As I am sure you know, very sadly, after thirteen years Father Martyn is retiring as Rector of Henley and Remenham early next year. His last service in the Benefice will be on Sunday 14 January at 11.00am at St Mary’s Henley; St Nicholas is planning to hold a lunch party for Remenham to say goodbye to Martyn and Anne and wish them good luck in their retirement in the Parish Hall on Sunday 3 December after our patronal service of matins at 11.15am. If you would like to attend the lunch (fully catered with a cash bar) please book a ticket (£10.00 per person) through Charlotte Every (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01491 574825) by 24 November.
The Fayre Committee and organisers gathered in the garden of the Parish Hall bright and early on the morning of Sunday 3 September. Everyone was looking at the gloomy grey sky and consulting the forecasts on their telephones. General conclusion was that although the day wouldn’t be sunny the rain would hold off until the afternoon – every single forecast lied: it started raining at 1030 and continued relentlessly throughout the day.
Despite the inclement weather which was met with the very British reaction of eccentric rainwear, umbrellas and a “mustn’t grumble” attitude, the Fayre was a great success. The bottle tombola run by Sally Anne and Nicholas Plunket was its usual rip roaring success, the bric a brac was popular and the produce stall, relocated next to the tombola, did well. The dog show had plenty of entries and the children ignored the rain to take part in the races; who can forget the sight of Hugo Laing (no longer a child) taking part in a 4 legged race with 2 little girls half his height. The tug of war was certainly more exciting than usual given the slippiness of the grass… All these events were enabled by our indefatigable compere Barry Rosier who managed to keep up an unbelievably cheerful and positive commentary the entire afternoon!
There was a good entry for the produce and craft section in the Hall and the WI put on their usual splendid tea and cakes in the Hall, particularly well patronised as people sought refuge from the wet and the bar and burgers provided welcome sustenance too. The stalls in the garden did less well than usual but thanks to all who resolutely manned them during the afternoon – the guess the number of sweets in the jar seemed to bring out the competitive spirit and made the amazing sum of £82.00. The raffle was also well patronised.
Despite the ghastly weather the event raised its second highest amount of money ever, just under £1,600 so our grateful thanks to all who attended the event, donated produce, bottles and bric a brac and worked so hard to make it a success. Particular thanks to Liz Cope who was the main organizer and the Parish Hall Committee. The profits will be divided between the Hall and Church.
The winners of the events were:
Musical Sit Sally Mowbray with Aster; Best Trick Helen Rodier with Simba; Best Sausage Catcher Noodle; and Best Village Pooch Simon McCall with Merry Go
Sack Race Ava, 3 legged race (dead heat) Alysia and Gareth and Roxy and Macy, 4 legged race Ada, Hugo and Delfy
Produce Show cups
Class 1-6 Produce - Jayne Grey
Class 7-9 Flowers - Charlotte Every
Class 10-14 Cookery and Craft Janette Brown
Charlotte Every, Parish Hall Committee and Churchwarden
Sunday 26 November
1115 sung Holy Communion with hymns (BCP)
Sunday 3 December
11.15am sung Matins (BCP)
Sunday 10 December
11.15am sung Holy Communion with hymns (BCP)
Sunday 17 December
11.15am said matins (BCP)
4.00pm candlelit service of 9 lessons and carols
followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Hall
Sunday 24 December
11.15am said Matins (BCP)
9.00pm candlelit Holy Communion (BCP) with carols
Monday 25 December
11.15am children’s service with Holy Communion and carols (45 minutes)
Sunday 31 December
11.15am said Matins (BCP)
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