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Friday 2nd March
Women’s World Day of Prayer Service will be on Friday 2nd March at 2.00pm in St Peter’s Church.

The service has been prepared by the women of Suriname on the theme ‘All God’s Creation is Good’. It is designed for all ages, male or female so do come and join us as we celebrate with churches across the world.

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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 Lent courses will continue through March on Monday evenings in Barford and Tuesday evenings in Hampton Lucy at 7:45pm (theme ’Nothing More, Nothing Less’ based on the film ’I Daniel Blake’ - contact Ann on 624371 for more details); also on Friday mornings at 10:00am (theme ‘On the Third Day’ - contact Chris on 620117 for more details).

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The Grand Spring Clean will take place at 10:00am on Saturday 21st April in Barford Church. If you can spare an hour or so to help, please bring dusters, cleaning cloths, polish, long-hanlded dusters, handheld vacuum cleaners, mops and buckets. All welcome - free refreshements!

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Christian AidIn a world with such wealth as ours, no one should go without food, shelter, security or any of the other basics we all need.

Christian Aid works for and with people of all faiths and none, as well as with churches and other organisations, to promote sustainable development, strive for social justice and pursue its vision of a world without poverty. Christian Aid week this year will run from the 13th - 19th May.

In support of this there will be a Garden Tea Party at Ivy House, 24 Church Street, Barford on Wednesday 16th May from 2:30 - 5:00pm.

Admission £3 to include tea and cakes.

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Over the past few years, the main stem of the Christmas tree has been used to form a cross to be placed in church during Lent. It remains rough and bare until Easter Sunday when it is decorated with flowers brought in by members of the congregation. During Lent it reminds us of the starkness of those final days in Jesus’ life and on Easter Sunday of the promise of the Resurrection.

Please don’t forget to bring your flower or posy on Easter Sunday.

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Easter Sunday this year is on 1st April and there will be a special celebration service at 10:45am in St .Peter’s Church.

After the service there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for all the children and coffee, cake or a glass of sparkling wine to keep the adults entertained while they wait! Please come along to enjoy this joyful occasion.

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During the last few weeks, many households will have received a letter from Warwick District Council to do with updating its Electoral Roll data. But did you know that the Church also has its own Electoral Roll?

This is your parish church’s register of electors. In the same way that being on the civic Electoral Roll allows you to vote in parliamentary and local elections and referenda, joining the Church Electoral Roll means that you can vote on Church matters, attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and stand for election to the PCC.

Being on the Electoral Roll does not make you a “member” of the Church; simply regarding St. Peter’s as your spiritual home does that. Indeed, a condition of joining the Roll is that you are already a “member” of a Church! You can of course be a full and active member of St. Peter’s Church without joining the Roll. However, it does help the Church show its strength. Representation on the governing bodies of the church depends on the number on the Electoral Roll, so it would be good if we can increase the numbers! You also need to be on the Roll if you want to:

 Get married or baptize your children in St. Peter’s Church (if you live outside the parish)

 Stand for election to the Parochial Church Council (PCC ) or other synodical council (such as the Deanery, Diocesan or General Synod)

 Attend the APCM and participate in votes

If you would like to be added to the church Roll, please contact Rev’d Jessett. Our APCM this year is on Wednesday 18th April and provides an opportunity to discuss all matters relating to the church as well as the normal voting formalities to elect Wardens, PCC members etc.

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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 from 8:00pm .

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

Feel free to come and go as you wish.

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We shall be decorating St Peter's Church for Easter on Saturday March 31st from 10.00am until 12 noon. Anyone wishing to help in any way will be most welcome.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available throughout the morning.

Many thanks in advance.

Jo Burman (624292).

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Well, the new rope frame is in place, which has made ringing a great deal easier and we now have a ‘spider’ from which to hang the ropes and to keep things nice and tidy.

The Tower Captain is maintaining his teaching course, which has introduced a very methodical approach to acquiring bell handling skills in the tower. We continue to ring rounds and we are moving into the slightly more difficult area of call changes. It is still a bit of a battle to create wonderful tunes from just four bells (only four ringers) and we look forward to our newest recruit reaching the same level and we can see what we can do with five bells!

If anyone fancies joining in the merriment, we ring on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm and Saturday mornings at 10.00am - do please join us. You will be most welcome.

The gales of early January brought down tiles from the roof of the north side of the knave and from the porch of All Saints’. We are grateful to local roofing contractors, D H Roofing, of Barford, for carrying out quickly the necessary repairs. An unexpected expense, such as this, hurts; the cost of maintaining the fabric of the Church is met almost entirely from individual donations.

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act, which enables planning authorities to designate certain areas “Conservation Areas”, thereby protecting their overall appearance from haphazard re-development. There are now some 10,000 Conservation Areas in the UK, including Sherbourne village, All Saints’ Church and Churchyard.

Easter falls early this year. Please make a note now of the Service in the evening of Good Friday, 30th March, when darkness will fall slowly over the Church.

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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 March 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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We were delighted to welcome a number of “twitchers” to the Churchyard. 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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Five children (and three stalwart helpers) braved the snow to attend the Club on 1st March where they learned about the country of Surinam whose women had prepared the service for this year’s Women's World Day of Prayer. The children also marked Mothering Sunday by making peppermint creams and truffles to take home to their mothers - we hope they enjoyed their treat!

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.

Summer term will start on 19th April.

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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