October Magazine

29 Sep 21

Please see below an update on church services for October 2021

(As at 26th September 2021) 

As regulations and advice ease further, it has been decided that there will be a morning service at St Laurence or St John’s each week.  Arley will be following a similar pattern at St Wilfrid’s and St Michael’s.  We wish each of these congregations well as another step is taken towards a more normal service pattern. 

At the beginning of September 2021 further guidance was issued from the House of Bishops on opening and managing church buildings in Step 4 of the government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown.  

The government has moved from laying down rules to giving guidance that emphasises the personal and corporate responsibility of individuals and organisations to undertake actions to protect others and themselves.

Hand and respiratory hygiene, social distancing, face coverings and good ventilation are not mandatory but are still important public health mitigations and ought to be recognised as such when planning worship and other activities. 

Current Measures

Hand sanitiser will continue to be available.

People can choose where to sit and should move to another spot if they feel uncomfortable at any point.

The QR code will be available but lists are no longer needed.

Doors will be kept open to improve ventilation.

People can wear masks if they wish but it is no longer a requirement to do so.

There is no restriction on singing. 

Please Note

Visiting clergy and service leaders may wish to tweak the measures mentioned above.

Their choices should be respected so they can feel comfortable as they lead us in worship. 

Ansley Parish  Services in October

 3rd October     St John’s        10.30 a.m.   Family Service

10th October     St Laurence   10.30 a.m.   Harvest Communion

                                                 6.30 p.m.   Harvest Evensong

17th October     St John’s        10.30 a.m.   Family Service

24th October     St Laurence   10.30 a.m.   Morning Worship

31st October     St John’s        10.30 a.m.   Songs of Praise 

From the Registers

The funeral of David (Dave) London was held at St Laurence on 14th September, followed by burial in the churchyard.  He grew up in Ansley with his twin brother, John, and his eight siblings.  He loved motor bikes, took up water skiing and enjoyed the outdoor life, including camper van trips around Europe.  Dave had many different jobs, including thirteen years at De Mulders before buying the Oddfellows Arms in Higham on the Hill, where he became a successful pub landlord.  He was immensely proud of his family.  He will be remembered fondly by his son, John (Jack), Emma and his grandson, Archie, plus many other family members and friends.

The ashes of Reginald John Beale, who died in October 2004 and those of his wife, Patricia, who died in December 2019 were interred in the garden of Peace at St Laurence Church on 16th September 2021.  They had been members of the evening congregation at St Laurence for many years and continued to support the church after they were no longer able to attend services.

Church members offer their condolences to the families and friends of those mentioned above. 

Harvest at St Laurence 10th October 2021

The church will be decorated on Friday 8th October from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. and on Saturday 9th October from 10.00 a.m.

Help with arranging flowers and produce would be much appreciated – just come along.

Donations of flowers, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables will be welcome as will food in cans, packets and jars.  There will be no Harvest Supper or Sale this year but produce will be given to the Salvation Army. 

Prayer Meeting

The monthly prayer meeting will be on 26th October in the Annexe at 2.00 p.m., led by Brenda Cart.  Do come along if you can. 

Hall Activities

Activities have been resumed as detailed below,

St John’s Church Hall

Tuesday Evenings                            Ju -jitsu

Wednesday Evenings                       Keep fit

Thursday Mornings                           Ansley Common Art Group

Thursday Evenings                           Girls’ Brigade


Ansley Village Church Hall

Monday Evenings                             Youth Club

Tuesday Evenings                            Tae Kwon Do

Thursday Evenings                           Ansley Morris

Friday Afternoons                             Ansley Village Art Group 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal

Please make sure you take a leaflet or refer to the website to ensure you know what can be included as gifts.  The boxes will need to be brought to church by mid November.  A search on the Samaritans website will give you the details. 

57th Flower Festival Report

After the uncertainties of planning for a ‘real’ event this year, we were not at all sure that people would come along.  But they did!  Over 500 visitors attended the Festival.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to all who helped in any way; especially some members of Ansley Village Art Group who helped sell produce and refreshments, Ansley Allotment Association members who provided much of the fresh produce and Ansley Morris who entertained the crowd on the Monday.  The cake raffle too was a hit, being won by a resident of Exhall.  Thank you to the baker, Pat Parker.

People enjoyed sitting outside for refreshments under the warm sunshine on the Saturday, as the Annexe was out of bounds this year. Visitors on the Sunday showed true British grit as they huddled round the tables in a cold wind.  Well done to them!

Two comments from the Visitors’ Book were;

“First ever visit.  Will love to come again.”

“Beautiful as usual.  Job well done, x.”

Just over £2,920 was raised – a proportion of which will be donated to Nuneaton Hospitals League of Friends and Acorn Hospice. 

Art Exhibition and Sale 2021

Report next month. 

Coming Soon!

The Christmas Tree Festival will soon be upon us.  Please let us know if you would like a tree to decorate. 

From the PCC


The treasurer has been informed that HSBC will be starting to charge for cash and cheque deposits on each account held from November 2021 at a similar rate to commercial accounts.  The PCC has agreed to consolidate our separate accounts into one, while keeping a record of the restricted funds, so fees are kept as low as possible.

·         The PCC are investigating a scheme from the Diocese where Direct Debits are set up for regular giving. NO CHARGE.

·         Standing Orders and BACS payments made directly to our one account. NO CHARGE

·         Payments through Sum Up using the QR code, via the website and the card reader will continue to be charged at 1.69%.

·         Payment by cheque will be charged at 40p for each cheque.

·         Cash will be charged at 40p for each £100.

We will never refuse to accept any form of donation, but would appreciate it if you could review how you give to the church.  It will be important that our Treasurer knows the purpose of any money paid in e.g. Churchyard, Fabric Fund, General, weekly giving etc.  There is a box for this when giving online.  Cheques can be made payable to St Laurence Church, Ansley or Ansley PCC but should have the desired account written on the back (Not the front).


One page is available for an advertisement in the magazine at £80 per annum, or two half pages for £40 each.  Please contact M. Antill if you are interested.

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      

Margaret Oliver       01455822822

Moreen Freestone    024 7638 1833            

Diana Kealey          02476395089

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Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833

Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089

Margaret Oliver 01455 822822

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