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News, stories and reports from St. Cuthbert's Church, Shotley Bridge - serving the Parish of Benfieldside
1 Parish of St.Cuthbert, Benfieldside Sunday Worship 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST (every Sunday) 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 - APRIL 2017 Sunday 2 THE 5th SUNDAY OF LENT – PASSION SUNDAY (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 2.00p.m. Mothers’ Union - meets in the Vicarage 7.30p.m. Sing Together - in church Wed. 5 7.30p.m. Lent Course - meets at the Vicarage Thurs. 6 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 9 PALM SUNDAY – The Beginning of HOLY WEEK (Matthew 21.1-11; Isaiah 50.4-9a; Philippians 2.5-11; Matthew 26.14-27.66) 10.30a.m. Procession of Palms & SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 10 2.00p.m. Eucharist - in Derwentdale Court Tues. 11 12.30p.m. “Second Tuesday” Lunch Club - Church Hall 7.00p.m. Eucharist & Stations of the Cross Wed. 12 10.00a.m. Eucharist - at St. John’s Church, Castleside Thurs. 13 MAUNDY THURSDAY 11.00a.m. CHRISM MASS - the diocesan clergy renew their vows and the Bishop blesses the oils for use in Baptism, Confirmation & Anointing of the Sick - Durham Cathedral 7.30p.m. SUNG EUCHARIST OF THE LORD’S SUPPER Fri. 14 GOOD FRIDAY 10.00a.m. SERVICE AT THE CROSS - for all ages. 2.00p.m. LITURGY OF THE DAY & HOLY COMMUNION. Sunday 16 EASTER DAY - THE DAY OF RESURRECTION! (Acts 10.34-43; Colossians 3.1-4; John 20.1-18) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST with Easter Ceremonies, Holy Baptism & Renewal of Baptism Vows Thurs. 20 10.00a.m. Eucharist 3 Sunday 23 THE 2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER (Acts 2.14a, 22-32; 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & HOLY BAPTISM Please check the pewsheet for midweek services after 23 April Sunday 30 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER (Acts 2.14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 1.17-23; Luke 24.13-35) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST MAY Sunday 7 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Acts 2.42-47; 1 Peter 2.19-25; John 10.1-10) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 8 7.30p.m. PCC Meeting - Committee Room __________________________________________________________________________ From the Parish Registers Funerals 8 March June Cavell Wilkinson (84) Moorlands, Blackhill May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace 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 4 Holy Week 9 - 16th April 2017 Holy Week gets its name because it is central to our faith. Without the events of that week there would be no Christian faith. We often talk about “commitments” when we mean distractions. This week tells us about God’s commitment to us - what about our commitment to him? So let us give our attention to Jesus: hear his voice afresh; experience the touch of his love; resolve once more to be his follower. Please make the effort to be with us, especially on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. Services during Holy Week begin with Palm Sunday on Sunday, 9th April. Processing into church with our palms we realise that the people who take part in the drama of Holy Week were much like ourselves. In church we hear a dramatised account of the Passion according to St. Matthew. Our aim throughout this most Holy Week is to draw close to Christ in his Passion - even as we realise that we are there with the crowd baying for his blood, or in the shoes of St. Peter, saying we will never desert him and then denying him three times. Do we have the will to walk with Jesus throughout this week? Palm Sunday helps us make a good start. On Monday 10th April, there’s a Eucharist at 2p.m. in Derwentdale Court. Please note, it’s two weeks earlier than you might expect due to other demands on the Vicar’s diary later in the month! Further, more reflective, services are held on Tuesday and Wednesday - so it’s possible to join in worship each day of Holy Week. On Tuesday evening there’s a 7p.m. Eucharist followed by “Stations of the Cross” in St. Cuthbert’s. We use the pictures in church which depict Jesus’ journey to the Cross as a guide to meditation “on the move” - our aim: to draw closer to Christ at this time of his Passion. The Eucharist on Wednesday morning is at 10a.m. in St. John’s Church, Castleside - please join us there if you can. On Maundy Thursday, 13th April, the clergy of the diocese take part in the “Chrism Mass” with the renewal of ordination vows in the Cathedral. There also the Bishop blesses the holy oils for use in Baptism, Confirmation and the anointing of the Sick. There is no Thursday morning Eucharist that day - but in the evening there is a united service in St. Cuthbert’s for our parish celebration; we’ll be joined by members of St. John’s, Castleside - please be here to welcome them! It's on Holy / Maundy Thursday evening with the Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper that we begin the "Triduum," the Great Three Days which are at the centre of our faith. 5 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, breaks bread with his friends and then turns to face his Passion. He wants us to be with him. As this service closes, we have the opportunity to remain in church for a short time of silent prayer, just as Jesus watched in the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples - whether you stay or leave immediately at the end of the service, please come! . Good Friday brings us to the Cross. At 10.00a.m. we have a special service for all ages - see the extent of God's love for us, that it can bring his Son to die for our sake. At 2.00p.m. we mark our Lord's last hour on the Cross with a Solemn Liturgy of the day, including St. John's account of the Passion and Holy Communion - as on Maundy Thursday we leave the church in silence without a dismissal: God's work is still to be completed…. We recognise the fulness of God’s work on Easter Day. From the darkness we come to celebrate the triumph of light, the victory of the Resurrection and the power of Christ's risen life over death. The Easter flame is lit, and we are called to the renewal of our Baptismal faith and hope - today the call goes out to all who would put their trust in Christ: If any be a devout lover of God, let him partake with gladness from this fair and radiant feast. If any be a faithful servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy his reward.... Enter, all of you, into the joy of our Lord. First and last, receive alike your reward. Rich and poor, dance together. You who have fasted and you who have not fasted, rejoice today. The table is fully laden: let all enjoy it. Let none fear death; for the death of the Saviour has set us free. May the love of Christ, crucified and risen, fill your life with his joy this Easter-tide 6 View from the Vicarage Resurrection here and now… In a time when much of what we see in the News Media speaks to us of the human capacity for violence, injustice, complacency and despair, it’s welcome when a “good news” item turns up. One such report is of the unveiling of the restored “Edicule” in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Knowing that a huge project was underway at the time a number of us went on pilgrimage in February, I was pleased enough that were able to enter the traditional site of Jesus’ burial - though it was shrouded in scaffolding. But now the restoration is complete. Amongst the discoveries is the bedrock in which Christ’s body was said to have been laid, and the dating of the two marble slabs in the chamber which pilgrims may visit: the upper slab, from Crusader times when the church was rebuilt; the lower slab, dated to the fourth century when the first Christian Emperor, Constantine, made provision to build the original church. Does it matter? Yes, because the events of Christ’s Passion, of Holy Week and Easter, happen in real time - his betrayal, condemnation, death, burial and Resurrection are a matter of record. And physical evidence of their probable location takes us in a special way to recognise how God touches our world. Christian faith is more than a merely “spiritual” experience. Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, understood this - which is why she was so painstaking in seeking to identify those places most closely associated with the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus. Later in the same 4th Century a pilgrim to the Holy Land called Egeria recorded her travels and the places she visited - and much of her writing concerned the worship in which she participated. The worship we offer now in Holy Week and at Easter has grown from the same roots as that which she knew. We may not be in Jerusalem ourselves - but our prayer and worship in a very real way takes us there as we seek to follow Christ in his Passion, as we meet him at his Resurrection. The prayer we offered as pilgrims on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem is the same as the prayer of the Stations of the Cross in St. Cuthbert’s. What is celebrated in the Upper Room is made real in our Eucharists. The Christ who rose from that tomb in Jerusalem is the one who comes to meet us now. Martin Jackson 7 Mothers’ Union… Monday 3rd April It will be St Cuthbert’s turn to host the Lent Ecumenical Lunch, so come along at 12.30 to the Church Hall and enjoy some good company and delicious soup. Following on from the lunch, Martin has invited us to the Vicarage when we will be able to hear (and see) more about the recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Mary Mitchell / Sheila Barnes _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2nd Tuesday Lunch Club … continues to provide food and friendship 12.30p.m. Tuesday 11th April 12.30p.m. Tuesday 9th May Open for Prayer: will resume in May… But please note special opportunities for prayer in Passion-tide including Stations of the Cross 8 Notes & News… Green Team Following the removal of the four cherry trees and two conifers in the church grounds, two new Rowan trees have been planted. These trees should not grow too tall and will be more manageable. The grass was being mowed last year by John Worters and Brian Murphy. Brian is not able to cut the grass any more so Dave Short will share the task with John. Dave is also trying to maintain the rough area in the churchyard and field. Thanks to all the above for the work they have done and to Richard Junemann for planting the trees and to Kate Johnson and Richard for planting the crocus bulbs around the new trees. Grass seeds will soon be scattered on the grass to cover the brown patches in the lawn caused by the removal of the trees. The general garden weeding and pruning is done by me. If anyone wishes to help feel free to go down to church anytime and pull a few weeds or have a general tidy up - I wouldn't mind at all! Linda Short Food 4 U This good cause is well supported and we receive regular donations from the congregation. These are taken up to Glenroyd House each month, registered as a donation from St. Cuthbert's church, weighed, sorted and distributed to people in need. Thank you for your continued support. Linda Short _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Village News: “Blooming Shotley Bridge” Thank you to everyone who supported the coffee morning on 18th March in aid of Blooming Shotley Bridge. We raised £390 which will be used to pay for the planting of the tubs and beds in the village. Jan Worters 9 Appreciation and thanks We're sure everyone will have noticed the change in the condition of the interior walls of our church! What a transformation from flaking paint and crumbling plaster, to clean, smooth surfaces. This is due to hours of really hard work by Linda's husband, Dave Short. It involved removing loose plaster, washing down and making good the overall appearance of the areas, without total re decorating... quite a daunting and lengthy challenge. We are sure that everyone is very appreciative of what he has achieved and would want to say a big thank you. Dobson and Margaret _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Easter Bonnets and Easter Eggs! What have you given up for Lent? Need something to do to keep you mind off cravings for chocolates and biscuits? Now is the time to start thinking about your design for a splendid Easter Bonnet! Start now and your creation will be ready to wow them all in the Church Hall at coffee time on Easter morning, Sunday 16th April, after our Easter celebrations in church. If decorating eggs appeals more, then why not enter the Decorated Egg competition? Bring your entries to the Church Hall before the start of the service and then everyone will be able to enjoy the display on Easter morning! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sapphire Art Exhibition & Sale of Paintings Celebrate 45 years of Castleside Art Club Easter Sunday & Monday 10am - 5pm in Castleside Village Hall Refreshments Admission 50p (Children free) 10 11 Even More Music! A series of concerts has been planned for the summer of 2017 at St Cuthbert’s Church. Here are some dates for your diary: Thursday 18th May: 7.30pm: Derwent Voices and St Cuthbert’s Handbells Wednesday 5th July: 7.30pm: Organ Recital by Kris Thomsett, Assistant Director of Music, St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle Wednesday 19th July: 7.30pm: Derwentside Singers We also hope to hold concerts in June and September – details to be confirmed. All proceeds to St Cuthbert’s Roof Fund. __________________________________________________________________ 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! Next Month’s Session: Monday 22nd May _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Calling all gardeners . . . There will be a plant stall as part of a coffee morning to be held by Jan Worters on Saturday 13th May. We welcome donations of any surplus plants. Mid-May is the perfect time to purchase your supplies of plants for the garden and greenhouse. 12 Repairs to the Church Roof – an update Following the disappointing news that we were unsuccessful in our bid for the Listed Places of Worship funding last year, because it was vastly oversubscribed, we worked with the architect to prioritise the most urgent work and get new costings. The revised schedule of work is estimated to cost £62,400+VAT (but the VAT is reclaimable). We have already raised £9000 from charitable trusts and the Church Hall is repaying the loan of £10,000 which was made when the Hall was extended and refurbished. The PCC has committed £10,000 towards to work, which includes the £4,489 raised locally last year. Recently we have made two new bids and we are pleased to report that we have been awarded the maximum grant of £4000 from the Diocesan Building Committee. We will not hear about the other funding until the summer. In the meantime, the Social Committee has been organising and coordinating a number of activities which we hope you will support and enjoy. Here are some of the events which have been arranged. Please put them on your calendar and come along to support us. May 13th 10am - 12 noon Coffee Morning at Jan Worters - 59 Queens Road May 18th 7.30 pm Concert in church Derwent Voices, Bethany Cole and St Cuthbert’s Handbell Ringers June 14th 7.30 pm Concert in church Lanchester Male Voice Choir (to be confirmed) July 5th 7.30 pm Organ Recital in Church July 15th 3 - 5pm Afternoon Tea - in the Church Hall July 19th 7.30pm Concert in church - the Derwentside Singers 13 There are more events in the pipeline which include an auction, a Duck race and another concert to be performed in church. We are also hoping to produce a calendar for 2018 – more about that elsewhere in the magazine. There will be other events happening too, please watch out for them as they are advertised over the coming months. There is a lot happening, but we hope that you will enjoy the events and have some fun while we try to raise as much money as we can for our church. Jan Worters, Lynne Severs Are you a keen photographer? Or do you just enjoy taking snaps? As part of our fund-raising campaign for the Church Roof Fund we are hoping to produce a calendar in time for 2018. We thought it would be fun to have a photographic competition and see how many pictures we could collect of Shotley Bridge and the local area, the winning 12 would then appear in our calendar. Cost:- £1 for each photograph entered – all proceeds to go to the Church Roof Fund Please let us have your photograph, with your name, address and telephone number written clearly on the back, no later than 30th June. For further information contact Lynne Severs 502587 or Linda Short 503750 14 15 Messy Church “Messy Lent” was our theme this month, although, sadly, we did not see as many children come through the doors as usual. However, that did not deter us. We talked about the time Jesus spent in the desert, thought of the animals he may have seen – look in church at the painted stones which the children did – you will be amazed! They also had fun making concertina snakes with wonderful wobbly eyes. Cactus flowers appeared made from playdough and tissue paper flowers, shelters were constructed in the sand pit. We thought about the high place Jesus was taken to and spent time trying to construct our own high tower. It is in church beside the animal stones! We made our own pretzels too. The shape of a pretzel is meant to represent arms crossed in prayer, and they have been made during Lent for centuries. It is not easy trying to roll the dough thin enough without it breaking! But they looked great and smelt even better – tasted good too! We got incredibly messy making hand print angels which reminded us that angels watched over Jesus. Optical illusions made us think hard. Things are not always as they seem, we need to think carefully before making our minds up. Everyone wrote a prayer on a flag to tie to our prayer tree outside church, and were each given a mini chocolate egg. How many would resist the temptation to eat their egg straight away? The challenge was to try and keep it until Easter Sunday, but I don’t think many managed that! Messy Church Team _______________________________________________________________________________________________ We will not be meeting in April because it falls on the Tuesday after Easter. But we will be back on Tuesday 16th May when we will be listening to the story of Zacchaeus and making catapults, edible trees, marshmallow teacups and much more. We may even be able to play parachute games outside if it is warm enough! 16 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. 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. And here are most of the Reports (two were printed last month). Please read them before the meeting - it’ll keep things even shorter! PCC Secretary’s Report The PCC has met five times during the past year. We have had quite a good year. Although we were not successful in securing a grant for the roof repairs we are continuing to raise money to enable us to apply for more funding. Once again two more successful fairs have been held. Thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way towards these events. A parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land took place in February and was enjoyed by everyone who took part. The parish also took part in the Diocese’s initiative, Talking Jesus, and received favourable reports. We have had a busy year and we are looking forward to another. My thanks to my team Carol and Fiona. Glynis Bell 17 Treasurer’s Report At the end of 2016 the revenue account was £2,919 better off than in the previous year. The fabric fund was also £4,053 better off, which was due to the many fundraising activities which had taken place for the roof repairs. There was £20,857 in the revenue account and £25,083 in the fabric account. As reported last year, work still needs to be undertaken to the roof and spire which will cost in the region of £100,000. Fundraising and grant seeking is well underway, and we hope to be able to report that work will commence this summer. The Parish Share was paid in its entirety (£31,416) and the PCC agreed to increase this by just over 3% to £32,364 for 2017. In 2016 it cost approximately £135 per day to keep the church running, and it is thanks to the huge generosity from parishioners and the local community, that we are able to ensure that our church is well looked after and supported. Not only are people extremely generous in giving, but the voluntary work they undertake both in the church, its grounds, and the hall is invaluable. Please note that the full accounts will be available at the APCM. Carol O’Malley Electoral Roll Officer’s Report There were 108 members on roll on 17 March 2017. Should you wish to be included on the electoral roll, forms are available at the back of church or from Carol O’Malley, and you can be added following the APCM on 2 April 2017. Carol O’Malley Churchwardens’ Report Apart from general maintenance, there have been very few major items of work which has taken place during 2016. Some of the plumbing in the church had to be repaired which cost nearly £1,000 and we expect that there will be more plumbing work to be undertaken imminently, due to the age of the pipework. Most of our efforts over the past year has been fundraising and seeking grants to enable us to get the necessary work undertaken to the roof and 18 the spire which was identified in the quinquennial inspection in 2014. Fundraising activities during 2016 amounted to £4,500 and we have secured grant funding so far amounting to £13,500. In addition, we have a further £10,000 which we can access from the fabric account, and the £10,000 loan which the church gave to the church hall when it was refurbished, can now be paid back to the church. We have also submitted a bid to The Garfield Weston Foundation for £40,000 so, hopefully, work can commence on the roof and spire during summer 2017. Once the work to the roof and spire has been undertaken, our efforts need to concentrate on the interior of the church, including re-wiring, plumbing and redecoration. Huge thanks to Dave Short who has scrapped off the peeling paintwork in the church and touched up the paintwork, that has made it look so much better. Thanks also to Linda for washing down the walls and clearing up the mess! In November, we had a visit from the Archdeacon who looked at various aspects of the church: quinquennial inspection works; faculties; log books; interior and exterior inspections; church contents; registers; records; APCM reports; parish finances; insurance; health and safety; and security. He was satisfied with what he saw which was detailed in his report and covering letter. There are so many people to thank for helping both in and around the church, particularly, the cleaning team, the grounds team, the flower arrangers, the bell-ringers, the clock winders, and also those who give a friendly welcome to people attending our services and enhance the experience including sidespeople, servers, readers, the choir and - not forgetting - the Vicar! So, in summary, we would like to thank everyone for your support throughout the past year. Linda Short and Carol O’Malley Church Cleaning Annual Report 2016 I would like to say Thank You once more to our small team of cleaners for turning out every other Friday morning, when we try to keep the dust down and the brasses shining. I would also like to take the opportunity to say on behalf of everyone a very big thank you to Dave and Linda for all the hard work and time spent on scraping and cleaning the walls in Church. It looks so much better and is very much appreciated. Pam Hudson 19 Lunch Club Annual Report 2016 We have had another successful and enjoyable year. We are now in our 14th.year,and like Topsie keep on growing. We now have 46 members and a wonderful team of helpers. Up to the end of December 2016 we have donated £618.53. towards the Church Hall funds. Thank you to everyone who help to make the Lunch Club such a success. Pam Hudson Sunday Morning Coffee Report 2016 Coffee tea and biscuits were served in the Church Hall on most Sunday's after morning Eucharist. Donations towards costs came to £720.19 after expenses. Pam Hudson Church Magazine Annual Report 2016 In the year ended December 2016 approximately 300 magazines were printed for each of ten months (July and December magazines are double issues). 189 magazines have been distributed every month, come rain, shine or snow, by a band of 19 dedicated people. The remaining 111 magazines were put into Church, the Church Hall, handed to Lunch Club members and new visitors to Church as well as being distributed to local shops and surgeries. Sales of the magazines amounted to £948.00 which when combined with the cost to advertisers of £650.00 gave an income of £1598.00 less printing costs of £618.00 gave us a nett profit of £980.00 for Church funds. I took over co-ordinating the distribution of the magazines in April after Jenny Macnair left this area to join family living in Bishop Auckland. It has been a hard act to follow but I would like to thank the 17 remaining distributors for their help and support over the months of 2016. I would also like to say a very big thank you to Eileen and John Westthorp who took over the distribution role for October and November when I was on holiday. After many years Elaine Bellerby is giving up her distribution round due to other commitments so if anyone if available to take over deliveries to part of Benfieldside Road and Queensway area please contact me. Thank you, Elaine, for all you have done over the last few years. Jill Barron 20 Messy Church Report Messy Church continues to run on the third Tuesday of each month, excluding August and September. We have had a successful year, with an average attendance each month of 22 children aged between 1 and 12 yrs. Our aim is to bring families together once a month to learn about Jesus and the Bible. Each month has a theme based on Bible stories or church festivals. The children carry out activities around that theme and then go over to church where we have a short service of celebration which is then followed by a meal in the church hall. We have a team of 20 dedicated helpers as well as a few friends who help out when members are ill or on holiday. Each child is accompanied by a parent, grandparent or carer. When we all come together we usually number between 50 and 60 people. We receive no monetary funding, and are totally dependent upon donations at the door. Linda Short and Lynne Severs Social Committee Report The committee has met several times over the year. We have discussed forthcoming events and asked for volunteers to help with setting up and catering. Ideas have been put forward for fund raising activities and we have tried to help put these into operation. At the moment our main focus is raising money for repairs to the church roof. Last year we helped with: Lent Lunch & Harvest Lunch Easter Egg and Easter Bonnet Competition Coffee mornings / Tea & Cake afternoon Summer and Christmas Fairs Afternoon Tea Crib in a Box Competition Cake Bakes Although we are not able to organise every event ourselves, we are very happy to help wherever and whenever we can. We are always open to new ideas for fundraising, so please get in touch if you have any new ideas! Lynne Severs 21 Music In the past year, there have been eight sessions of ‘Sing Together’, including Carols at the Vicarage in December. We have continued to try a variety of hymns and chants from our new hymn book – and some new ones have been introduced into worship in church. These sessions are held in the church on Monday evenings and are open to everyone who enjoys singing. Newcomers are welcome! Our choir is thriving, with a total of eleven members. Several members of the church have attended singing events outside the parish, including ‘Come and Sing – Stainer’s Crucifixion’ on the 1st April. Rosie Junemann Church Clock The clock is wound three times a week by our clock-winding team – Richard Junemann, James Carvell and Willie O’Malley. It still keeps good time – a wonderful achievement for a clock that is 143 years old! Rosie Junemann Flower Report If I could find a copy of last year’s report I would have just submitted that with the odd change here and there. It’s the same team of 4 meeting week by week (yet again on Friday afternoons), it’s the same extra help for those special occasions such as Christmas and it the same grateful “thank you” to all who have been involved and worked so hard over the last 12 months. The difference is in the lack of funds. General donations are down and out of the all the weddings booked last year only 2 requested flowers to be specially arranged for the occasion. Income £834.42: expenditure £875.61. An article in the Parish Magazine explained this and it has been necessary to reduce the amount of flowers in church to accommodate. Sonia Thompson 22 Report from the Tower My goodness! St Cuthbert’s bell ringers have had a busy year to say the least. The bells have been rung week in and week out with hardly a cancellation by a loyal band of 10+. Extra services have all been covered as well as ringing for 6 weddings, the funeral of Derek Hume and “Ring for England” on St George’s Day. Without any band at Consett now our duties have also extend “up the hill” for weddings and to cover special services like their 150 anniversary celebrations in November plus Christmas Eve. It is a sad fact that there is a shortage of ringers right across the board these days and this was emphasized last summer as several of our ringers were drafted out to help ring for weddings throughout our district, including the cathedral. We are fortunate to have our own band at this time. Many quarter peals were rung Diocesan by several of our ringers both “at home” and further afield. Special mention goes to Stephen Bean who rang his first QP as part of our District’s “Firsts” month and well done to Trevor Lamb and Elizabeth Thompson for their 1sts on 8 and 10 bells respectively. A local band rang a QP for H.M. The Queen’s official birthday in June and on 1st July some of us were involved in a half muffled QP at Consett to mark the 100 anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. This was also to remember the life of Alfred Shorter, a ringer at Consett, who was killed that day. This was part of our Associations WW1 “Ringing to Remember” initiative. For the first time in many years a team of ringers under the Benfieldside flag entered into a 6 bell ringing competition at the beginning of the year. Coming 2nd in the heats, the band represented the District in the final held at Easington, coming a respectable 3rd over all. In March the same team plus two extras entered the inter-District 8 bell competition and came 1st in their particular category, winning a very impressive silver “gong” which has taken up the whole of one of the belfry windowsills for the last 12 months! Two of our ringers, Stephen Bean and Ciaran McElhenny, were made members of the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers at the annual meeting in November. It is always a pleasure to welcome visiting bands to St. Cuthbert’s and last year we had ringers come from the Bath area and Durham University Society. The new ropes that were purchased in 2015 were blessed and fitted last year. No other maintenance was carried out but it was highlighted that some of the clappers are in need of re-bushing sooner rather than later. Sonia Thompson 23 Brownie Report We have 29 Brownies in our unit at the moment. In April our joint Brownie Holiday with units from Chester le Street took place at the PGL centre of Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire. The girls enjoyed taking part in a range of adventurous activities including climbing, quad biking and high and low ropes courses. The girls took part in the Empire Day celebrations at Beamish Museum in May. In July the Brownies enjoyed a holiday to Whittonstall. The girls enjoyed a range of activities based around the theme of Space. The girls also enjoyed an archery session. The Brownies and Guides, travelled by train from Durham, for a joint visit to York, in November, where they visited the York Chocolate Story and the National Railway Museum. We celebrated Christmas with a joint party with the Rainbows at Jumbo Jungle. In January we visited the Empire Theatre in Consett to see the CBS performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. In February the girls visited Gibside for a night walk. We are looking forward to our Netherurd holiday in April, Brownie Holiday to Whittonstall in June and a visit to Flamingoland in September. Fiona Bell Handbells Report The Handbell team continues to meet most Friday evenings in the Committee Room. We have 8 regular ringers and have also been helped out by Laura Gray at the Christingle Service on Christmas Eve when some members of the team have family commitments elsewhere. We are most grateful to her. Over the year the team has played in a number of local Care Homes and also at Willowburn Hospice. Lynne Severs 24 More music . . . Gibside Chapel Sunday 2nd April & 7th May: 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 Thursday 11th April: 8pm Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and Chorus Handel: Israel in Egypt Tickets £16 - £27 www.sagegateshead.com Saturday 20th May Mozart Requiem Mass in D minor and Mozart Solemn Vespers Durham Choral Society, Orchestra and Soloists Tickets £18 and £10 (concessions available) Email: email@example.com or Gala Theatre Durham Ushaw College, Durham Sunday 2nd April: 2.30pm Royal Northern Sinfonia: music by Bach, Grieg, Barber and Tchaikovsky Tickets from Ushaw College £14 (concessions available) The Sage, Gateshead Thursday 13th April: 7.30pm Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and Chorus Handel: Israel in Egypt Tickets £13 - £38 www.sagegateshead.com r 1sts on 8 and 10 bells respectively. A local band rang a QP for H.M. The Queen’s official birthday in June and on 1st July some of us were involved in a half muffled QP at Consett to mark the 100 anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. This was also to remember the life of Alfred Shorter, a ringer at Consett, who was killed that day. This was part of our Associations WW1 “Ringing to Remember” initiative. For the first time in many years a team of ringers under the Benfieldside flag entered into a 6 bell ringing competition at the beginning of the year. Coming 2nd in the heats, the band represented the District in the final held at Easington, coming a respectable 3rd over all. In March the same team plus two extras entered the inter-District 8 bell competition and came 1st in their particular category, winning a very impressive silver “gong” which has taken up the whole of one of the belfry windowsills for the last 12 months! Two of our ringers, Stephen Bean and Ciaran McElhenny, were made members of the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers at the annual meeting in November. It is always a pleasure to welcome visiting bands to St. Cuthbert’s and last year we had ringers come from the Bath area and Durham University Society. The new ropes that were purchased in 2015 were blessed and fitted last year. No other maintenance was carried out but it was highlighted that some of the clappers are in need of re-bushing sooner rather than later. Sonia Thompson 23 Brownie Report We have 29 Brownies in our unit at the moment. In April our joint Brownie Holiday with units from Chester le Street took place at the PGL centre of Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire. The girls enjoyed taking part in a range of adventurous activities including climbing, quad biking and high and low ropes courses. The girls took part in the Empire Day celebrations at Beamish Museum in May. In July the Brownies enjoyed a holiday to Whittonstall. The girls enjoyed a range of activities based around the theme of Space. The girls also enjoyed an archery session. The Brownies and Guides, travelled by train from Durham, for a joint visit to York, in November, where they visited the York Chocolate Story and the National Railway Museum. We celebrated Christmas with a joint party with the Rainbows at Jumbo Jungle. In January we visited the Empire Theatre in Consett to see the CBS performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. In February the girls visited Gibside for a night walk. We are looking forward to our Netherurd holiday in April, Brownie Holiday to Whittonstall in June and a visit to Flamingoland in September. Fiona Bell Handbells Report The Handbell team continues to meet most Friday evenings in the Committee Room. We have 8 regular ringers and have also been helped out by Laura Gray at the Christingle Service on Christmas Eve when some members of the team have family commitments elsewhere. We are most grateful to her. Over the year the team has played in a number of local Care Homes and also at Willowburn Hospice. Lynne Severs 24 More music . . . Gibside Chapel Sunday 2nd April & 7th May: 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 Thursday 11th April: 8pm Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and Chorus Handel: Israel in Egypt Tickets £16 - £27 www.sagegateshead.com Saturday 2