From the April magazine
The Curate writes ...
The Easter season is a time when Christians rejoice in the knowledge that their risen Lord has overcome death and in so doing brought forgiveness to the world. But, for many, Easter is simply a holiday period and a time for giving chocolate eggs and enjoying the beginning of Spring.
The celebration of the resurrection comes only after Jesus faced the tensions and trials of Holy Week. In the days following the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus was at his most vulnerable. The tensions inherent in the cleansing of the Temple, the weeping over Jerusalem, and the final meals with friends, were times when Jesus could anticipate what was going to happen over the next few days.
In his humanity Jesus must have felt the fear and vulnerability that looking ahead can bring. In reaching out to those who are facing the pressures of modern life in their work and families the events of Holy Week offer a message of hope. The tensions are no less real but the truth is that there is always hope.
The Easter message is that, even after death, there is resurrection.
Jesus had to face the terrible sufferings to enter into new life. He lost his own life and was resurrected on the third day in order to bring redemption to all humanity.
The Easter message resonates down the centuries and can bring special meaning to all who are feeling at their most vulnerable in difficult times.
The truth of the resurrection for Christians is a message of hope and it is one we are called to share with our friends and neighbours wherever they are.
I wish you all a happy and joyful Easter!
Easter is here, the clocks have gone forward, and Spring has well and truly arrived. The first week of April sees the final preparations for the joyous celebration of Easter, after the sombre events of Holy Week. Church Watch began on Monday 30th March and our beautiful Church is open during the week for everyone to enjoy. Arriving at this happy juncture has meant a lot of hard work behind the scenes, from many quarters.
During the month of March many basic "housekeeping" tasks had to be performed. Ecclesiastical Insurance carried out their Risk Management Inspection and as a result we had two areas under Priority 3 and one under Priority 4 to remedy. These are both at the lower end of a scale that begins at "Urgent" and continues down through 1-5. The Priority 3 actions have already been concluded i.e. the Portable Appliance Testing and the Lightning Conductor Maintenance; the Priority 4 - Electrical Inspection - is ongoing, to be completed by July 2015. The fire extinguishers of the Parish Church, the Parish Hall, and All Saints Church also had to be checked, resulting in yet another necessary, but expensive, outlay.
The category two work of the Quinquennial repairs has now been completed and the current bill paid. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to The Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church who have contributed the magnificent amount of £14,458.17 to cover the cost. The Church is so very lucky to have such a wonderfully supportive group to help care for this ancient building and we are most grateful to them. Due to a new scheme we are also able to apply to reclaim the VAT on the work, which amounts to a further £2,891.63; making the full invoice total of £17,349.80.
If you notice a mightier beam from the windows, a brighter gleam from the lectern, and a lighter sheen on carpets, floors and woodwork, it is because an enthusiastic band of volunteers did their utmost to clean, scour, and polish the inside of the building on 14th March, ready for Easter. Everyone worked so hard and so willingly for the benefit of us all.
Last month we wished a happy anniversary to B@titude; this month we add birthday greetings to LYP for their excellent 10 years of growth, helping and inspiring many of the young people of Leatherhead. All Saints is a vibrant and vital part of our Church family and continues to expand year on year.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting - 29 April 2015 repeated from the March magazine
Put this date in your diaries, if you haven't done so already. The meeting will be at 8pm in the Parish Church Hall and is the occasion on which elections are held for churchwardens, assistant churchwardens, and members of the Parochial Church Council. There will also be the opportunity to examine the accounts for last year and to hold the members of the PCC to account for what they have done as trustees of the parish. In order to vote at the meeting your name must be on the church electoral roll.
Anne Thomson PCC Secretary
Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church Quiz Night
Sincere thanks as usual to Frank and Jane Haslam for putting together a Quiz with even greater originality and challenge than usual, to the Friends' team for their hard work behind the scenes, and to all of you who came along with enthusiasm and made the evening such a success.
During the evening Chris Evans, FLPC Chairman, was pleased to be able to present to Graham Osborne, Rector of St Mary and St Nicholas, cheques to the value of £15,500 towards the upkeep of the graveyard and the cost of repairs currently being undertaken to the Parish Church following the latest five year survey of the building. The sums donated on this occasion represented the largest single contribution towards repair and maintenance in the history of the FLPC, and are the result of several years of painstaking fund-raising by the Friends and the continuing generosity of its members and donors from the local community.
If you are interested in joining the Friends or helping with fund-raising in any way, large or small, you are invited to visit the website www.parishchurch.leatherheadweb.org.uk/friends/ and to contact the Membership Secretary. We would be delighted to welcome you.
Leatherhead Morning W.I.
Our February meeting was a very full one.
After the minutes of the last meeting were read several new members were welcomed. A suggestion was made that we wore name badges at meetings, to help new people feel more able to relate to others. It would also be a friendly gesture when guests visited.
Our new banner was on show, and greatly admired. It is made up of individual pennants, reflecting the interests of each person. There are a few more to be added, and it will, hopefully, be completed in time for our 30th birthday in April. This will be an afternoon tea party, incidentally on St George's Day, on 23rd April.
Our speaker was Mrs Mary Forlenza, who gave us the histories of famous women who were greatly influential in campaigning to improve the lives of women. Her talk was most entertaining, and included glimpses of her own busy life.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the W.I. Federation a Centenary Baton is travelling round the country, and is being greeted in various ways.
With Surrey being its final destination it will be a very special time of celebration.
A trip to Worthing has been arranged in June, which is always very popular.
A reminder that our meetings are held on the forth Thursday in the month in Leatherhead Parish Hall at 10.15am. For further information please ring L374570.
4th March was our AGM, and thanks to Graham for attending and giving us all Communion. Very much appreciated.
1st April we will be having Easter poems, prayers and music. We will also be holding a raffle.
6th May Jennie Sullivan will be coming along to talk about a local charity Happy Child.
Look forward to seeing you at any of our meetings at 2.30pm.
Christian Aid Week 10-16 May
This year we particularly need new recruits as the URC team who have done so splendidly for many years are not fielding a collection team any longer. If you can help collect door to door or for an hour or two in the town please contact Frank Haslam (379341).
Leatherhead Community Association
List of events during March and April:
Visit to the Houses of Parliament - 20 March Coach trip to Brighton - 20 April Concert tickets to the Royal Festival Hall Leatherhead Theatre to see films of live performances from the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre Tea and Talks on Lavender Fields - 13 March A stroll round the village of Shere - 10 April Short and long walks and strolls, all once a month Table Tennis and Snooker can be played every Monday between 2pm and 4.30pm Scrabble is played every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
If any of these activities are of interest all dates and times can be found in the Newsletter, which can be picked up in the entrance hall of the Letherhead Institute, on the left at the top of the High Street. If you go between 9.30am and 12.30am you will be able to speak with Sarah, the Office Administrator, who will give you full information about these events and about membership. Tel: L360508, and the website is www.leatherheadca.org.uk
Parish Electoral Roll 2015 (previously in Jan, Feb and March issues)
To be able to vote at our Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 29th April you need to be on our Parish Electoral Roll. It also helps in the administration of the Parish. If you are unsure whether you are on our Parish Electoral Roll please contact me. There is a copy in the Parish Office, from where an application form can be collected if required or click on Application Form to join the Parish Electoral Roll
Frank Haslam, Electoral Roll Officer (L379341)
Thank You, Cleaners!
May I extend grateful thanks to all the kind people who turned up on the morning of Saturday 14th March to help Spring Clean the Church. It was wonderful to see you all and the results are well worth the effort, making a fitting background for the beautiful flower decorations of Easter. It was good to have many extra hands and it was almost "fun", with music and refreshments to keep us going, but I am especially grateful to the regular teams who keep everything in hand, week after week. Well done everyone!