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December’s Green and Wild Musings from Isobel

Beyond the bare soilDecember’s Green and Wild Musings from Isobel

At this time of year, as autumn slips into winter, I sometimes feel as if I’m entering a dark tunnel, but beyond the bare soil and branches I know that spring is just biding its time and there will soon be new growth. This December some flowers are way ahead of themselves. The winter honeysuckle is already blooming and just needs a mild day to surprise us with its fragrance and primroses are out in the meadow.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel!

A couple of weeks ago, Sheila and I visited an inspirational community gardening project at the Oasis Centre in Worksop. Pastor Steve Williams apologised for the apparent lack of flowers and produce. “But we’re gardeners,” we said, “we can see beyond the bare soil!” Our time there was really fruitful. We plan to collaborate in the future and came away with a lot of new ideas.

 

 

At a recent Under‐Fives session, we enjoyed garden crafts with the youngsters. Helichrysum (or strawflower) are generous plants that provide beautiful dried flowerheads. With a lollystick stem, pipe cleaner leaves and playdough soil the children made lovely pots to take home. The sunflowers that stood sentinel round the garden in the summer are also productive plants and the dried flowers are full of seeds to feed the birds and to save for next year’s planting. We enjoyed popping out the stripy seeds and filling bird feeders made from recycled drinks cartons.

 

 

 

 

There is never a dead time in the garden. Life just goes underground for a bit, storing up its energy to be reawakened by the warmth of the sun. One of our plans is to make a wildlife pond from an old sink or barrel. You can be sure that once it’s in place it will be seething with life in next to no time. Watch this space!!

 

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Stir up Sunday 2017 (Sunday next before Advent)

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Photo curtesy of Oliver Foreman

Thank you to Fr Michael Dobbs and Joan Fletcher for helping us celebrate Stir up Sunday at the end of Mass by making St Mark’s Christmas pudding.

The Christmas pudding (now cooked by Joan Fletcher) will be one of many prizes in a raffle for the benefit of St Mark’s young people. This is the idea of Doreen Hall (who has provided most of the prizes). Tickets will be on sale after Church this and next Sunday morning. The raffle will be drawn during the refreshments on 10 December. Please buy tickets to support our work with St Mark’s young peoples.


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Outstanding Award from the Royal Horticultural Society

St Marks win national gardening accolade

 

A community gardening project which began in 2011 in a wild meadow at St Mark’s Church in Mansfield has culminated in an ‘outstanding’ award from the Royal Horticultural Society.
The Green and Wild Group were presented with the award in the East Midlands in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ competition for the fourth time, and they can be seen here proudly displaying it, with vicar, the Revd James Curry.

(taken from the Southwell and Nottingham website)