Yesterday nine new swift homes were added at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea. This was organised by Colin Wilson of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust. The boxes were built and installed by Paul Mascall and Peter Robertson, local carpenters who gave up their working time to help us.
Soon they hope to install a sound system to attract the swifts that were flying over their heads as the boxes were being installed. Colin says that “In the small churchyard there are many sparrows so there may be a battle next year for the spaces!”
We are incredibly grateful for those who gave their time to help install these boxes. Swifts need our help in finding nesting sites and hopefully nine families of swifts will soon be making use of their new homes. Thanks to to Bill Thomas, our churchwarden, who organised it all.
St George’s is an Eco-church and we want to do all we can to care for God’s creation.
Its’ a Miracle…. play was performed on Sunday (13th) at St John’s and St Mark’s and will be performed at St George’s on the 20th May at 10am and 11:30pm. I am lost for words, other than “GO ALONG” – it was very, very funny indeed and I am still sniggering every time I think about it. Huge congratulations to Lesley and Bob Shatwell, and the cast!
On the weekend of 20-22nd October St Mark’s held an Arts Festival, organised by the energetic and talented Bob and Lesley Shatwell. It consisted of an exhibition, concert, workshops, ceilidh and festival service… a mesmerising, colourful exuberant weekend celebrating art and the people of this parish. Here are some photos:
Thanks to Maxine for the photos
With thanks to Craig Nobbs, our new LLM (taught the art of Prayer Stations by Lesley Shatwell, our very slightly less new LLM).
Here are some photos of Remembrance Sunday this year. Thanks to Lesley Shatwell and Alison Ridgeon.
Another great ‘Fun Parish Quiz Night’ on Saturday the 7th of May held at St George’s –
A plethora of quizzers from the three churches and beyond gathered to wrack their brains from the topical to the obscure, searching the corners of their minds for the answers on topics from Europe to films, fact or myth, the Olympics and guessing and tasting crisp flavours. There were even chants for our quiz master to sing the answers to the music round, which he obliged, much to the audiences delight. There were lots of laughs with the quick fire final round, dressing in a hat, tie, gloves and glasses before the answer was given!
We want to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who was a great sport and helped make the event so successful, even with a couple of seats to spare we still took almost £230 for church funds.
Here are some photos
Carrie & Jason Grafham and Chris & Mat Brown
“a wave of prayer …”
In our parish of Badshot Lea and Hale, in Surrey, we decided to answer the call to prayer with an art installation, featuring work from artists based in our parish or with a very strong connection to the parish.
From this initial thought, the idea took hold. “I’ll make scones, it will give a real English summer’s day feel.” “And jam, we must have lots of jam.”
“What sort of music do you want? I’m sure the choir would like to sing …”
And so it continued until suddenly we had a full parish event! We called upon artists aged between 6 and 92 to give their own interpretation of a phrase from the Lord’s Prayer and we have a wonderful, eclectic response.
After some nervous moments … would the art be ready? Would anyone come? Finally we opened our doors on Sunday 8 May. And people came, viewed the exhibition, ate scones and listened to the music.
Here are some of their comments:
“Beautiful installation, thank you for all the work that has gone into this. Inspiring”
“Great idea, great show – could they stay here?”
“It’s good to be reminded of the Lord’s Prayer at work in our lives.”
St John’s can seem quite a deserted place, but that day, I thought the church itself really came to life, got up and danced for joy. The power of the Lord’s Prayer at work within our community.
And we are going to do it all again this weekend.
LLM (in training)
Thanks to Richard Heath for photographing these paintings
Our MP came to talk to a group of his constituents about Climate Change. It was a good meeting and part of an ongoing conversation. He will talk to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, and we will meet again in September.