July Magazine

01 Jul 17

St Laurence’s Church Services 

Sunday    2nd Trinity 3  10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday    9th Trinity 4 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

 6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday  16th Trinity 5 10.30 a.m. Ordinary Time Screen

 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  23rd Trinity 6 10.30 a.m.       Morning Prayer

 6.30 p.m. Songs of Praise

Sunday  30th Trinity 7 10.30 a.m.

  6.30.p.m. Holy Communion


St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday    2nd Trinity 3                 10.30 a.m. Family Service

Sunday    9th Trinity 4                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  16th Trinity 5                 10.30 a.m. Family Service

Sunday  23rd Trinity 6                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  30th Trinity 7                 10.30 a.m. Family Service

Please Note

During the interregnum it may be necessary to change the pattern of services from time to time at fairly short notice.  This would be to enable visiting clergy to hold a communion service. 

From the Registers


The baptism of Eloise Elizabeth Frances Ingram took place on Sunday 23rd April.  Eloise was supported by her parents, Ashley and Stacey and by her godparents, family and friends. 

Ossie Stuart McGrory celebrated his baptism on Sunday 11th June, supported by his parents, Ian and Laura, his godparents, family and friends.  The Reverend Greg Bartlem officiated at this service.

We ask God’s blessing on Eloise and Ossie as they set out on the path of faith, with their parents and godparents to encourage and guide them.

Report on the process of appointing a new vicar

No applications were received for the post of a new vicar before the deadline.  The PCCs will be meeting with Archdeacon Morris Rodham towards the end of June to discuss the next steps.  This situation is not unusual and we expect to re-advertise the post later in the year.  Meanwhile, please pray that the next round of advertising may be more successful and for everyone who is involved in the process.

Girls’ Brigade Presentations at St John’s Hall

A presentation evening will be held at St John’s Hall on Thursday 13th July at 6.00 p.m.  Girls will be awarded their badges, three young leaders will receive their YL badges and there will be a silver DofE presentation.  There will be refreshments after the awards.  All are welcome to come along to support the event and/or to find out about the group.

St John’s Tea and Cake Social

A Tea and Cake Social will be held on Saturday 15th July at St John’s Hall between 2.00 p.m. and 4 p.m., with stalls.  You are warmly invited to this event to enjoy the refreshments, catch up with old(!) friends and make new ones.

Flower Festival 2017

The theme for Ansley’s 53rd Flower Festival is “Change” and yes each year there are changes to be made to make each festival unique.  However, there are many things that do not change.  The festival will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend opening at 6.00 p.m. on Friday 25th August.  There will be a short Service of Dedication at 7.00 p.m.  The church will be open from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  The Sunday services will be 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion and 6.30 p.m. Evensong.  The festival will close with a service and reading the prayers from the Prayer Jar at 6.30 p.m. on the Monday evening.

Each year we receive many lovely comments in the visitor’s book and it is felt that they are the best way to report what our many visitors think of the event.  A few are listed:below: 

“An absolute triumph of skill and beauty! Truly magical. Thank You,” S & B Ash Green.

“Heavenly.” C & W R.

“Beautiful show of flowers.” E & A B Hampshire 

“Absolutely fantastic, so much hard work gives so much pleasure to everyone.” MK & TA Corley

“Very beautiful, descriptive and inspiring.” C & HB Coventry

“Imaginative and thought provoking.” C & A B Birmingham 

At the time of writing, all of the flower arrangers have received their title.  They include “Through all the changing scenes of life,” “The Transfiguration,” “No change my heart shall fear,”  “Change our weak mortal bodies” and “The same yesterday today and forever.”  Seeds are being planted in local gardens so that as many home grown flowers can be used as possible. 

As in previous years, there will be an opportunity to place a stone on a display to represent placing your burdens in God’s hands, to place a flower for thanksgiving and/or to bring prayer requests to God by placing them in a jar.

On the Monday afternoon, Ansley Morris will be dancing in the churchyard, weather permitting, or in the church if wet.  Last year it was a lovely hot sunny day and many people were able to sit in the churchyard and enjoy the performance with a cup of tea and cake.

Throughout the event there will be refreshments available in the annexe and also a stall of produce provided by local people and the local allotment associations.

There will also be a raffle for a cake.

For many years we have supported the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and the Acorns Children’s Hospice, as well as raising money for church funds.  We will continue to do so this year.  Entrance will be free, but we do invite visitors to place a gift in a collection jar, not only to thank God for the joy of the Flower Festival, but for all the joys that He brings. 

As at all the previous 52 festivals, the main aim is to enable visitors to reflect on aspects of the Christian message, through the colourful and thought provoking displays.  It is also a time of gathering together with old friends and making new ones.  Every visitor is made welcome and can enjoy our beautiful ancient church set in lovely countryside. 

Report from the PCC on the Cremation Garden

The PCC has been aware for some time of the need to improve the appearance of the cremation garden, to make it tidier and to provide space for future plots.

The PCC realises the situation is the result of well meant past decisions.  The priority now is to find the best way forward to make the area more presentable and easier to maintain, ensuring that stones are not hidden under grass or protruding slabs.

Once a proposal has been drafted, the PCC will need to consult with the Coventry Diocese, which is the governing body regarding churchyard graves, stones and memorials.  Then formal permission (a faculty) will be sought from the diocese to enable improvements to be made and the area extended.  The PCC intends to keep everyone informed of the progress of the development of this area.

In the meantime the PCC sincerely thanks the volunteers who, on hands and knees, have been doing what they can to keep the cremation garden tidy.  

Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy

£110 was the amount made at the Coffee Morning on 14th June for “Childline.”  We had a glorious day, lots of people and we would like to thank everyone for their support. Marie and Dave Cove 

Car Park gateposts

The PCC would like to thank those involved in repairing the gate posts on the car park.  You know who you are!

 Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer at our Sunday Services, both at St. Laurence’s and at St. John’s, please hand the slip below to a member of the church congregation or contact a warden.  Phone numbers are on the front page of this magazine.  Please remember that a visit can be arranged to anyone who is sick, but the wardens do need to know, so again please ring.

Please pray for …………………………………who is ………………....................................

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Flower Festival 2017

The theme for Ansley’s 53rd Flower Festival is “Change” and yes each year there are changes to be made to make each festival unique. However, there are many things that do not change.   (The photographs are from the 2016 festival) ...


Personal Profile
Peter Allan

As from 5th June 2016  Rev. Peter Allan has retired. However the life of the church will continue, although there may be a few changes.  If you want to contact the church please do so via the web link or email. Alternatively please telephone one of the church wardens Margaret Antill 01827 874520 or Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833  one of the deputies Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089 or Margaret Oliver 024 7639 5674 all will be happy to help in any way they can.