For those who could not attend in person, a video of the Rutland Water Benefice Remembrance Services has been produced. Please click on the link below to view
Is there anyone who could spare time to deliver the Benefice (ie, Church) Magazine to fifteen houses in lower Ancaster Way? The Magazine comes at the end of the month, and is distributed by volunteers in the ten villages in the Benefice, of which we, North Luffenham, are one.
We are very grateful to Valerie who has done this for years now, and wish her well.
If interested, please contact Mima Bolton, Acre End, The Jetties, email@example.com, 01780-720906
Sadly we are no longer permitted to keep the church building open, but Church is not buildings, Church is the Christian community. Rev. Pippa will be conducting a Service this coming Sunday for the whole of the Benefice at 0930hrs. It will be accessible on the Rutland Water Benefice Facebook page as a Watch Party. It has the options of being listened to, or joined interactively. It is very easy to access, but to do so you must be on Facebook and then join the Rutland Water Benefice group. And if you are not a Facebook person, joining both Facebook and the Group is easy!
To join Facebook, search for Facebook, answer a few questions, provide a password and there you are.
Then, search for The Rutland Water Benefice
To request to join the The Rutland Water Benefice Facebook group, “Press Join”..
You will then become a member of the group – it may take half a day to add to you or far far less !
You will then have access to the Watch Party ready for Sunday 0930hrs
Please spread the News of the Rutland Water Benefice Facebook page as it is updated daily and a valuable source of Christian fellowship locally.
Available from Digby Farm – Christmas Trees, Decorations & more
The Village Christmas Day Church Service (Communion) will be held at 9.30am conducted by Rev Jo Saunders. All are welcome and Children and their toys are encouraged.
Everyone is invited to the Village Carol Service this evening, Sunday 16th December at 6pm in the Church. Through Drama, beautiful well known Music, Poetry and Song experience the wonderful Christmas Story coming to life. This is a family service for everyone and will include Drinks and Mince pies after the Service.
An arch of knitted and crocheted poppies has been created by village residents to produce a cascade of flowers around the entrance to the church to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the Great War on Remembrance Day.
This wonderfully detailed Remembrance Kneeler, crafted by Liliane Coogan and Fay Cummings, will be presented in Church tomorrow during the Remembrance Day service.
On Sunday 11th November the village is invited to gather at the Village Church to remember those that have lost their lives in War and those that have served their Country in War and in Peace.
We will also especially remember those Soldiers and Airmen from Great Britain and the Commonwealth who are buried in our beautiful churchyard.
To commemorate this, the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1, a beautiful arch of over 600 knitted poppies has been prepared in the Church Porch, in addition the School will be helping to decorate the Church with poppies.
The Service will start at 10.45 am, however you are urged to arrive by 10.30 am to secure a seat.
We will be joined by CO 1 Military Working Dog Regiment RAVC, Lt Col Neil Lakin RE and a contingent from the Regiment together with our Uniformed Youth Groups and representatives of the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association. The Act of Remembrance will be led by Air Vice Marshal Nigel Sudborough CB OBE DL the President of RBL Rutland.
16 Villagers lost their lives in WW1 and their names are commemorated on the village war memorial, their stories do live on and you can view them here on the Rutland Remembers website.
If you are unable to join us on Sunday do please visit the Village Church to see the beautiful Poppy installation and maybe pause for a minute at our Commonwealth War Graves Commission Plot.
This year Remembrance Day will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The village will mark this special event in a number of ways:
- Remembrance Day Service – 10.40am on Sunday 11th November in the Parish Church, followed by Wreath Laying at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the Churchyard. All are most welcome.
- A Poppy art installation in the Church – The Village Knit and Natter Group have knitted over 600 poppies which will form a magnificent evocative arch at the Church Door throughout November
- An opportunity to display copies of photographs, letters etc of family members that have been involved in any conflict in the past 100 years. These will be displayed in the Church. If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Whittaker – Tel: 721216 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBG Cummings: Tel: 720124 / email: email@example.com
There will be a fundraising Fashion Show in the Community Centre on Thursday 13th September 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 in advance from Janet: 01780 721216 or Hilary 07468-419781 or £6 at the door.
Raffle and Refreshments – Further details on the attached Flyer
Criminals are targeting our Churches in this area and stealing lead and copper. The Church which lies at the heart of our community is at great risk – please keep alert and report any suspicious activity – especially at night. Thank you.
Janet Whitaker / Nic Merrett
People of any age can make an Easter Garden:
Each garden needs to include the main elements of the Easter story: a cross, a tomb and some signs of new life, like a tiny plant from the garden, sprouted grass seed, cress seed, paper flowers….
On Maundy Thursday (the last day of term) please bring your Easter Garden to Church on between 8.40 and 9.10, so that they can be displayed. If you can’t make this time, please contact Pippa or Janet (see below)
On Good Friday we will gather at Church for a 10am start, then (weather permitting) go on a short walk (strong shoes advised), remembering the final parts of Jesus’ life and ending up in Church to celebrate how the story ends and the signs of new life . . .
Hot cross buns will follow!
Do come and join us: this will be quite short and is suitable for all ages.
Pippa the Rector
On Wednesday 7th February at 7.30pm the church will be hosting a fabulous concert by the inspirational young & hugely talanted musicians, Alison Hill (soprano) & Yair Avidor (lute & theorbo). The concert is titled “A Musical Dreame” & is an hour long recital for voice & lute inluding music by John Dowland, Robert Johnson & Henry Purcell.
Tickets £10 (including wine and refreshments) available at the door or from Janet Whittaker 01780-721216 & firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quick reminder that the wonderful Cambridge Singers will be returning to the village to give a Candlelit Concert in our beautiful church this Friday 5th January at 7.30pm.
Tickets available from Janet Whittaker (tel:-721216 or email@example.com) at £10 (children free). Profits to be shared between Cancer UK -Brain Tumour Research & Church Heating Fund – you know we need it!
Do please join us on what should be a very special everning. Mulled Wine & Nibbles will be available from 7pm and during the interval. We look forward to seeing you.
We need your help: can you knit a small sheep or display one in your window?
In December, a Christmas Trail leaflet will be available so you can discover and record the names of sheep around the village. Bring the completed trail leaflet to the Village Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 5pm and the Christmas story will be explored with the help of the sheep.
Intrigued? Willing to knit a sheep? Or offer a sheep a windowsill? Want to go sheep hunting? For more details, please email Pippa the rector: firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details including a knitting pattern are contained in leaflet attached below.
The Gesualdo Six (a younger version of The Kings Singers) will be appearing on the Radio 3 programme In Tune on Monday 28th August a couple of days before appearing in North Luffenham on Wednesday 30th!
Don’t miss a memorable concert of music from the Renaissance to light present day tunes –come and drink a glass of Last of the Summer’s Pimm’s to say farewell to our wonderful summer before the Autumn weather.
Concert in church at 7.30pm Wednesday 30th August -Tickets £12 (including Pimm’s) from Janet Whittaker 01780-721216 or at the door.
On Sunday 13th November, just before 11am some 200 Villagers, together with Parishioners from local Parishes within the Benefice and Military Personnel from 1 Military Working Dog Regiment (1MWD Regt), 2 Medical Regiment RAMC, St George’s Barracks Army Cadet Force Detachment and members of North Luffenham Scouts gathered to remember those who gave their lives in two World Wars and those that lost their lives on operations and training in more recent times.
The Service was led by Rev John Taylor and our Lay Reader Caroline Simmonds.
Senior Military Guests included Air Vice Marshal Nigel Sudborough CB, President of The Royal British Legion, Rutland and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Foreman RLC Commanding Officer 1 MWD Regt and Station Commander at St George’s Barracks.
The Standards of the Royal Air Forces Association, 1 MWD Regt, North Luffenham Scouts, and Army Cadet Force Paraded outside the Church and took part in the Service and Commemoration.
During the Service the names of some 86 British and Commonwealth Fallen were read out and remembered with great solemnity and pride.
Following the service the congregation gathered outside and Wreaths were laid in front of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot.
The Collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raised £566.
A Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am tomorrow, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
In this the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme we will particularly remember those who died during the First World War.
You can read about the 16 from North Luffenham who fell during WWI from this series published during the past week.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Extract from Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.
World War II Fallen
In this final piece on Remembrance we remember too those from the village that gave their lives in World War 2. We remember:
- JOHN CHARITY
- RALPH CHARITY
- WILLIAM PALMER
- GEORGE HARRISON
- FA LOCKE
- JACK ALEXANDER
Whilst books such as “Rutland The Great War” provide a comprehensive list of the fallen with awards of merit, photographs and list of actions for that War, there appears to be no similar record of those who lost their lives in 1939 – 1945. Indeed in researching these pieces I have been unable even to find even the Regimental Numbers /Rank / First Names of all those listed above.
Should any villager have further details we would love to be able to include them in the village archive. Hopefully next year we can produce a summary of these men who too gave their lives in War.
Commonwealth War Graves
We remember too those Servicemen who lie buried in the beautiful Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the Village Churchyard:
SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY
- GUNNER PK MOORE
SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
- SERGEANT E HORTON
- AIRCRAFTMAN FG MALIN
- AIRCRAFTMAN G ROBERTS
- SERGEANT AB WRIGHT
- SERGEANT WD MORRIS
- SERGEANT BF MULLETT
- SERGEANT KH LONG
- CORPORAL LA SURGEON
- CORPORAL H BROGAN
- CHIEF TECHNICIAN DM HIGGINS
- SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN DT ROGERS
- JUNIOR TECHNICIAN DB DOMINY
- SERGEANT RA LIGHT
- SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN SA SHARP
- SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN F BOWEN
SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
- SERGEANT HD WEAVER
- FLIGHT SERGEANT JR YOUNG
- SERGEANT RG WALTERS
- FLIGHT SERGEANT RH LEWIS
- FLIGHT SERGEANT KL CAMPBELL
- FLYING OFFICER AE RAYNER
- LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN TA McNEILLY
- FLIGHT SERGEANT EK CHURCHILL
- SQUADRON LEADER JD DICKSON
- LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN CH ROSIN
- LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN KS WILKINGS
- FLYING OFFICER DG TRACEY
- FLYING OFFICER LJ ELPHICK
- FLYING OFFICER AM GILLIES
- FLYING OFFICER PV ROBINSON
- SERGEANT M LAING
SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE
- FLIGHT SERGEANT DLC LIDDELL
- SERGEANT H MORRISON
- SERGEANT LF CROKER
- SERGEANT T LINDLEY
SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
- FLIGHT SERGEANT JA DOUGLAS
A Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am on Sunday 13th November, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.