It is with great
sadness that St. Edith’s Parochial Church Council announce the deaths of their
2 Churchwardens. Mary Mundy stood down from her duties in April of this year
due to her worsening ill health. She had been suffering with cancer for many
years and after her determined fight, succumbed to her illness on the 1st
August. Mrs Janet McKee, our remaining Churchwarden suddenly passedaway on the 3rd August, after a short illness.
Mary retired to Manby
after her career working as a Licensee in the Public House Industry. Janet,
whose family were local farmers for many generations moved into her family
farmhouse after retiring from teaching music and English in local schools.
Mary and Janet had been
Churchwardens for over 20 years and Janet also played the Church organ for our
services, as well as St. Michael’s Church in Louth. They were both well known
throughout the Midmarsh and Louth Church families, where they were respected
for their long and faithful service to St. Edith’s Church and its community.
They were very close friends and have touched so many lives with God’s love that they will be so sadly missed by so many for many years to come. Two friends now together again in Gods care.
On Saturday 6th July St. Edith’s held their first Summer Funday. Despite the unsettled weather as we set up, it did remain dry and comfortable. Many volunteers, including members of St. Edith’s and the Grimoldby Methodist Society helped with the running of the individual games.
We had the privilege of the welcoming of the Louth Detachment of Lincolnshire Army Cadets Force, led by Captain Mick Webber, Detachment Commander for Louth. The Cadets have assisted in work to the Churchyard as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. On this Funday these young men did a magnificent job in organising, demonstrating and guiding the children on their assault course, and much fun was had by all.
games included Target Shot Football, Bomb Darts, an Aunt Sally stall, Horseshoe
Quoits, O’s and X’s, a Water Balloon game and many others. Our many visitors,
young and older, had a wonderful time with one of our favourite events,
‘Parachuting Teddies’. There were many intrepid
entrants for this event, some of them making the attempt more than once. These
brave teddies etc. daringly leapt from
the top of the church tower endeavouring to stay afloat for the longest time. The
winner at the end of the day was none other than ‘Buzz Lightyear’. I am also
pleased to say that there were no injuries sustained by these courageous
Another favourite was the Treasure Hunt
around the church and churchyard. The carefully set questions kept everyone’s
attention during their visit. The joint winners were Mrs Christine Grintalls
and Mrs Yvonne Smith- well done you two.
The Treasure Hunt questionnaires and the games score cards were available by the Prayer Tree stationed along the main path to the Church. Visitors were encouraged to write their own prayer requests onto paper leaves which were then tied to the tree. The Prayer Tree was then taken into Church and the prayers was included in the following Sunday morning service.
We would wish to thank all who helped with our very first Funday, and especially Freda and her team who provided such excellent refreshments to all, and we hope to see you all again next year.
Since our last blog report, we have had a very busy Lent and Easter with services on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and of Course Easter Sunday.
We have been most fortunate with the arrival in April of the Louth Detachment of Lincolnshire Army Cadets Force, led by Captain Mick Webber, Detachment Commander for Louth. The Cadets have assisted in work to the Churchyard as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These young men have done a magnificent job in helping to clear the south churchyard and have worked extremely hard. We also had their company in continuing the work on the south churchyard again on the 4th May. It was a delight to have them with us and we give a hearty thank you for all their hard work. They are due to continue next month, when they hope to clean the Great War Memorial and to re-inscribe the names of those local men who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Saturday Shop continues to thrive thanks to the hard work of Freda and her team, with also our first very successful fashion show of the year taken place. All are welcome to come along on Saturdays to enjoy a coffee and bacon roll/tea cake; you may even find a bargain to take home!
We are looking forward to our first organised Summer Funday, where we will be organising fun and games for everyone. The fun will begin at 11.30am and continue until everyone’s had enough. Entry and the games are free from charge and we again welcome the Army Cadets who will be setting up an assault coarse and assisting with the many games we have planned. Refreshments will be available at a reasonable price from Freda and her team.
Christmas is coming: Saturday December 15th will be our last Saturday Shop until January 19th, as we need all the space we have for our Christmas celebrations. At the Shop on the 15th, we shall be singing carols, chosen by anyone present that morning, while we decorate the tree. During the next few days, we shall clear the building, so that on the last day of term, the schoolchildren and staff can walk the short distance to Church for their end of term Christmas Service on Thursday 20th. There will be a Communion Service, of course, on Sunday 23rd, and a Crib Service at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, when all children present will be invited to help in retelling the Christmas story at the crib, and will receive little Christmas stockings before they leave, and there will be lots of opportunities for all of us to join in singing the well-known carols.
May God’s love bring you peace at Christmas and always.
When we wrote back in October, we were hoping to interview for a new Rector, but unhappily no-one has yet come forward. In late January, representatives from all seven churches will meet with our Rural Dean to discuss how best to move forward.
August and September have already passed, the days are getting shorter. It has been a busy time. The Saturday Shop has been flourishing more than ever: more people hearing of us from villages beyond our seven parishes and friends from Louth as well. The churchyard is looking more beautiful than I remember it in the last 20 years, partly as a result of employing a new gardener, and partly because of the work of volunteers and friends of St Edith’s.
Throughout this time we have had meetings and consultations as we continue to search for a new Rector. We have placed an advertisement online and hope to hold interviews on October 26th. I hope to share good news before too many more weeks have passed.
At St. Edith’s, there has been a great effort by members of the congregation and Sam, our gardener, to tidy up the churchyard. Already we can see the benefits. The churchyard looks more open and inviting, graves are clearly seen and families can regularly be seen visiting. Plans are in hand for a bench with monies kindly donated and all is well.
In July, we were approached by the Co-op store in the village to spend their community time in the churchyard. We were eager to accept and with church members and friends the group spend a friendly day working in the sun. The effect is beautiful and more of our graveyard is clear and footpaths more obvious.
Churchyard volunteers, 2018
This is not the first time that we have been helped by our local Co-op. To introduce themselves to the village they took part in a Saturday shop at the church, bringing all manner of goodies along with the tea and coffee. It was a great meeting focus for the village and many people attended.
The introduction of the Co-op to our village has been a valuable addition to the amenities of our village especially as public transport is so limited. Showing us all the way to how true co-operation works.
Thanks must go to Michael who organised the community day and kept everyone on task.
For weeks we have been planning for, and looking forward to, our Patronal Festival, and what a happy time we had. The Somercotes Singers gave us an enjoyable evening on the Friday before St Edith’s Day (July 15th), and on the Sunday we held an informal Songs of Praise in the evening, when everyone had the opportunity to choose favourite hymns. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend, however, was the Saturday, when we went on pilgrimage to Walsingham. It was a long day: we set off from St Edith’s at 8 a.m. and were home again about 12 hours later, but it was well worth the early start. The weather was perfect, which meant that those of us who had chosen to take a picnic were able to have our lunch, after the midday mass, in the shrine garden, where the lavender was in full bloom. In mid-afternoon there was a visit to the well, and a final brief service at 4 p.m.
Back in Grimoldby, we resume our planning and praying and hoping for a new Rector to be found, when once again we advertise, in September.
Our interregnum continues. Twice we have advertised through the Church Times and twice we have had no one to interview. The seven churches of the benefice have met with our Rural Dean to discuss the way forward and, initially, decided to “revisit” the Parish Profile at a meeting in Great Carlton on Monday, June 11th, in readiness for the placement of a third recruitment advert in the autumn. We continue to pray for a positive response.
Meanwhile we are preparing for our Patronal Festival in July. We look forward to a concert given by the Somercotes Singers on the 13th, going on pilgrimage to Walsingham on the 14th, and an evening Songs of Praise will replace our usual Morning Prayer on Sunday 15th, St Edith’s Feast Day. Please see our Calendar for details of upcoming events.