July 2021 Magazine

29 Jul 21

lease see below an update on church services for July 2021

(As at 26th June 2021) 

Following discussion with the Diocese and the Churchwardens of Ansley and Arley it has been decided that there should continue to be one Sunday service at each church in turn through July and probably August too.  A member of the Clergy or a Reader from the Diocesan list will be invited to lead the service each week.

Current government guidance on restrictions will be followed at each service.

We hope and pray that the restrictions may soon be lifted and especially that we will be able to SING!

A service will be sent out once a month by post to those who cannot attend and do not have access to the internet.  If you have been receiving an e-mailed or posted service and you no longer require this, please let us know.

Service times and venues will be posted on the church website, www.ansleychurch.org or phone a churchwarden (see front of magazine) for the latest information. 

Joint Benefice Services in July

 4th July    St John’s                 10.30 a.m.

11th July   St Michael’s            10.30 a.m.

18th July   St Wilfrid’s               10.30 a.m.

25th July   St Laurence’s          10.30 a.m. 

From the Registers

The funeral of Colin Stain, aged 82, was held at Nuneaton Crematorium on 20th May 2021.

His daughter, Stephanie gave the eulogy.  Colin was a life-long member of St Laurence church.    He spent most of his life in farming and in retirement spent many hours on his allotment.  He made many delicious jars of jam each year for sale at our Flower Festivals.  He will be greatly missed by his wife, Marion, his daughters, Deborah and Stephanie, his son, Stewart and all who knew him. 

On 17th June, Kenneth Wildig’s ashes were interred in a family grave. 

We include these two families in our prayers as they remember their loved ones. 

57th Flower Festival 2021

We are planning for this event to take place at church but with some differences this year.

It will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Saturday 28th  11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Sunday   29th  12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday  30th  11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday 30th      5.30 p.m. Thanksgiving Service 

On the Monday afternoon there will be Morris dancing with Ansley Morris. 

We aim to sell refreshments and to have a produce stall and a cake raffle.. 

Proceeds will be in aid of church funds with donations to Acorn Children’s Hospice and Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends. 


Open Church

St Laurence church was open from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday 27th June as planned.  The regular Sunday opening has been postponed until after 19th July when hopefully Covid restrictions will be relaxed further. 


The last service led by the Reverend John Langlands at St John’s was on the first Sunday in June.  Marie? Thanked him and his wife Frances for their contributions and commitment to St John’s over the last three years.  They were presented with a beautiful plant and a gift of £100 from St John’s congregation. Thirty one people attended from Ansley Common and other parts of the Benefice.  So many that even a storage room was used to ensure socially distanced seating! 

The final farewells to the Reverend John and Frances were at morning and evening services at St Laurence. At the morning service Margaret Antill thanked them both for their dedication and involvement in the parish.  Frances was presented with a packet of Love in a Mist seeds to sow in their garden as a memory of their time with us and the Rev. John was presented with some photos of the church. Forty four people from Ansley and other parts of the Benefice joined in the thanks and good wishes for John and Frances’ as they consider God’s plans for them.  In the evening Moreen Freestone thanked John and Frances and presented them with a gift of £360 from St Laurence’s morning and evening congregations. It will not be forgotten that the Rev. John said that he was paid to be good but that the Churchwardens were good for nothing!!! 

St John’s Hall and Ansley Village Church Hall 

We understand that the groups meeting for activities in the halls are keen to resume normal routines.  As soon as guidance allows the different groups will be informed. We hope they will not have to wait much longer. 

From the churchwardens 

Please bear with us as we pick up extra work during the interregnum.  We will do our best to meet the needs of all.  If you feel you have time and energy to help, either from home or out and about, do let us know.   As soon as possible we plan to reintroduce the regular rotas for reading the lessons and leading intercessions in services and for cleaning the church.  If you have any questions phone one of us and we will pass you on to the relevant person. 

From the PCC 


  It was good to welcome Mark and his team back to the church for the next section of the ground gutters to be rebuilt.  The work undertaken this time was to the east end of the chancel and the part of the south wall below the porch.  All the concrete and cement has been removed as these materials cause damage to sandstone buildings.  Properly built brick and limestone mortar gutters will now take the water away from the building and ensure it does not seep into the walls.

Some bushes that had been in the shrub bed below the porch for many years were removed.  This was done to let in more light and will help to keep the wall drier.  This project had been planned for last year but was delayed due to Covid.

The total cost of the work is £6804.  A rebate of the VAT element (£1,134) will be reclaimed from the Government through The Listed Places of Worship Scheme.

Another section of gutters will need to be sorted in due course.  As with all old buildings, there are quite a lot of projects outstanding.  We try to have a continual scheme of repairs to ensure the building is kept in good order.  We hope to continue to raise funds and ensure the building will be in a good state for future generations.


 Although we managed to pay our full quota to the Diocese at the end of 2020, our funds, as for many organisations and individuals, did suffer last year.  We do aim to cover the running costs for the churchyard and church year by year.  Understandably the lockdown in early 2021 has affected both the churchyard fund and church general income.  Both these accounts are somewhat low for this time of year.  We pray that this situation may improve as life hopefully becomes more normal.

Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer during this time of disruption, please make contact by email or phone one of the following. 

Margaret Antill          018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone    024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver         014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            02476395089


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Unfortunately Rev. John is no longer with us and we are without a vicar at present,  but the church is still here

Please contact one of the wardens

Margaret Antill 01827 874520 or  077889 17822

Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833

Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089

Margaret Oliver 01455 822822

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