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1 Parish of St.Cuthbert, Benfieldside Sunday Worship 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST (every Sunday except 5th March - see Calendar) Evening Service (as announced) Please check the Calendar for changes to this pattern each month Messy Church 3.30p.m. in the Hall - 3rd Tuesday of the month Weekday Worship Morning Prayer: As announced Midweek Eucharist: 10.00a.m.Thursday Parish Office Arrangements for Baptisms, Marriages, etc. should normally be made with the Vicar - please phone or catch him at a service. For Spiritual Advice & the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), please contact the Vicar. Clergy & Reader Vicar: The Revd Martin Jackson St. Cuthbert’s Vicarage, Church Bank, Shotley Bridge 01207 503019 mobile phone: 0797 226 2412 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Reader: Mrs. Rosie Junemann 01207 583998 Parish web-site: saintcuthbertschurch.weebly.com Parish Blog: saintcuthberts.blogspot.com Please see the Calendar & Pewsheet for alterations to this pattern. 2 PARISH CALENDAR - MARCH 2017 Wednesday 1st March is ASH WEDNESDAY Join us for the Eucharist with imposition of ashes: 7.30P.M. SUNG EUCHARIST __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th March Talking Jesus - Northern Bishops and a Mission Team join us! Thurs. 2 10.00a.m. Eucharist Fri. 3 2.00p.m. Women’s World Day of Prayer - at Consett Methodist Church Saturday 4th March: “Come and See” 11am - 3pm Parish Open Day Our Parish Event in the Talking Jesus initiative Find out more what we’re about. Bring someone along. Bring yourself! A chance to learn more about our church and its faith - drop in & displays. Take a good look at our church and hall - refreshments & more! Sunday 5 THE 1st SUNDAY OF LENT (Genesis 2.15-17, 3.1-7; Romans 5.12-19; Matthew 4.1-11) 8.00a.m. Eucharist - BCP said, in St. Cuthbert’s 9.30a.m. UNITED EUCHARIST - Christ Church, Consett 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST - cancelled this week 3.00p.m. TALKING JESUS CLOSING SERVICE - Durham Cathedral Mon. 6 12.30pm Ecumenical Lent Lunch - Blackhill Methodist Church 2.00p.m. Mothers’ Union - Service in Church followed by a Cuppa & a Chat in the Committee Room 7.45p.m. St. Cuthbert’s Hall AGM - Committee Room Thurs. 9 10.00a.m. Eucharist 3 Sunday 12 THE 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT (Genesis 12.1-4a; Romans 4.1-5,13-17; John 3.1-17) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 4.00p.m. 150th Anniversary Eucharist St. John’s Church, Castleside with the Bishop of Durham Mon. 13 12.30pm Ecumenical Lent Lunch - St. Andrew’s URC Church 2.00p.m. Open for Prayer & Stations of the Cross Tues. 14 12.30p.m. “Second Tuesday” Lunch Club - Church Hall Thurs. 16 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 19 THE 3rd SUNDAY OF LENT (Exodus 17.1-7; Romans 5.1-11; John 4.5-42) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 20 12.30p.m. Ecumenical Lent Lunch - Blackhill Baptist Church 7.00p.m. Eucharist (celebrating St. Joseph on St. Cuthbert’s Day) 7.30p.m. PCC Meeting - Committee Room Tues. 21 3.30-5.30p.m. “Messy Church” - join us! Thurs. 23 10.00a.m. Eucharist Friday 24th March Celebrating our Patronal Festival FEAST OF ST. CUTHBERT OF LINDISFARNE 7.00p.m. PATRONAL EUCHARIST followed by a Parish Supper & Quiz Sunday 26 THE 4th SUNDAY OF LENT – MOTHERING SUNDAY (Lent 4: 1 Samuel 16.1-13; Ephesians 5.8-14; John 9.1-41) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST FOR ALL AGES 2.30p.m. Marriage of Richard Reid & Ruth Whetton Mon. 27 12.30p.m. Ecumenical Lent Lunch - Our Lady of the Rosary 2.00p.m. Eucharist - in Derwentdale Court Thurs. 30 10.00a.m. Eucharist __________________________________________________________________________ It’s an easy way to stay up-to- date with St. Cuthbert’s. Day- by-day news and pictures at facebook.com/benfieldside 4 APRIL Sunday 2 THE 5th SUNDAY OF LENT (Ezekiel 37.1-14; Romans 8.6-11; John 11.1-45) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 11.45a.m. Easter Vestry & Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Hall Mon. 3 12.30p.m. Ecumenical Lent Lunch - St. Cuthbert’s Hall 7.30p.m. Sing Together - in church __________________________________________________________________________ From the Parish Registers Funerals 9 February James (Jim) Telford (92) Riverside, Shotley Bridge May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace __________________________________________________________________________ In order for us to be able to love, we need to have faith, because faith is love in action and love in action is service. In order for us to be able to love, we have to see and touch. Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same compassion. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Useful Church Contacts: Churchwardens: Linda Short, 9 Sherwood Close 503750 Carol O’Malley, 13 Spring Close, Ebchester 561884 PCC Lay Chair: Jan Worters, 59 Queens Road, Blackhill 506248 PCC Treasurer: Carol O’Malley, 13 Spring Close, Ebchester 561884 PCC Secretary: Glynis Bell, 7 Greenacres Road, S/B 501158 Church Hall: Linda Short, 9 Sherwood Close 503750 Magazine Orders: Jill Barron, Glastonbury, Benfieldside Road 504352 Magazine Adverts: Kate Johnson, Messenger House 507037 5 View from the Vicarage On being a pilgrim… I met yesterday evening with Pat Craighead and Stephen Herbert, my fellow-leaders of our February Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The purpose was to talk through how we felt it went, what was good, what could have been better. And we’ve now sent in our report to the pilgrimage company. And what do I feel? First, I think, that it exceeded all my expectations. Asking pilgrims to pay as much as such a pilgrimage costs, to give up their time, in one case to give up their job(!) - and with half the pilgrims coming as a party from St. Cuthbert’s - I worried about whether it would measure up. But we were so well served. There couldn’t have been a better way to see all we saw, to do what we did and to experience something of what it meant to live in a land with such a history, such a deep significance to people of three major religions and such an on-going story which includes tension, repressed conflict, joys, sorrows and hope. Second, it’s actually too soon to know how I really feel. So much went into the 11 days we spent in the Galilee, the West Bank and Jerusalem - not to mention the 26 or so services we shared! It will take some reflection to work out the difference the pilgrimage has made to us. We’ll need to be ready for what was sown in our experiences to take root and emerge in weeks, months, even years to come. The purpose of pilgrimage is to be open to what you find - to allow it to change you. That’s an openness to God’s grace. And pilgrimage doesn’t necessarily require going somewhere physically. We can make it in daily life - Lent, as it gets underway in March, is a sort of 40 day pilgrimage, asking where do we want our journey with Jesus to his Passion, the Cross and Resurrection to take us? Third, it was so good to travel together with other people - and especially with people I knew. Such were our numbers that there was a real sense of being the parish on the move - not only seeing where our faith comes from, but living it, and asking where it might take us. Along the way we encounter problems that need to be overcome (thankfully very few), causes for joy and anxiety, challenges to our perceptions - even to our understanding of who we are. That’s what pilgrimage should be! MJ 6 ASH WEDNESDAY is the beginning of Lent, & a Solemn Day of the Church Wednesday 1st March 7.30p.m. Sung Eucharist with imposition of ashes There’s also a 10a.m. Eucharist for Ash Wednesday at St. John’s, Castleside. Please make the effort to join us so that we can begin this holy season together. If you need transport, please let us know! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lent – a season for prayer, study & worship Start planning to use wisely the opportunities Lent gives us… ¶ Make a commitment to be regular in worship: • especially by joining in the Eucharist each Sunday. ¶ Make extra time for worship: • midweek Eucharists on Thursdays at 10.00a.m. • “Open for Prayer” & Stations of the Cross ¶ Take time for reflection at home: • make some time each day for prayer in quiet. • use the resources form USPG & our prayer cycle. • resolve to get to grips with the Bible. ¶ Join in study, discussion and reflection with each other as we follow our Lent Course - look out for details of date & venue ¶ Join in Ecumenical Lent Lunches, 12.30pm on Mondays in Lent: Monday 6th March - the first weekly lunch Venues - see our Calendar pages (pages 2 & 3) 7 Mothers’ Union… Following our AGM last month, Mary Mitchell will continue as Leader, Ann Burns as Secretary and Sheila Barnes as Treasurer. Our thanks once again go to Jennifer Lambert for examining our accounts for last year. Thank you too, to everyone for the prompt payment of subscriptions. Thanks to our fund-raising activities from last year, we have been able to send £100 to the Overseas Fund and £130 to AFIA (the Away From It All Fund) which provides breaks for families in need. £50 from the AFIA donation is to be used by the Women’s Refuge - we are unable to give money directly to the Women’s Refuge because they are a different charity from the MU. Our next meeting will be on Monday March 6th – our usual Service in Church at 2pm followed by a “Cuppa and a Chat” in the Committee Room in the Church Hall. Hopefully we may still be able to see some of the displays from our Talking Jesus day. Don’t forget to “Come and See” on Saturday 4th March in the Church and Church Hall from 11am to 3pm. Our April (3rd) meeting coincides with St Cuthbert’s turn for the Lent Lunch – another chance to come and sample our wonderful soups! The Deanery Lady Day Service is at St Thomas’ Church Harelaw at 2pm. Mary Mitchell / Sheila Barnes _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2nd Tuesday Lunch Club … continues to provide food and friendship 12.30p.m. Tuesday 14th March 12.30p.m. Tuesday 11th April Open for Prayer: 2 to 3p.m Monday 13th March Join us in church as we come together for silent prayer with Stations of the Cross at 2.30p.m. 8 Notes & News… We’ve been very aware at St. Cuthbert’s of the absence of one of our members, Pam Donnelly, while she has been receiving cancer treatment and suffering side effects which kept her in hospital for several weeks. She’s back home now - and writes: I wish to thank everyone in my church family, for all your prayers, cards and flowers I have received during one of the most difficult times I have had to face in my life. I have truly been carried in prayer throughout the intensive treatment I have endured. I could not have coped without my faith and your prayers. Once again, a huge big THANK YOU. X . God was certainly with me. Pam Donnelly _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 100 Club - Winners February 1st Prize £25 No.24 Michael Parker 2nd Prize £15 No.70 Doris Lowe 3rd Prize £10 No.91 Sheila Barnes Have you paid your Subscription for 2017? Further details on how to join the 100 Club from our organiser, Jennifer Lambert, phone 01207 505018. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Village News: Coffee Morning in aid of “Blooming Shotley Bridge” to raise money to buy the summer plants for the village 10.30- 12.30 Saturday 18th March, at 59 Queens Road Cake stall, raffle and tombola Tickets £2 from Jan Worters _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Please use the mobile post office! It’s reducing its hours. As from 27th February it will be at the Crown and Crossed Swords from 9.30am until 10.30am, then will be at the Community Centre in Ebchester from 10.45 am until 11.45 am. Still Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 9 Saturday 4th March: “Come and See” 11am - 3pm Parish Open Day in St. Cuthbert’s Church & Hall Our Parish Event in the Talking Jesus initiative Find out more of what we’re about: Why do we build churches like this? What are fonts and altars for? What about the stained glass? What does it have to do with what we believe? No big talks but a chance to chat - an opportunity to look around, explore our beautiful church, see what we’re up to and ask questions Drop in & displays. With Bishop Graham Kings & Cranmer Hall team. Take a good look at our church and hall - refreshments & more! Please note service times on Sunday 5th March: 8.00a.m. Eucharist - said, from the Book of Common Prayer at St. Cuthbert’s 9.30a.m. United Eucharist for all local parishes - at Christ Church, Consett 3.00p.m. Diocesan Celebration - in Durham Cathedral Remember… Our regular Sunday Service time is 10.30a.m. all other Sundays You’re always welcome! 10 11 Even More Music! “The Durham Hymns” with “Voices of Hope” (winners of the Amateur Choir of the Year) will be performed at Sunderland Minster - 7.30pm Saturday 18th March Tickets £8 - 0191 565 4066 “Come & Sing - Stainer’s Crucifixion” on Saturday 1st April in St. Thomas’s Church, Stanhope. Rehearsal 3 - 5pm; Service at 6pm Suggested Donation £3 Contact: Andrew Robinson 07739 341213 / email@example.com - further information from Mary Athey. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ SING TOGETHER 2017 Hymns and songs for Eastertide Monday 3rd April at 7.30pm St Cuthbert’s Church (Come early if you need to park!) All welcome! Mothering Sunday at St. Cuthbert’s Church 26th March 2017 at 10.30a.m. Everyone is warmly welcome at this special Eucharist for all ages. Give thanks for the nurture and care we find in our families. See how we can share love and care with others. 12 Our USPG Lent Appeal 2017: Take a collecting box or Gift Aid Envelope - give girls in Malawi the gift of an education Your donations to USPG's 2017 Lent Appeal will support a programme run by the Church of Malawi to help ensure that girls receive an education. The programme takes a holistic approach to tackle a range of obstacles that keep girls out of school. For example, one barrier in getting girls into school is a belief that girls will eventually become mothers and manual workers, so they have no need for an education. So the church is working with communities to change mindsets. In particular, after-school groups led by mothers teach girls the benefits of schooling, while peer groups enable the girls to support and encourage each other. Another challenge to girls' education is poverty, which puts the cost of uniforms, books and other school materials beyond the reach of many families, especially in rural areas. So the church has set up a scheme to provide these materials to those families that are most in need. A third issue concerns the lack of girl-friendly toilets at schools. Often, the only toilets available are communal ones – sometimes with no doors – and this lack of privacy is enough to deter girls from attending school. So the church has been funding the construction of girl-friendly toilets. Judith's story One girl who has benefit from the church’s engagement with girls' education is Judith, 14, who attends St Joseph’s Church in Chintheche. Judith explained: ‘The school installed new toilets for girls, which are very important. Previously, we had to go to a borehole and use toilets that were used by the whole community. The water was often dirty and there were no doors. But now the school has these new toilets, we have privacy, so this encourages more girls to come to school.’ 13 She added: ‘Girls also receive counselling on why we should keep coming to school because a lot of girls drop out. Also, boys want us to be their girlfriends, but we are told to be careful so we can avoid HIV, other illnesses and pregnancy.’ Fr Hannex Kamenya, of St Joseph’s, said of the role of the church: ‘The Anglican Church is very important. We visit people wherever they live, even over the mountains. We know all the people in our parishes, which means we can have an impact.’ How your donations will help A gift of £16 could give a girl still stuck at home without a uniform and supplies her ticket to school – a remarkable gift. A gift of £48 could provide eight schoolgirls worried about using the toilet while at school with access to a much-needed, private girl-only toilet. A gift of £9 could provide a girl facing dangerous peer pressure with the safety of a newly-established after school club. A gift of £1,200 could provide a whole school with a girlfriendly toilet with washing facilities. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you interested in becoming a Reader? Any confirmed, regular communicant member of the Church who feels called to share their faith with others and has the support of their incumbent and parish can explore this ministry. The particular work of the Reader is to teach the Christian faith and Readers communicate their faith in many different ways and places. After training, Readers can preach, teach, lead worship and assist in the administration of Holy Communion. Like to know more? Speak to Rosie or Martin or contact Hylda Hopper on 01325 460999 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org There will be an Enquirers' Evening on Wednesday 8th March at 7pm at Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY 14 Messy Church If you had been walking down Church Bank last Tuesday afternoon you could well have been rather surprised at the noise which was coming from St Cuthbert’s Church! Lots of banging and stamping as well as the sounds of roars, squeals and oinks! However, if you had come inside the church you could have taken part in a very energetic and enjoyable interactive version of the story of Noah’s Ark. As always, we had no idea how many children to expect and were delighted to welcome 21 children and their carers - with leaders 52 of us in all. Everyone had a great time. Boats were made which were then tested to find out if they would float in a big bowl of water, Noah puppets, icing sugar paintings, doves, marshmallow animals (the pigs were so cute) and arks made from sausages sailing on a sea of lettuce! We also made rainsticks which were taken across to church and shaken vigorously during the telling of the story. Apologies to anyone who finds dried peas and lentils in their pew on Sunday – there were a few casualties! Lew made us a super ark and our younger members had great fun going inside to play with Noah’s Ark puzzles. The ark has now been moved into church. As well as making rainbow biscuits, we also made a rainbow out of handprints for our display – it got a bit out of hand, but I hope you like it! We had a lot of fun making the animals 15 too, and creating an icing sugar sea! It is all on display in church. Take a look! Linda, Lynne and the Messy Church Team _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Our next session of Messy Church will be at 3.30pm on March 21st when our theme will be “Messy Lent”. Why don’t you come along and join in the fun and organised chaos which is Messy Church! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ St Cuthbert's Book Club We meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 2pm in St Cuthbert's Church Hall (lower rooms). Join us to discuss books over a cup of tea or coffee. All are welcome. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of rent and refreshments. We try to vary the choice of books to suit all tastes. For the next few months, at least, there will be no need to buy books, as Consett Library have kindly agreed to loan us sets of books. The Clay Dreaming - by Ed Hillyer This novel is set in London in May 1868 during the tour by the first Australian cricket team ever to come to England. The team members were all Aboriginal. A member of the team, Brippoki, also known as King Cole, comes into contact with Sarah Larkin, a woman who spends time at the British Library by day and by night looks after her ill and querulous father. After contact with Brippoki (in circumstances which slightly stretched incredulity) Sarah begins to research the life of Joseph Druce / William Bruce, an English convict. Brippoki's life descends into a spiritual nightmare as he explores his Dreaming along the banks of the Thames. Sarah, trying to eke out a small allowance to cover food and rent while caring for her father, becomes absorbed in the life of Druce/Bruce. Outside Sarah's house, some ot the action takes place in the stews of East London, Greenwich and along the river bank. This book will be handed out on March 28th and discussed on April 25th. 16 Holy Spy - by Rory Clements This is the seventh book in Clements' John Shakespeare series. John is the fictional elder brother of William Shakespeare, who often has a cameo role in these stories although not in this latest book. John is an "intelligencer" in the service of Sir Francis Wolsingham, Queen Elizabeth's spy master, and the books usually concern a conspiracy against the Tudor State which John unmasks. In Holy Spy the conspiracy is a real one, probably the most famous of them all, the Babington Plot which led to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. John is a multi-tasker, and alongside his 'professional ' investigation he conducts a personal inquiry to clear his ex-mistress of a murder charge. The narrative alternates between the two plots, and since we all know the outcome of the Babington Plot the murder/mystery lies in the fictional story. The two plots overlap but not significantly. Clements is now more than adept at evoking the ambience of Tudor England, and this is possibly his best book to date. Clements "does for Elizabeth's England what Sansom does for the England of Henry 8th"- difficult to give higher praise. This book will be handed out on April 25th and discussed on May 30th _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 17 Make a Mother’s Day On Mothering Sunday this year (Sunday 26th March), the Mothers’ Union invite you to make a gift that will ‘put mothers at the heart of everything’. Each gift helps mothers around the world to move from life on the margins right to the heart of their families and communities. You can help church groups to be at the heart of change. In South Ankole, Uganda, one group found that families were struggling to grow food because of soil erosion. Local mothers were shown that by planting trees they could prevent further erosion and also provide an added timber resource. You could help a mother to learn a new skill. Marie Claire Agahire was taught craft-making skills, such as sewing, knitting and jewellery, which she could use to earn money to support her family. She has also set up a workshop to pass on her skills to orphaned children. You could help a mother to learn to read and write. Ragaya Abusanab, a mother of seven children, joined the MU’s Literacy and Financial Education programme. She worked hard and eventually set up her own local business. She went on to theological college and is now a church leader! You could enable more women to have a voice in their communities. Many women face inequality and violence. The MU trains local facilitators to educate women about their rights and to form groups to speak out. In South Sudan, one group confronted local tribal leaders about forced marriages and convinced them to put an end to this practice. Your donation, however small, will be put to good use by the Mothers’ Union to bring about positive change for women everywhere. Envelopes will be available in church for your gift on the 26th March. Please come prepared! Or you can pass your donation to Mary Mitchell, Sheila Barnes or Ann Burns. 18 Annual Parochial Church Meeting & Reports On Sunday 2nd April, we will be holding our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. This is the occasion when we elect churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council. The meeting will follow on after the main Sunday Eucharist - so go over to the Hall, get a cup of coffee and hang on! We hold the meeting in the morning to attract more people, and give a greater sense of involvement in the mainstream life of the parish. And we’ll do our best to keep things quite brief and to the point. We’re advertising it now because… … this is to ask you to start getting ready for the Annual Meeting now! Nomination sheets for churchwardens (2), Deanery Synod reps (3) and the PCC (12 members, serving one year), will be found in church in due course. Standing for office, proposing someone else, and voting are all matters for careful (and prayerful) consideration. We look at our financial position too, with a review of our Parish Accounts. Before the meeting we need to revise our Electoral Roll - the list of all who may vote at the meeting. If you’re on the Roll already, that’s fine. If you’re not, are uncertain as to whether you are, or want to know more, contact the Vicar, or Carol O’Malley, our Electoral Roll Officer. Forms for new members must be returned by Sunday 12th March. The qualification for membership is to be 16 years of age or more, together with residence in the parish or attendance at St. Cuthbert’s over a period of 6 months. Before the meeting we want to be able to print as many reports of parish organisations as possible - and we would like to include them in the next issue of this magazine. So please let the Vicar or our PCC Secretary, Glynis Bell, have them as soon as possible, and no later than Monday 20th March. Send them by e-mail if at all possible. This way we can cut down on a lot of typing and copying, allow as many people as possible to read the reports, and keep the Annual Meeting shorter! Thanks… __________________________________________________________________________ St. Cuthbert’s Hall Annual General Meeting Please join us at 7.45pm on Monday 6th March 2017 in the Hall St. Cuthbert’s Hall provides facilities for the whole community - Registered Charity, no 1070977 19 Two reports to get us started… St. Cuthbert’s Hall Annual Report 2016 The Hall continues to be well used and accommodates a wide variety of activities from Messy Church and the Out of School Club to the Luncheon Club and Kaydar. It provides a valuable resource for members of our community, both for affiliated groups such as Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and non affiliated groups providing both regular sessions such as yoga, pilates and art classes and one off functions such as parties and fund raising events. The management committee has met four times during the year and has dealt with a number of management and maintenance issues. During the summer the main hall floor was cleaned and polished and a new path was laid. There are some outstanding maintenance issues relating to the Committee Room and the rear path which will be carried out in the spring. The management committee arranged a Food Hygiene training day in the autumn which was well attended and enjoyed. Groups have undertaken fire drills and health and safety issues have been addressed. In spite of spending over £6000 on maintenance issues during the year the management committee is pleased to report that there was a surplus of £4864.76 at the 31st December 2016 at which time the Hall had a net worth of £20,182.52. The committee has decided that the loan of £10,000 should be repaid to the Church during 2017. Thank you to everyone who help to make the Hall such a success. Jan Worters 100 Club Report 2016 We have had another successful year with 100 numbers allocated. We have paid out £600 in prize money and donated £600 to Church funds. The closing balance at the end of December was £671.00. Many thanks to all who have supported the 100 Club allowing us to make a regular contribution to the Church. If anyone would like to get involved to allow us to maintain our monthly donation to church funds, please do not hesitate to speak to me or contact me on 01207 505018. Jennifer Lambert 20 More music . . . Gibside Chapel Sunday 5th March: 1.30 – 4pm Music from local performers and choirs followed by Evensong at 3pm Free event (admission charges apply) Sunday 2nd April: 1.30 – 4pm Music from local performers and choirs followed by Evensong at 3pm Free event (admission charges apply) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside Durham Cathedral Saturday 11th March: 7.30pm Durham University Choral Society and Palatinate Orchestra Spirit of Peace: choral music by Hubert Parry & Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’ Tickets £12 (Concessions £7, under-16s free) www.musicdurham.org/events Thursday 11th April: 8pm Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and Chorus Handel: Israel in Egypt Tickets £16 - £27 www.sagegateshead.com The Sage, Gateshead Saturday 25th March: 7.30pm BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Music by Wagner, Richard Strauss and Elgar Tickets £16 - £40 Thursday 13th April: 7.30pm Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and Chorus Handel: Israel in Egypt Tickets £13 - £38 www.sagegateshead.com alley, our Electoral Roll Officer. Forms for new members must be returned by Sunday 12th March. The qualification for membership is to be 16 years of age or more, together with residence in the parish or attendance at St. Cuthbert’s over a period of 6 months. Before the meeting we want to be able to print as many reports of parish organisations as possible - and we would like to include them in the next issue of this magazine. So please let the Vicar or our PCC Secretary, Glynis Bell, have them as soon as possible, and no later than Monday 20th March. Send them by e-mail if at all possible. This way we can cut down on a lot of typing and copying, allow as many people as possible to read the reports, and keep the Annual Meeting shorter! Thanks… __________________________________________________________________________ St. Cuthbert’s Hall Annual General Meeting Please join us at 7.45pm on Monday 6th March 2017 in the Hall St. Cuthbert’s Hall provides facilities for the whole community - Registered Charity, no 1070977 19 Two reports to get us started… St. Cuthbert’s Hall Annual Report 2016 The Hall continues to be well used and accommodates a wide variety of activities from Messy Church and the Out of School Club to the Luncheon Club and Kaydar. It provides a valuable resource for members of our community, both for affiliated groups such as Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and non affiliated groups providing both regular sessions such as yoga, pilates and art classes and one off functions such as parties and fund raising events. The management committee has met four times during the year and has dealt with a number of management and maintenance issues. During the summer the main hall floor was cleaned and polished and a new path was laid. There are some outstanding maintenance issues relating to the Committee Room and the rear path which will be carried out in the spring. The management committee arranged a Food Hygiene training day in the autumn which was well attended and enjoyed. Groups have undertaken fire drills and health and safety issues have been addressed. In spite of spending over £6000 on maintenance issues during the year the management committee is pleased to report that there was a surplus of £4864.76 at the 31st December 2016 at which time the Hall had a net worth of £20,182.52. The committee has decided that the loan of £10,000 should be repaid to the Church during 2017. Thank you to everyone who help to make the Hall such a success. Jan Worters 100 Club Report 2016 We have had another successful year with 100 numbers allocated. We have paid out £600 in prize money and donated £600 to Church funds. The closing balance at the end of December was £671.00. Many thanks to all who have supported the 100 Club allowing us to make a r