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December 2018

P.C.C. Pickinqs

The Parochial Church Council met on Monday 18th November.

Mumbles Ministry Area The Vicar reported that the parishes of the Ministry Area would be coming together for several combined Advent, Christmas and Epiphany services.

Restoration Roger Beynon informed the meeting that the painting of the south aisle had been completed and that the rood screen had been restored. The Lady Chapel screen and font cover would be cleaned at a later date. The PCC noted its thanks to Barbara Richards for raising over £1,800 towards the cost of the rood screen restoration, and to Alan Thomas and Bernard Hex for looking after the tower clock.

Finance £45,000 had been paid in parish share by the end of September, with £31,000 outstanding by the end of the year. The meeting hoped that, with a gift aid refund and a draw down from the School Fund, we would be in a position to meet the share in 2018.

Safequardinq & Messy Church As Katherine Williams was standing down as Safeguarding Officer it was agreed to let the Vicar approach someone else to take on this important role. Katherine was thanked for her work over the last few years.

It was reported that Messy Church was going well and the meeting thanked Jordan Spencer and his team of volunteers for running this outreach to children and young families.

Curate's House There had been a delay in putting the house on the market due to uncertainty over the number of years left on the lease. Now that this had been resolved the Vicar & churchwardens would instruct Dawson's to put the property on sale.

Ostreme The meeting was informed that the Vicar and Churchwardens [as trustees] had been approached by Mumbles Community Council with the proposal that they take on the lease of Ostreme at a full market rent. The Ostreme Association would then rent the hall from the council. The Vicar and churchwardens had agreed that the proposal be looked into. They would report back to the PCC once a rental figure had been agreed by the surveyors acting for both sides. It was hoped that the lease would begin in the New Year.

Given that the development of the site was now unlikely it was agreed that this proposal would be a good way forward for the community and parish.

Servers & Eucharistic Assistants The meeting unanimously agreed to appoint Jordan Spencer, Sonia Jones and Chris Pickard as Eucharistic Assistants in the parish [Sofia's & Chris' licences would be transferred from their former parishes].

Patronal Festival & Lunch The meeting felt that this had gone very well and the organisers and cooks were thanked for a most successful occasion.

Next Meetinq 10.30am on Monday 21st January 2019 in the Churchrooms.

M.E.G. Notes

We had an excellent evening with Stuart as our speaker, thank you for a most entertaining time Stuart.

We have no meeting in December.

Our January lunch will be held in the lower church room when we will have a two course buffet provided by The Langland Bay Golf Club. I can assure you of excellent food. If you have not put your name down please contact Merlys, Anne or myself. It will be on January 14th 12.00 for 12.30
cost £13.50 which includes a tip. Please let us know by 7th January.

I would like to wish you A Very Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Brenda

 

Men's Fellowship

The Fellowship met in the lower Church Rooms on Tuesday

evening, 20th November.

Chairman Les Harris welcomed the large assembly with the good news that the Annual Dinner would be held at the usual venue in January 2019, - the Bristol Channel Yacht Club. There had beendoubts as to its availability but all is now sorted. Forms of  application were distributed, with the usual request, that they be returned as soon as possible for ease of administration and also because numbers were limited. This request, of course, will be completely ignored.

The speaker for the night was introduced. It was one of our own, Mr. Henry Steane, the distinguished Civil Engineer, who, being well groomed and immaculately turned out, stood out like a beacon on a black Welsh mountain. He spoke of his profession.

From the beginning, Mr. Steane held his audience and, with great pride, spoke of his profession's origins and long history - reminding us that this year sees the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Civil Engineers. We were warned, early on, that the talk would be plagued by the haphazard intrusion of "red herrings" and it is true that these sanguine creatures did swim into the main channel of the talk throughout the evening, however they did not detract from the flow or interest of the main subject but, on the contrary, added a little zest. He spoke of his personal career and many of his projects in different parts of the country with casual talk of bridges and roads here, and sewer systems and railways there - all with light hearted good humour.

It was a most enjoyable evening and what came across loud and clear was the message that here was a no-nonsense man who knew what he was talking about; a true professional who having done his job well, was quietly and immensely proud of what he had achieved.

The Fellowship responded to the Chairman's vote of thanks with warm, prolonged applause. The evening finished with the usual enjoyable buffet,

The next function is the aforementioned Annual Dinner in January, at the BCYC. Forms for which have been distributed. If you are not in possession of a form, contact Chairman Les NOW!

This is an opportunity for Chairman Les Harris and his Committee to wish all members:

"A Joyful and Peaceful Christmas with a Happy New Year to follow!"

Grafton

 

November 2018

M.E.G. Notes

We had an excellent evening with John Powell who took us down memory lane' LETS GO TO THE TIVOLI'. Many thanks John.

Next month we meet on the 12th November, when we welcome Stuart Batcup with a talk entitled 'You Would Not Believe'. So come out in force ladies, it should be an interesting evening.

          We welcomed four new members recently. namely Betty, Janet, Joan
and Jennifer.

Next month will be the last meeting of the year, when we resume in January for our annual lunch, venue to be arranged.

Brenda


Men's Fellowship

The Fellowship met in the Lower Church Rooms on Tuesday evening,6th October. Chairman Les Harris gave his usual warm welcome to the large turnout, and briefly ran through the coming events. He reminded members that the November meeting would be the last of the year at which full details would be provided for the Annual Dinner in January 2018.          

He then introduced the speaker for the evening - Mr. Peter Moule who was to speak on a subject of which little is known by the general public -'The Blood Bikes of Wales.'

We were soon to find out that this wasn't about a breakthrough in the frantic worldwide research for an alternative fuel to ozone destroying oil. This was not about a gore derived fuel. It was about what the bikes carried. Blood! In actual fact, as we were soon to find out, this was not the only lifesaving material transported in emergency haste as an adjunct service to the NHS.

Peter described the makeup of this organisation in the UK; how units were now strategically placed, in close relation to Hospitals and Ambulance depots across the whole country. Surprisingly, it is an organisation supported completely by charity; having, incredibly, no funding from the NHS.

The riders are couriers for those light materials urgently needing transport from one site to another e.g.: a supply of blood needed desperately at a faraway hospital; the transport of an urgent biopsy from one hospital to a specialist laboratory; insulin, antibiotics and even breast milk, for patients in remote rural areas, etc. etc. In Wales alone over a million miles was covered by these bikes last year, saving the NHS millions of pounds and covering the respective journeys in a fraction of the time formerly taken by bulkier transport.

Peter was ably supported by a colleague, clothed in full bad weather fig, who brought along one of the magnificent bikes for the Fellowship to see. This 1500 cc monster was dressed in hospital yellow and green and across its front below the handlebars was boldly emblazoned - "BLOOD!" These machines cost in excess of £17,000 each and are specially works adapted for the job they carry out. A big plus is the way a skilled rider, with blues flashing, can thread his way through the thickest of traffic jams [legally] to reach his goal- in a fraction of the time taken by the normal NHS transport [probably a double decker bus].

Peter then invited any member of the Fellowship, who wished to do so, to have a ride on the back of the bike. There was no rush to take up this offer.

Peter Moule was a great ambassador for this superb service, speaking with tremendous enthusiasm and Chairman Les made a handsome donation on behalf of the Fellowship. There was the usual warm round of applause in appreciation.

Next month, the Fellowship will be privileged to have one of its own as the speaker - and with a difference!

Eminent Civil Engineer, Mr. Henry Steane, will talk of his work in this most prestigious of professions.

There will be the usual format for the evening - finishing with a quality buffet. Remember! There is always room for friends to share the warmth of our fellowship.

See you on Tuesday 20th November 2018, 7pm for 7.30pm.

Grafton