Games: thank you to those of you who took the time to visit the Bear on Friday afternoon for the Big Board Game event in aid of the NSPCC. It was lovely to see the children interacting over the games and puzzles. Even the adults had fun. Thank you to Kevin Parker & Pauline Wilson at the Bear for giving us the room and supplying the tea/coffee. I think we enjoyed ourselves although it would have been nice to see a few more there, but as Rod Clifton said we raised £100, which is £100 more than if we hadn’t bothered. So thank you.

Picnic: The Big Picnic event that was organised on Saturday in aid of the playing fields association was enjoyed by everyone who took part. The weather was good and plenty of families entered into the spirit of the day. With games and rides and a bouncy castle the children were well catered for. Special guest appearance of Olaf from Frozen made the day extra special. Congratulation to Pauline Wilson & Fiona Hosein on organising this fun event.

Exhibition: Tomorrow you all have an opportunity to see some of the beautiful designs and craft work by Desmond Ryan. For over fifty years talents local craftsman Desmond has been designing and making beautiful boxes, mirrors, clocks vases and more. Some of us have had the chance to buy one of these amazing one off designs. Desmond will be exhibiting and selling his craft at the Pashley manor Sculpture Festival from 11 am to 5pm. Entrance to the gardens are £9.50, and you will be able to walk round the beautifully kept grounds and visit the exhibition. We wish Desmond good luck for a great & successful show.

Community Praise: To mark the launch of the new Diocesan Strategy for 2015 -2020, churches across the Deanery are holding special events over Pentecost Weekend (23 & 23 May), celebrating our communities and looking to an exciting and fruitful future. St Barthlomew’s and St Philip’s Churches will both be lighting their beacons at 10pm tomorrow. You are welcome to go along to one of them. On Sunday St Bartholomew’s are holding a modern ecumenical, an all age service when Paul Wenham from Ashburnham Christian Trust will be there to speak to you. Refreshments will be served after the service which takes place at 6pm.