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Egleton News – October 2016

In last month’s Egleton News acknowledgement was properly made of the commendation of the mediaeval Scratchdials which adorn the inner Walls of St. Edmund’s Church. Our thanks then were due to the Rutland Living Magazine. By now, we have further reason to be truly thankful; this month to the Rutland Bellringers whose newsletter selects, as Church of the Month, St. Edmund’s, Egleton.

Not surprisingly, the Bellringers [Teams of Them!] do not profess real interest in our ONE BELL, but they do highlight St. Edmund’s architectural merits; “the interior of the church and the carving over the Norman South Porch and Chancel Arch … all passing visitors must take time to see”. This recognition demands our Parish’s appreciation and widespread attention!

So we have further, sound reason to employ our loyal team of parishioners who open the Church every morning – and close it each evening – so as to extend cordial invitation to each of St. Edmund’s visitors: and before the Service – at 9:15 a.m. on First & Third Sundays monthly – you will hear the melodious tone of that Single Bell endorsing our ever-ready welcome.

But, as it happens, the Bell will ring only IN THE EVENING of October 2nd; bidding ‘Come ye thankful people, come, raise the song of Harvest Home’.

The Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service – the one service of the day – is to begin at 5.00 p.m. Following the worship the challenging Auction of the Harvest Gifts ensues. Then, suitably exhilarated, there are ample delights to anticipate as the Harvest Home Supper is served.

Festival evening of blessed, thanksgiving day;
Time for assembly when Saint Edmund’s folk may,
With bright intention, as single as ’tis sound,
Bring God lavish praise, on our harvest home ground!

Neville Ashton