Here’s the last Herald of 2016.
Christmas is a busy month. Start Christmas with the Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday the 4th and sing your heart out at the candlelit Carol service on the 11th of December.
Remembrance Sunday in Horningsea 13 November: 10.15 in Church and 10.45 at the war Memorial in the Jubilee Gardens
This is always a very special service as the community gathers together to remember those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and in all the subsequent conflicts.
After a short service in the church the congregation picks up the poppy wreaths from the altar and walks in silence to the Jubilee Gardens. Other people from the community may already be gathered there.
After a short prayer and the reading of the names, the last post is played and the wreaths are laid around the memorial sculpture. John Wilson has researched all those from the village who died in both world wars and he gives some family details. Our war memorial is a modern sculpture, based around a rifle and helmet found at the Somme where the battle raged 100 years ago this year.
The poppy wreaths are laid on behalf of all village groups – the Parish Council, the PCC, the HRA, 7.30 Girls, the Friends of Horningsea Church and the “veterans” – those who served during the War. Sadly Oswald, one of our last true veterans died in September, however we hope that Margaret Dorrington who worked in Downing Street for most of the war years will be able to place the wreath on behalf of the “veterans” this year. If you have never come to the Service please make an effort this year – the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
After the Service everyone is invited back to the church to warm up over a hot drink!
Heritage Open Day in St Peter’s Church – September 2016
The two themes were Horningsea in Shakespeare’s Day and Horningsea in 1766. A map of the village identified the houses that would have been standing in both those years. Visitors were surprised to see how old some of the houses were – we know that St Johns farm house was built before 1599, we know that the Bishop of Ely had given 100 shillings to build a vicarage in 1267! It was very interesting to hear from those who live in the old houses about their history. It was also fun to hear the chosen readings from Shakespeare.
The children searched the churchyard for teddies (pretending to be hedgehogs and polecats!). The bellringers demonstrated to potential recruits and quantities of tea and cakes were consumed! The afternoon concluded with Bishop David coming to present an award for the community use of the church.
A big thanks to everyone who took part.
Next year’s theme will be the Coprolite Miners’ March. Speak to Lindsay or Dave if you would like to take part – the more the merrier!
Sunday 16 October at 9am: Holy Communion
Sunday 23 October at 11am: Morning Worship
Sunday 30 October at 10am: Communion Service at Teversham (no service in Horningsea)
Sunday 6 November at 9am: Holy Communion
Sunday 13 November (Remembrance): 10.15 am in Church
And 10.45am at the War Memorial
Sunday 20 November at 9am: Holy Communion
Sunday 27 November at 10am: Communion Service at Fen Ditton (no service in Horningsea)
Everyone is welcome to attend any of these services
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Despite the miserable day of rain which preceded it, Sunday September 11th dawned warm and sunny, and remained so all day. A perfect day for boating, with clear blue skies, but not hot enough to risk exposure to heat stroke!
Five craft gathered at Church End House for a 1pm departure: John and Liz Harrison hosted a couple of dozen aboard the big ‘Alie’, which along with our own ‘Dino III’ sported the official Horningsea flag, courtesy of Michael Harrison. Also there was Chris and Hélène’s ‘Nora’ and Andy and Sam’s ‘Restless’. Guest of honour was John Wilson’s delightful steam launch ‘Sirrius’ which is a charming sight when under way.
The flotilla set off shortly after 1pm with a contingent of over 50 souls. The sight of the heavily-laden convoy passing The Bridge must have caused much interest in the busy garden. If I’d seen it, and I didn’t already live there, I’d want to move to Horningsea!
I’d caused a little unrest this year by declaring that we on ‘Dino III’ intended to stop at the GOBA moorings at Bottisham Lock for a picnic, and that if the other boats wanted to turn there and return straight to the bridge, then they could, and I would catch them up. As it was, the GOBA moorings were empty (extraordinary for a perfect summer Sunday afternoon!) and we all stopped there for an impromptu picnic. The presence of some big cylindrical straw bales provided fun for the children, and a few folk braved a swim.
After an hour or so we set sail again and rafted up outside The Bridge. We enjoyed a welcome drink there even though some of the staff seemed to be ‘tired and emotional’. We were back at Church End House by 5pm in good time for those who wanted to disport themselves at the Karaoke Night at the Plough and Fleece.
It’s difficult to imagine a better way to spend a day, or a better place in which to spend it.
Summer draws to an end but we’ve still got two big days in the village. At the start of the month we’ve got Heritage Day at the church and towards the end of the month it’s Apple Day again! Get this bottles washed and get ready to clean, quarter, scrat, pulp and drink!
If you are bothered by speeding cars through the village there’s a Parish Council meeting on the 27th where the main discussion will be about applying for funds for speed reduction measures.
Read all about these events in
Enjoy the last weeks of summer.