CAP Course

Posted by admin on Oct 30, 2012 in Stourdene News


CAP Money, which is organising a new course in South Warwickshire, has launched a campaign urging people to start saving for Christmas. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) says too many people who dread the expense of Christmas don’t prepare early enough and end up using credit. Anyone can take the stress out of managing their money by learning CAP Money’s simple system. The free courses are run through local churches.

“It’s revolutionised the way the way I deal with money and prepared me for retirement, which was a huge worry”, said a pensioner from Newbold-on-Stour.

The latest course starts at The Houndshill, Banbury Road, Ettington, CV37 7NS on Wednesday 14 November at 7.30pm.

To book, please contact Nikki on 07891 012 660 (Further information is on the website www.capmoney.org)


Zonkwa Link to Kaduna bombing

Posted by John on Oct 29, 2012 in John Horton, Stourdene News

A car bomb exploded at a Catholic Church in Kaduna on Sunday 28th; October killing ten and injuring around one hundred people. Many people from our Link Diocese of Zonkwa have family and friends who live and work in Kaduna and they could very well be affected by the explosion. Please pray for peace in Nigeria and ask that there will be restraint and that people will resist the temptation to carry out reprisal attacks. The Bishop of Kaduna, The Right Rev. Josia Idowu Fearon is linked to the Diocese of Coventry and attended the Cathedral’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations in May.



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Much to celebrate

Posted by John on Oct 22, 2012 in John Horton, Stourdene News

Many of us will look back on 2012 as a year with a terrible summer, one of the wettest on record! Holiday makers may have been disappointed at the lack of sun and abundance of rain and mud. Farmers will have been frustrated at the time it took to get their crops harvested and the subsequent delay in planting ready for next season.

Mixed in with the disappointment and frustration there will also be some very happy memories – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and, as I write, the Paralympics. In the Benefice we have also experienced an excellent Holiday Club (if your children were not there they missed a treat) and some very joyful weddings. The fantastic new Stourdene Website has also been launched which Cath wrote about last month (www.stourdene.org if you have not yet had an opportunity to look).

By the time you read this we should also have had a confirmation service at Ettington Church for a large group of young people, most from our own benefice. There are even rumours that the weather might be a bit better during September – Temperatures slightly higher than average and rainfall slightly below average.

Yes, there has been disappointment but there is also much to celebrate and as we celebrate our harvest thanksgiving services it is important that we remember the good and focus on that. Compared with many parts of the world we have much to be thankful for – the examples of so many in our Para athletics team who have overcome the most terrible disabilities to triumph in their chosen sport give us some wonderful role models of people who have brought good, not just out of bad, but terrible!

Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali are all countries in the Sahel Region of West Africa and they are experiencing their third serious drought in seven years. The natural “coping mechanisms” of the communities have been devastated and many people find it difficult to scrape together enough food for one meal a day yet alone three. Mali has the additional problem that a vast area around the size of France has been taken over by Islamist militants causing many to flee from their homes.

In the Middle East the problems of Syria are daily on our TV screens as people flee the fighting leaving their homes and possessions behind with no sign of any kind of solution on the horizon.

Our summer may not have been brilliant, food prices will probably rise as a result, but our village shops and supermarkets are highly unlikely to run out of food and we are very unlikely to go hungry, yet alone starve. Harvest is a time to remember how much God has given to us and be thankful.

This is the season for all of us to recall the words of the psalmist “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 107; 1). Enjoy harvest and have a great autumn!



Nearly A Night Out

Posted by GIFT admin on Oct 10, 2012 in GIFT

Jane and MarthaHello once again!

For this session, we were going to go for a walk around Ettington. However, Mark Stevens, the leader who was supposed to be running it, had damaged his back so this excersise will be postponed until the next meeting. Remember to bring warm coats, high visibility jackets, tourches, etc (NO UGG BOOTS!!).

This week, Alexander was doing the tradecraft stall again, and will be for other sessions, so please bring money for sweets if you want them, although there is a free drink and biscuit available anyway.

During the joint service at Ettington on the 18th November, GIFT will be doing a variety of activities, such as the readings and taking part in the address. There are rumors of a cake sale happening at that event so perhaps people who want cake can make a donotion to our chosen charity, the English Federation of Disability Sport. We will probably be doing many fund raising events during the year, including more cake sales.

Finally, we have decided that we will be going to Cadbury world at Christmas, which to the adults is a long way off. Jane Evans will be sending out letters about this at some point so look out for these.

As always, I am happy to take comments, so please feel free to leave them below if you have a question about GIFT, hopefully one which I can answer!

Jonathan Rogers



Harvest Festival at St. Mary’s

Posted by James on Oct 9, 2012 in Pillerton

7th October 2012 – Harvest Festival was celebrated in The Pillertons on Sunday with Evensong. The choir led the congregation in the tradtitional Harvest hymns and the Harvest gifts were presented. The proceeds of these will be given to the Shakespeare Hospice. Our church looked beautiful with decorations of flowers, fruit, crops and vegetables – some of them grown in our own Pillerton Village Gardens! Thank you to everyone who helped in any way.


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