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All Saints Church - article in November 2015 Village Views

Thanks to the team of men and women who turned out for our Churchyard Maintenance Day on 10th October. We were very pleased to welcome several new, younger and stronger members to the team. The weather was very kind to us and we were able to achieve a lot but it seems like a never ending task and so we will need at least another day before we can relax a little (the date will be announced shortly). Thanks once again to the loyal band of labourers.

Seventy people of all ages attended our Harvest Festival on 11th October. The church had been beautifully decorated by some of the children and our team of flower arrangers. There were also displays of garden produce, vintage garden tools and the story of grain production and the uses to which it is put. Children assisted in the service by "meeting and greeting", reading some of the prayers and taking the offertory. We were joined by West Berkshire Strings who played the introduction to the first hymn and later performed Largo from Dvorak' New World Symphony. The Vicar dedicated some new chairs which had been donated to provide seating for the Strings. After the service, many of the congregation shared a wonderful Harvest Lunch in the Village Hall. Thanks to all who helped to make both occasions successful. Part of the offertory of almost £320 will be donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

The Vicar also read a short report on the Foodbank from Trevor Butcher:

This Harvest Festival is the 3rd Anniversary of the start of East Garston Food Bank. Over the past 12 months the people of our village have contributed 669lbs / 305 Kgs of food. Thank you so much for this food which will be gratefully received by people in the area who need a little short term help to get them through a difficult period in their lives.

Short term helps means that the food bank will supply only 3 days food per week for 3 weeks in a period of 6 months. It is not used as a long term option. Thank you once again for all your contributions and please keep giving if you can.

Thanks to Trevor and Janet for their hard work as coordinators in keeping the scheme alive in East Garston.

Bob Bryant


All Saints Church - article in October 2015 Village Views

I am pleased to be able to report that, with the help of Martyn Wright and the hire of a stump grinder, we have been able to remove the stumps of the trees that were felled last year as well as some old stumps that were left over from previous years.  The holes will be filled and grass seed sown. This will make the grass mowing easier next year and improve the general appearance of the churchyard.  Please come and join the working party for our churchyard maintenance day on Saturday 10th October from 10 am onwards when we will be tackling some of the other tasks that are essential before the onset of winter. 

I stated last month that there would also be church cleaning on the maintenance day but this has been postponed because the church will be being decorated for the Harvest Festival which will take place at noon on Sunday 11th October.  Vikki Brooks will be organising the children’s decorations and Ann Phillips will be coordinating the floral and other decorations.  Please let them know if you are able to help.  The service will be followed by a Harvest Lunch details of which will be circulated.

We started September on Thursday 10th with the funeral and burial of Margaret Keneally (nee Weir) who had spent all her working life serving the valley community in the Lambourn pharmacy.  The service was attended by over 70 family and friends.

On Saturday 12th September, I walked 13 miles and visited 10 churches with some of my family and my dog for Ride & Stride in aid of the Berkshire Churches Trust.  The trust provides grants to churches to assist with restoration and other projects such as the current building work at St James, Eastbury.  We will be applying for a grant from the trust when we start on our own heating project.  Please let me know if you would be willing to sponsor me as apart from any grant that may be awarded, 50% of any money raised by participants comes back to their nominated church.

On Sunday 13th September, in addition to our normal service, there was another happy occasion as Amelia Mary Chapman was welcomed into the church at her baptism. Amelia is the daughter of Thomas and Nicola who live in The Waldrons.

Bob Briant