August 2022 Magazine

August Services at Ansley Churches


 7th August

Trinity 8

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
14th August

St Laurence

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship


21st August

Trinity 10

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship

& F F Dedication

28th August

Flower Festival

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m.

6.30 p.m.

Holy Communion


29th August

Flower Festival

St Laurence’s   5.30 p.m. Thanksgiving

From the Registers


Raymond Buckler’s ashes were interred in a family grave on 24th June.

Alan Greenway’s ashes were interred at Ansley St Laurence on 29th June.   He had died at the height of the pandemic.  The interment was incorporated into a memorial service as many of his family live overseas.

A memorial service was held on 2nd July for Gill and David Morley, who had both died while pandemic restrictions were in place. Their ashes were interred at the end of the service.

We pray for all who mourn the loss of people they love. May they find comfort in shared memories and mutual support.


We have had notification that the Reverend John Law, who was the vicar of Fillongley for many years, died on 12th July.   He took many services for us when clergy exchanged pulpits and when we were in interregnum, especially in the 1970s and 1980s.  We remember his family and friends in our prayers and greatly appreciate his contribution to the church in Ansley.

Preparing for the Flower Festival.

Tidying the churchyard.

This will start in earnest on 15th August.  Hedges and trees will be cut back. Tidying around graves and along paths can be done at any time.  The cremation garden needs some tidying following some damage from moles.  Come along with your tools and do what you can.  It all helps.

Cleaning the Annexe and the church

The Annexe will be cleaned in the morning of 26th August and the church once displays are completed in the afternoon of the same day.

Providing refreshments and garden fruit, vegetables etc. for the produce stall.

Flowers for decorating the church

Donations towards the cost of flowers would be much appreciated.  We would like to use locally grown garden flowers this year too.  Contact Margaret Antill if you are not sure about what may be suitable.  It will help to keep costs down and make our festival greener as it will reduce air miles.

Taking flowers to people in the community

Do please give names of people you think may appreciate a bunch of flowers after the festival finishes.  Let us know if you can deliver them yourself. They will be available for collection from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday 31st August. The stewards will keep a list in church.

Post Festival Help

Clearing up! If you can help to dismantle displays and clean the building on Wednesday 31st your help would be much appreciated. As we all know, many hands make light work.

Flower Festival 2022 “Journey”

Key information:-

Saturday 27th  August    11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Sunday   28th August    12.00 p.m. to .6.00 p.m.

Monday  29th August     11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Monday  29th August       5.30 p.m. Thanksgiving Service

As usual during these times there will be refreshments available in the annexe, which, if the weather is kind, can be enjoyed in the churchyard with views of the countryside. The produce stall will be in the churchyard, as will be displayed the Madeira cake that is being raffled.

On Monday afternoon Ansley Morris will be dancing, weather permitting in the churchyard, or in the church if wet.

As for many years, there will be an opportunity to lay a stone on the pile and leave your burdens, or put a flower in an arrangement as a thanksgiving, or place a prayer in the Prayer Jar. These prayers will be brought to God before the end of the festival.

Continuing our usual practice we will be supporting the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and the Acorn Children’s Hospice as well as raising money for church funds. Entrance will be free, but we do say “Please place a gift here not only to thank God for the joy of the Flower Festival, but for all the joys that God has brought to you.”

We pray for God’s blessing as we prepare for this event.

Over the years we have found that the best publicity is obtained when people speak about the event to friends, family. Work colleagues etc.  Please help to spread the word.

Advance Notices

St John’s Jubilee Social will be held on 16th September in St John’s Hall at 7.00 p.m.

A special “New Members” service with Baptism will take place on 25th September in St Laurence’s at 10.30 a.m.


The church will continue to be open on Tuesdays from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. for prayer and contemplation for Ukraine.

From the PCC

The post of caretaker for Ansley Village Church Hall is being advertised.  It is for an average of 1 to 2 hours per week at a rate of £12 per hour.  For further details and to apply please contact, or phone 02476381833. Please see below for what the job involves. A full job description can be obtained by phoning the number above.


What you will be doing 1 Maintain the hall diary

Deal with booking as they arise either by phone or email

(Most users are regulars)

Show prospective users around the hall bringing to their attention and asking them to complete, as required, the following:

·         Letting agreements

·         Safeguarding policy

·         Health and safety procedures

Open and lock the, church hall.

Ensure the hall is left as it was found


2 Ensure the hall, contents and surrounding area are clean and tidy.

(Working only when hall not in use.)

·         Including the hall itself

·         Toilets and kitchen – with all cleaning materials stored in designated locked cupboard

·         Tables and chairs have been stored correctly

·         Communal cupboards crockery and cutlery etc.

3 Collect any letting fees particularly for private hire

·         Hand to treasurer for banking

(Most regular users pay direct to account)


4 Purchase any cleaning materials or consumables as required

·         Keep receipts to enable reimbursement

5 Report any issues as and when they arise to a PCC member.


Repair of churchyard bench

Many thanks to Geoff Mellor for the refurbishment of the bench that he had made in memory of Mr Godfrey Hodgetts back in the 1960s.  He has given the bench a whole new lease of life and it will last a good number of years into the future.

Warwickshire Libraries Home Delivery Service

If you love reading but are unable to get to a library then find out how we can help by contacting the Home Delivery and Mobile Library Service on 01926851031 or online at or email mobilelibraryservice

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 4520

Moreen Freestone    02476381833

Margaret Oliver        014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            02476395089