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     St Andrew's Church

 

Services in April
     
   1st 11.00 am   Eucharist                                                                                                        
  8th 11.00 am   Worship for All
  15th  9.15 am   Eucharist (at Norton)
 15th  11.00 am   Eucharist (at Brampton)
22nd 6.00 pm   Eucharist
29th 8.00 pm   Holy Communion  (at Brington)
29th 11.00 am   Service of Music and Readings for Eastertide  (at Harlestone)
     
    Full details of all services and locations here
     
Services in May
     
6th 11.00 am   Benefice Service (with coffee served from 10.30 am)
13th    
20th    (other services in May to be advised)
27th    
     

Church News

In 2017 we continued to offer services including the Reynolds memorial, two funerals and a christening.  We made the building available to the Bell Ringers and Whilton Warblers, organised coffee mornings, the Christmas Tree Festival and Carol Service.  It was a year of change and we welcomed David Painter as our new Rector.

For 2018 we hope to play a greater role in village affairs but don’t always have the people to help us.

Therefore we aim to:

  • Involve more of you in what we do, including an increase in attendance at our services
  • Inform the village of our activities
  • Run more community focussed events, starting with our Quiz on 23 March
  • Increase membership of the Parochial Church Council
  • Complete essential repairs to the roof

All of this costs money.  Did you know that last year it cost us over £10,500.  This includes paying for our Rector, insurance, electricity and general upkeep and repairs.  We have to raise all these funds from your giving, donations, bequests, fees and fund raising.

In 2018 we will also have to pay for the roof repairs.  We have the reserves to pay for these works.  The church and the building are an integral part of the village and we need your help with ideas about how we can keep it so and increase our revenues to pay for our day to day costs.  If you can help in any way please let us know.

You are also all invited to St Andrew's AGM on Monday 23rd April at 7.30 pm in church when drinks and nibbles will be served.

Our contact details are:

Jon Brierley on 843380 or email

Linda Treacy on 07752 885900 or email

Churchwardens

A message from David Painter

I write this shortly after the successful Snowdrop Sunday venture at Harlestone, which attracted a large number of visitors to the churchyard and the nearby woods.  Warmest thanks go to all those who served tea and slices of delicious cake in the church – it was lovely to see so many people coming in and out during the afternoon.  (Not to be outdone, Brington are planning a primrose week-end in April, so look out for further details in due course.)

Snowdrops have undoubtedly lifted our spirits on some particularly cold and grey days in February.  The little white flowers seem so frail, especially when the wind catches them, and yet they are a powerful reminder that spring really is on the way.  But this in turn is a reminder that spring is a traditional time for a spot of cleaning!  Just as our houses (and churches) can all do with a good clear-out from time to time, so spring and Lent is an appropriate time of the year for a cleaning and decluttering of our spiritual lives.  Do take time to reflect this Lent on what really matters, both in your personal life and in the life of our church, and may this season be one of growth and discovery for each one of us.

Above you will find details of our services in March, including special services on Mothering Sunday and in Holy Week.  This year there is to be a Walk of Witness on Good Friday in which we shall take it is turns to carry a cross for a short distance and pause at intervals to remind ourselves of the events surrounding our Lord’s passion and crucifixion.  After careful consideration and consultation, it has been decided to walk from Little Brington to Great Brington, this being the route with the fewest number of potential traffic hazards.  Do come along if you can, even if only for part of the way, for it is important to enter, in whatever way we can, into the reality of Christ’s sufferings on that first fateful Good Friday.  Our Easter celebrations will as a result be all the more profound.

Your sincere friend and Rector,
David Painter  (438392 or email)

 

 History of the Church

Dedicated to St Andrew, the parish church is one of six within the Spencer Benefice of the Diocese of Peterborough. Built in the 12th/13thcentury the only original parts of the building remaining are the base of the tower and parts of the nave. The remainder of the nave and the upper parts of the tower were built in the later part of the 18th century. A ring of 6 bells was given in 1777 by the patron of the time ~ William Lucas Rose ~ who also paid for their installation and the building work. In 1779 he also gave a gift of communion vessels which are still in use today.

Considerable restoration work was carried out in 1878/9 when the chancel was reconstructed and the vestry and organ aisles added. Most of the existing windows were also restored. The tower and nave roofs were restored in 1957/8.

The east window contains the only stained glass in the building – the subject is Christ’s Crucifixion and dates from 1878. It is believed to be the work of Burlerison and Gryll – the purple/blue colouring being typical of their work and the stained glass designs used based on those of Germany and the Netherlands around 1500.

The Reredos behind the altar is a picture in mosaic depicting the Last Supper – a copy of the painting by Leonardo da Vinci, with the inscription beneath “Do this in remembrance of me”. The mosaic continues on either side depicting on one side ears of wheat, and on the other a grapevine.

The church clock is unusual as it was originally a one handed clock divided into ¼ hours and therefore does not have 60 minutes.

The church is surrounded by a churchyard of 0.649 acres with lovely country views looking eastwards. The earliest known gravestone is that of Thomas Embry Woolwinder who died in 1687.

In April 1994 the 6 bells and the frame were removed. The bells were taken to Whitechapel foundry in London, recast, and 2 new bells added to make a ring of 8.Tenor weight 13-1-5.

All the bells have inscriptions on them. The treble having “The Rose Bell, in memory of William Lucas Rose who gave the original six bells in 1777”. The new bells were rung for the first time on August 13th for a village wedding and were dedicated by the Bishop of Peterborough at a special service on September 29th1994.

The Bellringers practise on Monday evenings 7.45 to 9.00 pm.  Anyone from 10 years can learn to ring – contact Justin Baker on 01327 844263 (e-mail) or Janet Bowers on 01327 842851 (email).

Visiting bands of ringers please contact the tower correspondent Janet on 01327 842851 (email).

St Andrew's is a small church with a friendly atmosphere which welcomes you to any of the services.

Special services include Pet Blessing, Christingle and others which rotate around the Benefice.