Archive for January, 2010

LISTON CHURCH THANKS & NEWS

LISTON CHURCH THANKS & NEWS

Many thanks to all who supported the Festival of Carols & Lessons on the Tuesday before Christmas in a packed Liston church! There was standing room only in the completely candlelit church, as everyone who had braved the ice came to enjoy a musical treat in the company of the 24 strong Kirbye Voices, and raise the roof singing favourite carols. Many thanks to them all for braving the elements to travel from all over Suffolk to sing for us – some as far as Woodbridge!

Also, a special word of thanks to our excellent Liston readers of all 8 lessons from the King James Bible – every word enunciated clearly!
Thanks too,to those who most generously provided mulled drinks, sausage rolls and mince pies for the convivial party in church afterwards!

As a result of the collection , we were able to send £150 to the homeless charity Crisis and their outpost in Chelmsford.

Our next musical service, is on CandlemassSunday January 31st at 6pm, in the form of another Compline by Candlelight – a contemplative service that has celebrated Christ as the light of the world, and the baby Jesus being presented in the temple, since the fourth century. This will be followed by hot chocolate. All very welcome for this short meditative service – candles provided!

Our next Holy Communion Service is on Sunday February 21st at 11.15am, when we are joined by our friends from neighbouring parishes in this combined Service led by Father Eoin. ‘Real’ Coffee & biscuits follow this service.

An advance date for your diary, is our annual Midsummer Festival, when we host once again, the young Musicians from London’s Purcell School.

This year’s instrumental concert is on Saturday June 26th, followed by Liston Church Open day on Sunday June 27th with a Choral Eucharist in the morning and a Choral Concert in the early evening in aid of the organ fund. More details to follow.

Ian McMillan
The Old Ballroom, Liston

DedhamVale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley Project .

The Foxearth and District Local History Society began the new year on Tuesday 12th January with a talk by Neil Catchpole, Landscape and Biodiversity Officer for the DedhamVale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley Project . On an evening when the outside surroundings were still dominated by the effects of a couple of weeks of snow it was refreshing to see some lovely photographs of the Stour Valley landscape in warmer months. Demonstrating an obvious enthusiasm for his role, Neil explained his wide ranging duties over the almost 200 square miles of the valley from the estuary at Manningtree to Great Bratley on the Cambridgeshire boundary. The maintenance and improvement of wildlife habitats occupies much of his time. There are about 70 specially constructed (by Neil) nesting boxes for Barn Owls each of which has to be regularly monitored to assess chick progress so that ringing can take place before the nest is vacated. Otter holts similarly come under Neil’s protective surveillance. And then there is hedge-planting and tree pollarding to be considered! The occasional mystery adds spice to the task such as the discovery of an unidentified roadside casualty; is it a polecat or a polecat/ferret cross – an animal which is relatively common in Wales but not found (alive) in Suffolk! The apparent return in East Anglia of the Common Buzzard is one of the success stories of recent years following a more enlightened attitude towards the restricted use of agro-chemicals which proved lethal to so many of the smaller mammals upon which these handsome birds depended. History plays its part in the character of the valley with its locks, water mills and archaeological sites such as burial mounds and the possibility of the foundations of a Tudor hunting lodge in Wormingford.

This was a fascinating talk for which Neil was thanked by Chairman Allan Fitch, warmly endorsed by the 15 members present. .

Next meeting; Tuesday 9th February 8pm in Foxearth Village Hall when the Allan will show some of his film collection. The Annual Meeting will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 9th March and this will be followed by cheese and wine.

Ken Nice

Church Services – February

FEBRUARY Foxearth Liston with

Borley

Pentlow
7th

2 before Lent

W

11.15

Family Eucharist

Fr Eoin

14th

Next before Lent

W

10.00

Family Service

Graham King

10.30

Eucharist

Revd Margaret

11.15

Holy Communion

Rev Peter Sandberg

17th

Ash Wednesday

P

11.00

Holy Communion w.Ashing

Fr Eoin

21st

Lent 1

P

11.15

Combined

Eucharist at Liston

Fr Eoin

28th

Lent 2

P

10.00

Holy

Communion

Fr David W

10.00

Holy Communion

Fr Eoin

11.15

Family Service

June Turner