Remembrance Sunday 2016

IMG_4106The Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 13th November at 10am in the church, and will be followed by the Act of Remembrance at 1055 at the War Memorial in Ludgershall.  The service will again be broadcast live by Castledown FM (huge thanks to them). We look forward to welcoming everyone, including 26 Engineers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Cadets, and members of Ludgershall Town Council.

if you want to follow the words of service, then please use this link which will download a pdf file of the order of service, including hymns. st-james-remembrance-sunday-and-mem

Harvest!

Assortment of fruits and vegetables

Come along to celebrate the Harvest! Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service is on Sunday 25th September at 10am. We will be welcoming donations of dried, tinned or fresh food at our service to distribute to those in need. Alternatively you can drop off donations by the church door, or in the porch of the Rectory. We will be having fun dressing the church for our celebrations on Saturday 24th September at 9:30am, if you would like to come and join in making the church beautiful using the produce of the harvest! Looking forward to seeing you this Harvest.

Churchyard Update

IMG_6313We should like to apologise for any distress caused by recent events in the churchyard. Two events happened to which we needed to respond quickly, giving us no time to communicate with those affected as we would have preferred.

The Diocese of Salisbury, which is responsible for the rules for churchyards, has issued new rules, particularly with regard to what may be placed on graves.  The rules are very specific, allowing only vases or pots which are part of any memorial stone, with anything else not permitted. In the past, vases, pots and ornaments have been tolerated within the churchyard, recognising the comfort that their placement can offer the bereaved.

At almost the same time and at the worst possible moment in the grass growing season, our contractor announced they would no longer be able to mow the churchyard.  They have suffered bad damage to two machines because of hitting objects which should not have been there in the first place.

We were left with two options:-

  1. Remove objects from graves which were not permitted, so that we could organise alternative contractors, to safely resume grass cutting as soon as possible.

Or

  1. Attempt to communicate with everyone with graves via the magazine and noticeboards, inviting removal of the offending objects before resorting to their removal by Churchwardens as above, after a reasonable period and before starting new contractors.

The situation was outlined in the June magazine with the churchyard clean-up introduced as Churchwarden Mike Dunning’s first working party of the year.

Because of the rate of growth of the grass, the Rector and Churchwardens agreed that the first option was most likely to result in a quicker return of the churchyard to its normal state.  We did not consider that a further month of would be the right thing to do.

Of course we are very sorry for the resulting distress caused to relatives.  We are grateful to all those of you who maintain graves regularly, and thank you for all your hard work in helping keep the churchyard in good condition. We hope you will understand that we faced a difficult decision, and that we regret the upset caused.

 

Claire Maxim

Rector