September Magazine

30 Aug 17

September St Laurence’s Church Services 

Sunday    3rd Trinity 12  10.30 a.m. Ordinary Time Screen

 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  10th Trinity 13 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

 6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday  17th Trinity 14 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  24th Trinity 15 10.30 a.m.     Holy Communion

 6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday    3rd Trinity 12               10.30 a.m.        Family Service

Sunday  10th Harvest                  10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  17th Trinity 14               10.30 a.m.       Family Service

Sunday  24th Trinity 15               10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

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


Christopher Hearn celebrated his baptism on 30th July 2017, supported by his parents, Kirsty and Christopher, his godparents, family and friends.  The Reverend Rick White officiated at this service.

Carter William Hawkins celebrated his baptism on 6th August 2017, supported by his parents, Gemma and Steven, his godparents, family and friends.  This service was conducted by the Reverend Mervyn Roberts.

We offer Christopher and Carter our best wishes as they join the Christian family and begin their journey of faith.


The funeral of Edna Toon took place at St Laurence’s on Tuesday 1st August.  Edna lived in the same house in Ansley Village for about 80 years.  She lived to the ripe old age of ninety - two.  She had five siblings, Sid, Alf, Bill, Else and Lionel.  She was a well – loved Aunty to her nieces and nephews.

Edna worked at Hackney and Sons, keeping the sales and catalogues in order for all the cattle auctions right up until retirement age.

In her leisure time, Edna played Bingo in Coventry, played tennis in her younger days and liked to watch Wimbledon each year.  She attended regularly at church, mainly the evening services and loved going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.  She would help with the Flower Festival, offering flowers (especially African marigolds) and foliage from her immaculate garden.

Edna will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

St Laurence’s Open Church Sundays

The final open church Sunday for this year will be on Sunday 1st October, between 12.00 and 6.00p.m.  These have provided an opportunity for people to spend some quiet time in our peaceful building and to appreciate some of its history.

Ride and Stride

This annual fund – raising event to raise money for The Coventry and Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust will take place on Saturday 9th September.  The church will be open to visiting cyclists to log their journeys and we would ask sponsors to contact Mr Philip Rees or a church member to sign a donation form.  The money raised goes into a central fund to help to maintain historic churches, with a proportion being returned to participating parishes.

St John’s Harvest

St John’s will celebrate their Harvest Festival on Sunday 10th September with a service of Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m., led by the Reverend Mervyn Roberts.

You are warmly invited to St John’s to share a Harvest Supper with dessert at 7.00 p. m. on Friday 8th September.  Tickets cost £4.00 and need to be booked in advance.  An enjoyable social evening can be anticipated.

Art Exhibition and Sale

Ansley Village Art Group’s sixth Art Exhibition and Sale will be held in the Village Hall, Birmingham Road, CV10 9PS, on Saturday 23rd September from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Entry is free and light refreshments will be available.  There will be a good number of pictures, some of which will be for sale.  Visitors in previous years have commented very favourably on the high standard of the works on display.  If you enjoy visiting this type of exhibition you may notice that there will be a Warwickshire Art Trail on during the same weekend.

The group meets in the hall (see above) on Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.  The cost per session is £2.00.  Members mostly work on individual projects, but several times a year, a local artist is invited along to lead a session.  This year members of the group, family and friends were also able to visit Liverpool Tate.  If you would like to join the group, or visit to see if it would suit you, do come along.  You will be made very welcome.

Advance Notice 

St Laurence’s will celebrate their Harvest Festival on Sunday 8th October.  We hope for a good number of volunteers to help decorate the building on Saturday 7th October.  Donations of produce etc. can be brought to the church during the Saturday, preferably in the morning.  The Harvest Supper and Sale will be held in the Annexe on Monday 9th October.  Further details will be in October’s magazine.

Ansley Village Hall and St John’s Hall, Ansley Common

The parish is fortunate to have two well maintained buildings for groups to hire for regular meetings or single occasions.  Do phone the numbers on the hall notice boards if you would like to attend a session, or find out more.  You may be interested in a different activity than the ones available at the moment.  If so please get in touch and discuss your idea.  Do also consider hiring a hall for a specific occasion.  You will be welcome to arrange a visit to see if the facilities suit your event.

Fifty Third Flower Festival                              

At the time of going to press, the festival had not begun, so the report will be in next month’s magazine.

Donation of Furniture

The members of the PCC are very grateful to Triton of Nuneaton who offered us the use of some very good quality furniture that they no longer needed.  We could not accommodate all of the items on offer, but we were able to approach other community based groups, who have welcomed the chance to make use of the other items.  We are able to make use of some chairs, a few tables and the screens which were on offer. 

A big THANK YOU to the Triton Company.

Church Fabric

The PCC agreed at the last meeting to make a start on the work identified in the quinquennial report.  The architect has been asked to draw up a specification for the ground gutters to be repaired.  These run around the building and will ensure that water does not seep into the walls.  Also to be included are the quarry tiles in the church that are becoming detached from their base.  Once the specification has been received quotations will be sought and a faculty will be applied for from the diocese.  This faculty is required for any work that will affect the fabric of the church and will ensure that the work meets the requirements for an ancient building.  It is important that we keep up with all these relatively small but important jobs to ensure that the building is kept in good order. 

Update on the appointment of a new vicar

At the lengthy meeting held with the Archdeacon on 29th June, it was arranged that he would review the profile and come back to the PCCs for approval of any changes.  It was proposed that the post should then be re-advertised in October.  Please continue to pray that the process of appointing a new incumbent will be successful before too long.


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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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.