David Jessett

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