Marie's July Article

27 Jun 19

I was disappointed watching the Chelsea Flower Show, which was the worst I had ever seen.   All the gardens, except for a couple, were either all green or wooden and stone structures, with a distinctive lack of flowers but the pavilion where the growers showed their plants was wonderful.  Then, when the  experts said that many flowers were out of fashion this year – they mentioned Dahlias , which to me have some beautiful varieties and Pinks which are wonderful too.   
Where do these people get their ideas?                                     How can flowers be out of fashion?  

In our garden wild flowers come up every year, such as Rocket, Feverfew, and Celandines, which bring colour early in the year.   These humble flowers make our garden a haven for Bees and Frogs and later on Butterflies and we wouldn’t be without them.  In fact my other half is scattering seeds from them.  Do you remember Thrift?  It is a lovely purple flower and then the seeds are inside the leaves and we would rub off the outside of the dried leaves to reveal silver leaves which we loved to display.

In this world which is so broken we should look for certain happy moments, not only in nature but everyday things that cheer us.  In late May the recreation ground in Ansley Village rang with laughter as lots of children enjoyed the apparatus.  It was lovely to see them enjoying the fresh air and leaving their laptops and mobile ‘phones behind.

You think you lack for treasure,  just take a look around.              You’ll find the world has riches of taste and touch and sound.      They may not weigh your pockets like gems of worth untold,      But oh, they’ll raise your spirits, much more than any gold.


Marie Cove.

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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!