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Meal at The Brasserie Kidderminster 9th March 2015

Some 54 parishioners and friends enjoyed a great evening with good food and good company. Many thanks to the Parish Social Committe for organising this evening meal with particular thanks to Milly for her help.

Pub Night at the Lamb & Flag (St Saviour's Church Hall) January 2015

A great night with bangers and mash, entertainment and quizzes - we raised the sum of £780 for the Parish. Well done to all those who worked so hard to make this a success.

Christmas Fayre November 22nd 2014

At our annual Christmas Fayre we raised the wonderful sum of £2,021 for the maintenance of the fabric of St John's Church. Special thanks must go to all who helped in setting up tables, bringing goods for sale and all helpers on the day. Also many thanks to local traders and shopkeepers who donated prizes for our raffle.

The Annual Cricket Match and Songs of Praise

On the Sunday of August Bank Holiday week-end, the weather was, miraculously, very pleasant, and the annual Cricket Match between Hagley parish and our neighbouring parishes was, as last year, a very close fought affair.  Runs came freely –a batsman on each side had to retire having made 50-and Hagley, batting first, made the very respectable

total of 168. Spectators were enthusiastic in their support for both teams!

In the interval. a lavish spread was enjoyed by all, and grateful thanks should be expressed to the team of ladies who organised this.

The visitors commenced batting and set about their task with vigour, and looked to be likely winners.  However it was not until the last over that the winning hit was made.

After presentations, the area was made ready for the Songs of Praise service, which was on the theme of  "A Pilgrim People"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The congregation, continuing to enjoy the fine evening, sang a number of favourite hymns, including "Guide me O thou great Redeemer", and the Pilgrim's song, adapted from John Bunyan.  The conclusion to a splendid afternoon came with the last hymn "The Spirit lives to set us free, walk, walk in the light."

 

OPENING OF THE NEW COMMUNITY FACILITIES @ ST JOHN'S

On a rather damp Sunday, June 23rd 2013, after the Parish Communion in St. John's Church, the new building was formally opened.  Bishop Michael Hooper, former bishop of Ludlow, came to preach at the service and take part in the opening ceremony.

 

 

 

 

After the Bishop had said a prayer of blessing and dedication, Lord Cobham, and  David Hill representing Hagley Cricket club, accompanied by Rector Richard Newton, cut the ribbons and pronounced the new building open for business! The building, to be called the Wychbury Room, provides much needed facilities for the church and the many functions held there, and for the Hagley Cricket Club.

 

 

Photos by Jim Higgs

For a detailed account of the construction of the building, with many photos, see the Community Facilities Building page

 


Improvements in St. John's church

The intricate detail of the ironwork in the screen at St. John’s. and the beautiful patterning on the panels at the back of the altar(reredos) are worth another look now, as much gold paint has recently been applied to the screen and the panels.  This very delicate work has been done mainly by Milly Purton, and friends, and aided and abetted by Ambrose and Elizabeth Benjamin, and Gill Richards.  Congratulations to all concerned!

The screen was erected in 1917, and is dedicated to the memory of Captain Lionel Townsend killed at Gallipoli in 1915.

 

 

Photos by Jim Higgs

 

 

 

 

 

 



Churchyard:

The Worcestershire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England have announced that St John's has won the competition for the Best Kept Churchyard for Churchyards of at least one acre. A tree planting ceremony was held on Saturday 1st October 2011 at St John's.