Dont forget this Years Christmas Tree Festival at St James Church
between 5th and the 13th of December
What a warm autumn we are having! Less than a month to the winter solstice and we have not had a sharp frost. The fuchsias are still flowering in our gardens and a few last roses are adding to the colour; little sign of ‘the weather the cuckoo shuns’ as yet. However, the clear skies tonight probably indicate that the weather is becoming more seasonal.
John Lea remarks that very few birds are coming to his garden feeders, probably because there are so many berries and insects available. I noticed a variety of tits and a thrush avidly feeding on the berries of a yew tree making the foliage tremble with their efforts, while a blackbird hopped around beneath picking up the berries that had escaped the beaks of the scavengers above.
The Christmas markets are equally full of active snappers up. It has been stir-up Sunday and, I am sure, lots of puddings have been made. Soon we shall be at that joyous season when we think of gifts, and the greatest one of all.
A happy Christmas to all our readers.
I am sure most of you are now familiar with the CHRISTINGLE SERVICEwhich is always held on the first Sunday in December - this year the date will be
SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER at 10 a.m. do hope the Church will be full. However, please also spare a few thoughts and prayers for all those children in country who are not so fortunate as those who attend Gawsworth Church. be generous with your giving so that the Children's Society can continue to look after the many young people who are in need of care and love and most especially as the festive season of Christmas approaches. the end of the Family Service i November envelopes will be distributed so that you can bring them back in December with your generous offerings. big thank you in advance.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 9th November 2014
Remembrance Sunday this year was a particularly poignant event, as it marked the centenary of the start of
World War I.
More people than ever joined together for the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, which was followed by tea/coffee served by the WI in the Scout Hut.
This year, the Last Post and Reveille were played by a young man by the name of Ben Smith, a student from Fallibroome Academy, whose musical ability held us spellbound.
We were extremely proud of our young people, namely Scouts, Girls’ Brigade and pupils from our village school, who joined other members of the community laying a total of eight poppy wreaths.
Several amounts of money have been raised over a period, namely £160 from the coffee morning held on 30th October, £121 collected after the War Memorial service and £85.79 collected by our Community Shop No 1 tin – No 2 tin has yet to be opened by the Legion office.
Finally, there is an exhibition, ‘100 Years on – Art of Remembrance’ at Charles Roe House, Chestergate, which runs from 15th November to 8th December, 10 am – 4 pm each week day, week-ends 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. This is over three floors and is well worth a visit.
GAWSWORTH WI MEETING, TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2014
Members were sorry to hear that Joyce Thornicroft has resigned from the committee after 15 years’ service, latterly spent organising very enjoyable trips. We are eagerly awaiting our outings to Pollyanna Pickering's studio, Arley Hall for Christmas shopping, and lunch at Macclesfield College in the new year. Lorinda, Anne Benson and Jayne Leyland, an enthusiastic new member, have joined the committee.
Our entries in the Macclesfield Area show on 25 October brought marvellous results, 2 cups and a silver salver are being engraved and will be presented at the next meeting. Produce class ‘a gingerbread couple’, 1st Joyce Venables, 2nd Gillian Biddulph, 3rd Linda Robson. Novice class ‘a knitted cushion’ 1st Gillian Crawford. Oils ‘a seasonal scene’ 1st Anne Benson. ‘Rag doll’ 3rd Dorothy Parker, highly commended Gillian Crawford. Group combined ‘as time goes by’ 2nd prize. ‘Savoury bread’ highly commended Jayne Leyland.
After the meeting a lively and entertaining quiz was held and, despite having the answers to hand, Gillian's team were held to a draw!
Great fun was had by all. Betty Williams and Dorothy Parker shared the Gawsworth Competition Cup.
Next meeting will be on 2 December mulled wine, mince pies and a display by our craft group.