Editors Letter

01 Jul 17

It has fallen to me, as editor of this magazine, to write this page.

Recently people have been horrified by the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, and the devastating fire in Grenfell Tower.  There have also been attacks in Europe and the Middle East and the dreadful wildfires in Portugal.  The negative feelings left by these tragedies have been countered by the courage of the emergency services and members of the general public and the instinct of people from the local community to draw together and find ways to support the families of victims, the injured and to demonstrate the grief they share with the bereaved.  Some of those most closely affected have been clear that the most effective answer to hate is to demonstrate love for each other and to foster a supportive community.

Bible verses for reflection

Don’t be afraid or discouraged for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.

Joshua, Chapter 1, verse 9.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a place of safety in times of trouble.

Psalm 9, verse 9.

Do not be afraid – I am with you!

I am your God – let nothing terrify you!

I will make you strong and help you;

I will protect you and save you.

Isaiah, Chapter 41, verse 10.

Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that i give you.  I do not give it as the world does.  Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.

John, Chapter 14, verse 27.

Under very different circumstances, community spirit is clearly at work in Ansley, when members of the local community and others with connections to the church, prepare for and run the annual Flower Festival.  Not all helpers are visible over the weekend itself.  Some will have been at work tidying the churchyard; others may help to create the flower arrangements, provide produce for sale from gardens or allotments, bake cakes or clean the church or annexe before and after the festival.  If you feel able to help with any of these, don’t wait to be asked, but come along and offer your help.  Selling the produce and refreshments requires volunteers during the festival and of course we like to have stewards in church to greet our visitors.  Do let people know about the festival and encourage them to come along.  Their donations will help in the running of the church, and a proportion of the takings will be sent to the George Eliot Hospital League of Friends and Acorns Hospice.

Diana Kealey

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Flower Festival 2017

The theme for Ansley’s 53rd Flower Festival is “Change” and yes each year there are changes to be made to make each festival unique. However, there are many things that do not change.The festival will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend opening at 6 p.m. on Friday...

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Peter Allan

As from 5th June 2016  Rev. Peter Allan has retired. However the life of the church will continue, although there may be a few changes.  If you want to contact the church please do so via the web link or email. Alternatively please telephone one of the church wardens Margaret Antill 01827 874520 or Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833  one of the deputies Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089 or Margaret Oliver 024 7639 5674 all will be happy to help in any way they can.