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St Stephen's Newsletter: Februaru 2019

By Editor, Mar 8 2019 11:53AM

As I write this morning the sky is blue and the sun shining, already the promise of another glorious day. Sadly, this month’s newsletter has become the victim of neglect and opportunism, the days having been most brilliantly taken advantage of. That is terrible grammar, but it’s very true!


And it was a most glorious day for the thanksgiving service, celebrating the ‘circle of the life’ of Liz Bird, held most appositely on her birthday. St. Stephen’s was filled to overflowing with both family and friends for this service of celebration and remembrance, led by David. Liz spanned many areas of life in the Village, a kind, generous, thoughtful friend and a very brave and feisty lady. Our thoughts and prayers go now to John, Caroline and Terence, and all those who loved Liz.


It was so lovely to have Mary providing the music for Liz, and Marlene’s flower arrangements were beautiful too. At one of our recent services Mary was unable to be with us so Lynn led both our service and the singing, ably abetted by Graham and backed up by Janet, sitting behind me. All went well until the final hymn which Janet, inexplicably, did not know. Mary’s music was much appreciated the following week, as was Janet’s singing!


I would like to mention here Jeannette Norrington. We really were just ‘passing acquaintances’, meeting most weeks as we went about our shopping in the Ashley Centre, mainly in Waitrose. David and I miss the few pleasantries we always exchanged with such a lovely lady, and feel a surprising sense of loss. We both appreciated, very much, the few words written about St. Martin’s floral tribute to Jeannette, and would like to thank whoever penned them - they were just so right.


Such a short month and quite a short newsletter too. It just remains for me to thank all the clergy team, and of course Judith, for some very rewarding services. To my great regret I missed our Candlemas service with Adrian. There was snow on the ground and my family forbids me to leave the house under such circumstances, due to my ‘history’ of falls and their consequences. Judith said it was a lovely service too.


With hopes for more beautiful Spring days to come for all of us -


On behalf of everyone here at St. Stephen’s Janie Grinstead


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