St. Martin's Church Desford

  • St. Martin's Desford Barn Dance 2016

    St.Martin's Prayers

    St. Martin's Prayers

    St. Martin's Prayers

    New craft group

    I am thinking of starting a craft group to make articles for St Martin's Church summer and autumn fairs. If you are interested in sewing, knitting, or any other craft, please contact me. Can't knit or sew? Don't worry, come along to learn or there are a host of other things you can do to help. Promise coffee and cakes - and lots of fun! Please contact me at 
    Jane Harwood

    Thank you to all who support our charity lunches

    From February to July this year you have raised £1,034.50
    £516.75 has gone into our youth group funds and £100 has been sent to each of the following:

    Heartlink, Leprosy Mission, Wateraid, Loros and Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre at Mablethorpe
    £17.75 remains in the account to the added to monies received in August, September, October & November

    As you can imagine, we receive lots of correspondence from charities and I was most surprised to learn that Leprosy is still a problem.  A look at “The Leprosy Mission England & Wales” website will tell you that this is considered one of the oldest most stigmatised disease.

    Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre at Mablethorpe (one of Leicester’s oldest charities), has for over a century,  provided free seaside holidays for over 55,000 children from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. I heard more about them on Radio Leicester – a look at their website will tell you more about them.

    Heartlink is in the news again as the NHS consider closing the children’s heart unit which might have a knock on effect for other patients – it faces an uncertain future.

    Wateraid monies were sent in a joint donation with Desford Free Church. Wateraid’s website tell us that they work in 37 countries and since 1981 have reached over 23 million people

    Our efforts can make a difference.

    Thank you once again

    Phyllis Chapman weekend 2016

    Saturday saw Stella, Margaret & Tony set sail (well at least we caught the ferry) to the Isle of Wight – very good value – only £11 return for those of pension age (whew we just made that criteria!)
    Phyliss Chapman Weekend 2016Being organised sort of people we had looked at various bus trips around the island.  We decided to “do the costal” one – no go – it went from Ryde and we were going to Yarmouth.  So it was democratically decided (by the bus route) that we would go down “the left side” (as you look at the map) to the Needles and back again.
    On the way we stopped off at Alum Bay which has a centre with various food outlets, tea rooms, children’s rides and a chair lift down to the beach.  Cup of tea won first choice and then a trundle around the glass blowing shop – before catching the bus down to the Needles old battery and then a walk down the cliff to the new battery.
    This was  developed in the 1950’s and used as a secret establishment for testing and launching Prospero – a  communication satellite – which although no longer used still sends back messages .  It was here that the secret rockets Black Knight and Black Arrow were tested - the latter being the one which launched Prospero from Woomera in Australia.   Under the cliffs were still sections of the war rooms with maps and detailed drawings – a fascinating place.  It was dismantled – rather short-sightedly in the 1960’s as “they” could see no use for such a thing as a communication satellite!   If only they had known!
    Back on the bus to Yarmouth, where we stopped for lunch and meandered around the shops and port (couldn’t see daddy’s yacht anywhere!) Then back on the ferry to our lovely hotel for a rest before dinner.
    Other going’s on will be written about by others – watch this space! or go to our News Page

    Summer Fete 2016

    We spent all week looking at weather maps and on Saturday 12th June at 10am we were assured that there would not be any rain that day until 8pm

    So our band of volunteers helped transport tables, chairs and tent from the centre to church while others prepared lunches inside.

    When it was all nicely set up – it rained!

    Too late to do anything about it so we covered what we could with bin liners and waited for it to stop,  then wiped down tables and chairs and brought tablecloths in to dry, --  a good time to have lunch!

    By 2pm we were ready again and were pleased to see so many who came out to support our “Summer” fete.

    The children’s games of hook a duck, hoop – la, coconut shy, mugs of sweets, toy stall and a children’s trail went down very well – as did the ice cream!  Adults enjoyed what the various stalls had to offer or sat and enjoyed cream teas, wine, Pimms and hot dogs whilst listening to the Enderby band before wandering into the church to buy cakes.  Our friends from St Bartholomew’s ran a Fair Trade stall (raising about £100).

    We were entertained in a very professional way, firstly by The Theatre Workshop Display – did you see the children perform “A Chinese Tale”?  A very good use of choir white surplices we no longer use! They were joined by Repco a newly formed Repertory Company of year 7s from Desford.

    After another short shower and a short interval of band playing, saw the Linda Williams Dancers give another very polished performance.

    Thank you to all who helped take down the tent and transport various items back to the centre
    and those who served lunches and cream teas.

    Thank you if you provided prizes, baked and of course helped run the stalls.

    Despite the old drop of rain, the weather mostly held up to provide another community feel to our summer fete which raised £1,610 towards our church funds and it is all thanks to YOU.

    Tea for The Queen

    After a hectic morning setting up, our helpers were pleased to join others for our usual monthly charity lunch (half the proceeds for our youth project and half for charities.)

    We then settled down and had a brilliant afternoon.  It was so lovely to see everyone enjoying a traditional community English event as many villagers turned up (some wearing crowns) with their picnics to celebrate our Queen’s 90th birthday.

    The children enjoyed making handicrafts and then joined with their parents / grandparents in various races.  Most people managed to have a go with Maypole dancing – expertly organised by Pat.

    Cream teas were on the menu as we sat and listened to the Enderby band who played in the sunshine and then completed the day for us with a “last night of the proms sing a long” with “Jerusalem”, “Land of Hope & Glory”, Rule Britannia and finishing with the National Anthem.

    Some photo's from The Queen's Birthday Celebrations


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