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.
Can you imagine what it would be like to have to walk for days in just your shoes?
Louth Churches for Refugees invite you to experience what it might be like to be a refugee and walk a long distance – but we want you to be properly prepared with walking boots, backpack, water and food for the 15 and 30 mile walks or sensible footwear, water and snacks for those doing the 5 mile walk.
During the walk which launches the start of Refugee Week there will be an opportunity to discuss the work of LCFR and our plans for the future.
On June 16th 2018 Louth Churches for Refugees invite walkers of all abilities to participate in one of 3 walks through the Lincolnshire Wolds. A standard of fitness is essential to complete the 15 or 30 mile walks, refreshment stops will be available en route.
Walk 1 – 5 miles will start and finish at Louth Methodist Church Nichol Hill (departs 9.15)
Walk 2 – 15 miles will start at Louth Methodist Church and finish at the Wolds Centre, Scamblesby departs 9.00 am)
Walk 3 – 30 miles will start and finish at Louth Methodist Church Nichol Hill (departs 9.00 am)
All walkers must register at Nichol Hill between 8.30 and 8.50 prior to the start of the 15 and 30 mile
walks, and registration for the 5 mile walk between 8.50 and 9.10.
The scaffolding is all up. Those of you who saw the array of scaffold-laden lorries will have an idea of how big a task that has been. They need to go high enough to allow them to construct secondary roofs over the church roofs, to keep the elements out when they remove the slates, etc. Also the inside of the church is now filled with scaffolding to provide a crash deck in case anyone puts a foot wrong! This all took some time, and in its own way is a thing of beauty, but now the work proper has started, hence the skips being filled and taken away as old material is removed. The base of the tower has been cleared, removing the old kitchen, toilet and screen. This has allowed us now to see the west window and has created a wonderful space, and given room for proper disabled facilities to be installed.
Looking down through the roof timbers to the crash deck
Looking up at the timbers from the crash deck
The work on the roofs, timbers and stonework has uncovered a few surprises, some good, and some not so good. The roof timbers the nave (the main part of the church) are not in as good a condition as we hoped and in places, where they connect to the walls, we will need some steel plates made to provide extra support. On the plus side, the roof slates are in a much better condition than first though, and nearly all of them can be reused. These plusses and minuses mostly cancel each other out, so we are still on track to open before Christmas.
Thank you for your patience while the work is taking place. I know people are interested and wanting the church open for business again. We’ll keep you up to date and look forward to a grand reopening.