Milcombe Church

Milcombe St Laurence Church 

CHURCH OF ST LAURENCE 

REV –  DALE ROBERT GINGRICH 

SUSAN RICHARDSON – 01295 721667 – sujerich@yahoo.co.uk 

NIGEL DAVIS – 01295 722936 –  nigel.davis192@btinternet.com

MAIN DOOR KEY HOLDERS:  BRIAN FRENCH,  3 OLD COUNCIL HOUSES  –  MAVIS & DAVID WEST, WEST VIEW.

Hazel, Marlene and Michael have keys to the Vestry for those cleaning the brasses. The Church is open daily from approximately 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a Prayer Book just inside the main door for you to write in your own  prayers.

There is FAIRTRADE STALL most weeks in Church after Sunday Service.

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CHURCH SERVICES IN ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICES ALL AT 11.15am

DIARY DATES FOR MAY

TUESDAY, MAY 1st – ANNUAL PARISH MEETING in the village hall at 8.00pm.

THURSDAY, MAY 3rd – LOCAL ELECTIONS in the village hall.

SATURDAY, MAY 5th – BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST in St. Mary’s at 9.15am. All are welcome for coffee and croissants and a short time of prayer and reflection.

SUNDAY, MAY 6th – ROGATION SUNDAY HOLY COMMUNION in Church as usual at 11.15am. At 4.00pm everyone is invited to the Warriner School to pray for God’s blessing on the crops and fruits of the earth. Please pick up a Weekly Sheet from the Church for more details.

MONDAY, MAY 7th – MAY BANK HOLIDAY

TUESDAY, MAY 8th – ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 8.00pm

THURSDAY, MAY 10th – ASCENSION DAY – BENEFICE SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION in South Newington Church at 7.30pm when Bishop John Stroyan will be coming to bless their new chalice and paten.

SUNDAY, MAY 13th – HOLY COMMUNION on the Sunday after Ascension.

SUNDAY, MAY 13th-  CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 

SATURDAY, MAY 19th is CHRISTIAN AID WEEK. Volunteers will be around the village delivering and collecting the envelopes. Please donate whatever you can to enable Christian Aid to carry out their charitable work around the world. Also, please Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.

SUNDAY, MAY 20th – PENTECOST HOLY COMMUNION (Whit Sunday)

SUNDAY, MAY 27th – TRINITY SUNDAY All Age Worship or Holy Communion (tbc) You will find a warm welcome in St. Laurence’s Church and we serve coffee/tea after Services so that everybody can meet socially and find out more about our Church and activities.

STUART KERSHAW, the youngest son of Ralph and Gillian died on April 8th aged 47. Stuart lived in Milcombe all his life. Condolences are sent to his wife Julie, children Jack and Lucy and all the Kershaw family. May he rest in peace.

THE EASTER MONDAY COFFEE MORNING in aid of Katharine House Hospice raised £233.25. Grateful thanks to all helpers and supporters.

There is also a FAIRTRADE STALL in Church on Sunday mornings and at any events which we hold.

Once more a huge THANK YOU to all those involved in arranging the Easter flowers. We are fortunate in having a good group of flower arrangers in St. Laurence’s who bring their talents throughout the year to keep our Church looking beautiful. However, we must not forget all those who keep our Church running in so many other ways.

FRONT WALL – The Vicar and Churchwardens have now met with the architect and structural surveyor and the faculty is being progressed by the Diocese. The architect has also been in touch with the Planning Dept. at CDC. Work to dismantle and re-erect the wall should commence in the very near future. Peter Booth has renovated the oak gates and produced new metal gate posts and these will be installed when work on the wall is carried out.

THE CHURCH CLOCK was serviced on January 19th and the Parish Council has just taken up a new 3-year contract with Smith’s of Derby for maintenance of the Church Tower clock. The Parish Council has awarded the Churchyard grass cutting contract for 2018 to Nigel Prickett who also cuts the verges around the village. (The Parish Council is responsible for the Church clock and the Churchyard extension.)

TEA AND TOAST – Just a reminder that this is held every Friday morning from 9.00-11.00am in the Parish Rooms next to the Museum. It is open to the Benefice and is for all ages. DOG BAGS are available in Church at the back of the organ. Please continue to SAVE YOUR USED CLEAN CANS which are recycled with thanks to Peter Booth for Church funds. There is a bin by the Church porch and should not contain anything apart from clean cans. Please also SAVE YOUR USED STAMPS – don’t forget to save them from your Christmas card envelopes. These are taken by Tony and Joan Stickings to the Redwing Horse Sanctuary for recycling. They also accept USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES. Please leave in the boxes just inside the Church door.

2018 CHARITIES – The PCC has agreed to support the following charities during the coming year.

EMBRACE THE MIDDLE EAST which is an inter-denominational Christian development charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East, funding healthcare, education and community development programmes in Israel-Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. Embrace works with those disadvantaged by civil unrest, disability or poverty regardless of their faith or nationality. Embrace supplies the Carol Sheets which we use in our Churches over the Christmas period www.embrace.org

ST. LAURENCE’S HOSPICE IN ROMANIA run by the charity CHILDREN IN DISTRESS providing care for the vulnerable, terminally ill and physically and mentally disabled. We have supported this charity for almost 30 years. FARMING COMMUNITY NETWORK assists farmers locally with financial problems and advice.

BANBURY YOUNG HOMELESS PROJECT which is a well known local charity in support of the homeless in our district.

We shall continue to support KATHARINE HOUSE HOSPICE with our annual Easter Monday Coffee Morning,

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION at Remembrance and THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY (Christingle).

ST. MARY’S THURSDAY CLUB in the Parish Rooms from 10.00am- 3.00pm is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and is open to residents of Bloxham and Milcombe. Due to loss of County Council funding, the Bloxham and Milcombe Parish Councils are making donations towards the running costs. Currently there is just one resident from Milcombe attending and there are no vacancies at present. However, they do hold a waiting list, so if anybody from Milcombe thinks they might qualify, they should contact the Chairman, Rev. Dale Gingrich, on 720252 or email dalegingrich@ hotmail.com to be added to the list. Transport is available and visitors are provided with tea/coffee/biscuits on arrival, a hot lunch, followed by entertainment/crafts and an afternoon cup of tea before they leave. This is all provided for £10.00. per day.

ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCHYARD We wait to hear from the Diocese that the faculty for re-building the front wall has been approved. The front Noticeboard is to be refurbished and the oak gates re-instated. 

PLEASE REMEMBER to put your rubbish in the correct bins. Old Christmas wreaths and plastic flowers should be removed. Cellophane wrappings and old Oasis must be placed in the green bin. It would also be appreciated if people did not throw any rubbish onto the grass heap in the corner of the Churchyard.Please ensure that you put your waste in the correct bins and no rubbish should be deposited on the grass heaps in the Churchyard. The PCC thanks you for your co-operation in helping to keep our Churchyard tidy.

The Church is open daily from approximately 10.00am until 4.00pm and there is a Prayer Book inside the main door for you to write in your own prayers.

Please let the Vicar or Churchwardens know of anybody who is sick or struggling in the village in any way.

Rev. Dale Gingrich can be contacted via the Benefice Office on 720252 office@bloxhambenefice.co.uk

The Churchwardens are Nigel Davis 722936  and Susan Richardson 721667 – email sujerich@yahoo.co.uk

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MIDWEEK COMMUNION in St. Mary’s Church, Bloxham, at 11.30am every Tuesday morning.

ALL AGE WORSHIP SERVICES are family Services held on the 4th Sunday of the month. It is a shorter Service than the Communion Service and we would welcome any new members to the community as well as our regular members and particularly families whose children have been baptised in St. Laurence’s recently.

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 Oxfordshire Family History Society

You may have been aware that the Oxfordshire Family History Society monumental inscriptions transcription team worked in the Milcombe graveyard & church earlier this year, and have now produced an excellent CD of photographs of all the stones & other memorials. ( We also publish a CD with transcripts of the parish registers.)  

Oxfordshire FHS has photographed and transcribed all the monumental inscriptions in the parish of Milcombe, and published them on CD.

Whilst the majority of the MIs are gravestones, this picture is of a window in the church to Mary Campbell who died in 1833, the earliest memorial. The resultant CD has about 300 names, indexed, and 243 memorials.

The CD, as all the others in the Oxfordshire MI series, is priced at an affordable £6 including postage, and is available through our shopping cart – Please go to CDs on the left at www.ofhs.org.uk

Wendy Archer Chairman, Oxfordshire FHS www.ofhs.org.uk 01628 485013

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