Welcome to the second ‘Jottings’ of 2020. The world seems a very different place to that we have been used to and whilst it has, and continues to be, a very difficult time for many it has also promoted ways of working and living that has often seen greater kindness, consideration and awareness of others. As the seasons change let us hope this continues and grows.
Annual Church Parish Meeting – 17th September at 7.30pm
The annual meeting, originally scheduled for March 19th will be held on Thursday, September 17th at 7.30pm. The meeting will take place in Holy Trinity Church, Heydon. All parishioners are welcome to attend but we would ask that you contact Angela, clerk to the Parish on Clerk.email@example.com or 01763 837163 beforehand so that appropriate seating can be arranged. All reports will be displayed in the church from Wednesday 26th August.
Church Services across the Parish
The Church will remain open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 9.00am to 6.00pm for private prayer and contemplation until further notice.
Services are being held under Covid restrictions throughout the Parish - details can be found on the Parish Website – icknieldwayparish.blogspot.com. A broadcast of each service is also available on the Internet at this address. For more details please check out the website or see the schedule in the ‘The Village Web’ magazine.
A ‘Virtual’ Bat Night - Friday September 11th at 7.30pm
On September 11th at 7.30pm we are hosting an online Zoom Presentation from the Bats in Churches Project Team. This group of bat experts & ancient monument restorers have worked with us for over 2 years giving us great advice about how best to live with our bats now and in the future without destroying the fabric of the building.
Holy Trinity has a healthy bat population including pipistrelles, serotins and long eared bats, all of whom have been filmed and recorded several times. Last year we met in the church for an illustrated talk about all things bats and watched our bats fly. This time we will use Zoom to hear the project lead and bat expert, Phil Parker, talk about all things bats and our plans on how to live harmoniously in future and talk us through film of our residents in flight inside and outside the church.
This will be the last in our series of ‘Bat Nights’ so it’s a must for all those interested in getting to know more about these tiny creatures. Please contact Angela on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the Zoom link and sign on details.
Afternoon Tea in the Churchyard - Saturday September 12th from 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Our annual informal gathering will this year be conducted according to all relevant health guidelines.
Tables and chairs will be outside, appropriately spaced. Our tea party menu will comprise finger food and cakes, tea, coffee or squash and will be served to you at your table.
Adults £5.00, children under 12 free – all proceeds to church funds for grass cutting and general upkeep.
It goes without saying that all are very welcome to attend for however long you can stay.
Parish Walk – Saturday 19th September - the Great Family and Dog Walking Expedition
The Annual Parish Walk will take place on Saturday 19th September. This is a great opportunity to visit some of the further afield rights of way around the area and can be joined and left as and when you feel. If you got the walking bug during lockdown this is the perfect way to stretch those newly toned muscles! Check out the route and start times for each location on the way on icknieldwayparish.blogspot.com or on the Church Noticeboard.
A few ‘Thank You’s’ … and a Request
We would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to all those who have contributed to keeping Holy Trinity and its grounds in great shape over the summer months. It’s unfortunate that the church was only opened recently but those of you who have walked the grounds will have seen the wonderful display of wild flowers in the cremated remains area, all tended and watered throughout the hot dry summer by volunteers. You know who you are – so thank you for all your time and efforts – they are greatly appreciated.
If you feel able to contribute financially to the upkeep of Holy Trinity we would love to hear from you. The inability to hold events this year has left a serious hole in our funds, including, but not limited to that of the grass cutting costs. If you would like to donate please give a cheque (payable to the DCC of Heydon) to Mel or Angela or you can make a BACS transfer to Sort Code: 30-97-16 Account: 00122530. Standing orders, whether monthly or annual would be most welcome as regular income makes for much greater certainty in planned expenditure. Remember, your generosity via donations of any sort is usually worth 25% more to us, thanks to the current taxation rules.
With very best wishes,
Melanie Chandler & Alex Duffus – Holy Trinity Churchwardens
Rollo Barnes, Jane Duffus, John Gould and Angela Bucksey – members of the District Church Council
Contact Numbers: Mel: 838289 Angela: 837163