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News from the All Saints Holy Mowers
Here we are, at the start of another year, with lots of plans and work for the churchyard. This autumn has been so wet that for several weeks we have been unable to do any work in the churchyard. The only work being done up there is by our friendly moles, and large
molehills are everywhere. Nearly all the leaves are off the trees now, so there are big piles of leaves just waiting to be cleared up. The Holy Mowers have just bought a leaf blower, really useful; it can get leaves out from between the graves where rakes cannot reach. In theory,
the leaves will all be blown into a big pile on the paths, making it easier for ‘the Mowers’ to bag them up and put them on the bonfire.
In practice, we are not quite proficient at doing this yet!! It’s a laugh but we will get the hang of it eventually. When it stops raining we shall get busy. We had fun producing our effort for the Christmas Tree festival – Bat-Tree – and The Holy Mowers will be off for our Annual celebration meal in January, fifteen of us sharing laughs and fellowship together. A lovely group of hard working people who love the work we do at All Saints’. Wild Advent was held in the churchyard, for children. It was really good fun, and I am always amazed at the imagination and skills that people have, producing some beautiful natural decorations. Bonfire and hot chocolate were the order of the day. With the shortest day behind us, we shall now be looking out for aconites, snowdrops, primroses and the first signs of daffodils. Then we know Spring is round the corner. There are signs that our Peregrine Falcon is still an occasional visitor to All Saints’. We are hoping he will find a mate eventually and choose to nest at All Saints’. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the churchyard and marvel at God’s creation. We look forward to the coming year, anyone free to help us will be very welcome. Call me 07944 108624… Sheila
£61,000 Lottery Win for All Saints’ Church
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has recognised the historic importance of Brightlingsea’s All Saints’ Church awarding it £61,000 for its ‘Tower of Strength’ project. This development funding will help the parish of Brightlingsea and the Friends of All Saints’ progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date. The project will see the Tower parapets, stone and leadwork made safe
while providing a the new toilet & kitchen facility it will allow more cultural, educational and community events to take place. Making the most of the famous maritime links locally, sharing the heritage of the church interior as well as exploring the wild-life and nature of England’s second largest churchyard, will create a wealth of activities and resources for many to enjoy, as well as providing a bank of volunteers with skills to share. The Church first built 800 years ago, is Grade 1 Listed, with an iconic wall frieze of tiles as well as other significant features on the walls and as floor brasses. As a landmark building, which every visitor to the town passes, The Project group are delighted to received this support, thanks to The National Lottery players. It’s a real comfort to know that we are helping to preserve it for future generations and make it fit for today’s needs.” Elizabeth Foss-Smith 07899 776 620.
Latest Phase of Redevelopment at St James’
We have reported before about the plans for All Saints’ Church but we have still to finish the redevelopment of St James’ Church.
A group has been working on ideas for a little while and these first thoughts were outlined in a presentation to the congregation just before the recent annual meeting. It’s an opportunity for people to give their views.
The main purposes of this phase of redevelopment will be to:
• Provide storage facilities
• Make proper space for meetings, Sunday School and other youth groups
• Create a place for quiet reflection and prayer
• Provide an electronic organ
• Develop up-to-date audio visual/ facilities
• Make better, larger office facilities
• Sort out the heating system
More details will follow in the near future!
Holy Mowers and All Saints Churchyard:
A warm welcome from our very friendly group awaits you. If you want to join the Holy Mowers, just turn up at 10.00 at All Saints any Thursday or ring Sheila Crow on 01206 306574 or 07944 108624
If you wish to hire St James please contact the church Administrator at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at email@example.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour