Parish News

May Letter
Hello friends, 
 It’s in the middle of April as I am writing this letter for the May edition of the Link, looking outside I really think that spring is actually coming.  Yes, we are still getting chilly days, but the sun is putting in an appearance and with the lighter evenings it feels more spring like.  My garden is a mass of plants coming to life again, it’s so wonderful to watch nature in action and very soon we will be seeing the newly hatched baby birds being fed by their parents. What a wonderful time of the year, this new growth/birth gives us all a well needed boost after the winter months.   
 On Mothering Sunday 31st March, St James held a special service with the theme of mothers and the children of all ages presented their mothers with flowers.  This is truly a day for us all to cherish the gift of motherhood.  
 In our churches we are preparing for Easter.  The Sunday prior to Easter is Palm Sunday when anybody who wishes to, joins together at the Scout hut at 9.15 for a procession to St James and at St. Mary at 11.15 waving palms and singing hymns to symbolise Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, this is followed by Holy Week the week when we remember that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. During this final week of Jesus’s life we have services every evening, remembering Jesus’s life and death and in preparation for the celebration of Easter Day when he arose from the dead. 
 Before the special service on Good Friday at 1pm, at St. James, in the morning at 10.00am we will be having our annual messy church, a morning when parents and children get together to enjoy craft and lunch together. I would like to tell you what a success that day was, but this letter has to be passed for printing by the 14th, so I will leave it to Wendy next month to update you on all the Easter events. If you see this letter before Easter you will find all the Easter Service details in last month’s edition.  
 Recently in the High Wych Memorial Hall there was a Race evening, it was extremely well attended, it was great fun and a social event for the entire village. In the village of High Wych we are very blessed that the Memorial Hall committee provide social events as do the St James Fund Raising Team, all these events not only generate capital with the aim of improving these two buildings, but more importantly to build happy and good relations with all the people who live in and around the surrounding areas.  The Memorial Hall committee have a programme of events planned for this year and the next main event to be run by St James Fund Raisers is a concert entitled ‘A night at the movies’ John and Beverley Sharples are very talented performers and its an evening not to be missed.  See the details elsewhere in our local magazines.  And then in September, it’s the Scarecrow Festival again, what more can I say. 
 Hope to see you at one of these events, in Church, in the Memorial Hall or just around.  Please say hello. 
 Joy   



FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Friday 31st May – John & Bev Sharples to entertain you again at St James, High Wych

Saturday 7th September and Sunday 8th September - Scarecrow Festival

Coffee Shop – The Coffee Shop is open on Tuesdays between 8.45am -10.00am in term time. Come and enjoy some fresh ground coffee and home-made scones. All welcome.