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									THE SIX PARISHES
Good Newsletter Edition for: St. Giles’ Church, Badger St. Milburga’s Church, Beckbury St. Andrew’s Church, Ryton Rector: Rev’d Keith Hodson tel 01952 750774 Email: keithhodson@talk21.com Web Site: www.churches.lichfield.anglican.org/shifnal/beckbury/
Rota of Services in the 6 Parishes –December 2008

Badger Sunday
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Beckbury
9.45am Morning Worship (TD) 6.30 pm Evensong (KH)

Ryton

Kemberton Stockton
8.15 am Communion (KH) 11.00 am Communion (KH)

Sutton Maddock

9.15 am Communion (KH)

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9.45 am Morning Worship (BH)

3.30 pm Carols (BH)

11.00 am Communion (KH) 11.00 am Carols KH,AC) 4.00 pm Carols+Crib (KH,TD) 11.30 pm Midnight Communion by ext.(BH)

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9.15am Communion (KH)

6.30 pm Carols (KH) 11.00 pm Midnight Communion (KH)

24 Christmas Eve 25 Christmas Day
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9.00 am Christmas Day Communion (KH)

10.45 am Christmas Day Communion By ext.(BH)

11.00 am Christmas Day Communion (KH) 11.00 am Christingle (TD,AC)

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January 4th

9.15am Communion (KH)

9.45am Morning Prayer (BH)

11.00 am Communion (KH)

3 pm Epiphany (KH)

Abbreviation : KH = Rev Keith Hodson

BH=Bob Hodgins; TD=Tina Dalton: AC=Angela Chatham;

PRAYER FOR THE MONTH Grant us this Christmas time, we pray, Father God The love of the holy family at Bethlehem The joy of the shepherds in finding the saviour The patience of the wise men who followed the star The worship of the angels who sang your praise For the sake of him who was born in a stable Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

AMEN

Next Newsletter
Contributions for next month’s newsletter to either – David Tooth at Havenside, Beckbury – 01952 750324. Email – dave@toothde.freeserve.co.uk. Or Ruth Ferguson at Tarltons, Beckbury – 01952 750267 not later than 14th of this month, please.

FROM THE RECTORY
Dear Friends Christmas is coming and we still have unopened boxes from our house move. Somewhere are the Christmas decorations! After so many years in our last house I had a pattern and plan worked out for putting them up: here in our new rectory I will have to start over again measuring them to see whether they will stretch from one corner of the room to another! It will also be our first Christmas in the Six Parishes, and no doubt there are traditions about services, carols and decorations which I will discover. This newsletter provides times for our Christmas services as well as for the school service at Beckbury Church. It is common place to refer to the season as “Xmas”, which is a useful shorthand especially on posters and advertisements, even though it may irritate some of us. The „X‟ is actually the first letter of the name “Christ” in Greek (making the sound „k‟) so it has a natural place in the shorthand work for Christ‟mas. However, I sometimes think that „ X‟ nicely represents the element of the unknown in our society about the Christmas season and the Christmas story. Fewer people today know what Christmas is about, and why we celebrate with mid week services in church on December 25th. Others are hard pressed to make the connection between the baby born in Bethlehem and the Easter story which provides us with another national bank holiday. It is St John who nicely bridges the meaning of these Christian festivals with his words “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”. This verse expresses both the Christmas story and gives a big clue as to the status of the baby laid in a manger, and the verse also hints at the destiny of that baby with the undercurrent of his eventually being given over to death on the cross. There is a mystery here even for Christian believers: perhaps the word „Xmas‟ hints at this mystery for church people. Thankfully the traditional carol “O come all ye faithful” invites us to “Come, let us adore him” rather than “come and understand”. We are invited to adore “Christ the Lord”. While there is an „X factor‟ about Jesus, the charismatic messiah, our Christmas services are about worship and thanksgiving rather than analysis and explanation. Come to one of the services if you can and make your response to God‟s gift „wrapped in swaddling cloths, and lying in a manger‟. Wishing you „tidings of comfort and joy‟ Keith Hodson

THANK YOU
To…….everyone who helped to make Rev‟d Keith Hodson‟s service of Institution and Induction and Party such an enjoyable occasion. People helped with many different aspects of the event. It was an opportunity for a great variety of skills to be exercised and included people from the whole community. Keith‟s friends brought people from further afield to join us in marking Keith‟s new ministry in the Six Parishes.

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Diary Dates for December
Every Monday to Friday Oasis Christian Shop in Shifnal open 11 am – 3.00 pm Every Saturday Oasis Christian Shop open in Shifnal 11 am to 1 pm Tuesday 2nd Tuesday 2nd Sunday 7th Monday 8th Wednesday 10th Tuesday 16th Tuesday 16th Wednesday 17th Wednesday 24th Wednesday 24th Thursday 25th Thursday 25th Thursday 25th Sunday 28th 10:30 am 2 hour health walk meeting outside the Church 12 am Friendship Club Christmas Party in Beckbury Village Hall Beckbury School Christmas Fair in the Village hall 7.30pm Beckbury, Badger & Ryton W.I. in Beckbury Village Hall 7.30 pm Beckbury Parish Council Meeting in Village Hall 10:30 2 hour health walk meeting outside the Church 2 pm & 6.30 pm Beckbury CE Primary School production of “Rock the Baby” Beckbury C.E. Primary School Christmas Dinner and Party 4 pm Stockton Church Carols and Crib St Milburga‟s Beckbury, Midnight Communion 9 am St. Giles, Badger, Communion 10.45 am St Andrews, Ryton, Communion 11 am Kemberton Church, Communion 11 am Kemberton Church, Christingle

SIX PARISHES FRIENDSHIP CLUB
A meeting of great hilarity and chat, what were we doing? Playing that old game of Beetledrive. I have never seen so many versions of a game, or so many ways of shaking a dice, but at the end of it we had a very noisy and friendly meeting. Our next meeting is at Beckbury Village Hall on December 2nd starting at 12 noon, when we have our annual Christmas party, followed by a general sing song with carols, as always guests are most welcome.

BECKBURY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR
Sunday 7th December 2-5 pm Beckbury Village Hall
Join us for our annual Christmas Fundraising Fair. There will be homemade cakes and refreshments and lots of stall including two tombolas, a hamper raffle, gifts, name the teddy, filled jars, wheel of sweets, lucky dip, pound bucket, race simulator and much much more for all the family. We hope to see you there, this is one of our big fundraisers and all money goes to the Beckbury School Association to provide extras for children at the school. Can you help? We need the following items donated for the annual Christmas Fair: Adults and children‟s tombola prizes Large filled coffee jars (sweets, small toys, pencils etc) Hamper donations (food or wine) Homemade cakes or biscuits on the day Any hand knitted gifts Jams, Pickles, etc. Donations can be left at School Reception or with Julie Pleydell (750368)

MANY THANKS
The Beckbury School Association would like to thank Beckbury Allotment Association for their generous donation of £200 following their annual produce show at The Seven Stars recently. The money will go towards extras for the children in the school and in the school gardens. Secretary, Beckbury School Association -3-

PARTY TIME
Yes, it‟s Malc the Milk‟s retirement party at Beckbury Village Hall on Saturday 13 th December, at the last count there were approximately 11 tickets left, so don‟t miss out. Please remember to bring your own glass and drink, and if you have not already done so, could you please return your envelope to Ruth Ferguson.

BECKBURY, RYTON AND BADGER W.I
Meeting held on Monday 10th November 2008 Sixteen members attended the AGM and we tried to deal speedily with the business agenda, as we virtually had 2 meetings on the one evening. We had enough members for a committee, with two new members, and all the annual reports were read and adopted. We welcomed a new face, Mrs Frances Hodson, wife of the new Rector. Fiona de Courcy was re-elected as President and the committee were allocated various posts. We then had a brief talk from the W.I. Advisor, Mrs Anne Edwards, as she cascaded some information acquired at her recent financial course at Denman College. We now look forward to a new year for the W.I. and the December meeting, where we will all contribute some food and wine, and invite friends to join us. Wendy Sutcliffe

BECKBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Meeting Tuesday November 11th We were introduced to the Reverend Keith Hodson, our new incumbent of the Six Parishes, I feel sure that he will fit in well in the village and do a wonderful job. We wish him well for the future. Beckbury Playing Field Committee still require new members. The playing field is a very important feature of the Village. It does not run itself and needs people who can give a small amount of their time to help maintain the playing field and ensure it is operated for the benefit of the Village as a whole. If anyone is interested please get in touch with either Carl Stevenson on 750251 or me on 750393. Over the past months, and particularly recently, Council members have received numerous complaints concerning inappropriate and excessive parking in the village. Cars are regularly parking on the pavements. Only this week I saw a vehicle parked on the bend on the pavement just above the Dingle. Parking on bends is dangerous. Parking on pavements is an obstruction. Please do not do it. The pavement between the Stars and the Dingle has had its surface damaged, partly because vehicles have parked on it, making it dangerous. There have been considerable complaints about the numerous vehicles parked in and around the square and up to the Village Hall. This has become excessive and is causing dangerous situations, particularly obstructing the view for vehicles coming out of Caynton Road. Please park vehicles off the road. If matters do not improve we shall have to enlist the help of the District Council or the Police to officially prevent street parking. Do you want to see double yellow lines throughout the village? The date of the next meeting has not yet been finally fixed but is likely to be Wednesday 10th December. Look out on the notice boards for confirmation. David Cummings, Chairman

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Thank You.
I would like to thank all those who sent me cards, gifts, and good wishes on my 90th Birthday. I had a lovely day at home. Betty Ford

BECKBURY CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Tuesday 16th December Christmas Production „Rock the Baby‟ at St Milburga‟s Church, Beckbury. Afternoon performance - 2 p.m. Evening performance - 6.30 p.m. For the evening performance, please make sure all children taking part in the service arrive at the Village Hall between 6 p.m. and 6.15 p.m. Join us after the service in the village hall for refreshments. Wednesday 17th December School Christmas Dinner and Christmas Party Party clothes can be brought into school to change into for the afternoon. Friday 19th December 2008 – Term ends Tuesday 6th January 2009 – Term starts

BECKBURY ACORNS NURSERY
Thanks to everyone who attended the Pamper Night on 16th October. We raised £350.00 which will go towards our Christmas Trip, Presents and a party for the children. The nursery currently has spaces available for children from age 2 – funding starts from the age of 3. The nursery is now open every morning and full days on Tuesday and Thursday, and a hot meal is provided. For more information please contact Sarah Mincher (Nursery Leader) on 01952 750755.

BADGER BITE
Beckbury Runner wins 1st Six Parishes Championship 35 year old Chris Wood of Beckbury has become the first winner of the Six Parishes Championship Trophy after his successful run in this year‟s „Badger Bite‟ 6 kilometre cross country race which took place last month. This was the 5th time the Badger Bite had been run but the first time that it has incorporated the new trophy for 1st local runner to cross the line. Chris finished in 27 mins 10 secs and 21st place overall in a field of 216 runners, including athletes from some of the top Midlands running clubs. The Six Parishes Trophy was the brainchild of David Nixon and the superb trophy was kindly donated by St Giles Church. Chris‟s name will be engraved on the trophy and he will retain it for one year. Ex Wolves footballer Don Goodman presented the prizes. The race raised over £1.200, with St Giles Church, Badger being the main beneficiary, and other charities were also supported with donations.

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN SHIFNAL DISTRICT
When caring can mean knitting………It is thanks to the knitters that 600 hats were sent to Save the Children for distribution to premature babies in Africa. Well done everyone. If you would like to continue knitting for a worthy cause the next project is squares for baby blankets. For more information please contact Angela on 01952 730216. -5-

100th BIRTHDAY OF FORMER BECKBURY RESIDENT
Donald Needham and his late wife, Gwen, lived at Whirlow Cottage, Beckbury from 1965 to 1975 and their daughter Joy was married in Beckbury Church. When Donald retired, he and Gwen moved to Devon. Gwen died in 1991 and Donald then moved to Suffolk to be near Joy and her husband Robin and their daughter Katie. Latterly Donald has been living in a flat in a Sheltered Housing Association scheme in Sudbury, and on Saturday 25th October he celebrated his 100th birthday. Zoe and Gerard Paris, who lived at The Old Rectory, Beckbury from 1965 to 2002, had always kept in touch with Donald and they travelled to Sudbury for his birthday party. The party was organised by Joy and Robin and was in the Community Centre of the block of flats where Donald lives. The party was attended by all family and friends, all the residents of the flats, the staff who look after them and the Mayor of Sudbury. Zoe and Gerard had organised a card, which had been signed by 21 residents and former residents of Beckbury who had fond memories of Donald and Gwen and this, together with the card from Her Majesty the Queen took pride of place at the celebrations. Donald is a bit shaky on his pins, but otherwise in good health and enjoys the company of the other residents and being near Joy and Robin, who live near Lavenham, and his granddaughter Katie who lives in Bury St. Edmunds.

ANOTHER CBSO CONCERT AT BADGER
A musical concert is to be held again at Badger Church in 2009. The Berkley Salon Ensemble, which comprises of 10 players from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, are booked to perform on 30th January 2009. The concert will commence at 7.30 pm and the cost of a ticket will be £15. At the interval refreshments and nibbles will be served. Tickets can be purchased from David Nixon on 01746 783517 or Sue Pearce. It is suggested that tickets be purchased early to avoid disappointment.

CHRISTMAS CARDS – PHOENIX TRADING
Avoid the Christmas rush! I sell a range of over 400 beautiful cards, giftwrap, tags and invitations for Christmas and all occasions and all ages. These products are exclusive to Phoenix. I have a range of stock at home or you can browse through the free colour brochure and place an order. Why not book me now for your spring fundraising events. Call Julie Pleydell, Phoenix Trader 16975 on 01952 750368, Beckbury Cottage, Beckbury, Shropshire.

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Please help us to help others this Christmas by purchasing our exclusive limited edition Macmillan Christmas Decoration. Hand Made by Tudor Crystal in Stourbridge. Each decoration comes beautifully packaged and costs £8.50p including postage and packing, and makes a really special Christmas Gift. Contact the office on 01902 312460 or e-mail blackcountry@macmillan.org.uk.

Our Thanks go to Richard Solari Farms, Heath House Farm, Beckbury for their help in printing this newsletter. -6-


								
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