September Magazine

September Services at Ansley Churches

Please note: On the first Sunday of the month the service will start at 10.45 as the vicar will be coming from Corley.  This will be for the next six months.  The congregation will be welcome to gather at !0.30 a.m. as usual.

  3rd September

Trinity 13

St John’s 10.45 a.m. Holy Communion
10th September

Trinity 14

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
17th September

Trinity 15

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Harvest Festival
 24th September

Trinity 16

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

From the Registers


The baptisms of Mia Ray and Isabella Wills were held at St Laurence on Sunday 20th August at 2.00 p.m.  We have been pleased to meet and get to know Mia Ray and Isabella.  We welcome them both into our church family.  We pray for Mia Ray and Isabella that they may grow in faith during the years ahead.  The service was attended by family and friends offering their support on this special occasion.


The wedding of Kara Faye Cook and Thomas John Sansome took place at St Laurence on Saturday 12th August.  Many family members and friends were there to support them and celebrate the happy event.  A chimney sweep greeted them as they left the church. We wish them much happiness now and in the coming years.

Interments of Ashes

The ashes of Trevor Wood of Ansley Common were interred in St Laurence churchyard on 28th July 2023.

On 9th August 2023, the ashes of Rowland Whitmore were interred into a family grave.

We remember Trevor and Rowland plus their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

Licensing and Commissioning Service

Saturday 16th September at 2.30 p.m.

All Saints, Fillongley.

After a long period without a vicar it has been a pleasure to begin to build relationships with the members of our Mission and Ministry Team.  They are working with the Ley Group of Churches – Ansley St John and Ansley St Laurence; Arley St Michael and Arley St Wilfrid; Corley Parish Church and Fillongley St Mary and All Saints.

The Team have been working with the Ley Group Churches since May.  The Service will be conducted by The Venerable Archdeacon Barry Dugmore and as well as licensing the clergy he will commission the Ley Group of churches.

The Reverend Gail Philip will be licensed as Priest-in–charge and The Reverend Steve Medley as Associate Minister for the Ley Group of Churches.

Please sign the list, or let a church member know if you are able to attend.  Offers of cakes will be welcomed.  Please also indicate if you can offer a seat or seats in your car or if you need a lift.

Many parishes around the country have formed similar groupings in recent years.  Surely finding ways to work together will create a more positive future for the churches in our area.  It would be good to see lots of names on the list, although we realise that not everyone who would like to come will be available on that day.

Harvest Festival at St John’s on Sunday 17th September

You will receive a warm welcome to this service of thanksgiving.  Gifts of produce will be given to the Salvation Army Food Bank.  Please ensure fresh food items will keep.  Packets and tins will be very much appreciated.

Prayer Meeting

The next prayer meeting will be in St John’s Hall on Thursday 26th September at 2.00 p.m. 

Art Exhibition at Ansley Village Church Hall

The exhibition and sale will be on Saturday 16th September from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

There will be lots of artwork to view with some pieces marked for sale.  Light refreshments will be available (tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes).

The group welcomes new members, so do feel that you can drop in and meet us on Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.  We will be pleased to see you and will not be offended if you decide it is not the right group for you.

From the PCC


We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the various volunteers who have worked so hard to prepare the churchyard for the Flower Festival. The work included cutting back hedges and , which has greatly improved the appearance of the area.  The warm, wet weather has meant that the grass just kept growing, so we thank our grass mower too for his efforts.  At the time of writing, Flower Festival preparations are progressing well.  A full report on the event will be in next month’s magazine.

Magazine – Printer Problems

We apologise for the late arrival of last month’s magazine and its emergency format.  It is now very difficult if not impossible to obtain ink or spare parts for the photocopier that our printer, Gary, uses.  He has made every effort to produce good quality copies promptly but the machinery has let him down several times recently.  He has informed us that he is no longer able to print the magazine.  We thank him very much for his efforts over the last twenty years.  He started printing it in January 2003 and has kept his charges very reasonable for us.

We are making every effort to continue to produce the magazine plus advertisements.  We hope you will understand if it is not quite as professionally done for the next few months as we research how best to print the magazine in the future.

The Ansley Church magazine was first printed in 1893.  In the English news for September of that year, according to Wikipedia, troops fired on locked out Yorkshire miners at Featherstone, killing two.  On 22nd September of 1893 the Elementary Education (School Attendance) Act lead to the raising of the school leaving age in England and Wales to eleven years.

New Nave Carpet

We are very grateful for the donation of a new carpet runner for the main nave aisle.  The person who has made this gift went to alot of trouble to find a suitable supplier as carpet runners are not normally made nowadays.  The new carpet also had to be a good colour match

We are pleased to announce that the new carpet has now arrived and will be in place for the start of the Flower Festival.  Again, many thanks to the generous donor.

A Snippet of History

Back in the 1950s the nave quarry tiles were scrubbed on a regular basis.  There was just the single red runner from the altar to the chancel steps under the Norman arch.  There were two Persian carpets either side of the Altar Room part of the chancel and the red carpet inside the altar rail.  On 1st November 1962, while roof repairs were being carried out , there was a fire at the eastern end of the nave roof and some of the embers fell on the carpet.  The insurance paid for a new carpet for the chancel runner.  Because there were only a few holes at one end of the original carpet, it was decided to use it in the nave.  Shortly after the fitted carpet in the altar room was given to the church and this part of the runner was used to complete the centre aisle to the font and some of the north aisle.  Shortly after this a further carpet was given to enable the North Aisle to be completed.  Over the years the runners have been rolled up and put to one side during the Flower Festivals.  They have stood the test of time very well but are now showing increasing signs of wear.

The next step in the story is the donation of a new, made to measure, carpet runner leading from the chancel steps to the font step.

The fire, although serious, inflicted little damage inside the church.  If you look carefully you will see evidence of this part of the church’s history in two small holes in the existing North Aisle carpet, caused by the fire.


Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation to be remembered in prayer, please make contact by email or phone one of the following.

Margaret Antill          018 2787 4520

Margaret Oliver        014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            024 7639 5089