St James’s Church

Christmas Eve Crib Service now at 3:00pm

Dear all,

Due to the increasing threat of the Omicron variant of covid-19 we have taken the decision to once again hold our traditional Christmas Eve Crib service outside in the churchyard rather than inside the church. It will be a simple crib service rather than the planned communion service.

We will have the service at 3pm round the crib at the entrance to the church. This year we will be able to sing carols unlike last year which will be lovely. You are welcome to wear a mask if it makes you feel more comfortable, but at this stage it will not be mandatory.

Of course if the weather is against us, we will move the service inside, but in that case we will be asking everyone to wear a mask.

Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you there.

Sarah & Amanda (church wardens)

 

Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice

Weekly Newsletter

Message from the benefice administrator:

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter, the Bible Readings for Sunday 12th December and ‘Look’, the Sunday sheet for children.

Café Inspire Cancelled on Saturday 11th December
We are very sorry but we feel it would be safer not to hold Café Inspire on Saturday as planned. We will put the mince pies in the freezer and the mulled wine on ice and hope to be able to share them with you on 8th January, but please look out for emails and notices in your church newsletters.  Thank you for your support since we re-opened. Christmas blessings from all at Café Inspire. 

Faringdon Singers’ Christmas Concert
The concert scheduled for tomorrow evening (Saturday 11th December) at Shrivenham Methodist church has been cancelled.

Best wishes,
Lucy


Lucy Laird
Benefice Administrator
01793 783519

Newsletter 12 Dec

Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice

Weekly Newsletter

Message from the benefice administrator:

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter, the Bible Readings for Sunday 5th December and ‘Look’, the Sunday sheet for children.

Newsletter 5 Dec

 

And a reminder about ‘Soup On Saturday’:  Saturday 4th December from 12 noon – 2pm at St Andrew’s Church Shrivenham.  Come along for a mug of soup and a natter.  A selection of Christmas cards, edible gifts, handicrafts and decorations will be on sale.  In aid of St Andrew’s Church.


Best wishes,
Lucy


Lucy Laird
Benefice Administrator
01793 783519

Crime Stoppers – reporting suspicious activity

0800 555 111 – A Number To Remember

Message from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Alert:

Thames Valley Police have frequently repeated that their success in fighting crime is very dependent on the efficient gathering of relevant information – ‘criminal intelligence’ – from the public. So, we all have a personal stake in helping this process.

The Neighbourhood Watch national website – ourwatch.org.uk – offers ideas of what to look out for under various crime headings. Even those living in peaceful, low-crime areas may occasionally overhear or see something that is suspicious or ‘doesn’t look right.’ Putting together criminal intelligence has been described as a bit like a jigsaw, and even little bits of information can help – by confirming other pieces perhaps. So, it is important that we all report things that we feel could help the police.

I am sure you know that you should immediately call 999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency. And you should call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so. This, of course, involves you in providing your own contact details, and even though these will be treated in complete confidence by the police, sometimes we can be reluctant to ‘get involved’ to that extent. That is understandable, but we do not want your ‘piece of the jigsaw’ to be missed. It could be vital!

So, we are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number – 0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer. Please view this link, and consider adding the number to your mobile phone speed-dial list so it is quickly ready when needed.

While contacting the police directly – especially if you could be an important witness – is what we hope most people will do most of the time, having the CrimeStoppers anonymous alternative plays a vital part in helping the police to ‘complete the criminal-intelligence jigsaw’.

Whichever way you do it – please report it!

Many thanks for your support!

 

Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee weekend June 2-5 2022

The celebrations for the Queens Platinum Jubilee are scheduled for the weekend of 2-5 June 2022.  For all those planning to hold events over that weekend, the linked letter from the Lord Lieutenant sets out a few of the activities already being prepared and provides links to sources of further information.  Also linked is a leaflet with details of the lighting of the Jubilee beacons on 2 June.

 

Platinum Jubilee – letter from Lord Lieutenant

 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons Guide-2

 

 

Traffic Calming

Parish Council priorities

Following a session set aside for discussing the various traffic calming measures available in the village at the last Parish Council meeting, the Council agreed its priorities as:

 

  • Reducing the existing 30mph speed limit through the village to 20mph,

 

  • Implementing a 30mph speed limit on the stretch of road from the church through to the road passing the entrance to Fern Farm, and

 

  • Installing a speed bump at the existing build-out near the church, if affordable.

 

These measures will require a relatively high level of investment: up to £4,500 has been earmarked for the speed limit changes although this may be insufficient to complete the speed limit changes in one go. The costs of installing the speed bump are currently unknown.  Financial assistance may be available from the County Council although this is subject to their budget review in early 2022.

 

Finally, the cogs of local government can turn quite slowly, and these changes may take some time to implement!

St James’s Church

Advent Family Service – 4 December

Just a reminder that the Advent family service will be held at St James’s on Saturday 4 December at 10:00am.  Coffee and mince pies will be available after the service – everyone is welcome!

 

 

50/50 Club

Subscribe now for 2022!

It’s the time of the year to subscribe to the 50/50 club for 2022.

The club is a monthly drawn lottery and one half of the total subscriptions goes towards the running and upkeep of the village hall. The lottery is an important part of the village hall’s income – it contributed £504 in 2021.  No costs are taken from the lottery – all proceeds go to the village hall or the monthly draw winners.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Alternatively there’s an online application form which can be accessed here.

The results from each of the month’s draws in the current year can be found on the village website using this link.

 

Please subscribe to help support the village hall.  And remember – there’s no limit to the number of tickets per person.

 

Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice

Weekly Newsletter

Message from the benefice administrator:

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter, the Bible Readings for Sunday 28th November and ‘Look’, the Sunday sheet for children.

Newsletter 28 Nov


There may be a few seats left for the Coffee Concert by the Torriano Ensemble at St Mary’s Church Longcot on Sunday 28th November at 11:30am.  
All seats need to be reserved in advance by contacting victorialmedcalf@gmail.com

The Torriano Ensemble, a group of professional musicians, will be playing Beethoven’s Septet for clarinet, horn, bassoon and strings.  There will be a brief talk with musical illustrations before the performance.
Free admission – retiring collection in aid of the charity ‘EMBRACE the Middle East’ and also towards urgent repairs to St. Mary’s churchyard wall.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 11am and after the concert.

Best wishes,
Lucy


Lucy Laird
Benefice Administrator
01793 783519