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October - Preston Village


                          Church & Village News
                                 October 2009

Deadline for the November newsletter is 20 October. Contact Howard Trinder on
435339 or e-mail The newsletter is also
available via the village website

          Fri 9 Oct       Harvest Supper – Village Hall 7.30pm
          Mon 12 Oct      Village Book Club at Ieneke's Crunnels Green
          Sat 17 Oct      Cricket Club Dinner Dance – Red Lion 7.00pm
          Wed 21 Oct      PVS at Langcliffe, Butchers Lane 8.00pm
          Fri 23 Oct      Harvest Auction at The Red Lion – 7.30pm
          Sat 21 Nov      PHC Christmas Market from 12 noon
          Sat 28 Nov      Friends of St Martin’s Barn Dance, PHC Old Hall

 As from November the church cleaning will be back to its usual pattern and take
             place on every first Tuesday of the month at 4.00pm

                        ST MARTI N'S CHURCH S ERVI CES

OCTOBER                           SIDESMAN                READER

 4        No Service. 11am Harvest Festival at All Saints, St Paul’s Walden
                 The Revd Teddy Faure-Walker
11        9.30    Village only   Mr Kellard             Mrs Lawson
                  The Revd Oliver Learmont        (Hebrews 4:12-16, RCL p. 702)
18        9.30    Village only  Mrs Reeves             Mrs Edwards
                  The Revd Tom Purchas (2 Tim 4: 5-15, RCL p. 1139)

          11am     Family Service at All Saints, St Paul’s Walden

          6pm     Walden Offa Parishes E vensong at Preston
25        9.30    Village only   Miss Hunter           Mr Reeves
                  The Revd Fizz Gibb (2 Tim 3:14-4:5, RCL p. 718)


 1        No Service. 11am Communion Service for All Saints Day with All Souls at
          St Paul’s Walden. Preacher: The Revd Gerry Booker

If any sidesman or reader cannot mak e any of these dates, please try to find an

                          ST MARTI N'S CHURCH 120 CLUB
     The winners of the September draw in the 2009/10 120 Club (£30 each) are:

                         No. 68     Mr & Mrs J Jennings
                         No. 89     Mr A Pateman


Dear Friends,

As I writ e I can hear the combine harvesters working in the distanc e. Looking
from the window I can see the clouds of dust around the machine as it carves its
way through the ripened wheat. A feeling of gladness and pleasure at seeing the
crops being harvested once again is mixed with a little s adness that t he s easons
seem to come and go so quickly! How fortunate we are in this country wit h our
temperate climate! Extremes are comparatively rare and harvests seldom fail.
E ven so we are obsessed with the weather. We didn’t get the heatwave summer
that was predicted but we had good growing conditions and there has also been a
bumper harvest in the garden and of wild fruits and nuts. My resident squirrel is
having a problem t o find enough places to store the nuts he has gathered for his
winter food!
Other count ries are not as fortunate as we are. E very year The Bishop of St.
Albans makes a Harvest Appeal. As a Church we usually respond to this by
sending a donation. This year the bishop is appealing for clean water for 55,000
people who live without access to safe drinking water. The appeal will work
through Christian Aids partner, Water Action. Three times matched funding from
the European Union will turn a gift of £33 into £132. The appeal will benefit
women, particularly in Ethiopia, who carry most of their water at present. They
walk for many hours to get water which is often unsafe and makes them ill.
Having clean easily accessible water trans forms the lives of families as we have
seen in Uganda. To say it makes for happiness is an understatement.
Happiness is something we wa nt for all, especially for those we love. So often
contentment is the nearest we can get to being happy especially when we have
lost someone precious or are stuck with a situation we are powerless to change.
Whatever befalls us, may our eyes be opened to s ee God at work in our lives and
in the world, and may we be inspired to follow where he leads us.

                                    With love

                                   Ann Males

E vents at The Red Lion in the coming few weeks:
   Wed 14 October – Wine tasting commencing at 7.00pm
   Fri 23 October – Harvest Auction – 7.30pm. Please bring produce for the
   auction along to the pub either before 1200 or after 2. 30pm on the day.
   Thurs 29 to Sat 31 October – Beer Festival with 25 selected real ales
   Fri 6 November – Fireworks commencing at 7.00pm
   Sat 7 November – The Country Bumpkin. 7.00pm. Sample the delights of food
   from the local countryside. Menu can be seen at the pub £20.

Monday 12 Oct 8.00pm hosted by Ieneka at Crunnels Green. The book chosen
for this months read is: The Shadow of the W ind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Our next meeting is at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 21 October at Chris Hardy’s,
Langcliffe, Butcher’s Lane and will include the AGM

A great season 2009 has been with thrills, spills and somethi ng for everyone.
The 1st X1 survived to stay up; a nail-biting finish with points needing to be
squeezed from every available over but we survived another year. The 2 X1
remained in mid-table in Div 6, the 3 X1 missed out on promotion by one
position which was a wonderful achievement and the 4 X1 finished in the upper
half of Div 14; which was just excellent to see. Our Sunday sides also did
superbly well and both gained promotion in the Chess Valley League. Some
incredible individual performances but really too many to mention here,
unfort unately. 2009 has also been a record breaking seas on. Due to the
popularity of our Colts Development Programme we have also fielded a 5X1 on
occasion on Saturday too – which is incredible. We also welcome another new
lady to our playing ranks, Jacquie Veringa, who now joins Anje as the second
playing female member of the club. A few thanks to mention as we have been
superbly supported once again this year by our army of helpers; not least the kind
ladies who volunteer to help with teas. Ray and Jo, Lisa and El and everyone at
the Red Lion. Bob and all the guys involved in the ground and also Tony, who
has poured everything into making sure the ground looks like a million bucks and
that all of us have cricket every weekend to play. Finding 7 or 8 fixtures every
week for Preston is nigh-on impossible, but he manages to do it.

Thanks also for all the wonderful support we have had from the village and Parish
Council; I do hope we have done everyone proud for a nother year. Please come
to the Awards E vening – Oct 17 – please see Jane Hunter for det ails. Thanks
also to Howard and Margaret – Margaret (and the Parish Council) for her help
behind the scenes on new equipment funding and Howard too for letting me write
this essay every month! Things are moving in a very positive direction for cricket
in Preston and we are able to offer a lot to anyone wis hing to play or be a part of
the club and we need to make sure we are all ready for 2010. Cheers, Mark
Waters 07796544683

Just to remind those of you who are as yet undecided, that there are stlll tickets
available for the dinner/dance on Saturday 17 October.
The venue is a marquee in the garden of the Red Lion and as well as delicious
food and great raffle prizes there will be dancing to the ever popular One 2Many.
Tickets are £35 per person and can be ordered from Ali Morecroft 434032 or Jane Hunter 768688

Ford KA          1.3 litre - Nov 2002 - 44700 miles - taxed to May 2010
                      MOT to March 2010 - 2 owners. Offers around £2000.
Also available free to anyone who can collect, an unwant ed dishwasher (not used
for a while).        Contact: John Campbell on 422572

A very tame white rabbit with brown flecks has been found in Preston. Natalie Cross at
Preston Hill Farm has it at the moment so if you have lost one please give her a ring on
07956 232025.

This event scheduled to take place on Saturday 3 October has now be en
postponed. Watch this space for alternative date to be organised.

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