January 2021 Magazine

Please see below an update on church services for January 2021

(As at 23rd December 2020)

 Planned January Services

         3rd January      Christmas 2    Joint Benefice at St Wilfrid’s    10.30am

       10th January       Epiphany 1    Joint Benefice at St Laurence  10.30am

       17th January       Epiphany 2    Joint Benefice at St Wilfrid’s    10.30am

       24th January       Epiphany 3    Joint Benefice at St Laurence  10.30am

       31st January       Candlemas    Joint Benefice at St John’s       10.30am

        7th  February  2 before Lent    Joint Benefice  at St Laurence  10.30am

All the above are subject to government guidelines and may be changed at short notice.

January to March 2021

Regular services, venues and activities were agreed in early December 2020.  The list has been distributed online or by post. Please speak to a churchwarden if you have any questions about the above rota.

Funerals, burials, cremations, interment of ashes and other requests will be dealt with as they arise and will follow the latest government regulations.

 From the Registers


Mavis Rose Wood died on 13th November 2020 at the age of 88 in Saffron House, Barwell., where she had spent the last few years of her life.  Her cremation service was held on 3rd December.  Her ashes will be interred at St Laurence Church, Ansley, where she once lived with her husband and where she will be finally laid to rest.

Those who have been especially close to Mavis are her brother, Ron with Joan and their family; daughters Heather, Diane, Christine, Amanda and sons Ian and Brian along with their families.

Anthony Fallows died on 26th November 2020, aged 69.  His ashes were interred on16thDecember 2020 with Hilda and Arthur Fallows in St Laurence Churchyard. Anthony lived in Ansley Common until he went to live with his daughter in Nuneaton.


Tom Jones, beloved husband of Beryl for 60 years from Plough Hill Road Nuneaton died on 1st December last year, aged 80.  His cremation service took place on 21stDecember 2020.

Those who have been especially close to Tom are his beloved wife, Beryl, daughter Ann with husband Martin and their children Rachel and Ben plus Tom’s grandchildren, son Mark and Heather in Australia.  The family offer their thanks to the staff of Drayton Court and the doctors and staff at George Eliot Hospital.

All at St Laurence and St John’s extend their condolences to each of the families mentioned above.

Fifteenth Christmas Tree Festival 2020 (Virtual)

This festival, our second virtual event of the year, was ready for virtual visitors on time.  During the first weekend there were over 40 hits on the site.  We have also had some very pleasing feedback.

    “The Virtual Tree Festival is super, such a lot of work to put it together but it looks great      and hopefully donations will be made.”

    “I watched the tree festival earlier-well done to those involved!  I like the way the information pages are done- very clear and well paced page changes.”

     “I hope you enjoy this as much as Ray and I have.  (Lots of ideas for decorating your own trees!”

The amount raised in donations was £494.14.

 Virtual Concert by Jess and Richard Arrowsmith plus Jo Maher

We are very grateful to the above for organising this year’s concert as a virtual event. Not only was the concert very enjoyable but it also raised a total of at least £1349 which will be shared between St Laurence Church and Sheffield Food Bank.

“I liked the variety of instruments played and that familiar words were fitted to less well known tunes and vice versa.  It was fun picking out familiar faces from the many fans  on Zoom.”

 Carol Services

Those present at St John’s in the morning and St Laurence in the evening on Sunday 20th December had a very different experience this year.  Each congregation was much smaller than usual, which was not a surprise considering the news of a mutant strain of the corona virus.  As we listened to the familiar readings and had the novel experience of listening to the carols instead of singing them, the Christmas message was especially poignant.  We remembered those who would have attended if they could.  We were especially pleased that the Reverend John was able to lead the services and send our good wishes to Frances who continues her recovery at home.

 Christmas Wreaths

The total income from the sale of Christmas wreaths was £276.

 Samaritan Shoebox Appeal

Thank you to all who managed to send a box this year.

 Spurgeons Children’s Charity

An email has been sent, thanking us for our donation of £260.

 “Thank you so much for your donation.  Every donation enables us to bring hope and a positive change in all that we do.  We really do appreciate your kindness.

 On behalf of the whole team at Spurgeons, I want to wish you all, at St. Laurence Church Ansley, a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.”  Karen Logan, Donor Care Administrator.

 Census 2021 Recruitment

 I am sure many of you will know that 2021 is a Census year. People may not, however, be aware of the temporary job opportunities that will be available before and during the census and that will be both part time and full time.  Active recruitment will be from 1stJanuary to 28th February 2021.  If you know anyone who may be interested please let them know they can get more information from any of the websites below.

https://www.censusjobs.co.uk/ or https://www.census.gov.uk/isobel.pemberton77@field.census.gov.uk – 07452943162.


Ride and Stride

The church has received £80 from the Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust as our contribution from the money raised by Phil Rees in September.  This will be added to the Fabric Fund which will help with the ongoing costs of maintaining an old building.


We are very grateful to the late William Arthur Salisbury, who died at the beginning of 2020, for his very generous bequest of £5000 to the church.  After discussion with his daughter this sum has been placed in the Fabric Fund.

Arthur and his late wife, Margaret, did a lot for the church while they lived in the parish.  Margaret was part of the sewing circle which raised the funds for the first septic tank in the churchyard, enabling us to have a flush toilet.  Arthur was well known for his carpentry skills.  He made quite a lot of items for the early flower festival displays.

 Car Park

We were very sorry that the car park gates had to be padlocked during the November lockdown.  This was done under the advice of the police because of misuse earlier in the year.  The car park has been open during December to allow access to genuine visitors.  If you do find the car park locked at any time please do remember that the churchyard is always accessible via the pedestrian gates. (In particularly bad winter weather the invisible gate monitors may not be out and about!)


The end of the second lockdown coincided with the Reverend John needing to be ready to care for his wife after her return home from hospital.  In spite of his personal worries he provided service and sermon material so that church worship could continue smoothly in the Benefice.  We would like to thank him for his commitment at that time.  We are also delighted that Frances is recovering steadily at home now.

We would like to express our gratitude to our five regular organists, whose circumstances have prevented them from playing for us during the pandemic.  We thank them for their faithful contribution to our worship in normal times.


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.

Rev. J. Langlands    024 7667 5236 email jlanglands@sky.com

Margaret Antill          018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone    024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver         014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            02476395089

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