Parish Jottings

Parish Jottings - December 2014

Churchyard Clean-up

Peter Jones at work in the churchyard
Peter Jones at work in the churchyard

Saturday 18th October was the day of our autumn churchyard clean-up. It turned out to be a fine morning in Henley although rain was falling in nearby districts. A group of willing workers laboured throughout the morning around the churchyard tidying up graves, pruning shrubs, removing ivy from trees and walls and clearing areas of brambles. A coffee break was allowed and by lunchtime the churchyard looked noticeably better after its morning of maintenance.

Produce Sale

Another of our post-service home-produce sales took place in church on Sunday 2nd November when a small selection of plants and jams were on offer. These sales are instigated by Valerie Morgan in order to raise money for church funds. Several people took the opportunity to make purchases of the offered goods. A total of £14.50 was raised for church funds. Thank you all sale helpers and purchasers.

Word for Today

Word for Today

The latest edition of "Word for Today" is available in church. There is no charge for the publication. Many readers find this invigorating booklet a source of inspiration and comfort when they find a spare moment during the day to sit down and read the passage for the day.

WW1 Memorial Plaque for Church

A 100th anniversary memorial plaque has been installed in the church nave. It displays the updated list of known local servicemen who gave their lives in WW1. The plaque is similar to those installed in the Henley Town Hall and Saint Mary's church, Henley. The plaque was dedicated to God on Sunday 9th November by the Reverend Duncan Carter during the Remembrance Service.

The new memorial plaque fixed on the south wall of the nave
The new memorial plaque fixed on the south wall of the nave

WW1 Remembrance Exhibition

During November a Remembrance Exhibition was held in Holy Trinity church once again by Mike Willoughby. This was the third successive year the exhibition has taken place. Each year there have been different displays with the number of exhibits increasing. The exhibition was open to the public on several occasions.

During WW1 carrier pigeons were widely used for communications
During WW1 carrier pigeons were widely used for communications

Soldiers wore gas masks to combat poisonous gas attacks
Soldiers wore gas masks to combat poisonous gas attacks

Although to a certain extent The Great War has been confined to the history books, it is important to remember what happened a century ago. History is an invaluable guide to the future and allows us to learn from its experiences, both politically and militarily. This year, being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of this devastating war, the opportunity has been taken by the media and many other organisations to recall what it was all about and to reflect on the tragic outcome of the conflict. At this time let us remember all those who lost their lives, or were casualties in all past wars, for they secured our today.

Poppies on the war memorial in Holy Trinity church
Poppies on the war memorial in Holy Trinity church

Contacts

Vicar:
Rev Duncan Carter
Vicarage, 16 Church St, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1SE (574822)

Licensed Lay Minister:
Michael Forsdike (612161)

Churchwardens:
Barbara Williams
Michael Forsdike

WELCOME

Welcome to Holy Trinity C of E Church.

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Duncan Carter, Vicar.