Events in 2009-13


On this page (click on one for details):

Lots of people (including Archdeacon Morris!) joined in the spirit of Christmas by coming in costume to the All-Age Nativity at St Mark’s on Sunday 15th December 2013.

Susan Mileham’s small group laid on a first-class Christmas lunch on Sunday 15th December 2013.
Friends in Retirement (FIRs) enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch on Tuesday 8th December 2013. Thanks to cooks Lucy and Sarah, with sterling help from Ethel and Michael.

‘Wanted: Two Arms and Two Legs’ was a fun-and-fund-raising evening on Saturday 9th November 2013, to sponsor Stefan, a Romanian child born without limbs. Thanks to members of the Denning family!

St Mark’s office underwent a makeover in early November 2013. Brookhurst and Milverton schools both held their Harvest Assemblies at St Mark’s in October 2013.
St Mark’s celebrated Harvest in church and then lunch, on Sunday 13th October 2013.

Mark Harper celebrated his birthday in style, among family and friends, on Saturday 21st September 2013.

Sarah Klein celebrated achieving the right to permanent residency in the UK by throwing an American Party, on Saturday 7th September 2013.

One small group spent a summer evening enjoying a bring-and-share picnic and a game of cricket-in-the-dark! On Wednesday 21st August 2013.
Over 80 of us spent the weekend in Swanwick together, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2013.

Praise in the Park for Pentecost was held in excellent weather in the Pump Room Gardens on Sunday 19th May 2013.

St Mark’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held over lunch on Sunday April 28th 2013.

Nikki Hill organised a church cleaning morning, to help us prepare for Easter, on Saturday 16th March 2013.

Nic Norris married Andy Mort at St John’s church, Harrogate on Saturday 9th March 2013.

Revd Canon John Witcombe became the new Dean of Coventry Cathedral at a service on January 19th 2013.

Lucy, Barry and Michael warmed us up with an excellent meal on a cold day in January.

Claire Russell headed up the music for the Carol service on Sunday evening, 23rd December 2012.

The Star and Garter hosted our annual ‘Beer and Carols’ evening on Wednesday 19th December 2012.

Nic Norris and team produced a splendid Christmas Party after the All-age Nativity on Sunday 16th December 2012.

All-age Nativity had a cast of thousands at our combined service on Sunday 16th December 2012.

Where did you get that hat?? Diana’s Craft Group enjoyed their Christmas party on Wednesday 12th December 2012.

Almost 60 people enjoyed a superb Christmas lunch, ably cooked by Sarah, Lucy, Barry and Michael, on Tuesday 11th December 2012.

The Brownies (and parents) enjoyed their Christmas party on Tuesday 11th December 2012.

The Rainbows (and parents) enjoyed their Christmas Nativity on Monday 10th December 2012.

The Toy Service on 9th December 2012 was sadly Gideon’s last with us. He has helped with scouts and in many, many other ways over two years. Thanks, Gideon – may God go with you as you return to Africa.

We were delighted to welcome the Blossom Street Singers to perform their Christmas programme at St Mark’s on Saturday 8th December 2012.

We were sorry to say goodbye to Gideon Momanyi at a farewell party on Saturday 7th December 2012.Gideon has been with us for two years as a Careforce worker, and has become thoroughly involved in almost all aspects of church life. We shall definitely miss his smile!

The Bishop of Warwick, John Stroyan, came to St Mark’s on Advent Sunday (2nd December 2012) to baptise Nic and confirm Jeff, Nic, Abigail, Jamie and Jennifer.

The Denning crew gave us a splendid evening of food and games, to raise money for Stefan, on Saturday 17th November 2012. The Craft Group proudly show off their skills – and raise hundreds of pounds for Myton Hospice, on 3rd November 2012. Miriam Lee has been in India! Mark Berry came from CMS and interviewed Dan and Phillipa Munday, on Sunday 21st October 2012. Nikki and team conjured up a wonderful spread – modestly called ‘Ploughman’s Lunch’ – on Sunday 14th October 2012. Becky Jones (nee Welch), who was a curate at St Mark’s, was licensed as Associate Vicar of Aston and Nechells on Monday 1st October 2012. Dan and Phillipa’s Nepal Extravaganza took place on Saturday evening, 29th September 2012. John Fryer came to teach us about grace, helped by Mr Scrappy on Sunday 9th September 2012. Fourteen men from St Mark’s went a-walking to the Saxon Mill on Friday 10th August 2012. Peter Took married Gemma North at all Saints Church, Harbury, on Saturday 21st July 2012. Bishop Christopher visited the Deanery and came to All Saints Emscote on Wednesday 18th July 2012. Reader Peter Took preached his last sermon at St Mark’s on Sunday 15th July 2012. Pam Howell was ordained Deacon at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 1st July 2012. Nat Reuss was ordained Priest at St John’s Church, Buxton, on Saturday 30th June 2012. Patrick and Sue were married at St Mark’s on Saturday 23rd June 2012.
For earlier events, click here.
The Watoto Children’s Choir came to St Mark’s on Friday 22nd June 2012.
St Mark’s parish enjoyed a Big Jubilee Lunch on June 3rd 2012
Readers and clergy shared a Training Morning with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Warwick University on May 26th 2012
Mark Norris’s induction as Vicar of Keresley, Coventry, on April 25th 2012
Maundy Thursday service at the Cathedral,including a farewell to Archdeacon Ian Watson, April 5th 2012
FIRs lunch with Bernard on ukelele, 13th March 2012
24/7 Prayer weekend, March 23rd-25th 2012
Men’s outing to Wychwood Brewery, January 20th 2012
Pillar Box jumping early on Christmas morning 2011
Beer and Carols at the Star & Garter on Thursday 15th December 2011
Craft Group Christmas lunch on Tuesday 14th December 2011
FIRs Christmas lunch on Tuesday 13th December 2011
St Mark’s holds a Christmas Feast for 112 people! Also on Sunday 11th December 2011
St Mark’s stages its Nativity Extravaganza on Sunday 11th December 2011
Sidney Tyrrell marries Andy Syson at St Mark’s on Friday 9th December 2011
Bishop John leads our special service for Guide Dogs (and owners) on Sunday 27th November 2011
Steve Hood leads our Hot Topic on St Paul’s Cathedral, Sunday 13th November 2011
Church Army service, Saturday 12th November 2011
Small Group Leaders’ Training Day, Saturday 12th November 2011
Kent and Tash wedding, Friday 28th October 2011
Harvest service and lunch, Sunday 9th October 2011
Confirmation service, Saturday 1st October 2011
Roly the clown, Sunday 11th September 2011
Light out of Darkness Exhibition, Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th September 2011
Ellie’s farewell, Friday 15th July 2011
Open-Air Service, Sunday 10th July 2011
Nat Reuss Ordination, Sunday 3rd July 2011
Emma and Peter’s wedding, Saturday 14th May 2011
Children’s activities during the Good Friday service, Friday 22nd April 2011
‘Promise of Glory’ weekend, Saturday and Sunday 29/30 January 2011
St Mark’s hosts a town-wide United Service at which Leanne Wallis from the Salvation Army speaks,
Sunday 23 January 2011
St Mark’s Church Ramble along the canal, Monday 3 January 2011
Circle Singers lead a carol concert, ‘Joy to the World’, Saturday 11 December
Bishop Christopher leads our celebration service, Wednesday 8 December
Jan and Cliff get married, Friday 3 December
Mike and Safaa Cloud and family visit St Mark’s, Wednesday 20 October
This month’s Hot Topic was Education, Sunday 17 October
A cast of vegetables at Milverton School celebrating Harvest, Thursday 14 October
We say goodbye to a number of people on Sunday, August 1
Laurie and Emma Nason are over from Uganda. MAF Open House and services on Sunday, June 26-27
Morris Rodham, Archdeacon, June 16
Creativity in the Community, June 13/14
Pete and Amba baptisms, May 23rd
Experience Africa, May 16th
Deanery confirmation at Southam, May 15th
Two baptisms, May 9th
St Mark’s Annual Meeting, April 26th
Farewell to Emanuel and Carina, February 27th
Gig to raise funds for Toilet Twinning, February 20th
Pancake Party, part 1, February 16th 2010
FIRs lunch, with Bernard on ukelele, February 9th 2010
Pillar box jumping, December 25th 2009 (early!!)
Nativity play, December 20th 2009
Alister Mort licensing in Harrogate, December 16th 2009
Taize service, November 29th 2009
Church Christmas lunch, November 29th
Laila Kohlscheen baptism, November 15th
‘Wanted: Two arms and two legs': Stefan event, November 14th
PCC awayday, November 7th
Superhero party, October 31st
Autumn Fair put on by the Craft Group, October 31st
Weekend away on the Brecon Beacons by St Mark’s Ramblers, October
We say goodbye to Brian and Faye Carson, October 25th
Milverton School celebrate Harvest at St Mark’s, October 12th – 16th
We welcome Maasai, Careforce worker, September 13th
Bob Clucas’ licensing service at Napton, September 2nd
Gerald & Meriel Brough’s Golden Wedding celebration, August 22nd
St Mark’s 130th anniversary celebrations, July 11th – 12th (See written report here)
Becky Welch’s deaconing, July 5th
Ellie’s priesting, July 4th
Snowdodgers’ Homecoming Ball, June 19th
Deanery Confirmation service, May 30th
Archdeacon Michael Paget-Wilkes’ retirement service, May 17th
Hot Topic with Christopher Lamb, May 10th
Annual Parish Meeting, April 26th
Wii tournament, March 7th.

 


A good turnout for the Watoto Children’s choir concert at St Mark’s on Friday 22nd June. They were especially pleased to receive a Jubilee New Testament as a present from St Mark’s. (Pictures from Gideon) ^ Top ^


















Over 130 people enjoyed a Big Jubilee Lunch on 3rd June – even though the wet weather meant we stayed indoors! Here’s the story in pictures – right down to the clearing up afterwards! ^ Top ^

































Both clergy and Readers enjoyed hearing from Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at a Training Morning in the Ramphal Building at Warwick University on May 26th. ^ Top ^

 














Revd Mark Norris, late of this parish, was collated, inducted and installed (yes, really!) as Vicar of Keresley with Coundon, Coventry, by Bishop Christopher on Wednesday April 25th. How appropriate: St Mark’s Day! ^ Top ^




































Annual Chrism service for Maundy Thursday at the Cathedral. We also bade a sad but fond farewell to Archdeacon Ian Watson, who has retired on health grounds. ^ Top ^





















FIRs were entertained by Mr Seaside himself, Bernard Crowther on ukelele, as well as enjoying another wonderful meal. ^ Top ^



























Liz Munday was the inspiration for our 27/7 Prayer weekend in March. The pictures show some of the prayer stations. ^ Top ^












































Some of the men from St Mark’s travelled to Witney to enjoy a tour of Marston’s Wychwood Brewery, and sample several traditional ales. ^ Top ^

Nick and Harvey enjoy a joke and a pint…

…Ty and Paul likewise…

…then we’re all ears for the tour of the brewery.

 

 



The traditional event ‘Jumping over the Pillar Box in Beverley Road’ continued this year, with Martyn Jackson giving the speech. ^ Top ^















FIRs lunch for February drew in the crowds – it must have been Barry’s cooking!. ^ Top ^




Beer and Carols – an excellent mixture for this time of year! Lots of people came and joined in singing, led by St Mark’s musicians. ^ Top ^

 

Mulled wine and mince pies went down very well.

 

A blazing fire was welcome on a chilly evening.

 

Peter and Claire shared the keyboard and Steve led some rousing singing.


























The Craft Group had an excellent Christmas lunch in the Lounge (photos by Barry). ^ Top ^




































Lucy did us proud with an excellent Christmas lunch, ably assisted by Sarah, Les and Michael in the kitchen. ^ Top ^























Liz and Andy’s Small Group hosted a Christmas Feast – and 112 people came! It was a great success all round. ^ Top ^

 
















 

Nikki Hill was sharing the cooking with…

 

Sarah Jackson. Well done both!













Our annual Nativity presentation (written by Paul Manuel) was a great success, with a cast of – scores. ^ Top ^














Sidney Tyrrell marries Andy Syson in a very full church on Friday 9th December. The reception was held in an hotel in Weston-under-Wetherley. ^ Top ^





























Bishop John led this special service on behalf of GDBA. ^ Top ^






























Our Hot Topic for November was concerned with the protesters at St Paul’s Cathedral. ^ Top ^

 

Steve Hood chaired the debate.

 

Over 60 came to hear the arguments and ask questions.

 

 

David, Andy and Mark each spoke from a different viewpoint (church, protester and banker).

 



Church Army service in church, with CEO Mark Russell on Saturday evening 12th November. ^ Top ^

 

Mark Russell, CEO of Church Army.

Roger Horseley, Church Army, St Margaret’s Whitnash.

 

 

 

 



Small Group Leaders’ Training day on Saturday 12th November was led by Laurence Singlehurst from Cell UK. ^ Top ^

 

Laurence Singlehurst from Cell UK led the day.

 

Over 30 attended, from local churches.

 

Susan served us food and drinks all day – thank you!

 

There were good resources to look through and buy.

 

 



Kent Fermor marries Tash Hughes on Friday 28th October. ^ Top ^

 



































 

St Mark’s held its Harvest Service on Sunday 9th October, including a ‘Created’ stall of Tear Fund’s fairly traded goods. Afterwards, almost 70 people enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Hall. ^ Top ^



































 

On Saturday 1st October, Bishop John Stroyan came to confirm 26 candidates, including three adults and seven teenagers from St Mark’s. ^ Top ^

 

 



 

On Sunday 11th September 2011, St Mark’s enjoyed a different kind of service, led by Rev Roly Bain, the clerical clown. He told a good few tales while fooling around…and walking the slackrope. A great time was had by all – and we learned a lot too. The prayer time using bubbles was particularly effective. ^ Top ^














 



 

On Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th September 2011, an exhibition called ‘Light into the Darkness’ was staged in church as one of the Heritage weekend events. The four contributors were Tim Eccleston (photographer), Tim Fox (poet) Rosa Wain and Lindsey Attwood (artists). ^ Top ^














 

St Mark’s started to say good bye to curate Ellie Clack on Friday 15th July, and many presents and kind words were offered and accepted. And a few tears were shed. Maybe more than a few… ^ Top ^

































 



 

St Mark’s annual Open Air service took place on Sunday 10th July, and it was followed by a barbecue in the church grounds. ^ Top ^




























Nathaniel Reuss was ordained deacon at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 3rd July. ^ Top ^













Emma Perry and Peter Ormerod tied the knot at St Mark’s on Saturday 14th May, to universal acclaim. ^ Top ^




Phillipa and Pam helped children explore ‘Good Friday’ while adults were in church. (Photos by Phillipa.) ^ Top ^






Our Prayer Day on Saturday was combined with an Art weekend, led by Rosa Wain and Marie Calvert. (Photos by Jeremy Clack.) ^ Top ^


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There were approaching 300 people at St Mark’s for the United service, from many churches across the town. ^ Top ^

 

St mark’s music group led the singing with enthusiasm.


Leanne Wallis from the Salvation Army








A good turnout for the first Ramble of the year, to help walk off all that roast turkey and Christmas pud! ^ Top ^








Beresford King-Smith directed the Circle Singers in the first concert St Mark’s has hosted since re-ordering. ^ Top ^







St Mark’s parish is no longer suspended! Paul in now ‘Vicar’ and not ‘Priest-in-charge’. Bishop Christopher came to lead the celebrations. ^ Top ^












The long-awaited wedding of Jan and Cliff took place on December 3rd. ^ Top ^

















Mike and Safaa Cloud, with Jane, Joe, Roger and Steven, visit St Mark’s and share their Moroccan experiences. ^ Top ^







Linda Wainscot, Diocesan Director of Education, spoke and answered questions on the Hot Topic of Education, Education, Education. ^ Top ^








At Milverton’s Harvest celebrations, a cast of vegetables appeared: Pete the Potato, Suzy Sweetcorn and Clara Cabbage (aka Rev Paul, Marie Calvert and Sally Butt). ^ Top ^






Sadly we said goodbye to some people today: Ralph, Maasai, Gareth and family, and Tim, Bianca and Matthew. ^ Top ^







The Nasons are visiting from Kampala. We held MAF Open House on Saturday where many supporters came, and then Laurie and Emma spoke at all three services on Sunday (pictures from the 6.30pm service). ^ Top ^

 

The weather was excellent for Open House in the garden.


Laurie makes a point.

 

Quite a few children came, too.

 

On Sunday we gathered in the Hall…

 

…when Rev Paul and Laurie shared a joke or two…

 

…and we prayed for the work of MAF in Uganda…



Laurie was able to meet some of Maasai’s friends from Kenya.

 



Many of us gathered in the old cathedral ruins, then processed into the new, to celebrate with Morris Rodham his being made Archdeacon Missioner. And Churchwardens from all parts of the Diocese were sworn in, too. ^ Top ^

 

We gathered in the old cathedral ruins…

 

…then the Bishops led us into the new cathedral…

 

…where Bishop Christopher welcomed us.

 

He then preached…

 

Simon Lloyd interviewd Morris at length…

 

…and Becky Welch led prayers.

 

Revd David Stone is to take over from Adrian Daffern as Precentor in September.

 

Michael Paget-Wilkes, retired Archdeacon, came to lend support.

 



The community came together to produce wonderful art work in many and varied guises. (Photos by Jeremy Clack) ^ Top ^










Pete and Amba are baptised by full immersion during the evening service. (Photos by Martin) ^ Top ^










Maasai led an African evening of song and dance (with food), assisted by several Careforce colleagues. ^ Top ^












Eight members from St Mark’s were among 36 confirmed by Bishops Christopher and David at Southam on a glorious evening in May. Seen here are (not in order) Polly, Mike, Andy, Emily, Lucy, Pete, Aaron and Olivia. ^ Top ^


All eight candidates with Bishop Christopher, Rev Paul and Claire.

Peter Rowland was baptised only last week.

 

Bishop David works mostly in the south of the Diocese.

 

Two bishops lead all the confirmees from the church into the sunshine.

 

36 confirmed, two baptised and one received – and two bishops!

 



Mike Hood and Pete Rowland are baptised by full immersion during the evening service. ^ Top ^


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Pete Rowland and Mike Hood were baptised at St Mark’s.

 

Barry led the service in the Hall…

 

…with an appreciative audience…

 

…then we trooped outside and gathered round the pool.

 

Mike went first, with Rev Paul, Claire and Mike braving the cold water…

 

Then we went back into the warm hall.

 

Members of Pete’s family who came to support him.

 



The church Annual meeting attracted over 100 (or maybe it was the lunch that attracted them?) ^ Top ^

 

The annual gathering of the clans over lunch…

 

…for young and old.

 

Paul Manuel presided…

 

…Jan Thomas took notes…

 

David Calvert stepped down after 5 years as Warden…

 

…and David Wigman continues for a further year.

 

Dan Wood looks forward to a 3-year stretch on PCC…

 

…while others observe proceedings carefully.

 

Nikki Hill is warmly applauded for an excellent meal.

 



Sadly we say goodbye to Emanuel, Carina and Laila who are heading to Brazilia next week. ^ Top ^

 

Carina, Emanuel and baby Laila are heading back to Brazil.

 

Sarah prepares food and drink…

 

…while others just lounge about…

 

…clearly enjoying themselves…

 

…well, almost everyone…

 

…while Emma and Peter concentrate…

 

…and Ellie enjoys a good joke with Jeremy.

 



Claire Farley introduced this second fund-raising event, in connection with the Youth Upper Room Project, but in aid of the Burundi Toilet twinning scheme. Mark and Pam Howell led their band XRB in an eclectic mix of songs from the 60’s to the present. ^ Top ^

 

The band ‘XRB’ reminded us of earlier days with songs from 60s, 70s and later

 

Joe and Laura joined Pam and Mark on stage for a couple of numbers

 

Both young and old enjoyed the music.

 

Jane Wigman danced despite her crutches…

 

…while Frank Lovell danced energetically after two hip operations!

 

 



Claire Farley masterminded this fund-raising event, in connection with the Youth Upper Room Project, but in aid of the Burundi Toilet twinning scheme. Pictures here are from the first of the two sessions.(Thanks also to Judith Smith and Phillipa Munday.) ^ Top ^

 

What it’s all about – Jonathan tucks into a delicious pancake.

 

Thanks, Claire, for this great idea!

 

Laila clearly had a great time…

 

…and so did this table-ful.

 

Luke Smith (who had cooked many of the pancakes himself) dined alone…

 

…while the Milehams ate en famille.

 



Bernard Crowther with his ukelele led us in a rousing singsong, including a song once banned by the BBC! Here is a selection of the many faces (and hats) of Bernard. (For the purists out there, he was playing not a ukelele but a banjolele, as indeed George Formby himself did.) ^ Top ^

 


 

Martyn Jackson continued a long tradition of jumping over the pillar box in Beverley Road early on Christmas morning, after the Midnight communion service. ^ Top ^

 

 

 

 


 

Youngsters of St Mark’s put on a splendid Nativity play during the Morning service on 20th December. ^ Top ^

 

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A dozen or so St Mark’s people went to Bilton, near Harrogate, to support Alister Mort (a previous vicar) at his licensing to St John’s and St Luke’s. ^ Top ^

 

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Most of the family were there (Jon wasn’t able to be there).

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Alister clearly enjoyed the occasion…

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…and so did Christine.

Bishop James

Bishop James was on excellent form, leading the service with love and grace.

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Note the elegant footwear…yellow wellies are in!! They are a Bilton tradition from Easter Holiday Club, the ‘Smelly Yellow Wellie Club’.

Our Taize service was well attended. Marie led the service, Alison Kelly danced and Paul Manuel spoke. The table was decorated, needless to say, by Marie! ^ Top ^
Marie who led and Paul who spoke at the service.

Marie who led and Paul who spoke at the service.

Marie added her artistic touch to proceedings.

Marie added her artistic touch to proceedings.


Nikki surpassed herself in producing a wonderful early Christmas (or was it Advent?) lunch for a packed Hall. ^ Top ^

 

Frank and Joyce Lovell enjoying a good lunch.

Frank and Joyce Lovell enjoying a good lunch.

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Poinsettias on every table - a fitting Christmas flower.

Poinsettias on every table – a fitting Christmas flower.


Laila brought her parents, Carina and Emanuel, together with family and friends, to St Mark’s for her baptism. Then in the afternoon she threw a party! ^ Top ^
Emanuel and Carina are the proud parents...

Emanuel and Carina are the proud parents…

...at Laila's baptism.

…at Laila’s baptism.

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Emanuel’s dad, a pastor, gave a speech (more a mini-sermon) in the afternoon…

...to which the audience paid full attention...

…to which the audience paid full attention…

...including Andrea and Marion.

…including Andrea and Marion.

Susan's cake was much admired...

Susan’s cake was much admired…

...and cut with due ceremony.

…and cut with due ceremony.

Family were there...

Family were there…

...and godparents too...

…and godparents too…

...but it all got too much for Laila.

…but it all got too much for Laila.


Around 60 people enjoyed an evening of starters, puds and silly games raising funds to help young Stefan. Ken, his orthopaedic surgeon, showed slides and video clips and brought us up to date with Stefan’s progress – which is remarkable! Thank you, Margaret, John and Lisa! ^ Top ^
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The all-female table grapples with one of the quizzes

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…and another team seems happier with its answers.

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Orthopaedic surgeon Ken McCrea and his wife Deborah

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Margaret Denning and daughter Lisa working hard in the kitchen

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Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking…

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Jane Wigman is a ‘sucker’ for a silly game

 

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Ken’s audience is very attentive,


The PCC spent a useful day in Budbrooke re-examining St Mark’s vision and mission. ^ Top ^

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Superheroes a-plenty at our Light Party. ^ Top ^
Mark Wardle waving a magic - er - hand

Mark Wardle waving a magic – er – hand

A Super time was had by all.

A Super time was had by all.


The craft group displayed their wares for sale in aid of the Salvation Army. £712 was raised for their Homeless Action Project – thank you very much! ^ Top ^

 

A good crowd turned up for coffee and bargains.

A good crowd turned up for coffee and bargains.

 

Susan looks for Christmas presents on Howard's stall.

Susan looks for Christmas presents on Howard’s stall.

June, Sheila and Beryl look out for customers.

June, Sheila and Beryl look out for customers.

Sidney and June look as if they have found something...

Sidney and June look as if they have found something…

...and Paul the vicar has found a useful wine rack.

…and Paul the vicar has found a useful wine rack.


St Mark’s Ramblers spent a weekend on the Brecon Beacons. Comments (collected by Nikki) and photos (taken by Maasai) tell it all! ^ Top ^
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New faces…Sunny weather…Beautiful views

Look down on the clouds...Peace...Encouragement

Look down on the clouds…Peace…Encouragement

Ravens...Herons...Salmon

Ravens…Herons…Salmon

Directions from the tractor man...Bright orange 2CV between mountains!

Directions from the tractor man…Bright orange 2CV between mountains!

Stars littering the sky...Best view in the world

Stars littering the sky…Best view in the world

Really busy at the top...Tea and cakes at the end of the walks

Really busy at the top…Tea and cakes at the end of the walks

We plough the fields and scatter...Togetherness...Peace

We plough the fields and scatter…Togetherness…Peace


Farewell lunch for Brian and Faye Carson, Sunday 25th October. Brian and Faye served with Crosslinks in Nakuru, Kenya, for many years. Read their farewell letter here. ^ Top ^
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Brian and Faye Carson are heading for retirement (?) in Somerset

 

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Maasai had devised an African menu…

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…complete with African tablecloths.

 

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Over 70 people came to give Brian and Faye a good send-off.

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Laura and Miriam were among a number of younger diners.

Martyn serves a very attentive queue with more pork and bean stew.

Martyn serves a very attentive queue with more pork and bean stew.

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Joan and Kath seem to be enjoying it…

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…so do the Robinson family…

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…and Pam and Mark, too.

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Lillian and Wilf happily cleared their plates…

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…June and Diana wait eagerly for dessert…

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…while the Searles look for coffee…

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…and Maasai and Ellie enjoy a joke.


Milverton school celebrated Harvest in spectacular fashion throughout a whole week. ^ Top ^

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Maasai Mbugua, Careforce worker, joins the team. Click to see a short clip of Maasai being welcomed by Revd Paul Manuel at a morning service. ^ Top ^

 

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Bob Clucas is licensed to Napton ^ Top ^
A smiling Bishop Christopher...and Bob

A smiling Bishop Christopher…and Bob

Michael Greig, Bishop Christopher and a smiling Bob.

Michael Greig, Bishop Christopher and a smiling Bob.

Becky Welch was there - smiling...

Becky Welch was there – smiling…

...as were most of the Ministry Team, also commissioned by the Bishop.

…as were most of the Ministry Team, also commissioned by the Bishop.

We counted at least 14 from St Mark's...

We counted at least 14 from St Mark’s…

...including Christine Bailey who now lives nearby.

…including ex-St-Mark’s Christine Bailey who now lives nearby.

Clearly someone got bored during the service...

Clearly someone got bored during the service…


Golden celebrations ^ Top ^
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The happy couple…

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…50 years on.

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All ages were welcomed at St Mark’s…

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…visitors and regulars alike.

...and everyone enjoyed themselves.

…and everyone enjoyed themselves.


St Mark’s turns 130 (photos by Jeremy Clack and Barry Poultney) ^ Top ^

 

Hands-on in the bell tower

Hands-on in the bell tower on Saturday

The views from the tower were spectacular

The views from the top of the tower were spectacular

View above the church roof

View above the church ceiling – light at the end of the tunnel?

Lots of people came into church over the weekend

Lots of people came into church over the weekend

Warwickshire Youth Chorale entertained at the concert on Saturday evening

Warwickshire Youth Chorale entertained at the concert on Saturday evening

Ruth and Ann shared a piano for more entertainment

Ruth and Ann shared a piano for more entertainment

Ann Parsons was the organiser of the weekend - thank you, Ann!

Ann Parsons was the organiser of the weekend – thank you, Ann!

The outside-inside 'Open-air' service

The Sunday outside-inside ‘Open-air’ service

Children display their work

Children display their work

Brookhurst school artwork

Brookhurst school artwork

Milverton school artwork

Milverton school artwork

One of the many wonderful floral displays

One of the many wonderful floral displays

The music group

The music group

Nearly there...

Nearly there on the Bungee Eliminator…

Face painting was popular...with some...

Face painting was popular…with some…

Hope this rope doesn't stretch...

Hope this rope doesn’t stretch…

Anyone for roast hog? Yes please!

Anyone for roast hog? Yes please!

...and strawberries for pud.

…and strawberries for pud.

 

Becky Welch is Ordained Deacon ^ Top ^
Bishop and banners

Bishop and banners

Becky in the procession

Becky in the procession

Crowds beneath the Piper Baptistry window

Crowds beneath the Piper Baptistry window

Alister and Christine Mort

Alister and Christine Mort

Becky, Deacon!

Becky, Deacon!

Becky with her parents

Becky with her parents

Becky with her brother and his wife

Becky with her brother and his wife

Bishop Christopher

Bishop Christopher

Becky with her new boss at the Cathedral, Rev Canon Tim Pullen

Becky with her new boss at the Cathedral, Rev Canon Tim Pullen

The Bishop with Roger Spiller

The Bishop with Roger Spiller

Friends and family gather in Becky's garden

Friends and family gather in Becky’s garden

Wonderful weather for a picnic!

Wonderful weather for a picnic!

Rev Penny Frank and Janet Heald

Rev Penny Frank and Janet Heald

Ben Munday

Ben Munday

Susan had made a special chocolate cake for the occasion

Susan had made a special chocolate cake for the occasion…

...which Becky cut and distributed

…which Becky cut and distributed


Ellie Clack is Ordained Priest ^ Top ^
Ellie looking pleased after being priested

Ellie looking pleased after being priested

Ellie talking to Barry and Beryl

Ellie talking to Barry and Beryl

More than 50 went from St Mark's

More than 50 went from St Mark’s

Janet and Hannah

Janet and Hannah

Bishop John

Bishop John

Paul and Helen Manuel with Becky Welch

Paul and Helen Manuel with Becky Welch


Snowdodgers’ Homecoming Ball ^ Top ^

 

 

The Snowdodgers are back from the Arctic Circle! To celebrate (and of course to raise more money for Moldovan Ministries) a Grand Ball was held in the hall. Have you ever seen so many James Bond lookalikes??

The hall as you've never seen it

The hall as you’ve never seen it

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Deanery Confirmation Service ^ Top ^

The Deanery Confirmation service was held at St Mark’s on Saturday 30th May.

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Archdeacon Michael Paget-Wilkes bows out ^ Top ^

 

Archdeacon Michael Paget-Wilkes is retiring, and a service to mark the occasion was held in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on May 17th. The pictures tell the story. (The last photo in the set was referred to by one speaker remembering Michael’s natty taste in stripey socks). And if you happened to be a bishop-spotter, you were in the right place – I counted at least four!

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Hot Topic with Rev Canon Christopher Lamb ^ Top ^
Rev Christopher Lamb

Rev Christopher Lamb

We were glad to welcome Revd Christopher Lamb to our Hot Topic Café on May 10th. Christopher has spent time in Israel Palestine recently as a member of EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel), and he shared some of his insights.He promised to pass on relevant web addresses for those who want to explore further. In a recent email he included these links:

 

For EAPPI: www.quaker.org.uk/eappi and the World Council of Churches’ site: www.eappi.org

For Israeli news: www.haaretzdaily.com

On Palestine: www.passia.org (maps, facts and figures etc)

United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs: www.ochaopt.org (regular details of health, security etc)

Israeli human rights organisation: www.btselem.org


Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2009 ^ Top ^

 

The Annual Parish Meeting was held on April 26th over lunch. The photos give a flavour of the day.

A good turnout for the meeting with lunch

A good turnout for the meeting with lunch

Paul the vicar gets things under way

Paul the vicar gets things under way

Tony the treasurer explains all

Tony the treasurer explains all

David C talks fabric

David C talks fabric…

David W synodises...

…while David W synodises…

...and Sarah and Margaret work hard in the kitchen...

Sarah and Margaret work hard in the kitchen…

...and everyone enjoys a hearty meal.

…and everyone enjoys a hearty meal.


Wii Tournament ^ Top ^

The ‘Wii Tournament’ on Saturday 7th March was a great success, both for families (in the afternoon) and (supposedly) grown-ups in the evening. The photos tell their own story of concentration, of ‘meeting with triumph and disaster’ and of chocolate.

Focus!

Focus!

Ellie and Lydia also focused

Ellie and Lydia also focused

Success in the afternoon

Success in the afternoon

Jamie, Jamie and James (really!) enjoy the game while Claire watches

Jamie, Jamie and James (really!) enjoy the game while Claire watches

Jonathan, demon bowler

Jonathan, demon bowler

The afternoon winning team of 4 - er...

The afternoon winning team of 4 – er…

Susan heroically produced food and drinks all afternoon and evening

Susan heroically produced food and drinks all afternoon and evening

Tennis as she is played

Tennis as she is played

Penny and Andy show how it's done

Penny and Andy show how it’s done

Is this golf??

Is this golf??

Amanda on strike!

Amanda on strike!

Dan and Jeremy consult the rule book

Dan and Jeremy consult the rule book

Golf pros Andy and Chris

Golf pros Andy and Chris

The yoof

The yoof

The winners share the spoils

The evening winners share the spoils

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