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Saxonwell Group Parish News

May 2018

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Letter from the Vicarage Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Was the proclamation on Easter Sunday. I hope that you have all enjoyed, but not over indulged in chocolate products. I’d say chocolate eggs but the confectionary trade has shown remarkable ingenuity with its spring celebration chocolate offerings this year. Easter is when we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. Traditionally we have given eggs, as a sign of the new life we have received, by the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus’s death on the cross. However how long do actually remember this and live accordingly? At the start of Advent Foston Church held a special 12 Days of Christmas festival with lots of wonderful displays based around the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, which at least makes us remember that Christmas isn’t just the 25th December. Equally though Easter isn’t just for Easter Sunday. Instead it should impact how we live each and every day. If our sins are forgiven then we are free! Our past cannot hold us captive. The difficulty is remembering this every day. However we do have help, in the gift of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost (20th May), we remember the gift of the Holy Spirit to the first disciples. It was a powerful experience, when along with wind and fire, ‘all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:4).

Power is experienced in two ways: it can be either unleashed or harnessed. The energy in petrol can be released explosively by dropping a lighted match into it. However, in the engine of a car, it will transport people in a controlled way! The Holy Spirit works in a similar way. At Pentecost, He exploded onto the scene and 3000 people were added to the Church, because of Peter’s preaching. He also equips us with His gifts to engage in the mission and ministry of the Church. However, the Spirit’s power also enables us so to grow in our faith. He assures us of God’s love and acceptance in our lives, despite our fears, doubts or failures: ‘God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us’ (Romans 5:5). The Holy Spirit is also committed to producing the character of Jesus in us, enabling us to live as Jesus would in our place ie job, family and time: ‘the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22, 23). ‘Let the church return to Pentecost, and Pentecost will return to her. The Spirit of God cannot take possession of believers beyond their capacity of receiving Him’ (Andrew Murray).

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Long Bennington VPA (Gardening Club) Spring Show Our Spring Show was on 24 March this year and we wondered whether we would be able to fill the Village Hall. Amazingly the Hall was packed as usual with wonderful displays. Many thanks and well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the prize winners and in particular the cup winners who were as follows: A ARNOLD CUP Most Points In Show

PENNELL CUP Best Overall Exhibit Adults DOREEN BENNETT CUP Best Floral Exhibit in Class 38

H MARTIN CUP Best Children’s Exhibit

PRESIDENT’S PRIZE Most Children’s Points

H MAIN CUP Best Exhibit in Children’s Art (School)

Fiona Shilling Jeanne Day Jeanne Day & Maureen Deeley Liam Boby Liam Boby & Florence Wynn Lauren Clarkson

Plant Sale - Saturday 12 May - 10.00am to 11.30am At St James’s Hall from 10.00am with plants for sale grown by members. We tend to sell the best choices quickly so do come early. May Meeting Next meeting will be on 22 May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when we will be having an entertaining evening with John Stirland (one of the gardening experts from BBC Radio Nottingham) telling us about his life in horticulture. If you have any questions or would like to join the Club - new members are very welcome - call Bev Gledhill - Secretary - on 01400 282239 or 07753 709513 or e-mail us at Details of our programme for the year are on our website: Bev Gledhill

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Contacts for the magazine Editor Jill King 01400 282302 Advertising Manager Joy Jordan 01400 281355 Publication Jubilate Communications (Tony) 01636 626899 Counting and Distribution Shirley Dalton 01400 281493 Jean Higgs 01400 281047 Treasurer Jill Froggatt 01400 281204

FRONT COVER: Bluebells near Rutland Water sent in by Robert Tuffnell

Copy deadline for the next issue is 15 May. News should be sent to Jill King at 01400 282302 Advertising Enquiries for 2018 to : Joy Jordan, 01400 281355 Disclaimer All the information and times published in Saxonwell Group Parish News is provided in good faith and is for guidance only. The Parish News editorial team disclaim all responsibility for any inconvenience or loss of any kind which may result from this information being wholly or partly inaccurate, irrespective of the reason or cause. The Saxonwell Group Parish News editorial team do not accept any responsibility for the quality of the products or services provided by advertisers in the Parish News. The Saxonwell Group Parish News editorial team reserve the right not to publish articles or advertising, either of which is not considered appropriate. All articles which include the authors name are the views and opinions of that author and are neither supported nor representative of the Saxonwell Group Parish News.

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LONG BENNINGTON At our meeting on 3rd April, we welcomed Sue Stephenson who gave a very entertaining talk on The Swinging Sixties. Growing up in a small rural village in Lincolnshire, Sue gave us a personal account of coming of age from secondary education and cadet nursing to marriage and family. Her evocative description of getting ready to make an impression at the village social was hilarious. Wearing a long buttoned cardigan back to front, fish net stockings and winkle pickers, orange Max Factor pan stick and hair set like shellac, Sue was a wow. This was the era of rising hem lines, colour and crimplene, pop music and freedom to be different. Interestingly, Sue also observed that she always felt safe on the streets. Her talk certainly evoked memories of an iconic decade. Tuesday 1st May is Resolutions Night. Come along and have your say on the adoption of national campaigns proposed by members. For details, contact Jeanne Lambert on 01400 281007 Our WI was founded on 26th November 1918. Printed below are the names of the Committee, taken from the first Minutes. We would like to celebrate the lives of our founder members but have little information. Can you help us? Mrs Younghusband, President Mrs May, Vice President Mrs Bissell, Treasurer and Secretary Mrs G H Kirton

Mrs Wilkinson Miss Townsend Miss DC May Mrs Robinson Mrs Dolby Mrs Bingham Mrs Baker Please contact Anne Swarbrick on 01400 281130 or if you can help in any way.


At this month’s meeting, our members had

the opportunity of being pampered, having their nails manicured, by Becky a local Mobile Hair Stylist. After which we had an array of different nail colours to choose from, the difficulty was choosing which colour to have. At least we found out who was the most daring! Following this a few of us had our eyebrows shaped, a real treat. It was a really fun evening giving us time to chat with one another. The next meeting is on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm, on 8th May 2018. We will be having a discussion evening to explore the issues in more depth of our next campaign. This year, 68 resolutions were submitted which were narrowed down to five by representatives from federations. Following our discussion, our members then consider all of the resolutions and choose one they would most like to see go forward. For this meeting, our members have been asked to wear something in purple, green and white, to commemorate the 100 year suffragette movement. Feel free to come and join us at one of our meetings, you’d be made most welcome. Please contact Kathryn Singleton, Tel No 01476 574954, for further details.

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Kairos Prison Ministry Thanks to all the praying and baking in our churches, throughout the region and prayers from much further afield the event was a great success. I know that not all will agree with me when I say that prisons are not full of bad people; instead they are full of people who, for various reasons have made bad decisions. Whilst that is the Kairos message, I also heard it from a senior prison officer and also the Governor. During last week the 24 Kairos volunteers took over the prison chapel and turned it into a retreat house. Twenty two men learnt about themselves, the power of love, faith and prayer and they saw prayers answered, personally One man, who had a drug and consequent anger problem prayed from the heart, out loud, for the first time in his life. That evening that prayer was answered in the contents of a letter from his mum. Hope for the future and a miracle in action. This was on day 2! Anger and violence to peace and hope. Another guy after prayer said that his thoughts were no longer scrambled. He went from stumbling sentences to being his ‘family’s’ spokesman, speaking fluently, coherently and persuasively. Just two of many ‘coincidences’ this week. Angry men, lost men, unloved and unloving men, with tears running down their faces as they realise that they are loved, can change and are no longer lost. Thank you again from me and from the men for all your support. YOU with God, have made a HUGE difference in these men’s lives.

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Methodist Chapel News Because of the Royal Wedding, we are bringing our Monthly Coffee meeting forward by a week to the 12th May (It now co-incides with the FA Cup Final!!)) when we shall have all the usual fare available, coffee, biscuits, cakes, bric a brac and raffle. However, we are extending our opening time to allow people to attend the VPA Plant Sale which is taking place in the Village Hall on that date. Our Coffee Morning will commence at 10am and we shall stay open until 11.30am. We would love to see as many as possible present. Thank you. On the subject of our Sunday Services, can I just record what a joy it was to have so many children and adults at our Easter Day Service. The highlight was when 8 year old Emmie played Londonderry Air so very beautifully on her flute to accompany the singing of our closing hymn. Thank you Emmie. On June 21st we have a Christening Service at 10.30am., As always, everyone is very welcome.. Thank you Ted G.

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BENNINGTON SCRIBBLERS Ode to Allotments Meg Dutton The serried rows

The rival plots The watered shoots The polished hoes The ‘I’ve forgots’ The comfy boots The spring sun on our backs The running fast back home The gentle April rain The thermos teas The deep sad sigh The smell of earth The secret wees When seedlings die Like giving birth Potatoes held in sack The joy when others grow Hope obliterates the pain The nagging doubt Tall raspberry canes The snails and slugs The scary drought Recycled panes Greenfly and bugs All precious water saved To hasten up the glut Are set to cause you pain Deep mulch applied The binding twine The winter’s pause No growth is dried Ensures beans climb Spring’s siren call Up pop the spuds we craved Cleaned tools inside your hut Then spades dig in again

The editor would be pleased to receive offers of photographs which might be used on the front cover of the magazine Jill King parishnews.saxonwell@ 01400 282302 9 SGPN may 2018

St Lawrence, Sedgebrook Over Easter St Lawrence hosted the Maundy Thursday Benefice Service based on the Iona Community Worship. There was the amazing illuminated tomb, the fire and cockerel, hand and foot washing and the supper including lamb kofta and traditional angel cake. The Easter Service culminated in an Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments. A New Kind of Adventure? 24/7 Prayer Room Thursday 10th May (Ascension Day) to Sunday 20th May (Pentecost) ending with a special Pentecost Service at 10.30am on Sunday 20th May based on the Lord’s Prayer The church will be available to give everyone in our community the opportunity to take a slot of time to spend in the church. •You may want to pray for yourself, someone close to you or for peace and justice in the world •You may want to learn more about the Upright Judge (subject of the Ballad of Sedgebrook) who lived in the church for a time and the history of this remarkable building •You may want an hour of peace in a sacred space •You may want to find out what the church feels like after dark, with friend Could an hour before work transform your day, or an hour after work put the day into perspective? Could this be the perfect place to practise mindfulness and meditation There will be resources and refreshments to help you pass the time including books and music, prayer stations based on the Lord’s Prayer, drawing and writing materials, comfy seats! There will be a sheet in church if anyone would like to book a slot or contact Jenny and Malcolm on 01949 842231

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Messy Church in Allington Everyone had great fun thinking about Easter. The children made their own Easter gardens and clucking chickens!

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Letter From The Methodist Minister Dear All, After the trauma of the crucifixion and the tremendous joy of seeing Jesus again, risen from the dead, the disciples lived their lives in a state of bewilderment. They just didn’t know what would happen to them. Their amazing plans of spending the rest of their lives with Jesus had come crashing to an end when their friend died on the cross. Nothing could ever be the same. There was no earthly kingdom in which they would reign with their Lord. What was their future? The disciples stayed together heartened by the news that Jesus had risen from the dead. But practically they didn’t know what to do. Some of them went off fishing because that is what they enjoyed doing but that wasn’t the long term plan. God had got something wonderful in store for them. God wanted to bless them. In just a few weeks’ time when they were all together the Holy Spirit fell on them and their lives were transformed. Sometimes we are in that place of waiting and hoping. We know that something wonderful is about to

happen but we don’t know when, we are in a state of limbo. No matter how much we try and prepare ourselves we know that really we are just passing time until we receive the gift, or go on holiday, or get a new car or the new job because when these things happen we feel exhilarated. To know that the God of the universe loves us and that he wants to bless us is an amazing idea to grasp. We so often live our lives at a mundane, routine level not looking upwards to God but looking forwards to the practicalities of life. God wants to burst into our life in an incredible way so that we can not only see changes in our own life but also in the lives of other people. God wants to bless us so that we can bless others. Look at the way the disciples were blessed by receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. So many other people received a blessing from those men and women. We too can be a blessing to our communities today as we are blessed by God.

God Bless You, Peter Bates

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Letter from the Rt Revd David Court Bishop of Grimsby Dear Friends, ‘You are witnesses of these things.’ The words of Jesus to his disciples in one of the Easter season gospel readings. There he was before them, the one they’d seen crucified, sealed in a tomb, and now very much alive, eating fish – explaining what it had all been about, encouraging them to tell others what they now were discovering to be true themselves. The Sunday after Easter, with some of my family, I was witness to a very different kind of event, as I was there as Lincoln City beat Shrewsbury Town in football’s Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium. It didn’t feel totally right, as some of my Grimsby friends have pointed out, that the Bishop of Grimsby was there to watch Lincoln – but then when you’re a Norwich City supporter at heart, opportunities to go to Wembley don’t come around too often! And so I was there, I saw it happen, and so were 27,000 other City supporters, who have no doubt spent much of the following weeks witnessing to anyone unfortunate enough to have come across their paths, and sharing what they saw and experienced. The real challenge to me over Easter, however, was being at Spring Harvest at Butlins in Skegness, and listening, with around 5000 other Christians, to a lady from North Korea – a country where Christians are seen as hostile to the state, and to talk openly about your faith, risks betrayal,

even by family, and persecution, imprisonment in labour camps as political prisoners, and even death. After she spoke we sang ‘Amazing Grace’ together incredibly quietly, almost as a whisper, because that’s how worship has to be in North Korea when Christians meet together, when you’re meeting in secret. To be a witness in a place like that takes real courage, real belief. I went with a friend for a drink after hearing the lady speak, and we later reflected that although we had had a good time, it felt in some ways an inappropriate thing to do straight after the things we had just heard. It leads to the question of how would I respond if I were in that situation? And the honest answer is I really don’t know – I suspect few of us do. I hope I would show the same bravery and courage as that lady, and as those early disciples, in how I lived and by what I said, taking the opportunity to witness, like those City supporters, to what I knew to be true. I hope I would. I hope you would – because it’s that kind of witness that our world, and our friends, still need to see from us today. With every blessing, Bishop David

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Church Services 3rd Sunday of the month As from the 20th March we will be having a very informal service on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the usual time of 10am. Hymns old and new – come along and sing some of your favourite hymns and try some new ones. EVERYONE WELCOME Date Lectionary date Colour Readings



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6th May 6th Sunday of Easter White Isaiah 55:111 or 1 John 5:1-6, Acts 10:44end, John 15:9-17, Or Mark 16:1-8

10:00 Holy Communion

13th May 7th Sunday of Easter White [Ezekiel 36:24-28] or 1 John 5:9-13, Acts 1:15-17, 21-end, John 17:6-19

10:00 Morning Worship (Lay team) 4:00pm Family Worship, 5:00pm Evensong 10:30 Morning 10:30 Holy Worship Communion 10:30 Morning Worship (JR)

20th May Pentecost

27th May Trinity Sunday

Red Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:114, Psalm 104:26-36, 37b or to end, Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21, John 15:2627;16:4b-15 Hymn Service

White Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17

9:00 Said HC BCP 10:30 Holy Communion

10:30 Morning Worship

10:00 Morning Service (JR/BS) 9:00 Holy Communion

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Village Dates For Your Diary LONG BENNINGTON Mobile Library Service Route 4 Monday 14th May Library Enquiries to Customer Service Centre on 01522 782010 or Long Bennington Coffee Morning The Royal Oak every Thursday at 10.30am. All welcome. Methodist Coffee Morning Please join us every 3rd Saturday in the month, in the Methodist Chapel for coffee, cake and a chat. Tea and Chat On the last Friday of every month come and join us in the Village Hall for a chat over a cuppa with a slice of cake. Alternatively you can join in a game of dominos or cards as well as other games and crafts to try. Long Bennington Vicarage Group Every Thursday at 7.30pm at St Swithun’s Vicarage. For details call John or Harriett on 01400 281281. Long Bennington Afternoon House Group A friendly Tuesday afternoon group who seek to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith through fellowship, study and discussion with tea and cake to finish. The meetings are fortnightly, beginning at 2.30pm. For more information contact Joy 01400 281355, Rev’d Lilian 01400 250729 or Rev’d Stella 01400 281395. Long Bennington Baby and Toddler Group St James Village Hall on Wednesdays 9.15 – 11.30am (term time). It is a small parent run group, where children can safely play, make new friends, join in with craft activities and enjoy a snack. Everyone with children from birth up to school age are welcome. Each session costs £2.00 per family. Long Bennington Pre-School A registered charity offering a safe, secure and warm environment to educate your child. Qualified, highly experienced staff will support your child to reach their full potential. Based in the small hall at Long Bennington village hall we are open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.15pm during term time. Funding available for all 3 & 4 year old including the FREE 30 hours offer for those that are eligible. 15 hours funding also available for eligible 2 year olds, alternatively its £3.50 per hour for fee

paying parents. For more information or to arrange a visit call Julie on 07816537242 or email Long Bennington Parish Council Next meeting Monday 14th May ALLINGTON ALLINGTON VILLAGE HALL REGULAR EVENTS Craft Afternoon: Every Monday 1.30-4.30pm. Includes Quilting, Marquetry, Art, Knitting, Beadwork, Card Making etc. Admission £2 including refreshments. All welcome whether an experienced crafter, a novice or wanting to learn a new craft. Pilates: Every Monday 7.00-8.00pm. Tai Chi: Every Tuesday 10.00-11.00am. £6 per session with a discount for block bookings. Tai Chi involves deep breathing, flowing movements and relaxation, suitable for young and old. It helps reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility. Viking Squares: Every Tuesday 7.30-10.00pm. Beginners always welcome and try Strictly Come Square Dancing! For further information contact Judy Grummitt on 01400 281497. Fitness Classes: Every Wednesday 9.30 -10.30am. A trained instructor leads you through a session of either sitting or standing exercises, whichever you feel more comfortable doing. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £5 per session or 6 weeks for £27. Social Afternoon: Every Friday 2-4.30pm. Open to all for conversation, cards, board games, darts and snooker. Admission £2 including refreshments. Messy Church: Third Wednesday of the month, 3.30-5.00pm. For further details on any of the above daytime events contact Joy Hart on 01400 282948. Allington Bible Study Group Meets fortnightly on Wednesday’s at 2.30pm a small informal and friendly group and all are welcome. Contact Rev’d Stella Langdon-Davies on 01400 281395 or07976 380659 or by email Allington PC Meets in the Village Hall, Side St on the second Wednesday of alternate months at 7.45pm. Each meeting is proceeded by a 15 minute public forum commencing at 7.30pm

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Monthly Afternoon Tea Sedgebrook Monthly Afternoon Tea in Church. Friday 11th May and every 2nd Friday of the month. Books for sale and bring and buy. All proceeds this year will go to the Air Ambulance.

Forthcoming Events

Sedgbrook Social Club Keep Fit very Monday at 7pm, £2.00 per session. All welcome. Bingo last Wednesday of the month at 7.45pm, £5.00 per book. Line Dancing Thursdays 10.00 – 11.30am. Pilates on Thursdays at 7.15pm. £5.00 per session. Yoga on Fridays at 7.30pm. £5.00 per session. Club opening times: Monday 9 – 11pm

Holy Trinity Church, Allington are holding a Flower and Craft Festival on the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday10th June 10am until 4.30pm. The theme is weddings with plant and craft stalls, cake stall, tombola and raffle. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served finishing with Songs of Praise on Sunday evening at 5pm. Many organisations and individuals have already signed up for the event. You don't need to be a fantastic flower arranger!! A simple vase of flowers will add to the colour and atmosphere of the Church. If you would like to take part please contact Hazel Dodd on 01400 282868." SEDGEBROOK Sedgebrook PC Meets in the Village Hall at 8.00pm. See new website:‘T he next meeting of Sedgebrook Parish Council is on Thursday 9th April 2018 at 8pm. The Annual Parish Meeting/”free” Cheese and wine Evening is on Thursday 10 May 2018 starting at 7 pm in Sedgebrook Social Club – local organisations are attending – you will also meet your MP, Doctor Caroline Johnson.” Sedgebrook Bible Group Sedgebrook Prayer and Bible Group meets every Tuesday in the Lady Chapel in church at 7.30pm. Requests for prayer welcome and the prayer station in the Lady Chapel is available for people to drop in and light a candle and leave prayer requests. Contact Jenny Stuart 01949 842231 or

FOSTON Foston Coffee Morning First Wednesday of the month at Foston Village Hall from 10.00am to 11.30am. Come to chat and make new friends. All welcome, cost is £2 per person for tea, coffee and cake. Any profit will be shared between the church and the village hall. Foston PC Meet in the village hall on alternate months. A fifteen minute period is set aside at the beginning of each meeting from 7.30 – 7.45pm, please note the meeting will commence at 7.30pm if no residents are present. Confirm with Christine Lees on 01400 281309. Foston Brownies 1st Foston Brownies meet at 6.30pm on Thursdays at Foston Village Hall, term time only. Register interest via Foston Village Hall Events Pub night (1st Friday in every month) 8.00pm. Coffee Morning (1st Wednesday of every month) 10 – 11.30am. Wednesday Lunch (3rd Wednesday of every month) 12 – 1.30pm.

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Long Bennington Parish Council Meeting The Parish Council meeting on 9th April was attended by 3 members of the public. Councillors discussed a grant request from Saxonwell Group Parish News and PCC for grant £500. It was confirmed funds were available in the budget and it was resolved to provide a grant for £500 to support the production and circulation of this village magazine. The planning application S17/2110 to build 7 houses at the rear of the Royal Oak was discussed again and it was agreed, given nothing notable had changed to resubmit the objections raised by the Parish Council in December. The Parish Council now has a Facebook page for communications https://www. The purpose of this is to provide information on behalf of the Council. For clarification, this is independent of the Long Bennington Community page which is not Parish Council run. If you wish to raise any queries regarding the posts, please refer to the Parish Council via the contact details below or our new email set up for this purpose - I would also remind everyone that there is a public forum at the start of every monthly meeting so please feel free to attend and discuss any issues or concerns directly with Councillors.

Dog fouling on local public footpaths had been raised as an issued and was discussed. It was confirmed SKDC have been asked to erect more signs. Residents are requested to pick up after their dogs even when walking on public footpaths and not walking on the pavements. Please respect the countryside and don’t spoil it for others. Advertising/Signage - the increasing number of advertising boards etc. around the village has been raised, as a concern, with the Parish Council. Councillors would like to invite other residents to contact the Council if they have opinions or issues in this respect. Local organisations and groups are reminded to please remove advertising after an event. Best Kept Village Competition – it was agreed to enter this annual competition and if anyone has any suggestions on how we can improve how our village is kept, please let me know. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE FOR NEXT MEETING - MONDAY 14th May 2018. This will be the Annual General Parish Council Meeting. As always, if you have any issues or concerns you wish to raise with the Parish Council, please contact me on 01400 282716 or email Jane Evans Parish Clerk

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Sedgebrook Parish Council “The Annual Parish Meeting” Free Cheese and Wine Evening starts at 7pm on Thursday 10 May 2018 in Sedgebrook Social Club – please come and see what your local organisations are doing. Doctor Caroline Johnson, MP is also giving a report. We hope that you will be able attend. The Annual Parish Council Meeting is on Thursday 17 May 2018 commencing at 8 pm in Sedgebrook Social Club.

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prayer movement is back – an Thousands of churches across the country will be joining this year’s global ecumenical prayer movement, Thy Kingdom Come, which takes place 10th to 20th of May. First launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury and York in 2016, Thy Kingdom Come has spread rapidly, beyond all expectations. In 2016 – 100,000 Christians pledged to pray. Just one year later, in 2017 – more than half a million had pledged to pray, from more than 85 countries including Ghana, Netherlands, Malaysia, Cuba, South Africa, Australia, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Considered one of the most dynamic prayer initiatives to emerge from the Church of England in recent years, Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. Now in its third year, participation looks set to grow again. In the UK, in 2017 every diocese in the Church of England was involved. Many cathedrals took part, hosting 'beacon' events designed to focus prayers in towns and cities nationwide. The campaign’s broad ecumenical appeal led to more than 50 denominations and traditions being involved last year; including the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The positive impact of Thy Kingdom Come 2017 continues to unfold as numerous stories of personal and communal transformation pour in from churches, families and whole communities alike.

One of the highlights for this year is a new film featuring Archbishop Justin Welby, his grandson Elijah, and Brian Heasley, Director of 24/7 Prayer International. In the film Brian shares his powerful story of how he went from criminal to Christ follower, something which he credits to the persistent prayers of loved ones. Among the stories arising from the initiative – many of them deeply moving – is one from a couple who had not seen their son for 22 years. 'We pray every day obviously for him but during Thy Kingdom Come he was one of the people we prayed for as a group,' they say. 'We put his name on the altar before God and… yesterday he came home.' This year also sees some digital developments including a brand-new website and a Thy Kingdom Come devotional app created by leading Christian publishers SPCK. Both products will be translated into several languages including Spanish, Korean, and Swahili and will be launched in time for Easter. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: ‘The business of being witnesses to Jesus Christ and of praying to be witnesses compels us to look into the world around us. It compels us to seek, to experience the compassion of God for a world caught up in lostness, in sin, but also in suffering and pain in oppression of the poor, in cruelty, in abuse, in outrageous inequality, in all the things that go against the Kingdom of God. ‘There is no limit to what the Kingdom of God does, and so the moment we start praying Thy Kingdom Come we look outwards.’

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back – and growing like wildfire 24hrs of Continuous Prayer Starting at 9am on Saturday 19th May Long Bennington Church will be hosting 24 hours of continuous prayer! The event will start with a prayer breakfast (bacon butties guaranteed) in the Church at 9am, after which the church will be open until 9pm and anyone can sign up for a 1 hour slot of prayer in the Church Building. After 9pm, prayers will continue in people’s homes to push through until 9am on the Sunday morning. You can sign up for one of these slots instead and between us we can do it Prayer works! It's a conversation with God and take any form you like! You can pray for friends, family, work, your community; the list is endless. Just think of the possibilities! The large prayer boards will back in Church and you can sign up for a slot on one of those. On the other, you can write any prayer requests. Alternatively, call John Orridge at the Vicarage on 01400 281281.

Ascension Day and Thy Kingdom Come Corporal Rawding Bell Ringing: The bells will be rung on 27th April pm in remembrance of Corporal Rawding who before going to war (WW1) used to ring the bell when in Long Bennington.

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On the 10th May (Ascension Day) there will be a special launch service in St Swithun’s Church at 7pm. Please come and join us in praying for God’s Kingdom to breakthrough into our local communities. Throughout the period there will be a range of Prayer Stations set up in St Swithun’s so do please pop in for a visit and prayer. 23 SGPN may 2018

Prayer Page Jesus reassures his disciples ‘ It is better for you that I go away, if I do not go, the helper will not come, if I go away, I will send him to you’. John Chapter 16 verse 7 (abb)

Most merciful Father how deep is your love for us and through the death and resurrection of Jesus you demonstrated just how much that love cost you. We thank you that you love to communicate with us and we accept prayer is the vital part of our relationship with you. When Jesus told his disciples he was leaving them they were sad, however, believing his promise they waited paitently for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them at Pentecost. As we come now to you in prayer, we believe as followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, dwelling in us intercedes with you on our behalf and so we pray for our community. We ask for a blessing on our children and young people, that they may grow up within a caring environment, being nurured in love and peace at home, school and through those they meet day by day. We pray too for the older people amongst us who enrich our daily lives with their wisdom. May they feel valued as they share with us their life long experiences. Pour out Oh Lord your healing upon all who are sick, disabled or housebound. May your holy presence lift the spirits of any who mourn the loss of a loved one or those who feel alone. We give thanks heavenly father for the groups and organisations in our villages as their members seek to invite, include and welcome everyone. We ask the Holy Spirit to lead the forthcoming 24 hour prayer event for Pentecost. Grant sensitvity and discernment to the organisers and faith to all taking part. Help everyone in this community to be richly blessed by this Spirit led mission. Help us, loving God to always respond with love and compassion for you and for one another so that our faith and actions reflect your divine will and purpose for us all. We ask all our prayers in the glory of your Son and by the power of your Holy Spirit Amen Suzanne Hartle

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Long Bennington Medical Centre

10 Valley Lane, Long Bennington, Newark, Notts, NG23 5FR 01400 281220 Dispensary - 01400 282992 Opening Times Reception Extended Hours Monday 08:00 - 18:30 Tuesday 18.30 - 19:30 Tuesday 08:00 - 18:30 Thursday 18.30 - 19:30 Wednesday 08:00 - 18:30 Thursday 08:00 - 18:30 Friday 08:00 - 18:30 Weekend closed

Morning and evening surgeries are held each weekday. Open surgeries are held every morning. Patients presenting between 08:30 and 10:00 will be seen in turn. Mondays and Fridays can be very busy, if your problem is not urgent and you feel the waiting time may be too long please feel free to attend on another morning. Evening surgeries are by appointment only. Urgent problems may be seen on the same day but not necessarily by the doctor of your choice. Appointments may be made by telephone, in person or by using our online service. If you wish to speak to a receptionist in private, please ask to use the interview room. If you require a chaperone please speak to a receptionist and they will arrange this for you. Extended Hours Surgeries Extended Hours operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. There will be a GP consulting and a receptionist. There will be no dispensary in operation during these surgeries. These clinics offer a combination of routine face to face and telephone appointments between 18:30 and 19:30 which, whilst available to all, may be specifically suited to patients who find it difficult to attend during normal hours. These clinics do not provide an emergency service. Branch Surgeries We no longer have branch surgeries at Allington Village Hall or Marston Village Hall. Cancellations If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to offer the slot to someone else

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Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 10.00 to 4.30 Plant and Craft stalls, cake stall, tombola, raffle. Tea, coffee and cakes available

Songs of Praise on Sunday evening at 5pm. Many organisations and individuals have already signed up for the event. You don't need to be a fantastic flower arranger!! A simple vase of flowers will add to the colour and atmosphere of the Church. We know there are a great many of you skilled at crafts. A chance to exhibit your work. If you would like to take part or would like more information please contact Hazel Dodd on 01400 282868.

We look forward to seeing you all during the weekend RAISING MONEY FOR THE CHURCH AND PATH REFURBISHMENT PROJECT

Long Bennington History Society Church Flower Rota is associated with the Merchant Navy class Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid is not a name Foston Long Bennington locomotives and the subject of the night’s that readily springs to mind unless you talk,Flowers the Battle of Britain class. Steve and belonged to that band ofNo enthusiasts 1st April Service who Easter Kevin of the Nene Valley railway enthusiasts escape their day job and don overalls before to the core, talked us through the restoraplunging into the innardsMrs of aRsteam 8th April DrurylocoEaster Flowers tion of Battle of Britain class locomotive 92 motive. The New Zealander worked under th Withdrawn in 1964 like many the 15 legendary Gresley April engineer Sir NoNigel Service MrsSquadron. J day redundant engines this was rescued from the who designed the Pacific class locos before becoming chief designer Mrs himself for Southern Mrsscrapyard 22nd April B Poucher J Day in Barry, South Wales and its name and number plate was donated by the RAF. Railway. His work was innovative; he intro29thadvanced April boiler designs No Service L generous Campbell gift valued at £30,000! Restoraduced including a Dr A peat burner for Irish Rail, automatic oiling, tion is expensive with eye popping figures thermic siphons (?), heating for cabin crew, quoted for purchase, transport and parts and double decker and “tavern” carriages with restoration is an ongoing business. Most of a traditional pub within! His concern for rail the work and running of the locomotive is crew extended to fitting a pantograph to provided by a phalanx of unpaid volunteers electric vehicles so they could operate withsuch as Kevin and Steve. out the live rail in the marshalling yards. He 26 SGPN may 2018

.UK is at moral and political ‘tipping point’ Brexit could just be the catalyst that tips Britain into succumbing to ‘British introspection, xenophobia, and self-pity, if a self-regarding attitude leads to economic failure and international impotence, as well being morally wrong in and of itself.’ So warns the Archbishop of Canterbury in his new book, Reimagining Britain: Foundations for hope*. He warns that already ‘the cracks in society have begun to show, expressed in crime, in the growth of intolerance, and above all in an inward-turning.’ Justin Welby wrote the book to contribute to the debate on the future of the country, particularly after Brexit has happened. He stresses that his vision for the future is based on Christian values of cohesion, courage and sustainability. ‘If we pretend we do not have a Christian tradition and heritage, we start in a vacuum.’ He urges Churches and Christians to ‘be confident in what we believe’. ‘The UK grew from Christian roots; my hope is that in the future it rediscovers the power of the narrative that has shaped it for so long and set its values so deeply.’ The Archbishop also said that he did not see how sharia could ‘fit within our legal system’, as it ‘comes from a very different background of jurisprudence to the one from which British law has developed over the past 500 years.’

Reimagining Britain: Foundations for hope, by Justin Welby,

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Reimagining Britain – foundations for Hope By Justin Welby, Continuum, £14.27 In a time of political turbulence, and as the Welfare State totters under the strain in a country that has changed dramatically since 1945, Archbishop Justin Welby sets out to identify the values that will enable us to reimagine, and to enact, a more hopeful future. The thesis is that the work of reimagining is as great as it was in 1945, and will happen either by accident – and thus badly – or deliberately. The author draws on Britain’s history and Christian tradition to identify this country’s foundational values, and the building blocks necessary to implement them in a post-Brexit, multicultural society. He explores the areas in which values are translated into action, including the traditional three of recent history: health (especially public, and mental), housing and education. To these he adds family; the environment; economics and finance; peacebuilding and overseas development; immigration; and integration. He looks particularly at the role of faith groups in enabling, and contributing to, a fairer future. When so many are immobilised by political turmoil, this book builds on our past to offer hope for the future, and practical ways of achieving a more equitable society.

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Maundy Service Service commemorating Jesus last meal, with foot (or hand) washing. After communion we remembered Jesus arrest in the garden and trial before the Sanhedrin. As well as Peter’s denial of knowing Jesus. After stripping the church we left in silence which impressed upon everyone solemnity of the events.

From a local Vet: Before walking your dog in hot weather, please check the temperature of the pavement with your bare foot, if you can stand it for 10 seconds or more it is fine for your pet (paws can burn on hot surfaces) also be aware that the middle of the day is not suitable for walking your dog in hot temperatures.

Help Needed To distribute this magazine in Allington Please contact for more information: Shirley Dalton 01400 281493 Jean Higgs 01400 281047

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Advertising The Saxonwell Group Parish News currently has space to include adverts in our monthly editions, and placing an advert costs as little as £8.25 per month! If you’re interested, please email Joy Jordan at We are also always looking for new and interesting articles to include. If you do something extraordinary, or something great has happened to you, then we want to celebrate it! Articles don’t cost anything, and please contact Jill King at if you are interested.

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Magazine Donations...

Whilst the magazine is offered free to every home, and we try to cover all our costs through advertising, due to the new arrangements our costs have increased. If you would like to make a contribution to the magazine that would be very welcome, the suggested donation is 50p per issue or ÂŁ5:00 for all ten issues. Donations can be made at Sharricks chip shop, Long Bennington and at the village hall office, as well as being given to any church member to be handed over to the magazine treasurer, Jill Froggatt. You can donate online to: Name: SGPN Sort Code: 60-09-09 Account: 72118695 You can post your donation to the Treasurer at: Mayfields House, Back Lane, Foston, NG32 2LA.

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Light it up! I love driving along and seeing our local churches (Foston and Sedgebrook) lit up during Advent, as a visible reminder of God’s presence in our community. For just £5 you can have the church floodlit for a evening (811pm) of your choice. This might be to celebrate a birthday, celebration, or to remember someone. For further details please contact Peter Drury 01400 281660 36 SGPN may 2018

School play A little boy got a part in the school play and went home to tell his father. ‘I’m going to play a man who has been married for 25 years.’ ‘Well done, that’s great,’ replied his father. ‘And maybe next time, you’ll get a speaking role!’


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The Saxonwell Group Ministry Team

All numbers have the prefix 01400 unless otherwise stated Parish Priest Rev’d Harriet Orridge 281281 Rev’d Stella Langdon-Davies (Rev’d) 281395 Administrator Davina Tyler (works Thursday mornings at the Vicarage) 281281 Parish News Editor Jill King 282302 Church Contacts St Swithun’s, Long Bennington Church Warden Jill Froggatt 281204 Treasurer Dr Jane Cowley, Chapel House Main Road 282691 Church Flowers Beryl Holmes 281437 Wedding Bells Shelagh Dunning St Peter’s Foston Church Warden Jenny Bullock 281611 Holy Trinity Allington Church Warden/Treasurer Chris Dicken

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St Lawrence Sedgebrook Long Bennington Methodist Chapel Secretary Suzanne Hartle Treasurer Martin Gledhill 282239 Parish Council Clerks Long Bennington Jane Evans Mon 10:30-12:30 at Village Hall Foston

James Stanley


Sharon Milne


Jane Bratton

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Community Contacts Long Bennington Medical Centre 10 Valley Lane 281220 Prescription re-order line 282992 Book Groups: Long Bennington Moire Barnabas 283313 Foston Lucy Bliss 282661

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Useful Contacts

Long Bennington Post Office

01400 281398 Village Halls: Booking Secretaries Long Bennington Sue Mckinley 07816 267927 Foston Liz Sordy 282065 Allington Joy Hart 282948 Sedgebrook Social Club 01949 842152 Girl Guides

Pat Fryer[Mon 7pm - 8.30pm]


Uniform Groups at Foston 1st Foston Brownies (6.30 pm Thursdays) Foston Village Hall Register interest at: Rainbows: (Village Hall Tuesday 4:45pm until 5:45pm) Scout Group (all at Gorrie Hall, Chapel Lane, Foston) Beaver Scouts: Jenny Wynn (Mon 6:30-7:30pm) 282301 Cub Scouts: Claire Collier (Wed 6:3-8pm) 01636 626097 Scouts Les Romans (Thurs 7-9pm) 281217 Explorer Scouts Adrian Roberts (Mon 7:45-9:30pm) 283370 Women’s Institute: (each meets monthly in their local village hall) Long Bennington Jeanne Lambert (1st Tues 7:30pm) Foston Monica Winters (2nd Tues 7:30pm) Allington Pam Jackson (1st Wed 7:45pm)

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Playing Fields Facilities Booking Manager: Long Bennington Gemma Walker 07790 759956 Playing Field Management Committee: Phil Owen 282471 Toddler Groups: Long Bennington Kirsten Crutchley Pre-School Long Bennington Julie Knapton Butler

07816 537242

Other Organisations or groups: Bowls Club Peter Jordan 281708 Doll Club Anne Scott 282567 Friendship Club Nicola Thorpe 07904 182752 God’s Acre Gordon Scott 282567 Junior Football Club Gary Clarkson 07971 784855 History Society John Jeffries 282606 Twinning Association Kim Roberts 283370 Village Produce Assoc Bev Gledhill 282239 Exercise Classes Blaise Thomas 07918 165245 Writing Group Meg Dutton 318625

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