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Saturday 24th saw two services, our traditional Crib Service at 4pm and the 'Early Midnight' Communion service with Carols. Both services were well attended as usual with everyone singing enthusiastically.
Here is a picture from the Crib Service.
Sunday the 18th at 6:15pm was the annual Candlelit Carol Service which was attended by over 80 people who enjoyed not only a lovely service with carols and readings (from various people representing organisations from the local community) but also some refreshements with time to natter afterwards.
Sunday 11th December saw Blean Church busy once again for the annual Christingle service. Just a little different this year with the children (and some adults too) building the Christingles in the Chancel and then lighting the candles. There was some munching of jelly babies as well. We were also entertained by the Blean School Choir which was lovely to see and hear.
Here are just a couple of pictures from the morning.
Saturday Sept 17th was the occasion of the Concert provided by the Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir. We had a really good turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy the music which included some pieces performed by the Spanish guitarist. The following photographs have been kindly supplied by Adriaan Dewit an excellent photographer who travelled especially to hear the choir.
June 12th was the day of celebrations for our Queens 90th birthday.
The 10 o'clock service was interesting and emphasised the role that the Queen has continued in the Church over her reign. I have reluctantly attached a picture of myself, Cindy and Stephen showing a flavour of the patriotism in Church this day.
Some Well Dones!!
The 8th was the latest Madagascar Lunch which raised £201. The next lunch will not be until the 8th of September and will be held at Thimble Hall.
This years Christian Aid collection which was held in May raised over £1000 despite a few areas not being covered this year due to holidays etc.
May 7th saw this years Mini Market in the Churchyard. It was very successful yet again and raised a very good sum of money.
May 8th was Hospitality Sunday and lots of Church members were royally entertained by other Church members for lunch.
April 9th saw many people enjoying the quiz night at the Tyler Hill Hall. It was a packed house and the quiz was very good (if a little tough in places). Thanks to Penny, Robin and the Social Committee for organising the event which raised in excess of £800. Well done all.
March 27th was Easter Sunday and was marked as always by the lighting of the new fire.
March 20th was Palm Sunday and we held our usual procession from the Salt Road into the Church via the memorial walk. This time however we stopped along the way for Stephen to bless the new bench. Here are a couple of photos of the event.
On Sunday the 13th we had our annual Christingle service. At this service we were pleased to welcome members and families from Blean School who brought Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 choirs to entertain us all. The children (and some adults) received their Christingles and had their photos taken by their proud parents.
On July 5th we had a 'Second Sunday Special service (on the first Sunday of the month! At this service we were pleased to welcome members and families from Blean School who brought Key stage 2 and Key stage 3 choirs to entertain us all.
On May 22nd, 23rd and 24th The Annual flower festival was held and raised a record breaking £2123. Well done to everyone who helped with all that went to make this event such a success and enjoyed by over 400 visitors. As you can see from the video below the workmanship was once again first class and a beauty to behold.
Christian Aid Week
This year the hard work of all the collectors raised a sum of £1124.34. Thanks again to all who took part and of course to Peggy for her organisation skills.
A poem by Christina Rossetti was included in the recent edition of the Blean Magazine. If you would like to read more about this poem then click here to read the analysis from Peter Clough.
5th Easter Sunday
As you can see from the video below, the New Fire was lit on Easter Sunday morning with the congregation all outside the church in some fine weather for a change.