News from Pyrton by Jenny Lockwood
Despite it being over two months since Pyrton Fete, I must begin this article with a huge thanks to all those villagers and friends, who helped to make this year’s fete such a tremendous success yet again. In addition to supporting the church restoration fund, donations were made to two local charities – Helen and Douglas House and a North Oxfordshire hospice – as well as purchasing 15 new square tables for village use. We were blessed with exceptionally warm and sunny weather for mid-May so that families were happy to sit around and enjoy the music from the Watlington Band, the refreshments and the wonderful garden. Thank you to the Hoy family who kindly allowed us to use their garden and house. The date for next year’s fete is May 12th 2017. Put in on the calendar now!!
Towards the end of 2015 the PCC circulated a questionnaire to all villagers. Forty families responded and here is a brief summary of the main findings:-
- Over half of the families attend church – many for special services and / or family occasions.
- The most popular types of service are the Village Service and Holy Communion with Hymns.
- Most people prefer morning services at 10am (or 11am).
- Many people find specific flyers advertising special events helpful reminders and would like to see the church used for more community events eg concerts in addition to services.
- 80% of people don’t look at the website and many didn’t know it existed. In light of this response, the PCC is looking at how the website can be made more accessible.
- Over half of the respondents were in favour of improving the internal facilities by reordering the back of the church. Serious fund raising will need to take place for this to happen.
- Nearly everyone helps / supports the church directly or indirectly in several ways – notably with the fete, church cleaning, churchyard maintenance etc. for which the Rector and PCC are extremely grateful.
On June 30th Pyrton Village Hall held its AGM – thank you to the faithful few who attended. This meeting marked the end of 29 years of dedicated service by David Heath as Treasurer of the Committee. We cannot thank David enough for all his hard work managing the finances – the Hall is much more financially sound now than when he began! We are pleased to welcome Chrissie Emms as our new Treasurer and relieved that David is remaining on the committee to give us the benefit of his experience.
Although the summer months are much quieter, the Village Hall continues to run its Pub Nights on the second Friday of each month. The July event is always a BBQ – this year it was held at the home of Ed and Jo Baker – many thanks to them for their hospitality. The popularity of this evening continues and provides a wonderful opportunity for everyone to socialise in beautiful surroundings and enjoy good food for just £5.
Due to the August date being in the middle of the holidays, there is will be NO Pub Night on 12th August but, instead, a Family afternoon will take place on SATURDAY August 20th at the home of Tim & Steph. Anders – Rounders from 2pm and BBQ from 4pm. Food provided but please bring your own drinks.
The next Friday pub Night is on September 9th with the annual Harvest Supper on October 14th.
Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday October 16th at 4pm. This will be the last service in Pyrton to be taken by our long serving Rector – Revd. Christopher Evans – he is retiring at the end of October. We hope as many villagers as possible will come to the Harvest Service and afterwards to the McNamaras’ barn for a celebratory farewell drink.