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I hope you all had a good holiday, we now start our new year. We met at PA'S for our yearly lunch, and a good time was had by all, good company and food, and plenty of conversation, which goes without saying.
Our next meeting is February 12th, when we welcome Kate Jones as our speaker. Her talk is entitled "History of The Mumbles Lifeboat".
This should be very interesting, so please come our in force ladies, and you are welcome to bring a friend. We shall be grateful of your support. Looking forward to seeing you.
Happy new year everybody and welcome to our new members, Nicky, Karen, April and Dinah [better late than never'].
Thank you all for the lovely Christmas display. The church looked really beautiful and we had lots of compliments. I hope I'll be feeling a lot better by Easter and able to contribute more.
I'm sure you will join me in sending our very best wishes to Kathryn Williams who has just undergone a very serious operation at the Heath hospital in Cardiff. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kathryn and also with Mum, Jan and all the family.
We had several very welcome donations over the Christmas period - thank you all so much. See you all soon.
The seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are among the busiest for the Church Choir.
Our choristers joined forces with singers from the Cardiff Bach and Tabernacle Morriston choirs to present a spectacular performance of Handel's Messiah - in its entirety! We are most grateful to Luke Spencer
[Director of Music], Glenn Crooks [organ], Sally Tarton [harpsichord], ,'
Claire Watkins [soprano], James Davies [countertenor], Gareth Morris
[tenor] Stephen Hammett [bass] and to members of the Festival Orchestra of Wales. It was good to see a full house for the performance and we are also grateful to Mumbles Community Council for sponsoring the orchestra. It was one of the most memorable musical evenings we have had at All Saints' in many years.
The Choir also led the very moving 'Carol Service of Remembrance' for those who had been bereaved; the Annual Lifeboat Carol Service; The Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve and the Epiphany Carol Service.
Music over the festive season included part of the Vivaldi Gloria, '0 Holy Night' [Adams] and the 'Star Carol' [Rutter].
One of the priorities for our music ministry team is to build up the Junior Choir again. It's hoped that this month we will go into local schools to recruit new choristers.
The Choir will soon be rehearsing music for Lent and Holy Week. We are always happy to welcome new choristers. Why not come along to rehearsals on a Wednesday evening.
The Annual Fellowship Dinner was celebrated on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at the Bristol Channel Yacht Club. Regrettably I was stricken with one of those strange exotically named strains of 'flu
and confined to my couch. From all reports received, it sounds as if this very special evening was, as ever, enjoyed by one and all.
It is the highlight of the Men's Fellowship year, an evening when members from all levels of the Church get together, sit around a table and break bread.
It is indeed an evening of true fellowship.
Chairman Les Harris, as ever, played the low key, genial host, guiding the proceedings along with a barely perceptible tug of a string here and there. Following his warm welcome, he introduced Father Keith who blessed the assembly and gave Grace.
The meal was excellent and enjoyed by one and all. Les thanked Tony Roberts for the amount of time and care he had spent in organising this fine function.. As ever, Les was prolific in his praise for the efforts of his committee; for the fine work done by the backroom boys - so necessary for every meeting. How little is seen of these efforts! Raffle tickets do not sell themselves! Church flags have to be changed with frequent regularity - not an easy task for our untiring David Silvey! Then there are the efforts of such people as Michael Charles, and his team, who operated the Daffodil Fund for the Fellowship last year, bringing in, not only a handsome donation for the Church but joy to those who had daffodils planted in memory of loved ones. How privileged the Fellowship is to have such people aboard!
I gather from Les, that next year's venue has yet to be confirmed.
Next Fellowship meeting is on Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 7.00pm for 7.30.
There is a change from that published in the last issue of the Church Magazine. Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker, Graham Lewis, has had no option other than to cancel his talk for February, something done with much regret, but, with the promise of coming back to us later. This, of course, we understand fully.
Speaker for Tuesday 20th February will now be John Powell Esq.
John will give an illustrated talk on "Cinema!" - with special emphasis on that most hallowed of old village haunts - the Old Tivoli Cinema.
This will be the first routine meeting of the year and looks like a fair old belter with which to kick off. There will be the usual buffet to wind up the evening.
So! Please bring a friend, swell the throng and enjoy an evening of warm, shared fellowship!!!
The Parochial Church Council met on Monday 19th January in the Upper Churchrooms. For the first time it met during the day rather than in the evening.
Members extended their good wishes for a speedy recovery to Katherine Williams, following her recent operation.
Ministry Area The Vicar reported that there would be a number of combined services and events during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. It was hoped that the first clergy swap would be held on Passion Sunday, 18th March, and combined services would be held on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter Eve. The Ministry Area Executive would also meet during February to look at developing this new model of ministry and areas where we can work together in our shared outreach to the community of Mumbles.
Finance It was reported that the parish had been able to meet its parish share for 2017. A total of £80,803 had been paid to the diocese during the year. It was also reported that we were unable to pay off any of the historic arrears.
The Vicar informed the meeting that there would be a 5% reduction in the 2018 share, set at £76,608, a welcome reduction of £4,195.
Restoration Appeal Roger Beynon reported that he had been in discussion with the architect and contractors about resolving outstanding issues to work on the tower roof. It will now be re-clad when the weather improves in the Spring.
The clerestory and tower windows had been replaced at a cost of £4,482 and it was hoped that repairs to the lead flashing above the Lady Chapel and the widening of the soak away pipe in the valley buttress will be carried in February or March.
Parish Report The meeting considered ways of making the Parish Report more interesting. The Annual General Meeting would be held at 6pm on Sunday 29th April in the Lady Chapel.
Signaqe The Vicar would look into getting quotes to replace signage boards around the Church and will oversee an application to the Diocesan Mission Fund for a grant towards this work.
8 o'clock Sunday Service The Vicar told the meeting that he had been approached by a number of regulars at the 8 o'clock Holy Eucharist on Sundays who had suggested that it be held later at 8.30am. The PCC agreed that any decision to have a later start should be taken by the two dozen or so regulars who attend this service.
Parking Concern was expressed about the number of unauthorised cars using the Church car park, especially since the opening of the restaurants at Oyster Wharf. The presence of several vehicles parked without permission was having an impact on Sunday services. It was agreed to notify users that the car park would be locked overnight, most days, between 6pm and 9am.
Ordinand It was unanimously agreed to support Jordan Spencer as he begins the discernment process for ordained ministry within the diocese and Church in Wales.
Next Meeting The next meeting would be at 10.30am on Monday 19th March 2018 in the Churchrooms.
We are now in a position to begin work to restore the historic Municipal Clock in the Church tower. It's hoped that this can start soon, so that we can get the clock Ml working and chiming again by the early summer.
If and when some better weather comes contractors will begin to replace the lead flashings above the Lady Chapel arch. They will also install another drainage pipe through the buttress in the valley between the south aisle and nave. The present soak away pipe is not large enough to cope with heavy rain. We will also investigate some damp coming through the south wall, prior to painting the south aisle.
The roofing contractors will replace the covering on the tower which has been found to be unsatisfactory and leaking in parts. This will be completed at no extra cost to the parish.
We thank Roger Beynon [Project Leader] for overseeing this work for us, which has been quite a commitment for him these last few years.
During October The Churches Together in Mumbles Group set up an exhibition in All Saints Church.
After discussions regarding 2017 - 500 years after the beginning of the Reformation - the single churches looked into the history of their own church here in the Mumbles area, and display boards were exhibited around the church, depicting the history of the various churches and the life of the churches today.
We welcomed Brian Davies as our speaker this evening, who gave us an insight on "Mumbles and Cower Through Time", it was an excellent talk.
November 13th is the date for our next meeting when we will be having a
talk by Paul Channing from the Air Ambulance, this should be a most
interesting evening, please ladies show your support. Friends are welcome also.
It was with sadness that we heard of the passing of Jean Williams, one of our faithful members, and we extend our sincere sympathy to Jean's family.
The Fellowship met on Tuesday, 17th October 2017. Chairman Les Harris welcomed the large assembly in his usual affable way and, with the help of Tony Roberts, managed to completely bewilder those present with his discourse on the coming Annual Dinner. The date, the venue, was understood but the choice of menu was the source of confusion; however, by the time the application forms are distributed [next meeting] surely all this will be resolved.
Les then went on to introduce the speaker for the night, Mr, Adrian Davies.
Mr. Davies has recently been discharged from the Royal Navy after a very long career which started at the age of 18. Via training establishments, HMS Raleigh and Collinwood, Adrian eventually was trained to serve in HM Submarine Service. Over the years, he rose steadily through the ranks to become a Chief Petty Officer Artificer in nuclear submarines - a most prestigious rank in this elite corps.
With tremendous enthusiasm and verve, Adrian gave us a wonderful insight into the life of a submariner in these gigantic vessels. He spoke with awe of its striking power and its incredible range. He spoke of the underwater tours and how their duration is limited only by the need for restocking food supplies. Well illustrated by slides, we saw the restricted size of the sleeping accommodation and the ship's galley which had to feed 160 men. He spoke of the reliability and incredible performance of the Rolls Royce nuclear reactors and, when asked afterwards, stated that he was unaware of any crew member ever having suffered from any form of radiation.
Adrian has retained his RN connection in that he is now employed in the Royal Navy recruiting establishment in Swansea. There could be no better man in this job.
Tony Cottle, Roger Beynon and Michael Charles have signed on for 22 years. We shall miss them, but the Fellowship will send food parcels.
At the end of what was a spellbinding discourse, the Fellowship responded with prolonged applause. The evening concluded with a top class, carefully prepared buffet. A truly wonderful evening.
Next meeting which is the last before Christmas, will be held on:
Tuesday 21st November. The speaker is Mr. Stuart Eley. Bring a friend!
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