NEWS FROM ESCOT

By the time you read this we will be in December with Christmas approaching fast. Where has this year gone? It seems to have flown by. A brief updats on a replacement for Rev Cate. Sadly no one had applied by the closing date so the search

continues.

We have just had some work done on the electrics in the church as they have tripped out several times recently. The good news is that the cables were in better state than had been thought so did not need replacing; the problem was probably with the junction boxes which have now all been replaced. We are not sure whether this is the reason the boiler has not always fired up as the two are not really connected but we hope the situation will improve. Having had a good look at the boiler which is covered with flaking white asbestos and consequently unsafe, and also being told that it is incredibly inefficient (the electrician thinks it may well be the original coal fired boiler later converted to oil), we have decided to raise funds for a new boiler next year, probably in the region of £3,000.

This amount can obviously not come out of our normal funds so we are looking towards several events to help with raising money. Fund raising activities specially for this include serving coffee and soup on Friday 9th February at Helen Brown’s house, Little Ash bungalow at Fenny Bridges, when she opens it for a snowdrop day, our church snowdrop weekend on 17th and 18th February and a Flower and Quilt festival in June. More details of all these events will follow anon.

We are now in the season of Advent, preparing for the great festival of Christmas. Our Christmas services will follow the normal pattern with a carol service on Sunday 17th December, in church unless the weather has been so wet we are unable to park in the field, in which case we will move to the village hall. This is a service of short readings and carols suitable for all the family and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies. On Christmas Day we have a family communion at 9am, again suitable for all ages. We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these celebrations.

May I conclude by wishing you all a very happy Christmas.

Judy Davis

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