November is always a time for remembrance, beginning with the Commemoration of All Souls which was held at St. Mary’s on November 5th at 6.00 pm. This coincided with that other celebration of remembrance, the fireworks for the unfortunate Guy Fawkes, and the church felt it was under siege, as the night sky was brilliantly illuminated with the aerial display of rockets and maroons.
The following Sunday the traditional service for REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY was held, beginning at 10.00 am in church. As in previous years the church was full, and with the Scouts and their banners being paraded, it was once again a opportunity to pay our respects and to honour those who lost their lives in the two world wars and other conflicts since the ending of WWII. This year the emphasis was on the Battle of Passchendaele which is described as the bloodiest and muddiest of battles and “Eternal Rain, everlasting mud. Hell on earth” is how it is remembered, by those who were fortunate to have survived and came home to tell the tale. This was a community service with representatives of organisations in the village taking part. The loose money on the collection plates amounted to £211 and will be donated to the work of the Royal British Legion in supporting the Armed Forces Community, including serving men and women, veterans and their families. Following on from the service the congregation headed by the choir assembled at the War Memorial in good time for the two minute silence and laying of the wreaths on behalf of the church, the Community Council, the Tuesday group, The Scouts and Wenvoe School. The Roll of Honour was read by the Chairman of the Wenvoe Community Council and The Vale of Glamorgan Brass band was in attendance. As on previous years the loud speakers provided by the Community Council was a great help with the proceedings. A big thank you to all who ensured with the smooth running of the arrangements in church and at the War Memorial, not forgetting the tea and coffee that was available in the Church Hall following the services.
The Christmas Chattery – Held in the Church Hall on Thursday November 9th attracted a good crowd of people all enjoying the opportunity to meet up for a “catch up” on things, which all meant that the financial result was a whopping £301.35 for the church building fund. Photographs of the proceedings will be published in the December issue of “Connections” the joint parish magazine, available in church on the first Sunday of December. Congratulations to the Social Committee for a great result.
The Parish Songs of Praise featuring the top six hymns as voted by congregations of the Ministry Area took place in St John the Baptist church in Sully on Sunday October 29th and the top six hymns were…..Love Divine, How Great thou Art, Cwm Phondda, Dear Lord and Saviour of Mankind, I the Lord of Sea and Sky, Eternal Father Strong to save which shared sixth place with Thine be the Glory.
Christmas Cards giving all the details of the Christmas Services will delivered to all homes in the early weeks of December. A reminder that the Community Carol Service will be at 7.00pm on Wednesday the 13th December in St. Mary’s Church followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Community Centre.
Christmas Greetings and Blessings to all readers