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Christmas and Autumn Updates from Calverleigh

October was a busy month for baptisms in Calverleigh. On Sunday 1 October we welcomed Elizabeth Rosabella Casandra, her parents, family and supporters on the occasion of her Baptism.  Steph was ably assisted by Thomas, who was very eager to get his hands wet.

Sunday 8 saw our turn to host the Cluster Service with Washfield and Loxbeare in which we welcomed the families, friends and supporters of Freddie Jason Ogilvy on the occasion of his Baptism.  As part of the same service Mia Elizabeth and Esme Rose Hammett were also baptised. They too were supported by parents, family and friends.  As this was a service of Holy Communion, all children attending the baptisms were welcomed to the altar rail for a blessing.  The church was very nearly full and proved to be enjoyable occasion for both regulars and visitors.

As a congregation we would like to add our congratulations to Steph and Robert on the occasion of their wedding which was held at Cruwys Morchard on 21 October.  We wish the happy couple a long and happy marriage.

An Informal Get-together (Coffee, Cake and Company @ Calverleigh) took place in the church on 29 October, at which 27 people popped in to enjoy light refreshments including cake and biscuits, and of course to catch up with the church family. Our thanks go to all who helped in any way and we warmly invite anyone to join us for the next one.

A fundraising meal was held on Saturday 11 November at Calverleigh village hall, which for many years had been held at Washfield. Our thanks go to Mandy Cotter, Jackie and Mary Herniman for all their hard work in preparing the room and the delicious and plentiful meal. Many others helped in a variety of ways, including providing desserts and the marvellous sum of £668.50 was raised to be divided between Children’s Hospice South West and Calverleigh Church.

On 12 November we had a change of time for our Remembrance Service which moved from a 9.30am Holy Communion to a 10.50am Remembrance Service of the Word. It was well attended with a congregation age ranging from those in their 80s to 8 months old. The service was led by Julie Goldsworthy who gave a talk outlining the beginnings of the two minute silence and later in the service read the poem “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon.

In the last issue of the magazine, we said that we would let you know where the Harvest Produce would be donated. We are pleased to say that the produce was gratefully received by the Salvation Army who provide meals and also pass on food parcels to families in need.

Money raised at the Harvest Supper has been sent to Shelter Box in support of all the good work they do in providing temporary and much needed accommodation for those made homeless by natural disaster or displacement.

Throughout the Christmas period there will again be an opportunity to donate dried and tinned food as well as toiletries to CHAT. A box will be under the Christmas tree and contributions given to CHAT early in January.

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