HELLO FROM JEREMY
This time of year, from September and October, is a wonderful time, the time of mellow fruitfulness when the harvest begins to be gathered in and we give thanks to God for all his bounty at our harvest festivals, and this year Lesley and myself will give thanks for our bumper crop of courgettes, which have meant that we now have a freezer full of ratatouille and about six different varieties of Courgette Cake.
Although we try and grow a few things and buy from our amazing local shops, inevitably we have to go to Fakenham for the rest of our shopping and I always seem to choose the wrong checkout queue. An American Hippy, who was at my theological college, told me that I obviously had bad queue karma!
But by picking the wrong queue I have the opportunity to have a nose at what other people are buying, whilst wondering what they might think of my selection, and I'm often surprised at what they have chosen, and at the combination of articles; and reflect that thy must be having some very strange meals!
Of course, it depends whether they are buying basic foodstuffs for survival or whether they are buying luxury things for special meals, but then again I remember once standing in a checkout queue with a couple of parishioners just behind me in the queue, and thinking they must have wondered what type of vicar I was and if I had a secret problem, as included in my shopping were six bottles of Gin! (It was a year of a bumper crop of Sloes for making Sloe Gin).
Food is an essential part of our lives, and a meal is at the centre of our religious observances as Christians. On the night before he died Jesus gave to his disciples, and compared himself to, bread, “The Bread of Life”. Something basic, not a luxury, something they ate every day in those days, and probably today too. Something, too, that it is easy to take for granted or to lose interest in, in the search for more exotic foods.
So at harvest time for me the question is how essential to us is Jesus, how much do we take Him for granted, and how much strength do we get from Him, the Bread of Life?
Finally on Sunday 31st October (the Sunday nearest to All Souls Day) at 3.00pm at Holy Trinity, West Runton, we will be holding a benefice All Souls Service, where we will remember all those who have died and whose memories we hold dear. During the service we read out the names of all those who have died within the last two years and any others who we have been asked to remember. After all the names have been read out, friends and relatives of the people we have named will be invited to come forward and light a candle in their memory.
If you would like the name of any of your loved ones to be included in our commemoration please write their names on one of the lists to be found at the back of the churches or let me or Ali know, and please feel free to join us at the service.
With all my love and best wishes.
Adopt part of the Garden of Remembrance at All Saints Church Beeston Regis — For a number of years now Gary and Jenny Linder have looked after the Garden of Remembrance to the right-hand side of the main gate as you enter the churchyard at All Saints Church.
The church is now looking for volunteers who are willing to devote a small amount of time on a regular basis to help look after the Garden of Remembrance at the church. It is hoped that volunteers will adopt small parts of the flower borders, tending and weeding them and perhaps enhancing or replacing some of the existing planting, bring more colour and variety to the garden.
So if you have loved ones buried at All Saints or have had their ashes spread, or just fancy spending some time in the tranquility of the churchyard, we would love to hear from you.
Please either contact Gary or Jenny direct on 01263 822990 or, alternatively, have a word with any member of the PCC.
GRESHAM, ALL SAINTS
Open the Book at Gresham — We are starting discussions with Gresham School about resuming “Open the Book” with them. Open the Book (“OtB”) offers primary school children an opportunity to hear key Bible stories told by a team of Christians from local churches. Each presentation takes around 10–15 minutes and can be incorporated into a wider school assembly or can stand alone.
If you were involved before and would like to do it again, or if you feel you would like to get involved in this work, please let Jeremy know, so that we can hopefully put a team together.
EAST RUNTON, ST ANDREW'S
Mrs. Mary McCrohon — Another much loved lady of East Runton and faithful member of our church, Mary McCrohon, has died aged ninety nine, just short of her one hundredth birthday. She was a member of the Abbs family in East Runton and was married to John McCrohon, also a faithful member of our parish church. Our prayers and sympathy are with Tim, Mary-Jane and Sally and their families.
Charles William Christmas Abbs and Stanley Phoenix Abbs — We recently had an enquiry from Penny Parsons about the graves of Charles Abbs (the footballer) and Stanley Abbs (grandfather of Gary Lineker, and the subject of Gary’s documentary “My Grandad’s War”). Penny has kindly provided us with the following information about Charles and Stanley so that we might share it with you.
Charles was born in East Runton, on 25th December 1887 and in the 1911 census (the first census giving specific addresses) was recorded as living with his parents (Robert and Louisa), 8 of his 9 brothers and sisters, and a boarder, at Flint House, Cromer Road East Runton.
He played football for Norfolk, including a match against Norwich City on 9th November 1911, and was awarded his county “colours” in 1912/13. He also played for Cromer before joining Norwich City on 13th August 1913. He signed for Norwich City as a professional (a forward) on 22nd August 1914 and was recorded at the time as being 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 10 stone 9 lbs. After leaving Norwich City he resumed playing for Cromer and played for Sheringham.
On 18th January 1915 Charles enlisted in the army at Kingsway, London and joined the 17th (Service) Battalion (1st Football), Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment , Private, Service Number F/289.
On 27th April 1915 he married Alice Kirby at Tasburgh.
The Weekly Dispatch (London) of 17th June 1917 reported that he had been wounded and was a prisoner of war at Cassel in Germany. He remained a prisoner of war for 2 years.
On 31st March 1920 he was discharged on demobilization.
He became a fishmonger at West Runton, Norfolk, served on the Parish Council, and became chairman of Runton Football Club. In the latter stages of his life his home was at 1 Victoria Terrace, East Runton.
He died on 1st September 1956 at Cromer and District Hospital leaving a widow and 3 daughters. He is buried at Holy Trinity Church, West Runton, though he has no headstone.
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