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A reminder that we are holding an online Lent course this year on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm; The material we are using is called 'Labours of Love' which has been written and developed by the Diocese. The central idea is 40 days of kindness with a look at how St Benedict's rule can help us grow in love and service. The login details are https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7296061906?pwd=eFZ6VFFlbUlTVVhZQ0NjMnZ5d2VPQT09. Meeting ID: 729 606 1906 and the Passcode: saints
The course material is attached to this email. If you need a printed version I am happy to print some off. The weekly topics are as follows:
23 February Listen
“This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” Matthew 17
St Benedict says “Listen carefully, my child, to the guidance of your teacher. Listen carefully to it with the ear of your heart.”
2 March Pray
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" Matthew 11
“This is the beginning of my advice: begin everything you attempt with the earnest prayer that it will be brought to completion.” St Benedict
9 March Live
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [and] ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Mark 12
“When a monk is to be received, he promises… commitment to community, ongoing conversion through the shared way of life and obedience.” St Benedict
16 March Love
"By this shall all know you are my followers – that you love one another" John 13
“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else” St Benedict
23 March Come
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" Matthew 11
“It is a way which seems narrow at first. But, as we progress in the life of conversion and faith, with heart enlarged and love beyond expression, we will run with joy the way of God’s commandments.” St Benedict
30 March Humble
"The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20
Divine scripture calls out to us saying, “Anyone who lays claim to a high position will be brought low and anyone who is humble will be lifted up.” St Benedict
Any questions then please let me know.
Rev Leon Collyer
Parsonage House, Low Street, Ilketshall St Margaret, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1QZ
01986 781345 or07714 986462
I hope you are all well and not too frozen! With Lent and Easter just around the corner, I am writing to give a brief update on church services.
We will not be holding an Ash Wednesday service this year but there is a Diocesan online service which was recorded at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The link is here: https://www.cantusfirmus.org.uk/resources/ash-wednesday-service.html
We will be holding an online lent course on Tuesday evenings (23 Feb, 2, 9, 16, 23 March) from 7.30pm to 8.45pm. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7296061906?pwd=eFZ6VFFlbUlTVVhZQ0NjMnZ5d2VPQT09
Meeting ID: 729 606 1906
We are closely watching the covid situation and hope to be able to reopen soon for public Sunday worship (social distancing included). In the meantime we are broadcasting the service online at 10.00am each week. The link is the same as above with the service recorded and uploaded to the Benefice Youtube channel.
Looking forward to the possibility of meeting together to celebrate Easter.
A reminder from the 'bin' men. Your wheelie bin is a COVID hot spot. Please wear gloves when putting it back.
New info from Rumburgh Buck
The Buck continues to offer Takeaway Food, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings between 5pm & 7pm.
A delivery service is now in place for beer, cider & wine on a Friday afternoon, delivering to The Saints, Metfield, Linstead, Cratfield, Chediston, Wissett and Rumburgh. Sunday Roast Takeaways will be available 12pm- 2pm and 4pm-6pm for Valentine's Day, Sunday 14th February, Mother's day Sunday 14th March and Easter Sunday 4th April. Please phone 01986 785 257 to discuss your requirements.
These continue to be delivered from Cutlers Hill to the Rumburgh Buck on a Thursday and either delivered to you by myself if you are in Rumburgh or Winky Evans if you are in The Saints. I hear on my rounds that some people are getting a build up of meds. and phone messages to Cutlers Hill don't seem to be getting through. This is probably because any amendments need to be in writing. You are welcome give me a note drop into the pub or if you are passing pop a note through their letterbox which Stella will put in the Rumburgh box to be collected the following Thursday.
There is a brown box outside Tony Goldson's House, Blything View, The Street Rumburgh for food donations.
Having already given the bank details for anyone wishing to pay on line, I now realise not everyone does online banking.
Cheques for the food-bank are payable to Waveney Food Bank and sent to Waveney Food Bank, Unit 9b, Brome Ind. Est. Eye, IP23 7HN
Cheques for the Community Larder are payable to Halesworth Volunteer Centre, ( community larder on the back) and can be posted or /dropped into Halesworth Volunteer Centre, London Road, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LW or to Rev'd Jane Held, Assistant Curate, Blyth Valley Team Ministry and Cluster, Oak Cottage, The Street, Rumburgh, Suffolk IP19 0JX Thank you to those who were asking me. Sorry this reply has taken so long.
The bakers is open Monday - Saturday 8 am - 3 pm.
Coopers and The Post Office will remain open Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm. Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm Cooper, and 9 am - 2 pm the Post Office.
Buying something on line? Hope to spot online scams - go to WHICH.CO.UK/SHOPSMART
Church Service in The Saints
On Sunday 14th February The service will be held at St. James South Elmham at 10 00am. Zoom code 729 606 1906 Password saints
This will be recorded and available on YouTube. Leon Collyer - The Saints.
'All Saints is in urgent need of structural investigation of the wall footings and masonry repairs costing £10,925. We are trying to raise the funding balance of £1,185. If you can help to support the work please make a contribution on our donation page at: www.visitchurches.org.uk/SEL A contribution can also be made by texting "SEL" to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10. THANK YOU '
Church Services in the Blythe Valley
Eucharist 14th February 2021 10 00 am. Zoom code: Id 892 3344 9437 Passcode 253438 or on FB - blyth valley churches suffolk
Ash Wednesday Services 17th February 10 00 am cafe Worship on Zoom Contact Rev'd Alison 07584 416 277 for access code.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist 6 30pm Zoom ID 823 6325 5733 Passcode: 044328 FB Livestream: Blyth Valley Churches Suffolk.
Don't forget Jim's Mobile Shop, Rumburgh and the Saints on a Thursday afternoon.
The COVID vaccine at Reydon is now the AstraZeneca, and there is no need to wait for 15 mins. afterwards.
I haven't yet spoken to anyone who has needed to show their NHS number.
BEWARE, some people have received a text message about their vaccine, this is not genuine.
Remember you aren't stuck at home, you are safe at home.
Keep warm, Sange and Steve.
People are asking whether the foodbank and the community larder are the same thing. They are not, but they are complementary and work closely together. The foodbank is run by Waveney Foodbank and works from St Mary's Church Halesworth once a week. They issue ready packed and sealed boxes of dry goods -(within a set range of contents to help reasonable nutritional quality) enough to support 3 days worth of meals per eligible person a week. To get a foodbank box you need to fit criteria, apply, and be given a voucher to access your food. Vouchers can be obtained from HVC as well as from the Foodbank itself. The collection point at the coop and at the Church are both for foodbank donations.
The community larder is an open access service three mornings a week. It is a joint project run by the Blyth Valley Team and HVC supported by the Town, district and county councils. All are welcome, no questions, no eligibility criteria. It has dry goods, fresh food, fruit and vegetables, dairy produce, bread etc and household and hygiene products. Fareshare give a double pallet of surplus supermarket goods monthly, and the CoOp donate surplus bread and cakes three times a week. Melons donate potatoes and onions and gives fruit and at a reduced cost. Morrisons provide big donations regularly, and Spar helps as often as they can. So does Peasenhall General Store and Laxfield CoOp. The hygiene bank also supply personal hygiene items regularly to the Larder.
It works on a give and take basis. You can bring stuff to donate, bring stuff to donate and take other stuff away, take stuff and make a cash donation for it or just take stuff. Everyone can choose what they want. All the cash donations go straight back into buying stuff we need/are short of. Food bank users sometimes bring things from their boxes they would not eat and exchange them for things they would, plus for fresh food to supplement their meals - so for example they can take some onions and mince to go with the Bolognese sauce in their food-box. That helps very vulnerable folk get a balanced diet. Lots of people bake, make jam or chutney or donate surplus vegetables and fruit in season and of course the wonderful community around us help hugely and are very generous
The community larder also makes up a bag of fresh stuff and treats each week to go out with the foodboxes - which also helps extent the impact of the foodbank. Also if the foodbank warehouse is very short of something they can ask the community larder to give them that thing (if they have it).
If people are not going out and would like to help by donating some money the bank details are:
Lloyds Bank, SORT CODE : 77-66-12 ACCOUNT NO. 22139560 Waveney Foodbank.
The Community Larder
Barclays Bank sort code 20-92-08 account Halesworth Volunteer Centre account number 70790362 ref: community larder
Revd Jane Held
Blyth Valley Team Ministry and Cluster
Suffolk IP19 0JX
07771 556391 or 01986 781318
Norfolk and Waveney has been making great progress in rolling out the vaccination programme in our area to patients aged 80+, care home staff and residents, and vulnerable NHS staff since mid-December. The good news is that there are now three vaccines that have been approved for use – with two currently being given to local patients.
Full details of the NHS Norfolk and Waveny Vacination programme
I hope this finds everyone safe and well.
Home but not Alone
Coronavirus emergency number 0800 876 6926 , 9 am - 5 pm every day or www.suffolk.gov.uk/homebut not alone
- Samaritans - 116 123.
- Anxiety UK - 03444 775 774.
- CALM 0800 58 58 58.
- PAPYRUS 0800 068 4141.
- Young Minds 0909 802 5544.
Attached to this email is the spring rota for the services for the churches in The Saints.
Blyth valley services can be found on their website: www.blythvalleychurches.org.uk
Church of England Services on the radio or television can be found in your TV guide.
Now the info everyone has been waiting for - COVID vaccinations.
A message from Cutlers Hill Surgery
GP Surgeries Beccles, Longshore, Bungay, Solebay and Cutlers Hill have been working very hard behind the scenes for the last few weeks setting up their vaccination site. This has now been confirmed and will be based at the Solebay Health Centre at Reydon.
Please DO NOT contact your GP or any other NHS service to ask for a vaccine. Everyone will be notified by the surgery. Your NHS number will be needed for your vaccine and this should be on the letter you receive.
When you are notified remember to tell the surgery if you cannot drive or use public transport to get there and they will liaise with HACT bus team and HVC to help get you there.
Jim's Mobile Shop - will come to Rumburgh by request. We bought several things from him last Thursday and have asked him to call again this week. If you use FaceBook, it is worth looking up Jim's Mobile Grocery Store, or he can be contacted on 07967 108 986.
If you are able to look on Halesworth Town Council website it lists 57 shops open or able to take orders/deliveries. Wotsits doesn't have a mention this time.
Coopers is open and operate a FREE delivery service.
- Beccles 01502 712 589,
- Bungay 01986 896 462,
- Halesworth 01986 872 110,
- Harleston 01379 772 959,
- Leiston 01728 831 313
The co-op are advertising a Call & Collect service. To place your order phone 0800 050 1601
Morrisons Beccles. For anyone isolating or vulnerable they are still running their door step service pay at the door, please call 0345 611 6111 opt 5. or for more details my.morrisons.com/doorstep-deliveries/
Delivery Charges: Students - £2, Standard - £4:50p, Elderly and Vulnerable - FREE.
Keep well, stay safe,
Sange and Steve.
Click to view: Sunday Service Rota
Recycling Collection for CRUK
Saturday’s recycling collection at The Rumburgh Buck was a great success, with perhaps 20 people dropping off literally dozens of mobile phones, games consoles, cameras, watches, coins, stamps and old jewellery. Two heavy sacks were carried off. Once sorted to ensure everything is compliant, they will be despatched to the recycling firm and approximately 6-8 weeks later a cheque should arrive, which will be donated in full to Cancer Research UK. Many thanks to all who donated. If you couldn’t make it on Saturday or find more items to donate, please get in touch with Jez by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While on the subject of recycling, I have found somewhere that will take pet food pouches for recycling. Kathryn Haycock, who lives just off the A12 on the way to Snape has a collection bin , accessible 24 hours a day, at the end of her drive. Obviously it is better if the pouches can be rinsed and flattened to save space. I put our used ones under a 5 litre can of paint. Money raised goes to St. Elizabeth Hospice.
Following the success of the pumpkin trail at the end of October, Katherine and Stuart are putting on a Christmas trail. Sunday 20th December, 3 -6 pm. Rumburgh, All saints, St. Nicholas and St. Michael folk are invited. This is suitable for families with children, and adults without children. There will be a trail around Rumburgh village, with quiz questions, goodie bags for the children and a prize draw for adults participants. Festive outdoor refreshments are planned at "The Buck". More details to follow but please save the date. This will be a FREE event. So there will be enough goodie bags and refreshments booking with Katherine on 07881 527 967 is essential.
For last minute shopping and Also, in aid of another charity,....
My Flickr "Photostream" shows a selection of earrings I'm selling in aid of Ipswich Women's refuge this year. Socially distanced appointments available any time. Telephone 0986 785 467 or email email@example.com
I hope I haven't left anything out.
This may be my last email this side of Christmas, so we ( my secretary and I ) would you like to wish you a happy safe Christmas and a very healthy New Year. Thank you very much for all the appreciative comments I have received during the year. Also for your patience. You will have gathered I now send nearly everything to everyone which makes life easier for me. If anything doesn't apply to you, please feel free to delete. If you know anyone who would also like to receive my emails, please don't hesitate to forward or pass on my email address.
With very best wishes,
Sange and Steve.
8th December 2020