News from Water Stratford

‘Chilli and Sol’ at the Old School - Friday 17th November 2017

Congratulations and a big thank you to Sara and Rob, assisted by Liz and Mike, for a fabulous themed evening! Thank you also to other villagers who lent a hand with food and decorations.  The Old School looked so characterful with colourful rugs hanging on the walls, tables adorned with the Mexican flag tricolor of green, white and red, and Rob standing behind the bar at the ready with the cocktail shaker to create margaritas and tequila sunrises! A delicious meal of chilli (varying heats on offer to suit all tastes!) with a wide range of accompaniments, followed by ice-cream, was enjoyed by the 28 villagers who gathered together for another very social and enjoyable evening. Although this was not a specific fundraising evening, £159 was made for the Old School. Thank you to everyone involved.

Sarah Willis

Horticultural Society Christmas Wreath & Table Decoration Workshop

There was a full house for the Horticultural Society’s annual Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration workshop held on 1st December in Tingewick Village Hall. Elaine, the regular tutor, demonstrated how to produce both items starting with various types of greenery and then adding further colour and structure with the use of candles, bows, berries, cones, dried fruits and other decorations. Everyone then had the opportunity to make their own wreath or table decoration with advice where needed from Elaine resulting in some beautiful and colourful creations. With Christmas carols and songs playing in the background, mulled wine and mince pies on offer and the chance to win various raffle prizes it was a very enjoyable start to the festive season.

Barbara Prideaux

A Long Overdue Reunion

A gravestone in the churchyard must have fallen many years ago and been moved to lean against the wall of the church tower. This was now considered potentially dangerous. Close inspection revealed the gravestone to be that of Ann Morris, who lived at Town Farm and died in 1837 aged 91. We managed to 'walk' it to the south side of the church, with the intention of placing it on the grave of her husband John, who farmed here until his death in 1821. But we then discovered that next to John's grave there was a footstone that had no corresponding headstone, so we were able to lay the heavy stone on what we are sure is Ann's own grave.

Mike Edwards


The Christmas Season

On Advent Sunday, the start of the new church year, a lovely service of hymns, psalm, bible readings and poems was beautifully led by the benefice choir. The bright light of the first Advent candle among its foliage and the softer lights of the pew candles added to the atmosphere of hope and expectation. Two weeks later, our Carol Service was a true community occasion, with six readers from around the village retelling the Christmas story and a congregation ranging in age from six months to ninety-six years joining in well-known carols.  Afterwards Guy's mulled wine and a variety of mince pies were much appreciated, especially popular being the ones baked by two of the youngest members of the congregation. On Christmas Day our congregation was swelled by visiting family and friends and by worshippers from across the benefice for a joyful celebration of Holy Communion. It was good to have Revd Liz with us for all these services this year; we hope she enjoyed her 'Clergy Collapse' afterwards! Sarah's team did a wonderful job cleaning and decorating in icy conditions – the tap was frozen and water had to be brought from a kind neighbour. Chris as usual provided a pretty tree. As is traditional, decorations were removed by Twelfth Night, the Feast of the Epiphany, when the Wise Men arrived at the stable. In the church calendar, though, the Christmas season continues until Candlemas, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, forty days after Christmas Day. In some countries, decorations are left up until then; next year perhaps we may borrow from this idea and leave our crib and candles in church until Candlemas.


Church Services and Rota - There will be a service of Holy Communion at 11.15am on Sunday, 18th February.  Pam and Deborah will clean and Sarah arrange flowers.

Sara Edwards

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