News from Water Stratford

Judith Andrews- Water Stratford was saddened to learn of the death of one of its treasured villagers, Judith Andrews, on 12th October 2018 at Willen Hospice.  Judy fought her illness with characteristic grace, bravery and dignity, supported and loved at all times by her husband Mike, and family.  At so many village events Judy was the life and soul of the party, bringing her laughter, fun and kindness to us all.  Judy loved Water Stratford and its people, it was her 'forever home'.  We will all miss Judy greatly and send our condolences to Mike, Claire, Richard and family.

Deborah Wright

St Giles  - Cleaning and Flower Ladies- On behalf of our congregations and visitors who spend time in our lovely old village church may I thank the kind group of ladies who make our church look so welcoming. Your time and talents are very much appreciated.

The rota for 2019 will be produced in January so if anyone new would like to join us, please contact Sarah Willis.

Sarah Willis

Harvest- It's not often that a reading in church receives a round of applause, but the congregation couldn't resist clapping after George, Teddy and Joe's excellent reading of Psalm 148.  The psalmist's call to 'Praise the Lord' was carried out by singing traditional harvest hymns and by writing thank-you prayers which were displayed on cut-out autumn leaves.

Remembrance - A good number of parishioners came together to mark the Centenary of the Armistice. During a respectful service, we were taken back to the Great War through the words of two poets killed in that conflict. We then heard a moving poem dedicated to one of our war-dead by his great-nephew, reflecting on their shared experience of farming and on a visit to his grave in Flanders.

Seasonal Greetings and Thanks - A big thank you to all the people who have given their energy to looking after the needs of the village, and to everyone who by kindnesses great and small has made life a little easier. We probably don't express appreciation often enough, but perhaps once a year is better than nothing!  

Good wishes for some peace and joy at Christmas and in the New Year to all residents, their families and friends, even for those – especially for those – for whom this year has brought sadness.

Church Services and Rota-The Carol Service will be at 6pm on Sunday 23rd December and there will be a short service on Christmas Day at 11am on Tuesday 25th December. Catriona and Jill will clean and all arrangers are asked to help decorate the church for Christmas. The New Year starts with our Plough Sunday service at 11.15am on Sunday 20th January. Pam and Deborah will clean and Susan will arrange flowers. Please note that the February service will, unusually, be on the first instead of the third Sunday – 3rd February – and at the later time of 5pm. This is so that we can celebrate the lovely festival of Candlemas, telling the story of Mary and Joseph presenting their baby at the temple. During this service, the aisle candles will finally be put out and the crib packed away until next year, marking the end of the Christmas season.

Sara Edwards


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