April's Church Services are shown in the chart below. This week is Holy week and the Vicar has arranged some extra services, online and as Lockdown is starting to be lifted some are in the churches. Please see the next post for details,
2 years to the day 3 Haughton ringers was asked to ring a quarter at Stoke Minster before their evensong. Details of the performance and a picture of the team can be found via this link: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1277500
It seems a world away being able to ring freely, visit other towers and mix with good friends like we did. Hopefully one day we'll be back ringing again very soon.
Haughton W.I. were very sad to learn that their longest serving member, Molly Jarvis, had died on Wednesday March 17th 2021. She was 107 years old.
Molly had been a member of Haughton W.I. since she came to live in Haughton nearly 70 years ago. During that time she served as Secretary and Vice President and she was President from 1977-1979. She was a very active member and was involved with Produce and Craft Competitions for the County Show and the Drama Group. Molly left the village in 2008 to be near her daughter in Leamington Spa but she continued to be a member of Haughton W.I. and took a keen interest right up to her death. Molly’s husband Jim was Chairman of Haughton Parish Council and The Jim Jarvis Playing Field in Haughton bears his name.
The Bell Ringers rang a plain course of Plain Bob Doubles during their zoom meeting this evening, in memory of Molly. Visit https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1427011 to see details of the performance
Jocelyne tolled the 4th for the National Day of Reflection March 23rd 2021, marking 12 months since the beginning of the first National Coronavirus Lockdown. We can't wait until we can get ringing proper again!
View the performance at https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1427013
St, Giles church will be open for quiet reflection of Tuesday 23rd March in the morning between 10am and 12 noon. A bell will be tolled at 12:01pm
We were all very sadden to hear Margaret Jones of Stafford passed away last week. I first remember meeting both Margaret and Selwyn at a North Staffs Association training session held at Eccleshall in the mid nineties, and I would then see them at the monthly Saturday afternoon meetings. Although Haughton isn't that far from Stafford, it wasn't until I moved to the town that I became a regular visitor to St Mary's where both Margaret and Selwyn had rung for many years, Selwyn as captain. They both very much included me within their team.
I've rung one peal and many quarters with Margaret. Over the years she had many roles within the North Staffs Association, but more recently she would organise a monthly 12 bell practice at Newcastle, where I gained most of my experience ringing on higher numbers. Margaret has also helped and rung with most members of our Haughton team.
During our Zoom Meeting tonight, we've dedicated a plain course of Grandsire Doubles to Margaret, https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1425207 as the Covid-19 restrictions are still in place and are unable to ring in the tower.
Rest in Peace Margaret
You may have noticed and have hopefully used it, we run a local business directory on this site. These are businesses that used to advertise in the old magazine, support and serve our church and village. When the magazine ceased I copied them across. Most now advertise in the new magazine and as a bonus I'm happy to keep the directory on the site for everyone's use. If I've missed anyone off please do let me know and I will add them. If you have a website we are happy to publish that and put a forward link to it, this helps you to get up higher on the Google rankings.
However I recently I've had a couple of anonymous posts on the directory page advertising websites I've never heard of, and so without clicking any links I have removed them. Online security is very important to us, there are so many scams out there, trying to get you to click on links, trying to become friends, just to empty your bank account. Hopefully you have noticed we do not display telephone numbers or email address in 'raw' text, and save the details as graphics to avoid 'spam spiders' picking them up.
So if the posts that have been deleted are genuine then please get in touch so we can verify them and add them to our directory.
REMEMBER NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU HAVEN'T MET OR DON'T KNOW. DON'T CLICK ANY LINKS ON EMAILS OR TEXTS THAT LOOK SUSPICIOUS.
The Church of England has partnered with Marie Curie on 23rd
March 2021 to mark the first anniversary of the first lockdown in the
UK with a national day of reflection to reflect on our collective loss
due to Covid-19, support those who have been bereaved, and hope for a
have been invited by the Church to participate in this day by marking
the end of the one minute silent reflection at 12 noon by tolling a bell
at 12:01. (Maybe someone from our team can volunteer)
There are other ways to get involved on the day detailed on
the Marie Curie website at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/
An event has been set up on Bellboard if you wish to associate any ringing with this day at https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/
We have been continuing our weekly Zoom meetings on a Wednesday evening, work permitting. We have progressed well with Plain Courses of Grandsire Doubles, although touches seem to be a little hit and miss. We are perhaps looking at changing the Method to Plain Bob for March, now we have the hang on theringingroom.com, although we are finding it is very 'internet permitting'!
I believe by the end of today all ringers will have had their vaccines and although that doesn't automatically lift Lockdown restrictions for them, it's obviously a good step in the right direction, in getting back into the tower. If anybody would like to join our Virtual Practice then please email us.
We are happy to share any village News on our site, please just email us with any text or pictures.
Below are details of the Virtual Church Service List for March. I'm am sure I speak for everyone, when saying it was a 'Ray of Sunshine' to hear the governments suggestion of the Lockdown can start to be lifted due to the good hard work of the scientists, NHS workers, Health officials and the General Public. We can't wait to get back to 'Normal' (although I'm not sure if any Bell Ringer can be quite described as that! 😀 - me included) Well done everyone.
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