Friends of St Lawrence

Friends of St Lawrence Trust

Registered Charity No. 1112950


Dear Friends

Spring 2018 – Newsletter

Well, not quite spring but it does not feel like winter today.  It is the first warm sunny day of the year and I have a daffodil open in my garden.

Our first event will be the formal opening of the extended pathway and sculptures on Sunday 4th March after morning service.   We are fortunate that we will be joined by the Bishop of St Albans.  The pathway and sculptures have been financed by a bequest from the late Donald Moore and we have retained a small sum for ongoing maintenance so that our successors need not be saddled with unwelcome costs.  We are grateful for the hard work of Jane Cayley in shepherding the project through the ecclesiastical and secular planning minefields and bringing the project to fruition.

Our first fund raising event of the year will be our Safari Supper.  Last year’s event was a success by all accounts and so we are keeping the Safari Supper as a spring event.  It will be held on 28th April and we are gathering participants right now.  If you have not yet signed up, please do so as we would love to see you.

Next up will be the ever popular coffee morning to be hosted once again by Pauline Wright at West Winds.  Pauline usually manages to conjure up a beautiful day for it.  It will be held between 10.30 and noon on 9th May.

We were encouraged by the inaugural Music Festival last year and so we are having an encore.  This year it will be held in the church and churchyard on 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of July.  We aim to publish and distribute a brochure about the event by the end of April.

Look out for specific announcements for each of the above events.

The PCC is in the process of obtaining quotations for the redecoration of the interior of the church which we have committed to fund and on which our efforts are focused.  We had hoped that the redecoration would have been completed during 2017 but I am afraid it has not yet started.  It seems that the project will be bigger than originally envisaged so we continue to raise money for it.

We do however have better news of the tower door which has been restored for us by Peter Hope.  We hope that you are as pleased as we are with the result.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you are our various events this year.

With best wishes

John Walker