Marie's September Article

02 Sep 19

September, 2019

 It has been a long time since I have seen so many Butterflies in our garden - Peacocks, Red Admiral, Painted Lady.  Also there have been numerous moths inside and outside.  One morning, when we opened the sun umbrella on the patio, there were 6 large moths inside.  I think they must have liked the warmth, as in between showers, we had some really warm spells.

I saw a clip on television of the Greek elections and where they were voting looked just like Ansley Village Church Hall, so it would seem  that church halls and village halls are useful facilities in other parts of the world.

One day, when we were on a short holiday, we went into Burnham-on-Sea and I was delighted to see the varied shops along the main street.  My favourite was the sweet shop.  I have never seen so many different kinds of sweets, along with the usual seaside rock.  The pick and mix section was enormous.  Having such a sweet tooth, I could have spent ages in there and lots of money but I had to show an example to my great grandchildren.

In all the years we have lived in Ansley Village we have called the field on the edge of Nuthurst Crescent and Tunnel Road ‘our field’.  Many people have fought hard to stop building there, but finally the powers that be have won and building started on 19th August.    We  are not on  our own  as all around us estates are springing up and the countryside is being eaten up to the detriment of the wildlife.  We are helpless to do anything about it but I imagine this is how the people of the village felt many years ago when their field was replaced by Nuthurst Crescent.

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It is harvest time and once again we give God thanks for sun and rain.                                         

For fruit and flowers which grow so fair, growing where once the earth was bare.                

Lord of the harvest accept our praise for this and all our harvest days.                                             

You have given us all that we can need from tiny shoot and dead brown seed.

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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!