Stir Up Sunday
Thank you to everyone who came to our Stir Up Sunday workshop
Thank you to everyone who came to our Stir Up Sunday workshop
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for a Remembrance Sunday coffee on the 13th, it was wonderful to see the church filled with members of the community coming together to remember those who have served our country.
We now have over 15 local volunteers on our committee, with expertise ranging from architecture and heritage projects to performance, nutrition and café management. We are currently finalising initial plans to go to the Diocese to apply for a faculty in the Autumn.
If you feel called to assist in our project in any way do please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
Revd Celia Cook
The first of our new style messy church sessions was held in the Angela Cobbold Hall on Sunday 24th.
14 children of all ages and 25 adults enjoyed listening to the story of creation and singing songs with actions lead by Celia. All then had fun sowing seeds, icing biscuits, colouring and sticking. We ended the afternoon by sharing a delicious tea of sandwiches and cake. Feedback from children, parents and helpers has been very positive.
Messy Church will now be a regular feature so please do join us at 4pm on the 4th Sunday of the month in the Angela Cobbold Hall. All are very welcome, young and the not so young. We would also love to hear from you if you would like to help with the activities.
The PCC would like to thank everyone for their ongoing concern and care for All Saint’s Church and the Angela Cobbold Hall. It wants to reassure the community that everything is being done to ensure that the spiritual and social needs of the parish are met for many years to come.
We are a small parish, with no central funding. We therefore rely entirely on church collections and grant applications to cover the costs of the church and hall. We are currently running at an annual deficit of £5,000 (with only limited reserves). In addition you will be aware that there are urgent roof repairs to the church in the region of £28,000 and repairs to the hall estimated at between £20-25,000. Our first responsibility has to be to safeguard the church, otherwise both the church and the hall will have to close.
Having listened to advice from the Diocese and the personal views of those from the local community at the Open Meeting and through on-going correspondence, we have sadly concluded that without a very generous donation to cover not only the repair of the Hall and the Church, but also their respective upkeep well into the future, we have no choice but to sell the hall. The Cobbold family have confirmed that whilst they have no legal jurisdiction over the hall, they would prefer that the hall be sold and the proceeds used to fund a community hub within the church, rather than spend more money on the existing building. Bealings School are keen for us to provide a flexible space within the church building which they can use on a regular basis.
The Diocese likewise have advised that it is not prudent for the church to keep the hall, given the PCC’s precarious financial position. The Diocesan surveyor has recently carried out an assessment of the hall and looked at the different options available to the PCC. Its recommendation is that the PCC sell the hall with planning permission for a residential dwelling. An architect has begun to prepare the site for sale at no cost to the church. This process is likely to take six months and will of course include the usual public consultations and council approval.
This decision was not taken lightly and at this point we do not have a better alternative. If one should appear, the plans may be adjusted according to any additional resources that may be forthcoming. You are most welcome to contact us at anytime with any concerns or suggestions and we thank you again for your understanding at this very difficult time.
Little Bealings PCC
24 places were filled for Christmas Lunch at the Angela Cobbold Hall. The profits, totalling £125, were sent to UNICEF’s appeal to help the refugee children of Syria. The British Government will double donations to this appeal as part of the Department for International Development’s ‘Aid Match’ programme, meaning donations made at the meal will go even further.
The image of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem (the Posada) seemed particularly appropriate on this occasion. Thank-you to everyone for their generous support.
Community Lunches take place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Angela Cobbold Hall (rooms) between 12.30-1.3pm. Everyone is welcome. All profits from donations help to keep the hall running.
Enquiries and bookings 01473 620213 ~ email@example.com
Advertising space is currently available in the monthly Benefice Newsletter, a local form of advertising we’re told is very successful.
If you have not advertised before, you are invited to contact the co-ordinator (details below) with a note of your requirements, and you will be sent a list of charges etc.
If you were an advertiser in 2015, you are advised that the December-January issue is the last to carry the 2015 advertising, and that the advertising co-ordinator will be contacting you shortly to see whether you would like to renew or change your advertisement for 2016, commencing in February. All advertisements will need to be set up by mid-January.
For further details and enquiries contact the advertising co-ordinator:
Norman Porter ~ Rill Cottage, Kiln Lane, Great Bealings, Woodbridge, IP13 6NJ ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ (01473) 735565
On the 10th October work of a number of local artists and craftspeople were exhibited at a mini art sale staged by Paddy Bills.
The proceeds of the sale go to the ‘Raising the Roof’ appeal.
Little Bealings PCC took the difficult decision at our lat meeting to authorise the sale of the hall. A recent survey had highlighted essential repairs, which run into the thousands of pounds. With our church finances currently running at an annual loss of £5,000 and the rental income on the hall failing to meet even the utility bills, we have no choice but to sell the hall.
We realise that this will be a huge sadness to those of you who have grown up in the village and have many happy memories of meetings and activities at the hall. We also appreciate that those who currently use the hall will be anxious about the future. I want to reassure you that once the hall is sold, we intend to provide facilities within the church building to accommodate all of the communal activities currently held in the hall.
We hope to work in collaboration with the Village Hall and School so that we can create a social hub for the village for many years to come. To this end I would like to invite you to an Open Meeting at Little Bealings Church on Wednesday 21st October 6.00 – 8.00pm when we will discuss both the results of the recent survey and the way forward. If you have any questions at all beforehand, please get in touch.
In the meantime I would like to thank Vicki and Peter Carr for their faithful management of the hall and their kindness and understanding at this difficult time.
Revd Celia Cook
In 1996 a village cookery book was published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the founding of All Saints Church.
We are planning to update and augment the original book with extra contributions from village residents. Profits from the sales will be added to the funds for the repair of the Church roof.
Recipes old and new, family favourites, children’s recipes and handy hints will be gratefully received!
If anyone can sponsor or contribute to printing costs etc., or help in any other way, it would be wonderful!
Please contact 01473 620213 or email@example.com