Our Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service was held on 24th September and the Church looked beautiful. Thank you to all those who worked so hard creating such pretty autumnal arrangements, and also to those who provided produce and flowers.
The Harvest Supper was held the evening before in the Village Hall, and the evening was a great success and raised over £400 for the Church. Many people worked incredibly hard for the evening and we would like to thank all who made it such a success.
The Remembrance Service at St Mary’s will be held on Sunday 12th November at 10.45 am and Pippa Regan will be going round the village selling poppies over the next couple of weeks.
The St Mary’s Carols by Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday 16th December at 6.00pm and we will be Carol Singing around the village on Thursday 21st December, meeting at 6.00pm at Gorse Cottage.
Local historian Ann Preston has continued her work on men who died in the Great War, and a copy can be found in the Church for anyone wishing to have a look.
Pop-up Market in Little Coxwell: A variety of village crafts and products will be on sale at Little Coxwell Village Hall on Saturday 28th October from 10.00am to 12:30pm. Stalls include: honey from Little Coxwell bees, artisan pens, cushions, homemade marmalade, Christmas Stockings, greetings cards with modern designs and historic scenes, Aloe Vera products, knitted gloves, fudge, paintings and many more handmade crafts.
The Market is in support of the Friends of St Mary’s, the registered charity dedicated to funding the upkeep of the fabric of Little Coxwell’s Church and graveyard. Enquiries about the market to 01367 240 832.
The next PCC meeting is on Monday 9th October at 7.45pm at Gorse Cottage.
The St Mary’s Carol Service is on Saturday 16th December at 6.00 pm – join us for carols and lessons.
The repairs to the south side Church windows are now underway. The window in the main section of the Church has now been repaired and returned. Fortunately we are able to have the other window in the Chancel repaired in situ. As the window will not be taken out and put back this should protect the stonework.
To help raise money to pay for the windows, Gill and Dave Hudson are organising another of their excellent Quizzes on 24th June 7.30pm in the Little Coxwell Village Hall. Tickets are £6 per person to include entry and ploughman’s and can be obtained from Gill on 244 176.
We have an appeal to dog owners. At the moment we are happy for dogs to be taken into the churchyard but please could you ensure that your clear up after your dog.
I am sad to report that the village has recently lost two of its most prominent inhabitants, Peter Eyre-Brook and Michael Allsopp.
Peter Eyre-Brook’s Memorial Service took place at St Mary’s on Monday 15th May, and the Church was packed with a number of people also listening to the service outside on the PA system. Pete was very involved in the village community and he always took great interest in the Church. It was Pete who pointed out that the Church bells should be checked, and he was proved correct as substantial renovations were required. Without Pete’s intervention we might well have faced far more serious repairs and expense. Many will have their own particular happy memories of Pete as he was a stalwart supporter of village events.
Mike Allsopp’s funeral was held at All Saints’ on Wednesday 17th May. At a wonderful service a packed congregation heard of a life lived to the full. We heard of his service in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry and of his successful City career. He also served the community as a County Councillor for many years. Most of all the congregation heard of a love of family, of a jolly good party and of a great passion for horses and hunting. A retiring collection was taken in aid of the Faringdon Educational Activities Trust, a charity set up by Mike Allsopp during his time as a County Councillor.
Both will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.
The next PCC meeting is on Monday 12th June 2017 at 7.45pm at Gorse Cottage