News from Pyrton – November 2014

November 10, 2014 No Comments by Sally Robinson

By Jenny Lockwood, Church Warden

I wonder if you, like me, are planning to see (or have seen) Fury. According to those who have already seen the film, Watlington is mentionned in the credits but surely that should have been Pyrton and Shirburn! It’s amazing to remember that just a year ago all the action was taking place in our area but today walking along the Icknield Way there are no signs of what took place.

Harvest has been and gone and we are now looking forward to Christmas. St Mary’s Church is planning the normal Christmas services – the Carol Service will be held on Sunday December 21st at 6pm with refreshments following the service. The annual Children’s candlelit service is at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Family Communion at 10am on Christmas Day. We hope you will be able to join us for one or more of these services. Please come along and help decorate the church on Saturday December 13th from 10am – we are planning for a small tree to be placed in each window and each to be decorated by a particular family.

Work to maintain the churchyard as a Living Sanctuary for wildlife and to provide safe and easy access to the graveyard is continuing over the winter months. For some time concern has been expressed over the health and safety of several large trees bordering Church lane. Surveys have been carried out and work to remove dangerous branches will be taking place soon. Similar maintenance has also taken place at the Village Hall with the tall Leylandii hedge being trimmed to a much more manageable height.

Following a very successful harvest supper, plans are in place for our annual village meal to be held on Friday January 30th at 7.30pm. Invitations will be sent out early in the New Year and a prompt reply will be needed to ensure a place is reserved. The price has been kept at £20 but numbers will be limited to 50.

In the meantime there will be Carol singing in the Village Hall on Wednesday  December 17th at 6.30pm. Watlington Concert Band will be playing a selection of well-known carols and songs, accompanied by our enthusiastic singing, mulled wine and mince pies!!

The Village Hall Committee is exploring the purchase of a Defibrillator to be kept at the Hall for use in an emergency. Several local villages have already made such a provision and feel that it is an excellent addition to local services. Training on its use and general emergency first aid will be provided – something that everyone can benefit from. Watch out in the next Parish News for the date – probably in February.


Due to departures from the village and health issues, the number of people available to clean the church and provide the altar flowers has decreased significantly in the last couple of months. Our current rota consists of teams of 3 people who clean the church once every six weeks. We need to recruit several replacements if this rota can be maintained. If you can possibly spare around 45mins roughly 8 times a year, please volunteer to help. Contact me on 613240, before Christmas please as the new rota starts in January, to volunteer or get more information. As the saying goes ‘Many Hands make Light Work’ !!!!

Many Thanks

Jenny Lockwood

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