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GLEANINGS FROM THE PARISH NEWS - NOVEMBER 2021

This page presents a selection of our latest news & other articles, updated at the beginning of each month. The articles are mainly taken from (or based on information from) our parish magazine, the Parish News,

For more details about the Parish News, including subscriptions, please click on “Groups and activities” in the navigation bar above.

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SHARING CHRISTMAS CHEER WITH FAMILY SUPPORT WORK FAMILIES

Last year, throughout the pandemic, Family Support Work (FSW) supported more families than ever: 382 including 1,210 children. They made 3,743 food deliveries, which couldn't have been made without our constant support with donations.

Now Christmas is coming – FSW would be so grateful if we could once again collect some Christmas food and presents for the families to make their Christmas more joyous. Please drop items off to Kirdford or Plais- tow Church, preferably Sunday mornings, the last collection being at Plaistow on Sunday 5th December. Please contact Carolyn Mudford to make any other arrangement (contact details in the Parish News).

FOOD FOR HAMPERS - Sweet Christmas treats, biscuits etc. and sharing tubs of sweets are very welcome. For food they appreciate the usual selection of Christmas puddings, tinned custard, tinned fruit, jelly, cran- berry sauce, bread sauce, stuffing mix, gravy granules, mince pies and packs of savoury snacks that the family can share.

PRESENTS FOR CHILDREN - New toys please, but DO NOT wrap them, so we can sort them for each family. They don't need toys for under 5s, and there are quite a few teenagers, where gift vouchers are good. Toys includes things like games, jigsaws, colouring books and pens and of course books. Sadly we can't use soft toys again this year so please no teddies.

PRESENTS FOR PARENTS - Finally some presents for mums and dads would be lovely, bearing in mind that for some of our families not only have the parents had to support their children through this difficult year, but also they may well have seen a big drop in income. That will mean any spending on presents will focus on the children and so mums and dads may well be doing without.

Thank you so much in advance for helping Family Support Work. CM

PLAISTOW AFTERNOON TEA GROUP

The monthly afternoon Tea Group in Plaistow has re-started with a slightly different format.

Do come along to the next get together in Plaistow Church on Tuesday 2nd November at 3pm

for tea and cakes.

A NEW DATE FOR PAULINE'S POSTPONED THANKSGIVING SERVICE

An Invitation to the Thanksgiving Service for the life & ministry of Revd. Pauline Lucas.

12 noon on Saturday 13th November 2021 at St John the Baptist Church, Kirdford, with extra space in marquee outside with sound relayed.

Then afterwards at Kirdford Village Hall.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE

We will be holding our usual service at St John the Baptist in Kirdford on 14th November at 10.50 am.

We would remind you that this is usually a very well attended service, often with standing room only, so social distancing will not be possible. We are providing extra space in a marquee with the service relayed into it.

If you are not fully vaccinated or especially vulnerable please consider carefully whether you may be at particular risk, or if you are not feeling 100% whether you might be a risk to someone else.

For everyone's protection please carry out a lateral flow test (LFT) for Covid prior to coming (these are available free from pharmacies), and use the provided hand sanitiser on entry. The wearing of masks is highly recommended.

It will not be possible to pass a collection bag from hand to hand, but there will be collection plates/baskets for you to drop your contribution into. We also have a contactless card machine.

The collection is donated to the Royal British Legion.