Early photos of Christmas Tree Festival 2018

09 Dec 18



 After the first day we have had some wonderful comments and everyone is commenting that it is as good as ever.
Do come and see it is open for the next 2 weekends.

Interim Festival Report
The trees arrived on Monday 3rd December, as planned.  It was a very stormy day and we were very lucky that the lovely trees arrived in the dry.  Fortunately, after some heavy rain, the weather was drying up as we started to put them in the buckets and carry them into church.


The decorating of the trees and the other displays took the rest of the week and was completed almost on time.  It was lovely to see all the different people and organisations greeting each other and chatting as they worked on their displays.Some very positive comments were given to the stewards in church and some visitors took the trouble to write in the Visitors’ Book.  When we have time we will need to translate one comment that was written in Latin!

As always, we encouraged everyone to pass on their thoughts to their friends and neighbours as getting the message out that the festival is worth a look is quite a task. By the end of the second week we had raised £1768.43 of which £353.69 will be for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.  £63.50 was also donated to the separate Church Yard Fund.

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Flower Festival 2019 Report

(Photographs to follow as soon as IT issues sorted)The hot sun shone and many people came to our festival this year, with the theme of “Rest”. We had many comments in our visitor’s book reflecting on the peace that they found. It is very r...


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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the Curate of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!