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Prayer resources to mark the First World War Centenary

Prayer resources to mark First World War centenary
The Church of England has launched new worship and prayer resources to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.  A variety of ideas for worship, prayer, and remembrance are available to help communities to remember those who were lost, and to pray for peace.
These resources include a prayer for families to say while visiting a war grave or memorial, an Act of Commitment to work together for peace, a Vigil Service to mark the centenary, and a monologue interspersed with suggested words and music, entitled Steps towards Reconciliation. There are also resources for schools.
Click here for more information and resources.

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Marking the centenary of the Chilwell Explosion – 2018

Services marks anniversary of Chilwell Explosion
Mass graves which contain the remains of more than 100 workers killed in the Chilwell explosion will be rededicated this weekend on the 100th anniversary of the disaster.
The graves, which have been renovated, are in the grounds of St Mary’s Church, Attenborough.
A Commemoration service at St Mary’s takes place on Sunday – 100 years to the day since the explosion. The service will be attended by Bishop Paul Williams and civic and military dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace. It will start with a parade led by the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers.
Many other events to mark the disaster at the shell filling factory are taking place. Find out more here


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The return of the orchids!

So much has happened in the garden since my last blog I hardly know where to start, but I guess I should begin with the orchids.

 

The precious bee orchids have returned to St Mark’s as they do each June, some blooming in the meadow under the alder tree and others in the strip of rough grass near the church wall.   Also the ‘common’ spotted orchid that accidentally got the chop last year has bravely put in another appearance.

There have been masses of spectacular purple orchids in bloom on Oakham Nature Reserve (just off Bleakhills Lane behind the fishing lakes on Sheepbridge Lane).  Do take a short stroll and enjoy the beautiful wildflower meadow.   We’re so fortunate to have this gem on our doorstep and to have local groups such as Maun Conservation to protect and cherish them.

 

 

Then there was the Garden Party when our doors and garden gates were open to welcome friends and neighbours in our community.  It was a joyful occasion which instigated new relationships and conversations. 

Make sure you save the date (15 June) for next year – it WILL happen again and if you weren’t able to get involved this time please let us have your ideas and thoughts for the future.

 

 

In this hot weather it’s hard to keep everything alive.   If you have a spare moment any time please grab a watering can and give a drink to any plant that looks a bit thirsty!   Your reward will be in the produce that’s on its way.   We’ve already enjoyed the strawberries and there are broad beans ready, currants ripening, gooseberries made into lovely gooseberry mint jelly (for sale this coming Sunday), apples and medlars on the trees and a feast of flowers for the eyes.