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Revd David Jessett
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The Rectory,
CV35 8ES
01926 624238

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“Hear the good news!” – 2 Samuel 18:31

Can you help?
Cyclists needed!
Riders (and walkers!) of all ages needed to join “Team Barford” for “Warwickshire Ride+Stride” 2014! Part of Heritage Weekend, Ride+Stride is an annual sponsored bike ride or walk to various places of worship across the county. This year’s date: Saturday, 13th September 2014 . Funds raised will help pay for . repairs to historic places of worship. A great day out for the entire family! Get fit & support Barford Church! Please get in touch for more information about Ride & Stride Click here for more information

Special thanks Hilary & Alan Rhead for hosting the annual Cheese, Wine and Pate party. This event also provided a lovely opportunity to express our gratitude to Denise Godfrey for her years of dedication and service. She was presented with flowers, card and gift. She is sorely missed, but we wish her all the best.

Thanks also, to all who lent a hand to our Spring Clean on Saturday, 19th July.

WWI Remembrance: Candle lit vigil held on church as part of the national “Lights out” campaign. It was well attended, and those who came remarked that it was quite a moving experience. Thank you to all who stopped by and joined in. Thanks also to Chris & Alex Farr for organising this event.

Baby changing table has been installed! Thank you to John Murphy .

Date for the Diary
Special Choral concert — HYMNOS - 25th October

Make a difference! – There’s a vacant seat on the Barford Church PCC. For more information, contact: David Jessett

Prayers requested - the PCC is in need of a Treasurer — prayers, suggestions, volunteers, welcome!

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At the end of September this year it will be 150 years since the current Church building in Sherbourne was consecrated.

The earlier Church had been closed and demolished after the 24th August 1862 and the foundation stone of the new one was laid on 1st November of that year. The architect of the new one was Sir George Gilbert Scott the famous Victorian architect of the Albert Memorial and St Pancras among other great buildings.

The work was completed in about 2 years and so on 29th September 1864 the new building was consecrated by The Bishop of Worcester. We shall mark the occasion this year with a weekend of events, culminating in a special service of Evensong at which the Bishop of Coventry will be the preacher. (Sunday 28th September at 6pm)

In 1914 the congregation celebrated 50 years by raising money to have electric lighting installed! Interesting to think that for the first 50 years it was candlelight only! Then in 1964, for the centenary, as the wiring was by then becoming too ancient to cope with powerful bulbs the congregation raised the money to have the Church rewired (£350!!)

For some years now we have been looking at improvements we want to make to the facilities and are delighted to have provided a water supply and a small kitchenette to serve refreshments. The real aim, however, is to raise the money to enable us to install a toilet at the Church. This will be a very significant sum and we have begun to apply for grants but the example of our predecessors encourages us to think of any ways we can raise some of the necessary money. So do come and join us in our celebrations and if you can help with our project in any way that would be great.

When Miss Louisa Ann Ryland decided to build a new church on the existing site she asked the well know Victorian architect, George Gilbert Scott, to produce designs, plans and samples of materials etc for her perusal. Scott was anxious to be awarded the commision so in addition he had an oak model made of the in-tended design. This model exists in the Warwickshire County Council’s Heritage and Cultural museum stores in Warwick and special permission has been granted for the model to be displayed at the 150 th anniversary service of the dedication of the church at evensong on Sunday 28th September. The service will be conducted by the Bishop of Coventry, The Rt. Revd. Christopher Cocksworth. Our grateful thanks to the Warwickshire County Council’s museum department and Oldhams Removals for their assistance in this matter

Friday 26th September

An Evening with Kathryn Ellis, soprano & friends. At 7:30pm, tickets £7.50 includes refreshments

Saturday 27th September
Church open 10:00am.
Historical Displays, Cake Sale, Silent Auction & Raffle

Sunday 28th September
Church Open 10:00am
Historical Displays, Silent Auction & Raffle

Festal Evensong, 6:00pm
With the Lord Bishop of Coventry, Rt Rev’d Dr Christopher Cocksworth
Music led by St Mary’s Scholars Choir from the Collegiate Church of St Mary’s Warwick.
Proceeds of this weekend to Church General Funds

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Revd David Jessett

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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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We shall be decorating the Church for Harvest on Saturday 4th October at 10.00 am. Donations of flowers and produce and offers of help would be much appreciated.

Christine McBeath

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Barford Harvest Supper will be held in the Memorial Hall on Friday 3rd October at 7.30 pm.

Tickets (£6.00 - adults, £3.00 - children) available by phoning 624371, 624506 or 624434.

Any profit will be given to the Save the Children Fund for their work with the children in the Middle East - Syria, Iraq etc. There will also be a retiring collection for the same cause.

Do hope you can join us for what will be a very enjoyable evening.

We also hope to have a short informal service at the allotments on Saturday 4th October in the late afternoon.

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St Peter's Church is open every day from approximately 9:00am until early evening. You are very welcome to come in and look around or simply to enjoy the peace and quiet.

On Saturdays between 10:00am and 12:00 noon, tea and coffee will be available.

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Morning Prayer is said every Thursday at St Peter’s Church at 8.30 am. All welcome.

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Before breaking up for the summer holiday the children celebrated St. Peter’s Day, important as both the school and the church have that saint in their names. The children sang the St. Peter's song, they have also learned songs to reflect the stories they have been hearing. The house on the rock, feeding the five thousand and the storm at sea. The last session before the holiday saw a special tea and games and a visit from Ruffles! .

The club will recommence on September 11th and we have space for new members of Primary school age. We begin at 4.30pm with tea and then move onto our activities at about 5pm., finishing about 6pm. There is no charge. Ring 624371 and speak to Ann for more details.

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.

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.

Term will re-start again on Thursday,11th September..

For further information please ring Ann on 624371.

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The brass fire hose nozzle used on the night of the blitz (14th November 1940) has been purchased and donated to the Cathedral, inscribed on the nozzle are two poignant messages ‘Used in Vain’ and ‘We Shall Build Again’.

The Friends of the Cathedral are anxious to trace any of the fire fighters named on the nozzle, can anyone help?

If so please contact David Hill, Coventry Cathedral Liaison Officer tel: 01926 493891

David R. Hill Cathedral Liaison Officer -
Barford Sherbourne & Wasperton

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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
Ann Fawcett
Christine McBeath
Barbara Peters
Jane Scott
David Jessett

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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 9.30am services on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at Barford to be most suitable for young people and third Sunday services at Sherbourne at 11.00am.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children.

David Jessett

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