On Friday 27th September a group of willing volunteers undertook various tasks in and around the church. Much work was completed including hedge trimming, weeding and carpentry repairs. Many thanks go to Mr and Mrs Marsh who very kindly arranged for ‘heavy duty’ trimming of the front hedge.
On Sunday 10th November at 10.45 we will meet at Lincoln Fields for an act of Remembrance on the grassed verge, followed by bell ringing and refreshments after in church
If you a knitter or crocheter don’t forget we need poppies to decorate the church. They can be dropped off in church anytime before the 1st November.
We held our harvest festival on 15th September and had one of the biggest congregations of the year, with 23 people attending. We raised £40 for “Send a cow to Africa” harvest appeal to enable Rwandan farmers to become self sufficient. For more information on the work of this very worthwhile organisation click on the logo.
Bridgnorth Community Transport run a community minibus on a Saturday morning from Cleobury to Bridgnorth and this can pick up in Billingsley by appointment.
To use this, you first need to join the group; phone 01746 768539 or visit their website http://www.bridgnorthcombus.org.uk to get a registration form. This costs £8 a year. The return fare is £6.50 but you can use a concessionary bus pass if you have one to travel free. Should transport be needed for an individual to get to a medical appointment or is required for other essential journeys then the Voluntary Car Scheme may be able to help.
Rev David Poyner, on behalf of Billingsley PCC
If you can knit or crochet or simply want to learn a new skill we need you. We want to produce a display of knitted or crocheted poppies in the church as part of our Remembrance Day Commemorations in November. Poppies can be produced in red and black with or without green leaves using any pattern; there are no rules! Completed poppies can be dropped off in the church from now until November 1st. If you can’t knit create poppies in whatever medium you like; be as creative as you can. For further information or patterns contact Sue 07434 882845.
On Sunday 10th November at 10.45 am there will be an act of Remembrance at Lincoln Fields followed by refreshments at the church.
We look at the link between harvest festival and the moon landings 50 years ago… Hymns and readings, with refreshments afterwards. Donations of harvest produce to decorate the church are welcome; please bring them to the church at any convenient time before the service. The collection will be split between the church and “Send a cow to Africa”, a charity that provides dairy cows to communities in Africa so that they can have a regular source of fresh milk.
The harvest produce will be left in the church for anyone to help themselves; please give a donation if you are able, which we will put towards “Send a Cow”. Remaining food will be donated to the Bridgnorth Food Bank.
During September, we are taking part in a photographic competition promoted by our insurers, Ecclestiastical. We are looking for a single sentence about why Billingsley Church is special, accompanied by a photo of the church that illustrates this. Be as creative as you like! We will put all the photos on display in the church and we will select one to enter into the competition. Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave them in a box in the church, or post them on our Facebook page.
What a fabulous day we had last Sunday!
Together we raised over £1,000 for St Mary’s! Much needed funds to help keep our lovely historic church open, but it’s not just about raising funds, it’s also about bringing our community together The church is the last remaining communal building in Billingsley.
There are so many people to thank for making it such a big success so here goes …
First of all a big thank you to everyone who came and supported us on the day. We hope you had a good time.
Thanks also to those who bought raffle tickets and made donations.
Another big thank you to Bonnie & Mike Garvey who were the driving force behind this event.
Thanks to Sue & Phil Bates for organising the raffle & prizes and for stepping up when the going got tough at the BBQ!
Thanks to Amanda & Dave Prescott for organising the BBQ.
Thanks to Caroline for cooking all the onions and supporting in the kitchen on the day.
Ellen thanks for baking such an amazing array of cakes and for staying up until after midnight the night before.
Thanks to all of our other helpers on the day.
A big shout out to ‘The Endangered Species’ (the band!) for their time and talent on the day.
Thanks to Harry Scriven for donating the burgers and sausages.
Thanks to The Eagle & Serpent for organising the licensed bar.
Thank you to all of our raffle prize donors.
Last but definitely not least a big thank you to David Poyner, our assistant curate, who walks around the village every month to say hello and publicise our upcoming events. Please say hello and give him a wave next time you see him out and about!
Think we’ll all have a bit of a rest now before we start thinking about 2020!!!
A guided walk around New England and Priors Moor finally took place on the evening of Saturday 13th July. After twice being rained off, we had a lovely summer evening for our stroll along the banks of Bind brook, hearing tales of mining and seditious vicars as well as tracking deer! We raised over £40 for church funds.