August 2021 Magazine

28 Aug 21

Please see below an update on church services for August 2021

(As at 26th July 2021)

Although the Government’s relaxing of Covid restrictions on 19th July was a relief to many, we must remember that former legal requirements have now become a matter for personal responsibility, taking into consideration our own and other people’s feelings of safety and well being.  Church wardens and PCC members have looked at the Guidelines entitled, “Opening and managing church buildings in step 4 of the Roadmap out of Lockdown,” issued by the House of Bishops on 19thJuly 2021.  Having reviewed our previous risk assessment, the following points have been agreed and the Area Dean has been sent a copy of our latest risk assessment. 

Regular Services

Welcomers will continue to wear masks and gloves as appropriate.

Although there is no legal restriction on numbers worshipping in church, social distancing will be expected for the time being.

The suggestion that people still sit away from others is a precaution as we resume the singing of hymns.

Hand sanitiser should be used as we will be handling service sheets and hymn books.

Service sheets and hymn books will be handed to congregation on entry and are to be left at pews after the service.

A QR code will be available for use or name and phone number will be taken for Track and Trace.

Doors will be fastened open to minimise touching of surfaces and to increase ventilation.

Singing is now possible if you wish to do so.  Masks can be removed if there is a good distance between you/your group and other worshippers.

We hope that these measures will enable people to feel safe to attend worship in church.  We trust that those who now feel confident about abandoning restrictions will understand our reservations at this time. 

Occasional Services

There are no legal limits now on the number of people attending weddings, funerals, baptisms or other events.  Please phone a church warden if you have any queries about these. 

These measures will be reviewed regularly and updates from the House of Bishops will be monitored.

A service will continue to be sent out once a month by post to those who cannot attend church 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, or phone a churchwarden (see front of magazine) for the latest information. 

Joint Benefice Services in August

  1st August    St John’s    10.30 a.m.  

8th August    St Michael’s   10.30 a.m.

15th August    St Wilfrid’s   10.30 a.m. 

22nd August   St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m.

29th August.   St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. 

N.B. Monday 30th August Short evening service at St Laurence to mark end of Flower festival.

The Sunday service will rotate between buildings on the fifth Sunday of a month 

From the Registers

The funeral of Jean Wakeford-Davy, nee Shilton, aged 82, was held at St Laurence Church, followed by interment in the churchyard on 24th May 2021.  Her daughter, Louise gave the eulogy and a beautifully moving poem, written by her granddaughter was read.

Jean was born in Atherstone and moved to Ridge Lane when she married, moving to Ansley Common in the 1970’s.  She worked for WCC as a Home Help for many years until retiring with ill health.  Jean kept herself terribly busy with gardening, walking her beloved Labrador, baking and reading.  She will be forever missed by her children, Ian, Simon and Louise, their partners, her grandchildren and great grand children and all who knew her. 

The funeral of Terrence (Terry) Murray took place on 8th July.  He was born in Edinburgh in 1936, moving to Ansley to continue his work as a Arley.  He was a talented boxer and had a passion for singing.

Terry was married to Janet (Jan) and father to Ian, Elaine, Evelyn and Tez.  The love and support of their family helped Terry and Jan to confront the pain of the loss of their children, Ian and Elaine.  Terry died aged 86 and is survived by Evelyn, Tez and his five grand children. 

On Thursday 15th July the ashes of Herbert Hicks were interred with those of his wife in the cremation garden.

We pray for these families as they remember their loved ones and mourn their passing 

57th Flower Festival 2021

August Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 28th  August    11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Sunday   29th August    12.00 p.m. to .6.00 p.m.

Monday  30th August     11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Monday  30th August       5.30 p.m. Thanksgiving Service 

We will be pleased to welcome visitors to St Laurence Church to enjoy this year’s flower festival. The dedication will be included during the previous Sunday service on 22nd August at St Laurence.  You will see some differences but we hope you will enjoy our displays as much as ever. 

The theme this year is ‘Remember’.  We will look back on our past festivals, be able to thank key workers who have done so much for us over these past months and remember those who have suffered through loss of loved ones or the effects of the virus. 

We plan to have hand sanitiser available outside the church and  annexe for those who wish to use it and you may wear a mask if you wish.  Our website will have the latest information if you are uncertain so please check 

One highlight this year will be the opportunity to view a short DVD showing film of our festival as it was in the 1960s.  Will you remember the early days? 

There will be an opportunity to leave your burdens by putting a stone at the foot of the cross.  Or you may wish to offer thanks by placing a flower in an arrangement.  If you have a prayer request in mind, write it down, place it in the jar and it will be brought to the altar at our final service on Monday evening.

·         Ansley Morris will be dancing on the Monday afternoon.  Refreshments will be available and a produce stall plus a Raffle for a delicious cake.

·         Proceeds will be in aid of church funds, with 5% of income being donated to the Acorn Children’s Hospice and 5% to Nuneaton Hospitals League of Friends.

·         Over the past 56 years we feel that God has guided our endeavours.  We have raised almost £72,000 and donated over £22,000 to charities.

We pray for God’s blessing as we prepare for this event and that many visitors, regulars and newcomers may make this an extra special festival to be remembered in future years 

Update on St John’s Hall and Ansley Village Church Hall

Activities in the halls are returning to some sort of normality.  Each activity will need to be risk assessed under current guidance before resuming.  Some measures may still need to be observed.  Each group leader will contact their members to clarify when the group will restart and will give details on how the sessions will be organised. 


The Flower Festival is so successful because of the many volunteers who help out before, during and after the event.  We would like to encourage you to get involved this year in some way, whether you have been a regular helper over the years or as a new recruit.  There are tasks for all skills!

·         Cleaners will be needed once the displays are completed on the Friday and again on the Wednesday after the weekend.

·         We need stewards to greet visitors and be in church during the opening hours. 

·         Please donate produce - fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants, jams and pickles will all be welcome.

·         Could you bake buns, scones, small or larger cakes for the refreshments?  Home - made baking is always much appreciated.

·         We also need volunteers to sell refreshments, produce and raffle tickets.

·         Please contact a warden and offer your help to make the 2021 Flower Festival a resounding success. 


Thank you very much to two people who made anonymous donations to the Churchyard Fund last month and to others who give so generously to help maintain the area.  Remember that we need to raise nearly £5,000 a year to keep the grass mown.

We are aware that other jobs around the Churchyard could not be done during lockdowns. 

We would love to have the churchyard looking at its best for regular and occasional visitors and for the Flower Festival weekend.  If you have time to help, please come down with your tools on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th August.  Trees and hedges will need to be trimmed and paths cleaned.   

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 452

Moreen Freestone    024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver         014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            02476395089

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Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833

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