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  St John the Baptist, Wasperton

JUNE 2019



Seventh Sunday of Easter (Sunday after Ascension Day)



Holy Communion





Pentecost (Whit Sunday)



Holy Communion





Trinity Sunday








Birth of St John the Baptist (Patronal Festival)



Holy Communion








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Coffee Stop will be held in Wasperton Village Hall on Saturday 8th June from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon.

Home-made Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Village Produce
Coffee and Tea

Everyone and donations welcome, all proceeds towards the Village Hall Refurbishment.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Friday 5th July , 5.30 pm – 10.00 pm in Wasperton Village Hall

In case you haven’t heard the buzz ….

Our Pop up Pub has been given a fabulous new name so please come to enjoy a few drinks with us this summer zzz.

Quench your thirst with a nice cold beer or a refreshing glass of wine. Try a mouth-watering summer cocktail or pop a cork from a bottle of fizz zzz.

Luscious Homemade Lasagne, Garlic Bread & Salad
{Veggie option also available}

Congratulations to Laura Marie Jackson from Barford for suggesting the winning name in the competition to choose a permanent name for the Wasperton pop up pub. The winning name chosen at the last pub night by popular vote was - The Wobbly Wasp. Look out for more soon.

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Thanks to everyone who supported the Coffee Stop, and to those who purchased the delicious home made food items. All proceeds were for the village hall refurbishment fund. The hundred club draw was made and the winners were:

1st Rosemary Lloyd
2nd Peter Philips
3rd Dennis Coles

There are still tickets available - only £12 per year. For further information please contact Diana Philips on 624947.

A very enjoyable evening was had by the 'churchyard mowers' - a jolly band of volunteers who keep the churchyard in pristine condition. Thanks to Michael Porter for masterminding everything.

Phil Derbyshire

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On Sunday 23rd June in celebration of the birth of John the Baptist the service at 6pm will be Holy Communion - Common Worship. We would love you to join us on this special occasion. The service will be followed by wine and nibbles in the churchyard.

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We are delighted to report that Allchurches Trust has awarded a grant of £1000 towards the required repairs to St John the Baptist’s church roof.

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We have a few vacancies at present, do come along if you are interested. Meetings every Tuesday during school term time. 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. In Wasperton Village Hall. No tuition, we make our own progress using many different medium. Painting, drawing and embroidery. Our fees are £2.50 an afternoon. Just pay when you come. Hope you can come along.

Do give me a call.

Mike Porter 01926 624909

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If you ever need a card in a hurry, one with a special greeting or just a supply of notelets, my whole range is on display at DOVECOTE WASPERTON – the last bungalow on the right. You are welcome to look with no obligation to buy but remember all proceeds go to our village hall and church.

Please do call in and/or phone.
SYLVIA FENWICK 01926 624 401

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A commemorative booklet on the rededication of the war memorial in Wasperton has now been published and is available at £1 per copy.

It consists of 24 pages of A5 in black and white including a centre spread showing colour photos taken on the day of the rededication.

Details are given of the two crashes by the River Avon during World War II, the recovery of aircraft parts from the Avon in 1976 and the subsequent construction and dedication of the memorial in 1977. A report is given of the rededication of the memorial on 9th April 2011 .

Copies of the booklet can be obtained from Kath Wright on 01926 624088.

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At the Wasperton Annual Parish Meeting it was suggested that an email directory for Wasperton might be created to facilitate the speedy distribution of information. The Parish Clerk (a registered Data Controller) would be the custodian, ensuring that no email addresses were released to third parties.

Any resident of Wasperton who wishes to be added to the directory should

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In response to our request last month for people to donate books, we have now received a new supply. Please continue to support this scheme by buying the books (only 50p each) and continuing to donate any spare ones you have. We are grateful to those of you who have already made donations of books.

Many thanks,
John & Kath

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For decades scholars have puzzled over the true story of settlement in Britain between the fifth and eight centuries. Did the Romans leave? Did the Anglo-Saxons invade? What happened to the British? New light on these questions comes unexpectedly from Wasperton, where archaeologists had the good fortune to excavate a complete cemetery and its prehistoric setting in the 1980's.

In a new book, "Wasperton - A Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon Community in Central England", the authors have put this variety of burial practice into a credible sequence, and built up a picture of life at the time. Here there were people who were culturally Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon, pagan and Christian in continuous use of the same graveyard and drawing on a common inheritance. Here we can see the beginnings of England and the people who made it happen - not the kings, warriors and preachers, but the ordinary folk obliged to make their own choices: choices about what nation to build and which religion to follow.

A review in the journal British Archaeology states 'Careful arguments result in the beautifully written story of a community going through massive cultural changes. This is groundbreaking stuff ..''

Click here for full details of this new book.

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Two publications have been produced within the last few years, showing the history and development of the Parish of Wasperton:

Wasperton Chronicle is a 143 page hard back book, measuring 21.5 x 30 cm, published privately by Victor Oubridge.

Victor was a resident of Wasperton from 1948 until 2001 during which time he researched the history of the village from the period of the Domesday Book until the Second World War. A brief epilogue was later added which brings the history up to 1999. The work includes the development of farms within the Parish and the development of Wasperton village. A series of maps, the earliest dating from 1686, photographs, and pictures further enhance this interesting and informative book.

Wasperton Only is a 35 page booklet measuring 20.8 x 29.6 cm, published by Wasperton residents in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. The idea was to produce a record of life in Wasperton at the turn of the century, such as information on population statistics, where people work and shop, religious and social life and leisure activities. Also included are details of St John the Baptist Church and other buildings in the village, a brief history of Wasperton, details of archaeological finds, a map of the Parish footpaths, lists of flora and fauna identified in the Parish, as well as photographs and other illustrations.

These publications are priced as follows:

Wasperton Chronicle is unfortunately now out of print and there is unlikely to be another print run. However, copies are available in Warwick Library, telephone 01926 412189.

Wasperton Only is available for purchase at 4.00 to include postage and packing

If you are interested in purchasing "Wasperton Only", please send a cheque for £4.00 per copy payable to St John the Baptist Wasperton to Mrs K Wright, 8 Farriers Court, Wasperton, Warwick CV35 8EB. For further information please telephone 01926 624088.

Proceeds from Wasperton Only will be given to help maintain Wasperton village hall. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like further information, please use the "Contact us" link above.

Please note that we cannot take responsibility for items which go astray in the post. Please contact us on the website if you would like some form of postal insurance. There will be an additional charge for this.

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