News from St. Mary, Ballinger 

ST. MARY’S, BALLINGER NEWSLETTER; APRIL & MAY 2022
It’s hard to believe we are nearly in April and that spring has perhaps well and truly arrived. With the relaxation of lockdown rules we are able to fling the doors wide and welcome everyone back again. However, Maggi and I are very aware that during the last couple of years the fabric of the building has begun to deteriorate and with your help, plans are afoot to sort out the most pressing tasks.

 
INSIDE THE CHURCH…
St. Mary’s looked spick and span for our service in March which was well attended despite several of our congregation disappearing on their travels. Maggi and I also seized the opportunity to thoroughly clean those areas which required some attention after the long winter months.
OUTSIDE THE CHURCH…
Invigorated by longer days and more sunshine we have edged the lawn, tidied the flowerbeds and tackled the moss on the side paths. John Dilworth is once again cutting the grass on a regular basis for which we are immensely grateful.
 
CAN YOU HELP? DID YOU KNOW THAT ST MARY’S IS 150 YEARS OLD IN 2023?
Whilst we have a rolling programme of tasks, we are currently assessing the outside of St. Mary’s. The south side particularly requires attention; both stained glass windows and their surrounding wooden frames are in urgent need of repair as is the render which is starting to come away from the brickwork. All of this will cost several thousands. The good news is that with our successful grant application to Sweet Charity and a couple of generous donations we are able to make a start on the windows and the frames.
Next stop is the render at a current cost of £8,000. We are applying for another grant which we will probably have to match. We will be holding some fund raising activities in the coming months so that these projects can be completed before winter. Every penny helps so if you are able to contribute in any way please do contact Maggi or Anne.
 

LOOKING AHEAD…
SUNDAY, 3rd APRIL at 9.30am: Informal Holy Communion with refreshments afterwards.
MONDAY, 11th APRIL at 6pm: Prayers for Holy Week
SUNDAY, 1st MAY at 9.30am; Morning Prayer followed by refreshments.
REMEMBER: Sunday, 29th May, 6pm, Parish Evensong @ St. Mary’s - our Patronal Festival.
Everyone welcome, so do please come and join us for this special occasion.  Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served afterwards.
 

OTHER NEWS…

  • More candidates were interviewed last week for the post of Vicar, click here for the update.
  • Coffee Mornings in the garden will begin again in May.  Further information will follow soon.
  • St Mary’s have a stall at The Lee Flower Show which is making a happy return on Saturday, 16th July
  • A warm welcome to Rebecca Bazzard who will be moving in to No2 Watson Cottages in April
  • The next supper party at St. M is booked for the middle of May. This is a private function but it highlights the fact that St. Mary’s is available for anyone to use. It has variously been a school, village hall, mission room and church and it’s entirely appropriate that it is used for a wide variety of activities. If you are interested please contact Maggi or Anne.
  • We’re compiling the coffee rota for 2022, so do put your name down to help on the sheet in the porch.
  • Don’t forget that the church is always open. Why not use the book stall or do a jigsaw swap.
  • Please be sensitive to those who are more comfortable wearing a face mask inside St. Mary’s whilst socially distancing at services.
  • Finally, if you know of anyone else who would like to be included in this round robin newsletter please let me know.


With Love and Best Wishes, Anne xx