News from Pyrton – Jan 2016

January 12, 2016 No Comments by Pyrton PCC

Happy New Year to you all. Christmas was an enjoyable and sociable time in Pyrton and the mild weather encouraged good turnouts at all the events. Over 250 people attended the church services with the Children’s candlelit service once more proving to be a great success. Adults and children alike enjoyed singing carols at the Carol Service and in the Village Hall with the Watlington Band. For the third year local families decorated mini Christmas trees in each of the windows and with candlelight produced an atmospheric back drop for the services. Thanks to everyone for making Christmas in Pyrton so special.

This year there was a wedding blessing in St Mary’s on December 19th – the date was chosen specifically as the couple wanted the special atmosphere created by the decorated trees. The word is spreading and we are looking forward to another wedding in December 2016.

We are now looking forward to the Annual Village dinner on January 29th – an evening when we can enjoy each other’s company and excellent food. This event continues to be popular with all villagers and friends. This year the food is being prepared by local ‘chefs’ in order to keep the cost down to £15 a head.

As plans are being made, 2016 looks like it will be another busy year with all of our favourite events. Due to the warm weather in December, the PCC have decided to bring the date of Daffodil Sunday forward to February 28th. Hopefully this will ensure we still have daffodils in flower and they won’t be covered in snow!! There will be a Benefice service at 10am followed by refreshments. Afternoon teas will be on sale in the Village Hall as usual from 2.00 – 5.00pm. We are planning another Daffodil Trail for families to enjoy during the afternoon.

Preparations for the Fete on May 14th will begin shortly – please come along to the planning meeting in February – date to be advised once the venue has been confirmed.

On March 11th the Village Hall is holding its annual Race Night. Please support us by buying horses and coming along on the evening. If you have never attended a Race Night before, you will be surprised by how much fun is had. We need to find 8 sponsors of the races – sponsorship costs just £15 – so if you know of anyone who would like to support us, please let the Village Hall Committee know.

As always help is needed to keep our churchyard in good order and preserve it as a wildlife sanctuary. There will be a working party morning on Saturday March 12th (weather permitting) to remove the weeds and brambles before they start to grow again. Please come along from 10am for even an hour to give us a hand. The more the merrier!!

Due to this article being written so early in the new year, we have yet to complete the analysis of the responses to the Parish Survey. Thank you to all those who took the time to respond – we had nearly 90% replies.

Jenny Lockwood

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