Are we in the silly season? Well, maybe - and maybe not!
comments last month have not gone unremarked! - which is good.
I am never too sure when I write these musings whether anyone
actually reads them - but I am reassured from the comments I
have had that a good number of you actually do! And the response
has been overwhelming approval for my rather apocalyptic predictions
of what life in Pattingham might turn into. So far, so good -
but the ball is now in your court(s) well and truly and only
time will tell if other people come forward to get involved and
give some of their time and energy to community and church events.
said all that, I have also to congratulate all those behind the
fete this year - and those who helped with the Open Garden and
Sunday Lunch Party at the Evans' farm. Thankfully, the weather
was reasonably kind on both key days in July and we had a great
turnout to both. All was highly enjoyable and financially the
events were a great success too.
(Oh and if anyone knows the identity of the anonymous critic
who unfortunately received - in error - some out of date produce
from the Tombola stall - we would like to apologise and make
it up to you - but by withholding your name and address, you
have made this impossible! Better luck next year.... if there
is a next year!)
and upwards as we now look forward to our youngsters leading
us all on a "Polar Expedition" at Holiday Club - 19
- 21 August inclusive.
July also saw
a bit of an 'end of an era' moment for me personally as I attended
my last ever session of General Synod. After 10 years of attending
- doing a lot of sitting and occasionally standing on my hind
legs to have my say, I have decided to 'retire' from this legislative
body and leave the arguments and debates to others. But GS will
continue and the elections are now fast coming up. If any of
you would like to know more, I am more than happy to tell you.
All you need to be is a communicant member of the Church of England
- you do not have to be a member currently of either Deanery
or Diocesan Synods to stand for election - and we desperately
need good, moderately-minded 'ordinary' church lay people to
stand... The House of Laity in particular tends to be very un-representative
of the Church at large, because it is usually 'the extremists'
who have the motivation to stand for election. Don't let this
Many of you
will be taking holiday in the next few weeks - me included -
so let me close by wishing you all a very good vacation with
lots of rest and recreation, .... or should that read re-Creation?