February Magazine

February Services at Ansley Churches

 4th February


St John’s 10.45 a.m. Holy Communion
11th February

1st before Lent

St Laurence’s


10.30 a.m. Morning Worship


14th February

Ash Wednesday

Fillongley 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion

with Ashes

18th February

Lent 1

St John’s


10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
25th February

Lent 2

St Laurence’s


10.30 a.m.


Holy Communion

 From the Registers

Edna Buckler’s remains were interred in an existing grave on Friday 12th January, reuniting her with her husband.

Brian Randle’s ashes were placed into a cremation plot with those of his wife on Wednesday 17th January.

We remember them both and their families in our prayers.  

Joint Ley Group Service

Ash Wednesday

This service to mark the beginning of Lent will be held at 11.00 a.m. at Fillongley Church on 14th February.  The postcode for Church Road is CV7 8EW.  Roadside parking is possible in Church Road or Holbeche Crescent, with consideration for local residents.

Ley Group Course

A course entitled ‘Living in Love and Faith’ will begin on Tuesday 20th February at 7.30 p.m. at St Giles, Exhall and run for five Tuesdays.   Please ask for further details.

Ley Group Lent Meetings

A series of meetings entitled ‘Watch and Pray’ will be held during Lent using a different Ley Group church each week, starting on Wednesday 21st February in St Giles at 7.30 p.m.

The following Wednesday meetings will be at

Fillongley on 28th February at 7.30 p.m.;

at St Wilfrid’s on 6th March at 5.00 p.m.; (See ‘Meet Bishop Ruth’ below.)

at St Laurence’s on 13th March at 7.30 p.m. and at

St Michael’s on 20th March at 7.30 p.m.

You are welcome to attend all or some of the sessions listed above.  If transport is an issue, please let us know.

Meet Bishop Ruth

Arrangements have been made for Bishop Ruth, the Acting Bishop for Coventry Diocese, to be driven around the Ley Group parishes on Wednesday 6th March and to join parishioners in The Barn at St Wilfrid’s.  There will be tea and cake from 4.00 p.m. as people arrive.  Each church will be given a two to three minute presentation slot to introduce their church, using photos/videos if wished.  At 5.00 p.m. we will go into St Wilfrid’s Church for an Evening Service/Meditation, ending about 6.00 p.m.  If you plan to come please let us know so that they have some idea for catering.

World Day of Prayer

This year’s service will be held in St John’s, Ansley Common on Friday 1st March at 10.30 a.m.  Refreshments will be served as we join in discovering more about life in another country from the perspective of three women.  Invitations are being sent to all the Ley Group churches, so we look forward to welcoming people from the local area to this event.  The service booklets were prepared well before the events of 7th October 2023 and will provide some understanding of life in Palestine before that date.  It is certainly a country that currently desperately needs our prayers.

Prayer Meeting

There is an open invitation to join in prayer in St John’s at 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday 27th February.  

From the PCC


On Monday 26th February volunteers will be checking that the grassed areas in the churchyard will be clear for mowing when the weather and ground conditions allow.  Please ensure that Christmas wreaths and any items that are not permitted are removed by the date above.  (See church notice board.)  We will be following Diocesan Guidance by taking away any objects other than flowers in a suitable container.

New Cremation Garden

Plans for a new area for the interment of cremated remains are advancing and permission has been approved for a new area to be used now that the existing Cremation Garden is almost full. This new area will have a central memorial and plans for this are progressing.  More information on this will follow.

Electoral Roll and APCM

Preparations for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting or APCM will begin in the next few weeks.  .  This year the APCM will be held at St Laurence on Thursday 11th April.  One task to be completed before the meeting will be to review the Electoral Roll..  Names can be added at any time of the year.  If you would like to be on the Electoral Roll please ask for an application form, which will let you know if you are eligible.  If you are on the roll you are entitled to vote at the APCM.  You do need to be on it to be nominated to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).  You are not required to be on the Electoral Roll but the numbers may affect how many representatives from the parish can be elected to Deanery Synod, and thus be involved in discussions and influence church decisions at a deanery level.

Lent Charity

Collections will be made during Lent for Water Aid, a charity that seeks to provide suitable infrastructure for communities to have access to a clean water supply.  A plate will be available at  St Laurence’s services for donations.

Parish Magazine

The magazine editors apologise for the late distribution of the January magazine.  We are very grateful that an administrator at St Giles is printing it and realise that the first issue involved solving some layout and preparation problems.  This current magazine may be slightly delayed because final details of this month’s events had to be approved before sending it for printing. .

Results of Christmas Quiz

Congratulations to the winner from Nuneaton who achieved a score of 25/25.  Thank you to all who took part and to our quiz setter too.  It was quite a challenge!

Quiz Answers

1.Turkey 6.Church 11.Stuffing 16.Chocolate 21.Holly
2.Wrapping Paper 7.Baubles 12.Tinsel 17. Board Games 22.Fairy Lights
3.Present 8.Pigs in Blankets 13.Punch 18.Sugar Mice 23.Shortbread
4.Brussels Sprouts 9.Yule Log 14.Quality Street 19.Brandy Butter 24.Home Alone
5.Crackers 10.Goose 15.Nuts 20.Noel 25.Candy Cane


Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation to be remembered in prayer, please make contact with the church by email or phone one of the numbers on the front cover.

Ansley’s 18th Christmas Tree Festival 2023 Report

Seen on Face Book “The best ever Christmas Tree Festival”.

The author of this comment is unknown, but it was mentioned many times by visitors to this year’s festival.

More than anything the weather has had an impact on this year’s festival.

On Monday 27th when the trees were due to arrive it pour with rain. We had managed to get as much as possible ready in the previous week. That morning the team set too getting the sand filled buckets ready in church, unfortunately the delivery was delayed. An early start on a cold but dry Tuesday ensured that the lovely trees were not dripping wet and were in place in good a condition in reasonable time.

Work getting the other displays in situ commenced and time was soon caught up.

There was great fun had by many when they came and decorated their tree, and by Friday evening all was ready.

The festival started slowly, not helped by the very icy conditions on the Saturday and fog and rain on the Sunday.

Those that braved the conditions were impressed by what they saw.

On Friday 8th we had the concert of traditional English Music by Jess & Richard Arrowsmith with Jo Maher. There was a good number in the audience, and everyone had a good time participating in the carols and songs that they knew.

By the 9th the weather was bright, and we have a constant steady stream of visitors and some very encouraging feedback.

As in the past many people commented on the originality of the tree titles and the variety of things used for the decorations. Many hours were spent by lots of people making intricate objects that went onto different trees.

We also welcomed again the children and parents from the local ARC and Nursery Hill Primary, Schools, for their respective end of term carols and nativity readings.

By the end of the event a total of £2431 had been raised of which £600 has been sent to the Mary Anne Evans Hospice and a further £94 given to the churchyard fund from the Remembrance Tree stars.

This year we had 2 cakes that were raffled one was won by Lucy a local cancer support officer who is going to share it with her ‘lovely service users’. The second was won by Nancy Bradley one of our organists who will be sharing it with her family and friends.

It is estimated that there would have been over 1100 different people enter the church during the event. It was good that we were able to welcome each and every one of them.

The number of prayers on the prayer tree and the stars on the memorial tree as well as the number of candles lit show that our visitors are seeking that tangible support that the church may offer.

Thank you to the many people involved in putting this event together, providing support during it and clearing up at the end.

With God’s good grace we had another wonderful festival.