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St Mary's February 2018 Magazine

St Mary's February 2018 Magazine

Mothers Union The next

Mothers Union The next meeting will be held at 2.30pm on Tuesday 6th February in the Mission Room. We will hold a short service to be followed by a slide presentation showing the diverse interiors of some of Northamptonshire Village churches. Anyone interested is welcome to come along and enjoy a “cuppa” with us. Finedon Senior Citizens Friendship Committee Christmas Parcels Thanks to this year’s house-to-house collection, together with generous donations from Finedon Parish Council, the Conservative Club, the Coffee Morning Group and a donation from Mr J Ellson, we were able to distribute 340 Christmas parcels to the over-seventies of Finedon on Saturday 9th December 2017. The committee would like to thank those who helped pack and deliver the parcels, the Community Centre for free use of the building and Finedon Stores and Station Farm who supplied the contents. Barbara Bailey - Promoter. Finedon Local History Society The February meeting will be held in the Mission Room, Well Street at 7.30 pm on Monday 26th February 2018.The speaker will be Francis Terry on “Social networking before WW2, the Co-operative Women’s Guild”. Admission is as usual £2.50 for members and £3.50 for non members, after the presentation light refreshments will be served. Finedon Community Centre Valentine’s Barn Dance, Saturday 17th February 2018 7.30-11pm. Dancing to ‘Ock-n-Dough’ with caller. Come and join our friendly gathering for a fun time with a real ale bar, chicken & chip supper and a good laugh! Keep the date free in your diary and reserve your tickets at £10 each from Pam at 01933 398377 Tax, Care and Toy Boys! Saturday 24 th March 2018 11am-12 noon. A completely FREE talk on Protecting your family’s nest egg – Inheritance Tax – Stopping ‘sideways disinheritance’ re-marriage of a surviving spouse – Lasting Powers of Attorney with NO sales pitch! Just an easy to understand informal, humorous, plain English information and answer session with important advice on later life issues on what steps can be taken to plan for the future! With FREE tea or coffee and biscuits join us for the Co-op Free Community Advice Talk. Church of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon Flower Festival Committee JUMBLE SALE The Mission Room, Well Street Finedon Saturday 17 February 2018 10.00 am – 12.00 noon Entrance fee 20p Please bring any jumble to the Mission Room between 9.00am ad 9.30am on the day or contact Christine on 01933 398818 for collection

National Garden Scheme Opening 2018 The gardening year has started! The first piece of information is that, following the rebranding last year and the rather insignificant posters, roadside and smaller notice board ones, the format is - apparently - going to revert to be more akin to what we used to have! (We’ll have to wait and see) The second piece of information is that, as was mentioned in our ‘Thank you’ piece after the end of the summer openings, Gillian and John Ellson tendered their resignation - having done 10 years. Once again a huge ‘thank you’ to them. The dates for the coming year 2018 for 67/69 High Street are as follows: Sunday 25th February 11.00 am - 3.00 pm Snowdrops and Helebores. Entry includes a ‘mug’ of homemade soup and roll. Sundays 3rd & 24th June 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm. Cream Teas etc provided by St Mary’s Church and the Independent Wesleyan Chapel respectively. Once again there are no ‘scheduled’ Thursday evening openings this year but instead we intend to have ‘Pop-up Openings’ - details will be available on the National Garden Scheme web site (www.ngs.org.uk) and we will try to give as much local notice as possible. In addition we are also available for pre-arranged group visits (any number). Please telephone to discuss arrangements 01933 680414 or via the email address sh_archt@hotmail.com.Thank you, we look forward to seeing you. Mary & Stuart Hendry Open Church To coincide with the open gardens, the church will be open on Sunday 25 th February 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Scorrer Organ We are delighted to have acquired a chamber organ to accompany the marvellous work of the choir at St Mary's. The organ is dedicated to the memory of Maggie Groome who was a keen supporter of music in church. Thanks particularly to our churchwardens Jane and Neil for making the installation possible. Some of the funding for the organ came from the legacy left by Rev'd Clifford Scorrer for music making at St Mary's. The organ was built in the early 1970s by Peter Collins (a well known organ building firm) and has spent most of it's life, prior to moving to Finedon, as a house organ in a converted windmill (on the second floor). It is a tracker action, 4 stop, one manual organ with pedals. An interesting feature is middle C being a split point for each stop, allowing the player to select different stops for the left hand and right hand. We will hopefully arrange some organ recitals in 2018 where one or two pieces can be included on the Scorrer organ to demonstrate it's versatility. The ash grill on the front of the organ has been added to prevent prying hands causing damage to the pipes which would otherwise be in reach. We can see over time whether this blends in aesthetically. Jonathan Harris Director of Music at St Mary’s 7

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