Village News by Jenny Lockwood

September 14, 2015 No Comments by Pyrton PCC

Looking back over the summer months, the Village Barbeque in July and Family Day in August were very successful.. Despite the wet afternoon resulting in the rounders game being abandoned, many villagers still enjoyed getting together for supper. We were especially pleased to welcome the newcomers to Pyrton to these events.

Now we are looking forward to Autumn. We started with the Ride and Stride on Sept. 12th.  The number of visitors to St Mary’s were fewer than last year but we are proud of those who cycled for us – as always they were generously sponsored by friends and colleagues, raising useful funds for our restoration projects. Many thanks to the Fieth family for organising the event and for cycling to so many churches.

Our next major event is Harvest Festival at St Mary’s church, which is being held on Sunday October 11th at 10am. This is a family service so we are inviting all families to come along on the Saturday morning beforehand to help decorate the church and of course join us at the service on the Sunday. Children (and adults) are encouraged to bring harvest gifts of fresh and packaged food. Fruit and vegetables are sold off after the service and dried goods are donated to the Porch in Oxford.

On Friday October 9th we will be holding the annual Harvest Supper at 7pm in the Village Hall. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the wonderful home cooked two course meal. Numbers are limited to 50 so please book early by phoning Kath Gomm on 612939. Tickets cost just £10 and will include some drinks. Pyrton and non-Pyrton residents welcome.

Over the next 12 months, we are expecting several changes and challenges. One will be beginning stage 3 of our church restoration. In July the Oxford Diocese gave agreement in outline to refurbish the  inside of the church. Our architect, John Radice, will be refining the plans so that we can apply for a Faculty to complete the work. However we can now start our fund raising – we are expecting to

need over £100K. We hope to be eligible for some grants but will need to raise some monies ourselves. All ideas gratefully received.

As the views of the village have been sought by the Parish Council over the ‘Neighbourhood Plan’, the PCC (Parochial Church Council) would like to here your views about the church. In October, each household will receive a fairly short questionnaire to be completed by the end of October. Please take the time to fill this in – we want to ensure, with our busy modern lifestyles, that the church can be relevant to everyone and continue the historical tradition of being a central part of village life. Many thanks to Anne Curtis who helped us prepare the questions. We plan to use your replies to inform changes in the New Year.

Each autumn we hold a Saturday morning gardening party to tidy the churchyard for the winter. In September all the grass is cut back but we need to clean out the church gutters, cut back brambles etc. As they say, ‘Many hands make light work’, please come along at 10am on Saturday October 17th at 10am, armed with secateurs, loppers, rakes etc for an hour or so. It’s great fun and very rewarding!!

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