Newsletter – January 2016

First of all may I wish you a Blessed and Prosperous New Year!

Our Development Project
A lot has been happening recently. You will all have seen the new floor, which has given us an attractive and flexible space to use for exhibitions, refreshments, meetings etc. We have engaged an expert in Victorian tiling to advise us on how best to restore the floor tiles so that they are presented to best effect. The paving in the front courtyard is now complete and the new gates and railings are currently being made, following final approval from the Diocese and the Council. We hope that they will be installed during February. We are currently considering how to replace the old noticeboard that used to hang on the old railings. The garden has been cleared, and we should start some limited planting during the spring. Any offers of help with the gardening will be gratefully received. Inside the church the next task is to repair the ceiling under the gallery and install new lighting in that area. This is in advance of the installation of the servery at the back of the church, which should happen within the next twelve months. Many thanks to all who are helping with the project.

Fundraising and Social Events
Last year we had various fund raising events; our Social Committee again served teas 4 times in Cripplegate Park when the bands were playing, raising an average of £100 each afternoon. Over the past 2 years we have raised over £800 towards the church garden and development fund and are hoping this facility will continue this year. During the Worcester Festival, last August, we enjoyed an organ recital by David Brookshaw and had a very well attended concert by Worcester Male Voice Choir, with Shulah Oliver (violin), which raised in excess of £600. For the Victorian Fayre in November we utilised our new space at the back of the church, serving refreshments which made approximately £300. We have also hired the church to various organisations for functions and concerts – the Early Music Festival, St Richards Hospice and Organ Forums.

Forthcoming Events
A small number of us are going to Kays Pantomime on January 26th; thanks to Margaret Holloway for organising this.
Shrove Tuesday, February 9th – We invite people to come to the 12 o’clock Mass and afterwards to the King Charles Restaurant in New Street for a pie lunch; this proved to be very popular last time! Please sign the list in church.
In April The Early Music Festival are again hiring St. Martin’s because they enjoyed our hospitality last year. Their concerts will be on the evenings of April 14th, 15th and 16th; please watch out for more details in the Pewsheet.
On Saturday June 11th we have invited Jane Field and Elaine Fleming to sing a concert entitled “Laudate” accompanied on the piano and organ by Phillip Hammond. This will take to form of a Coffee Concert; 10.15am for coffee, concert at 11am; again more details later.

Again many thanks to Fr Paul, Frs Graham Lyall and Graham Oates and all the Clergy who continue to support us through the long interregnum. We were very encouraged by Bishop John’s words at his visit to St. Martin’s last Sunday – we are not forgotten! Our prayers continue for a new priest and in the meantime we thank Pat and Malcolm for their sterling work in keeping the congregation together.