There is no news received from the Parish Council this
month but there is a very important questionnaire on the back
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and give the Parish Council the feedback they need to help
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By the time you read this is is possible that Christmas
will be over and you will be looking forward to new
year. it is always enjoyable to celebrate events and
important occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Easter and
Christmas, especially if one has the company of friends and
family. New year is an opportunity not just to
celebrate but to make changes. To throw off the old and
put on the new, to forget the mistakes of the past and look
forward to doing things better and cast off that old self and
try to be a better person.
The church in Bow Brickhill is looking forward to the
coming year as the Reverend John Waller becomes our
vicar. The date of John's induction ceremony is 26th
February at Great Brickhill church (see John's article).
In the meantime services continue as normal.
Happy New Year.
Many thanks to all those who purchased from the Christmas Webb
Ivory Catalogue. The profit was £61.20 which has been
donated to church funds. I now have the spring catalogue
- please ring me if you would like to see it. Diana
Kesterton - tel no. 372434.
Church Flowers and Cleaning Rota
Flower arrangers and cleaners have been advised directly
by Kay. Readers are as follows:
Mr J Wales
Ms R Clarke
Mr J Wales
Services – January 2003
Bow Brickhill – All Saints
12 January - 11 am Holy Communion
5 January - 11 am Family Service
19 January - 11 am Matins
26 January - 8 am Holy Communion
Great Brickhill – St Mary the Virgin
5th January - 9.30 am Holy Communion
12 January - 9.30 am Family Service, 6 pm Evensong
19 January - 9.30 am Holy Communion
26 January - 9.30 am Village Service
Little Brickhill – St Mary
5th January - No service
12 January - 11 am Family Service
19 January - No service
26 January - 5 pm Holy Communion
Stoke Hammond - St Luke
5 January - 9.30 am Holy Communion
12 January - 9.30 am Holy Communion
19 January - 9.30 am Morning Worship
26 January - 9.30 am Holy Communion
A Letter from our New Rector
I am looking forward to coming to join you, to serve as the
new Priest-in-Charge of the Brickhills and Stoke
Hammond. I hope to move to Great Brickhill during
February, and begin work at the end of that month. I
will be coming with my wife Pauline, and our son Timothy, who
will be just 13 when we move. Together we are looking
forward to experiencing village life for the first time.
We will not be moving far, coming from Furzton in Milton
Keynes, but from a very different kind of community.
Since 1995 I have ministered as part of an ecumenical team
ministry with five church buildings, seeking to serve the new
and still growing communities on the 'west flank' of Milton
Keynes. I grew up in Aldershot in Hampshire, but I have
lived in several different places since then. I went to
Manchester University, and Manchester was our first home when
we married, and where Timothy was born. After
ordination, i served as curate in a suburban parish there, and
then spent five years as Rector of an inner city parish in
East Manchester, before we moed to Milton Keynes.
For relaxation, I like reading, and folk and world
music, and I also enjoy football. I remain a supporter
of Manchester City and with Timothy I try to get to one or two
matches each season. We are also members of the local
City supporters group here.
I was brought up in a Methodist church, and I have
enjoyed working in an ecumenical setting in Milton Keynes, but
I still feel that my spiritual home is in the Anglican
church. I have always appreciated the diversity of
traditions and styles within the Church of England, and I see
the challenge to live positively with diversity as one of the
important elements of local church life. I believe that
each local church is called to support and encourage the life
of the whole local community, while also sharing the challenge
of the gospel, - the good news of the love of God shown to us
I am looking forward to getting to know you, and
sharing ministry will all the members of your churches.
Yours in Christ
Youth on Show
Thanks to everyone who toured the village in sub-zero
temperatures with the carol singers this year and those who
undertook collection duties. Everyone was so generous
that we collected £251. Grateful thanks go to the
Lousada and Mears families who provided us with much needed
sustenance at the end of the evening.
Do you have a family web site or just a personal web
page? If you'd like it listed on the Bow Brickhill web
site, email email@example.com.
If you're in business, then there is a business page
too. Send a brief description of what you do with
contact details to Sue for a free listing.
From MK Greens - More Burning Issues
Shanks' application for an incinerator-ready mega waste
plant is to be heard my MK Council Development Control
Committee on 15 January 2003.
Having so far failed via the direct approach, Shanks seem to
be trying to slip their incinerator plans through by
stealth. Object now to their 'trojan horse' plan for an
incinerator-ready mega waste plant in Bletchley.
If you haven't already objected to Shanks' second planning
application (ref 02/01472/MIN) please do so if you can.
A quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(be sure to give your full name and address) will help to show
that public opposition to Shanks' plans hasn't subsided. More
details at: www.mkgreens.org.uk
Happy New Year! January sees rehearsals stepping up
a feat ready for our pantomime production of Beauty and the
Beast. The script has generously been donated by Ken
Branchette who entertained the Bow Brickhill Club in
November. Ken's experience, expertise and wonderful
scenery has been a huge prop to Youth on Show over the years.
The performances of Beauty and the Beast are at The
Jennie Lee Theatre on 13th, 14th and 15th March 2003.
Make a note in your diary! We promise you a
light-hearted and entertaining evening. Contacts Mary
01908 647003, Heather 01908 585245.
A new year. A new start. Cold, dark evenings,
a long way to spring. Why not venture out on Wednesday
8th January at 8 pm for a creative evening to consider how me
might make a parish map? There'll be hot drinks, cookies
and a warm welcome so bring your ideas and come to be inspired
by others. It could be small or large; two dimensional
or three; painted, sewn, collaged or something else.
Perhaps an organisation you represent might want to tackle
part of it. We'll discuss how to organise and make this
happen, nothing is set yet. If you're interested in
knowing more but can't make this date, call Rosemary on 01908
The Bow Brickhill Club
Our meeting of December 3rd was indeed one of the most
memorable of the year. We arrived, with mince pies and
cakes, just before 2 pm and only had time to put the kettle
(boiler) on before the arrival of our entertainers, fifteen
children from our school accompanied by their teacher, Mrs
Lowe. It took no time at all for the children to get
organised and commence their 45 minutes of enchanting
entertainment with excepts from their Christmas Play
"Elephant's Child" and traditional carols.
This was all greatly appreciated by our members.
The entertainment was followed by tea and Rosemary's bumper
raffle when every member won a prize. Two days later, on
December 5th, the club enjoyed a very good lunch at Splinters
restaurant. What an exciting week!
The next meeting of the club will be on 2 pm on January 7th in
the Pavilion when we shall welcome the new year with our usual
tea time treats. We shall also welcome our speaker Mr
David Higgs, who will be talking to us on the history of
television. We look forward to seeing all our friends
old and new. Wishing you a very happy new year.
BB Friends of the School
Over the Christmas period we were able to raise over six
hundred pounds with raffle tombola and refreshments at the
school plays. Our next event is a sponsored bounce in
February which we hope will take us nearer to our target for
the library extension. We are hoping to have a chocolate
evening at Easter. (Yum!)
You should put the following in your
Paper - newspapers and magazines, catalogues and
directories, writing/typing paper, leaflets, cards, cardboard
- so long as you can fit it in your box. Otherwise,
please take it to a community recycling centre.
Cans - food, drink and petfood cans.
Plastic Bottles - all household plastic bottles
under 5 litres.
Please continue to put all glass bottles and jars in
the blue box.
The following are NOT suitable for recycling:
aerosols, envelopes, any other form of plastic, paint tins,
Collection dates: Friday 3 January, Thursday 9th
January. Then back to Wednesdays.
By the War Memorial from 11 – 11.15 am
on Fridays 10th and 24th January.