If you are not a member yet and would like to join or just find out more, you too will be warmly welcomed!

Friends of St Mary's Church 100 Club Winners
September Draw

1st. # 90MrsARees 2nd # 40 Mrs I Hockey 3rd. # 58 Mr G Geraghty 4th. # 66 Mr J Moon

Next Draw Wednesday, 10 October 2018



Tea/Coffee & cakes/biscuits are served in the Community Room

every Tuesday & Thursday mornings 10.30 to 12 noon

Still looking forward to welcoming new 'team members'!! Seriously - Why not give it a go and see how easy it is

It would only be a commitment just once every 4 or 5 weeks (or less if there are more!) and you would win the undying gratitude of the "team"! Call Gill (891859) or Liz (891898) or speak to one of us at the next coffee morning.


The Lord's Larder The collection point is under the desk in the Community Room. Please continue to contribute to this local charity helping those in need - your support is truly appreciated.

Useable second hand clothes and shoes for Refugees
Do please continue to donate your wearable unwanted clothes and shoes to support this humanitarian project.
The collection point is inside the church at the back near the bell tower.
The need for bedding has diminished, although if there is no other outlet it will be accepted BUT BLANKETS AND TOWELS ARE ALWAYS WANTED
Thank you.

Saturday, 13th October

Activities for Children & Young People 12 Noon - 14.30
In the Village Hall

Make Your Own Pizza Lunch
Prepare the Harvest Loaf for Sunday's Service Pumpkin Carving
And More ......

Charge £3 per child (under 2 years - Free) to cover cost of ingredients, etc. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Book your place no later than Friday, 5th October By calling Mairead (891727) or Liz (891898)


In the evening
For Everyone - all welcome

Harvest Supper 19.00 for 19.30 In the Village Hall

Choice of Menu

Lasagne/Cottage Pie/Vegetarian Option served with salad & garlic bread Pumpkin Pie/Apple Crumble Tea/coffee & Chocolate Mint

Adults £8 Under 12's £4
Tickets must be paid for in advance & menu option chosen No later than Friday, 5th October

Tickets available from Mairead (891727) or Liz (891898)

Sunday, 14th October

Harvest Service
10 a.m. in the Church
Including presentation of Children's Harvest Loaf

and any gifts of Harvest Produce (dried and/or tinned or home grown)

Produce will be donated to the Lord's Larder in support of those in need

Friends of St Mary and St Juthware

A message from the Parochial Church Council and the Friends of St Juthware & St Mary concerning the improvements to church facilities


As many of you will know, a series of well-attended meetings was held during 2016 at which a wide variety of views were expressed, all broadly supportive of the need to protect our village church as an important landmark in the community and to ensure it will continue to provide for the changing requirements, both spiritual and social, of everyone in Halstock in the years to come.


Having listened to this consensus, a steering group was set up to develop a wish list of improvements based on

the feedback from the meetings including basics such as toilets and more effective heating, plus the ability to share fellowship and hospitality over coffee after services and other events, via a small servery. Longer term ideas could include the exchanging of the pews for more flexible seating to enable a wider variety of uses from worship to children’s work, and to increase the seating capacity for worthwhile fundraising concerts, such as the highly successful event held recently, showcasing the Sherborne Girls’ School Choir.


To date, through a competitive process, the steering group has selected architects, Donald Insall Associates of Bath who, now approved by the PCC, will submit ideas and costings and prepare a set of submission documents, together with cost estimates needed to apply for formal approval by the various relevant approving bodies.


The progressing of these proposals through to final planning approval will only happen when the PCC and the Friends are happy that the plans fit both the defined objectives and the fund-raising strategies. This it is hoped will happen around the end of this year.


To that end, an open consultation event will fairly soon take place, on a date as yet to be confirmed, at which more details will be placed before the public, and the architects’ presentation and other documents will be available. Members of the steering group will also be on hand at that meeting to receive your comments and respond to your questions.


When the date is announced, please make it a priority to come along and give your views to ensure all voices and interests in the village are heard and included.


Documents and updates, as they come available, will be on display in the Halstock Community Shop, beginning with information about the selected architects and the selection process.

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