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Astley Parish

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church St Mary's Church

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Benefact - October/November 2018

It’s a long time since the combine harvesters were busy locally but we had the opportunity to celebrate another successful gathering of crops at our harvest service on 23 September, somewhat earlier than in previous years; I know all who attended would agree that the church decorations looked wonderful thanks to the creative efforts of some very talented ladies in our midst. We are so grateful that you spare the time and patience to transform God’s gifts into such imaginative and beautiful displays.  Thanks also go to those who donated harvest produce and other gifts which as in previous years have been gratefully received by the Shrewsbury Ark. We assembled afterwards in the village hall for a convivial bring-and-share supper, always an enjoyable occasion.
This year we fielded only 2 participants for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust’s Ride and Stride on 8 September.  Nick and I set off independently in the morning rain to complete the usual 7 local churches before moving into town to walk the Shrewsbury streets on a mercifully dry afternoon; a grand total of 16 between us, raising some £730  from our generous direct and on-line sponsors, so many thanks for your support and also to those who manned the church throughout the day.
With 2 events still to go in 2018, we are looking forward to Edward Pick’s piano recital on Friday 5 October in the Village Hall.  Tickets have now all been sold and we look forward to a relaxed and enjoyable evening’s music; doors will be open at 7 pm for a welcome drink and the recital will start at 7:30 prompt.
The traditional Christmas Hamper raffle will take place after the Carol Service on Thursday 13 December at 7 pm; the hamper really is something special (ask previous winners!).  Nick and Heather are once again collecting items so please let them know (210353) what you would like to contribute so they end up with a balanced selection of seasonal items.  Once again there will be additional prizes.
Finally, we are recruiting volunteers for next year’s cleaning/brasses and flower rota!. If you are able to spare a little time keeping our church interior spick and span after all the effort spent recently on renovating and redecorating, please get in touch with Chris Field (201624); men may apply also!