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40th Anniversary of the Priesting of Fr Michael Dobbs

Congratulations to Fr Michael on the 40th Anniversary of his Priesting. He was the Celebrant at our 9.30am Mass on Sunday 1st July 2018.


 

 

Afterwards there was a celebration with his family and friends in the Henley Community Hall with a cake (made by Marjorie Wass), wine and other refreshments.

Fr Michael with his wife, Sue

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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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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.