|Thank you to all contributors. The newsletter is essentially to facilitate communication in our community. This edition is a bit thin as I don’t think everyone has yet got the message about submitting items to me, so, If you would like to include an item in the November newsletter please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to: Newsletter, 64, Beckbury, SHIFNAL Shropshire TF11 9DJ to arrive no later than Fri 21st Oct. 2022. Please spread the word. Thank you.If you are reading this on someone else’s device or on paper and you would like your own copy emailing to you, please email Heather: email@example.com or if you need a paper copy because you can’t access the digital version, similarly let Heather know by post to the address above. Thank you.
It’s a nice but unexpected surprise to be able to keep writing for the newsletter. Huge thanks to Heather for keeping it going.We had a very successful AMM on the 15th of September and now have two new management committee members so a huge thank you to Ann and Jane and we very much look forward to working with them. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Cat Spickernell who has made a massive contribution to many aspects of the shop and without whom it is unlikely we would even have a shop. So many thanks from us all Cat and good luck in your new ventures.We were very pleased to distribute shop profits in the form of grants totaling £4,000 to the following causes:Beckbury Children’s PlaygroundPiloting of a ‘Coffee, Craft and Chat’ groupMaintenance of Beckbury ChurchyardMaintenance of Ryton ChurchyardSome of you may have noticed the COVID signage has been taken down now. We are still asking people to be mindful of our volunteers and other customers. Some of our older customers particularly prefer to shop alone now, so please check with them before you enter the shop.It’s very much business as usual here this month. We do have a lot of volunteers away on holiday so we may struggle to open the shop at times. We thank you for your understanding and patience. If you would like to join us and volunteer at the shop we would love to hear from you.
Chair of Beckbury Community Shop.
Beckbury Village Hall AGM was held on Thursday 22nd September. The Chair was very pleased to report that the refurbishment had been completed ahead of schedule and that the Village Hall is now a financially self-sustaining entity. Though inevitably energy costs and other running costs are going to increase this year and there are some further projects we wish to implement.
In the absence of any new nominations for trusteeship the following trustees were reelected without need for a vote:
Ian Field- elected Chair
Rev Keith Hodson
Emily Lister- elected Treasurer
Heather Thomas- elected Secretary
This means we have a vacancy and Trustees would very much like to coopt a volunteer to this position. If you are interested please contact Heather (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01952750334). We meet around four or five times a year.
Trustees would also like to thank those who have contributed to the efficient running of the hall in the past year in any way but particularly: Dave Cunningham, Shirley Harris, Phil Jones and Georgina Porter. Thank you all.
To book the hall please go to our website by following this link: Beckburyvillagehall.co.uk or contact Emily Lister on 07947203306.
Thank you for your support.
Christmas Fayre Saturday 19th November 10am to 3pm
Village Stallholders wanted….
Contact Jane – 07841660249
From the Rectory
I ended my last month’s letter by quoting Robbie’s Burn’s Selkirk Grace
Some have meat and cannot eat, And some cannot eat that want it;
But we have meat and we can eat And so the Lord be thanked
and I gave as the Prayer of the Month a family meal time grace
God is great, and God is good, and we thank him for our food;
By his hand we all are fed; Give us, good Lord, our daily bread. AMEN
This prompted a couple of people to ask if I could suggest other graces as they had been asked to say grace at a special meal. I guess that the old tradition of ‘saying grace before meals’ is not kept very much these days. Thankfully Beckbury School says grace and all the children say it together. I can remember at university college a Latin grace being said at formal meals
Benedictus, Benedicat per Jesum Christum Dominum Nostrum
But that is not one I would recommend to be used today…….
One tradition is to sing the harvest hymn chorus from ‘We plough the fields’ All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above
So thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love
Probably the best know grace learned in our school days is
For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful
Two rhyming graces are perhaps quite easy for children to memorise
For every cup and plateful, Lord, make us grateful
But the shortest grace is Ta Pa (translated as Thanks, Father)
It is not one to use at special formal occasions! But it is a good one to say silently in company for those who wish to keep that old tradition of acknowledging God’s provision and grace in giving us ‘our daily bread’.
Congratulations to Max Harding, son of Dan and Lauren who was baptised at Beckbury Church on 4th September Congratulations to Oscar Briggs, son of Jack and Katie who was baptised at Sutton Maddock Church on11th September
Congratulations to Tom Flint and Jessica Warren
who were married at Stockton Church on 3rd September
Congratulations to Steven Rogers and Charlotte Doble who were married at Beckbury Church on 3rd September
Condolences to the family of the late Geoff Rock age 89 whose ashes were interred on 22nd September at Kemberton Church.
Condolences to the family of the late Donna Blakeway age 54 whose ashes were interred on 23rd September at Ryton Church.
Condolences to the family of the late Andrew Gray age 61 whose ashes were interred on 24th September at Stockton Church.
PRAYER OF THE MONTH ( from the Harvest thanksgiving Service )
Lord of the harvest, we acknowledge that all good gifts around us are sent from heaven above.
Help us to receive them gratefully, to use them wisely, and to share them unselfishly.
Make us more thankful for what we have received, more content with what we have and more mindful of those in need, through Jesus Christ our Lord AMEN.