Parish Jottings

Parish Jottings - November 2014

Harvest Festival Lunch 2014

Harvest Festival Lunch 2014

Our Harvest Festival service this year was held on the morning of Sunday 5th October. At the service the Reverend Duncan Carter gave a talk based on the ‘Parable of the Rich Fool’. Duncan emphasised that we must put more of our trust in God who will provide for our needs and that we must not be so concerned with piling up riches for ourselves.

Sitting at tables laid out in the nave of ther church some 25 people stayed for the annual Harvest Lunch and enjoyed an excellent bring and share meal. The event was organised by churchwarden Barbara Williams who was assisted by her team of helpers.

A large quantity of ‘processed’ harvest products was donated and these items formed several impressive displays in church. Rather than donating perishable vegetables and fruit in their natural state, tins and packets of processed food are a more practical solution when it comes to disposing of them after the Harvest Festival is over.

This year all the items of food were donated to the Henley Lighthouse Food Bank which distributes food to the needy in the surrounding areas. Even in Henley it seems that there are pockets of poverty in places nowadays.

Churchyard Grass

Recently the churchyard grass has been given a good cutting by residents of Yeldall Manor as part of the charity’s rehabilitation programme.
Yeldall Manor is a residential Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for men. It has its premises with extensive grounds at Hare Hatch, near Wargrave. The centre offers a Christian response to addiction and helps men to find freedom from addiction so that after completing the rehabilitation programmes, they are able go on to live life to the full. Our church supports this organisation through its annual giving to charities. The centre holds an open day in the summer and other events throughout the year.

Grandfather Duncan

It is always exciting to announce the birth of a child into the world. In past years we have reported in our church magazines the births of the Reverend Duncan Carter’s children since he has been incumbent here. Now, we are pleased to announce that on 3rd October Duncan’s daughter Sarah gave birth to a baby daughter, to be named Amelia Rose.

So congratulations Duncan, you are now a grandfather. Amelia Rose, together with her parents Sarah and Stephen and Grandfather Duncan are all doing well following this happy event, which is the beginning of a new generation of the Carter family.

“Golden Gates”

The church’s main entrance gates on Grey’s Hill have been re-painted. Known as the “Golden Gates”, because they used to be painted gold, they were originally the entrance gates to the Henley Town Hall which was built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and which opened in 1901. In 1949 the Town Council decided to dispense with the robust iron gates and sold them to Holy Trinity church for £5. The gates were installed between two specially-built brick memorial pillars with built-in stone plaques commemorating the fallen in the Second World War.

Harvest flowers decorate the font
Harvest flowers decorate the font

“The Golden Gates”
“The Golden Gates”


Reverend Duncan Carter
Vicarage, 16 Church Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1SE (574822)

Trinity at Four Minister:
Reverend Sam Brewster
29 Gainsborough Hill,
Oxfordshire, RG9 1ST
(07899 843461)

Peter Jones
Michael Forsdike


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Duncan Carter, Vicar.