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Brooke News – December 2016

Earlier this summer the burial of Mrs Cox, a resident of Brooke some years ago, took place in St Peter’s churchyard; it was her wish to be buried back at Brooke and where her son and family now live.

A thank you to Bill and Margaret Lamb who hosted our last PCC meeting on Wednesday 18th October 2016 when only six members were able to attend, the others unfortunately being ill or away on holiday, however after Rev Julie had opened the meeting with a prayer ‘the select six’ soon skipped through the agenda making decisions on dates etc and deciding the way forward with any issues. The committee also expressed their grateful thanks to Sue Tyers who has resigned as secretary of the PCC but we look forward to still seeing her as part of our congregation. The date of the next PCC meeting will be 1st March 2017 and the APCM on 5th April 2017, venues to be decided later.

Another problem had occurred with the organ the previous Sunday but the congregation had proved to be a melodious a capella choir after being given a note by Connie. Repairs to the organ had been hurriedly made and all was well for the wedding on Saturday 22nd October.

On a beautiful autumnal day and with St Peter prettily decorated with seasonal flowers, berries and foliage, Mary, the daughter of Ian and Elizabeth Bell of Brooke Priory was married to Christopher Tait of Hexham, Northumberland. The young couple live and work in London, Mary as a PA for a company director and Christopher as a supermarket store manager. We wish them well for their future together.

Our service of Remembrance was at 8am on Sunday 13th November and was taken by Rev Julie assisted by husband Phillip – we particularly remembered the three young men of Brooke who courageously gave their lives in WWI. They were Pte Stanley H Burfield aged 30 yrs, Dvr Herbert Molyneux aged 32 yrs and Pte Joseph Royce aged 23 yrs.

Christmas cards depicting St Peter, which is always open, are now on sale in the church at the reasonable price of £3.50 for five cards.

Dates for your diary:

Christmas Coffee Morning at Rose Cottage, Brooke – 10:00am-12:00pm on Thursday 8th December
Candlelight Carol Service: Sunday 18th December at 6:00pm
Christmas Day Service – Holy Communion (BCP) at 8:00am

And from a Victorian Christmas card a seasonal greeting to all our friends,

We seem too busy every.day
To say the things we want to say;
Our deepest thoughts we seem to hide
Until we reach the Christmas-tide.
‘Tis then we send to friends again
In happy words the old refrain –
‘ A Very Merry Christmas’.