Parish Jottings

Parish Jottings - January - February 2016

Churchyard Clear-up

Our autumn churchyard clear-up was scheduled for Saturday 21st November. However, the weather turned out to be rather inclement, to say the least. At the start of the morning, heavy rain and forceful winds made it daunting to even step outdoors in some parts of the parish. Notwithstanding this, later in the morning as the weather eased, a few hardy parishioners did turn up to try and do what they could to put the churchyard in shape, but it was not possible to do very much in the circumstances. However, a spring churchyard clear-up is being planned to complete the necessary work when it is hoped we shall have a fine day to ensure a good turnout.

Churchyard Clear-up

Candles in the Churchyard

We were captivated to see the churchyard unexpectedly lit up with candles on All Saints Day on the 1st of November last. Candles had been lit on the graves making an unusual, but Impressive sight. It has not been known to have been done before.

All Saints’ Day is also known as All Hallows Day and is associated with All Souls' Day. It is a day of remembrance and reflection to pay respect to saints and visit the graves of relatives and others. The old custom of placing lighted candles on graves is still practised in some countries.

Church Christmas tree

The church Christmas tree
The church Christmas tree

Once again the church was presented with a Christmas tree with the compliments of the Toad Hall Garden Centre to whom we give our thanks.

Lighting the Church

The church lighting has been improved by replacing the old short-lived incandescent halogen bulbs with new LED (light emitting diode) lamps. Thanks go to Duncan and Michael Forsdike who replaced the lamps, Duncan being the one who climbed some thirty feet up the ladder to replace each one of them. Although the LED lamps are more expensive to buy, they use far less electricity and last very much longer; so this will mean fewer precarious journeys skywards for Duncan and a saving on electricity bills for the church.

New Notice Board

We thank Ian Forster for providing us with a smart new external notice board which he has made himself. The old notice board had served the church for many years, but it had become somewhat dilapidated and needed replacing.

The new notice board
The new notice board

Duncan's 25th Anniversary Celebration

On 25th November the Reverend Duncan Carter celebrated his 25th year as vicar of our church. The event which was held at Henley Golf Club was attended by a large gathering of church members and friends (see report on pages 6 & 7 of The Trinity Times).

Having a great time at Duncan's 25th Anniversary Celebration (Thomas, Rachel & Isabel Carter, with Pat & Trevor Lewis in the foreground
Having a great time at Duncan's 25th Anniversary Celebration
(Thomas, Rachel & Isabel Carter, with Pat & Trevor Lewis in the foreground.

The Reverend Duncan Carter celebrating his 25th Anniversary as Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Henley-on-Thames.
The Reverend Duncan Carter celebrating his 25th Anniversary as Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Henley-on-Thames.

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.

Whether you have come to a service of worship, for private prayer, or just to enjoy a few moments of peace and tranquillity, we offer you our friendship and hospitality. This website gives some general information about the church and our fellowship.

Duncan Carter, Vicar.