Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wadworth Gala this Sunday - Special Church Service 10am Commemorating Start of WW1

Preparations are in full flow for the Wadworth Gala on the 4th May and we start with a service in Wadworth church at 10am. I hope it will bring the community together as much as the event did last year. We give thanks for all who are working to make this event a success.

Local children will be processing in with flags from the countries who fought in World War 1. The service will be suitable for all ages. During the service children will be invited to light a candle as we recall the sacrifice of those who died in the WW1. The service will finish as we process to the war memorial where children will be invited to place a cross and poppy. We will then have a 2 minute silence. Through the afternoon there will be some prayer stations in church to help people reflect on the events of WW1. Some news clips from WW1 will also be played. There will be some information about how the Wadworth War memorial came into being.

Plans for the improvements and repair to Wadworth Church gather apace and I and the church are very grateful for the generous donations we have received now amounting to £30,000. The church has fund raised around £20,000. The total cost will be around £76,000 plus VAT. So we have a gap of around £26,000. Now we should be able to reclaim the VAT but we have to pay it out first. We are applying for grants but if you would like to make a donation then please contact myself or the treasurer or churchwardens (contact info on the back page). I think the most correct term for the work we wish to do would be Facilities Improvements as we are wanting to make a building that may well have been started as long ago as 10th century fit for use in the 21st century.

I and the church are also highly delighted with the work the community payback team under the supervision of Peter Dutchak have completed in the tower - come and see it on the day of the Gala!

A very big thanks also goes to all those who organised and took part in this years Lent Project as we raised over £1500 for St George’s church in Baghdad and the work of Canon Andrew White. You may remember we chose this charity as our Lent project because St George’s is not only the sole anglican church left in Iraq but also the present church was built in1936 as a memorial to the soldiers of the British Empire who lost their lives in Mesopotamia in WW1.

Some of you may be aware of the demise of the South Yorkshire Digital Network who provided super fast broadband to Wadworth back in 2011, but it did not attract enough customers and will be turned off in May 2014. This leaves the vicar without any internet, as trying to switch to another supplier has revealed a series of problems which will take time to resolve. This means I have limited access to the internet and my phone number may have to change.