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Monday, 25 July 2016

Leesfield Parish July 24th 2016


Today we welcome Bishop Mark who will lead our Parish Service at St Thomas’. Please pray for our candidates as they make this commitment. They are Samuel, James, Cody, Finlay, Richard, Joanne, Elaine, Amy, Jodie and Geoffrey.

Helpers needed please, next Saturday, to put things back into St Agnes ready for Sunday’s service. Thank you to all who helped clear ready for the carpet fitting – especially Philip and Joan!

Community Room  Anyone wishing to book the community room at St Thomas should contact Audrey Atkinson (652 2987) She is in charge of bookings so we don’t double book.

Supplementary forms – I am already getting enquiries about Bluecoat or Crompton House forms that need signing. I will discuss each one with the warden and Sunday School leader (who have the attendance records) in meetings at the beginning of October. If you have one of these to be signed please let me have it by Sunday October 2nd, and it will be signed and returned to you well before the submission date.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat July 23rd               Tea and Toast   St Thomas  10.30 to noon (£3 inc raffle)
Sun July 24th            Confirmation 11am St Thomas.  No service at St Agnes today
Sat Aug 6th                Coffee morning at the home of Mrs V Sedgewick
Sat Aug 20th               Tea and Toast St Thomas 10.30 till noon
Thurs Aug 25th          Ladies of L   7.30pm St Thomas   Photographic memories

There are weddings at St Agnes on 20th and 26th August, and a wedding blessing on Sept 2nd.
There is a wedding at St Thomas on August 27th.

September dates – more details later
Sat 10th    Heritage Open Day 10am to 4pm  St Thomas
Sun 11th Sunday School Prizegiving at both churches
Sat 17th   Boundary Walk
Mon 19th St Thomas DCC         Wed 21st   St Agnes DCC
Sat 24th     St Thomas Harvest Queen Crowning
Mon 26th  PCC St Thomas

And finally  October 2nd is Harvest Sunday Parish service at St Thomas

Monday, 18 July 2016

Leesfield Parish July 17th 2016


It has been a very busy term. Thanks are due to so many people for the part they have played in all that has gone on, especially to those who have worked behind the scenes. Perhaps we should all just give ourselves a pat on the back and enjoy the quieter month that is August!

Next week is our Parish Confirmation service at St Thomas  11am. Bishop Mark will be the presiding Bishop. This is very much a parish event. There will be no service at St Agnes this day. Please come along and make this a real parish celebration as another group of adults and children take this next step on their Christian journey. Meanwhile do pray for those preparing for confirmation.

Wednesday 20th July   Confirmation rehearsal at St Thomas 7pm. It is very important that everyone involved – candidates and those assisting- attend!

Thursday July 21st Joint coffee evening (J Daubney & M Bethel) at 27 The Sycamores 7.30pm. Lifts available.

Saturday July 23rd Tea and Toast in St Thomas’ Church 10.30am. Everyone is welcome! Come along, and bring a friend. Now we have our new facilities we hope this will become a bigger social event than has been possible in the past. So come along and get this off to a good start.

Also next Saturday, we need helpers to clear St Agnes church in preparation for the new carpet being laid on Monday 25th. If you can help please go along at 9am. And of course people are needed the next Saturday, the 30th, to return the furniture to church ready for the service on Sunday. Many hands make light work!
Maybe you could help at St Agnes and then go to St Thomas for tea and toast!

Community Room  Anyone wishing to book the community room at St Thomas should contact Audrey Atkinson (652 2987) She is in charge of bookings so we don’t double book.

Supplementary forms – I am already getting enquiries about Bluecoat or Crompton House forms that need signing. I will discuss each one with the warden and Sunday School leader (who have the attendance records) in meetings at the beginning of October. If you have one of these to be signed please let me have it by Sunday October 2nd, and it will be signed and returned to you well before the submission date.

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Wed July 20th          Confirmation rehearsal    7pm St Thomas
Thurs July 21st           Coffee evening 27 The Sycamores    7.30pm
Sat July 23rd               Tea and Toast   St Thomas  10.30 to noon (£3 inc raffle)
Sun July 24th            Confirmation 11am St Thomas.  No service at St Agnes today
Sat Aug 6th                Coffee morning at the home of Mrs V Sedgewick
Sat Aug 20th               Tea and Toast St Thomas 10.30 till noon
Thurs Aug 25th          Ladies of L   7.30pm St Thomas   Photographic memories

There are weddings at St Agnes on 20th and 26th August, and a wedding blessing on Sept 2nd.
There is a wedding at St Thomas on August 27th.

September dates – more details later
Sat 10th    Heritage Open Day 10am to 4pm  St Thomas
Sun 11th Sunday School Prizegiving at both churches
Sat 17th   Boundary Walk
Mon 19th St Thomas DCC         Wed 21st   St Agnes DCC
Sat 24th     St Thomas Harvest Queen Crowning
Mon 26th  PCC St Thomas

And finally  October 2nd is Harvest Sunday Parish service at St Thomas

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Leesfield Parish July 10th 2016


Many thanks to everyone who made last Sunday’s opening such a good event! It was good to be able to celebrate such an achievement. We look forward now to finding ways to share our new facilities with the community.

Thank you too to Liz and Paul for the wonderful gala evening last Saturday. Live music and a tasty supper gave all who attended an enjoyable evening.

Harvest Queen Amy and her retinue would also like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for their support from the many donations received to the gorgeous decorations made by the Sunday School children to the cake bakers and helpers on the stalls to just being there on the day.  You all helped to make their “At Home” such a special event.  It was lovely day filed with lots of special memories!  THANK YOU J x

Due to the Summer Holidays today will be our last Sunday School and we will reconvene on Sunday 11th September.  Please come along to the church services and don’t forget to sign in at the back.  

The first meeting of the buildings committee is on Monday at 7.30pm in St Thomas.

St Thomas School have a concert in church on Tuesday from 6.30pm till 8pm.

St Agnes leavers’ Eucharist is on Wednesday at 7pm

St Thomas leavers’ service is on Thursday at 1.15pm

Have you booked your place yet on the Parish trip on July 16th? There are still places available on what will be an enjoyable day out.  This includes  a 1 and half hour barge trip and visit to Oswaldtwistle Mill. Leave junction Spring Lane/Burton Street 9am, leave Oswaldtwistle at 4.30pm.  Cost £20. Let Audrey or Roy know.

July 24th is the date of our parish Confirmation service. This is 11am at St Thomas’ led by Bishop Mark. This is very much a parish event. There will be no service at St Agnes this day. Please put the date in your diary and come and support if you possibly can.
Meanwhile do pray for those preparing for confirmation.

This will be the last printed newsletter until school re opens in September. I will continue to send by e mail. If I don’t have your address and you’d like to receive information this way then please give me your address! And don’t forget to look at the parish blogspot for up to date information.



Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Mon July 11th            Buildings committee  7.30pm St Thomas
Thurs July 14th           Deanery Synod Friezland 7.30pm
Sat July 16th               Parish trip – Barge trip and Mill visit
Wed July 20th          Confirmation rehearsal    7pm St Thomas
Thurs July 21st           Coffee evening 27 The Sycamores    7.30pm
Sat July 23rd               Tea and Toast   St Thomas  10.30 to noon (£3 inc raffle)
Sun July 24th            Confirmation 11am St Thomas.  No service at St Agnes today
Sat Aug 6th                Coffee morning at the home of Mrs V Sedgewick
Sat Aug 20th               Tea and Toast St Thomas 10.30 till noon

Things get a little quieter in August! There is a list of events and dates up to the end of November. If you haven’t received one of these lists by e mail and would like one, please ask Liz Dent (who compiles this) or Edith.

There are weddings at St Agnes on 20th and 26th August, and a wedding blessing on Sept 2nd.
There is a wedding at St Thomas on August 27th.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Leesfield Parish July 3rd 2016


Today is St Thomas’s day!

After the service at Thomas, at 12.30pm, we will begin our “opening event” of the new facilities.
 We have invited people who have helped us towards this, either as individuals or as part of an organisation. There will not be coffee after church, and there will be a bit of a rush to get things ready by 12.30, so it would be helpful if the back area of church can be kept as clear as possible at this time. Thank you for your co-operation. Normal service will be resumed next week – in the new community room!

Wednesday July 6th. Joint PCC meeting with St John’s Hey. 7.30pm at St Thomas’, led by Archdeacon Cherry. Please will PCC members attend if they possibly can.

Harvest Queen Amy Jakeman’s “at home” – Sat 9th July. This will be Amy and her retinue’s big event of the year when Rose Queens are invited from other churches.  So please come along and support them.  It starts at 2.30pm with a short service in church followed by refreshments, a raffle, lots of stalls including chocolate, bottle & teddy tombolas.  All donations from gift bags to tombola items to homemade cakes are gratefully received and should be given to Amy and her retinue or their mums.  Also, please can anyone who is able to help on the day also let them know. Thank You J

Have you booked your place yet on the Parish trip on July 16th? There are still places available on what will be an enjoyable day out.  This includes  a 1 and half hour barge trip and visit to Oswaldtwistle Mill. Leave junction Spring Lane/Burton Street 9am, leave Oswaldtwistle at 4.30pm.  Cost £20. Let Audrey or Roy know if you are interested (or Lesley or Edith).

July 24th is the date of our parish Confirmation service. This is 11am at St Thomas’ led by Bishop Mark. This is very much a parish event.  Please put the date in your diary and come and support if you possibly can.
Meanwhile do pray for those preparing for confirmation.

There is a lot going on in this parish. There are many ways to keep in touch with what is going on. The weekly newsletter and ‘dates for your diary’ is usually available either by e mail or as a paper copy. The magazine has information. Liz Dent produces an electronic copy of Calendar dates. There is also St Thomas’ blogspot.  Please make sure you check these regularly so you don’t miss anything!


Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com) please

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sun July 3rd              Event to celebrate the new facilities at St Thomas. 12.30

Wed July 6th              Joint PCC with Hey at St Thomas  7.30pm

Sat July 9th                 Harvest Queen “at home” 2:30pm
Mon July 11th            Buildings committee  7.30pm St Thomas
Thurs July 14th           Deanery Synod Friezland 7.30pm
Sat July 16th               Parish trip – Barge trip and Mill visit
Wed July 20th          Confirmation rehearsal    7pm St Thomas
Thurs July 21st           Coffee evening 27 The Sycamores    7.30pm
Sat July 23rd               Tea and Toast   St Thomas  10.30 to noon (£3 inc raffle)
Sun July 24th            Confirmation 11am St Thomas.  No service at St Agnes today

Things get a little quieter in August! There is a list of events and dates up to the end of November. If you haven’t received one of these lists by e mail and would like one, please ask Liz Dent (who compiles this) or Edith.

Friday, 1 July 2016

The LAST Project (Loo At St. Thomas)


On a December day in 2012, in a cold, unwelcoming room the LAST project was hatched and despatched – to make its headway in a challenging world.

With such an important (Grade 2* listed) but ageing building most major fund-raising  in the past had been to keep the church going in the face of wet rot, dry rot, lead thefts, leaks, and repairs to the fabric and fittings. In the Rev Howard Smith’s time there was a huge and successful effort to repair the roof and re-paint the church; new carpets and cushions made it more comfortable but these moves were more about maintaining what we had rather than developing it. 168 years after the church was built there was still no toilet.

Launched by Rev Edith Disley, who called together parishioners and others to explore the possibility of bringing such an improvement to fruition, a Development Group under Jenny Daubney’s Chairmanship was formed - able to tap into new resources, new ideas and new enthusiasms. The highest priority was to install Barrier Free toilet facilities but there was a clear need for a room in church which was warm all year round not just from June to September. We also agreed that whatever we did should look good and be in keeping with our lovely building.

Whilst the need was obvious to the church community most grants were conditional on establishing a need in the wider community. We were helped in this by work around that time completed by the Lees Community Association which had shown a demand for a community room and this was confirmed by the surveys which we ourselves completed in the pre-planning phase. We took soundings from various interested parties in the local community and showing us what was really important to the whole village as well as the regular church users helped shape our thinking. Those views were drawn together by the Development Group and a plan formulated.

The firm of architects Lloyd Evans Prichard we chose knew the church well (having been our church architects for several years). The initial plans which we approved had an estimated price-tag of a huge £165,000.

Our own fund-raising in 2013 got off to a good start with encouraging grants from our local councillors and Saddleworth & Lees District Partnership, together with some great ideas for church and community events and our funds grew. However, when we were unsuccessful in applications for some of the larger grants we considered what we really needed and what was achievable. The plans were amended and the costing was then pared back to a more realistic £60,000. We presented the slim-line version of the plans to the congregation after a church service in December 2014. From that we had a great boost with offers of help (practical and financial), which encouraged us enormously, together with a grant of £5,000 from a Charitable Trust.

Donations continued to flood in from our parishioners who pledged massive sums of money, and in June 2015 we were successful in obtaining grant funding of £10,000 from National Churches Trust. This took our total funding to above half of our revised total cost, thus enabling us to gain further funding from All Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Manchester Guardian Society and the Duchy of Lancaster. They lifted our spirits as well as our Bank Balance!

At that stage, we hadn’t enough to complete the project but we were prepared to secure what we could (if necessary in a Phase 1). Events moved on apace – as part of the preparation for the main work we installed bespoke cupboards in the room under the tower to give us vital storage space and then by December 2015 with Architect Rebecca Gilbert- Rule we were able to appoint the Contractors: Lichfield Construction.

Throughout we had brilliant support from the congregation and beyond with people working hard but often putting the fun into Fund raising efforts: with a Vintage Tea Party Teddy parachute drop, Big Band Night, socials; Parish Boundary Walks; Queen’s Birthday Party and more. On the road to completion we had donations of Carpet, fitted kitchen units, tiles, fridge, cooker, microwave, and, as well as practical help clearing out the old furniture, time and professional skills which were donated and saved considerable sums. The back page of this leaflet reflects the impressive range of support we received.

What the congregation and our visitors will see on 3rd July is a splendid Barrier Free Toilet, a warm and welcoming Community Room, a well-equipped Kitchen, additional storage under the tower, an attractive screen with Glazed Oak Doors and an excellent view of the church, plus space outside the room which together brilliantly enhance and enlarge the useable area at the back of the church. Within the Church Community we can now welcome or welcome back a number who cannot access church services without these facilities. We have a pleasant separately heated room for small gatherings linked to Funerals and Baptisms. Toilet apart, the biggest boon was seen by many who help in the church as HOT! RUNNING! WATER!  Beyond the church:  a room for community events with overflow if needed into the church beyond the Narthex. Room for activities like Cubs, Brownies, Senior Citizen groups with a social or health focus; Study area for use by school.  The development has enabled us to look at new plans and possibilities for the future: Opening for National Heritage Week with an up-dated and revised Church Heritage Trail; Visits from linked schools as part of the Community Cohesion Agenda; Concerts; Coffee Mornings; a Lees and District Choral Speaking Festival and much more.

A huge vote of thanks must go to the many, many supporters of the project, within and beyond the church, who gave their time, their skills and their own resources to enable this major project to come to fruition.  If we have faced difficulties and delays we have been hugely blessed in the encouragement we have received along the way.