September’s meeting at Portland College was attended by 18 members. After lunch guest speakers John and Jane Henson gave a talk about their work at a refugees’ and asylum seekers’ centre in Nottingham. At a business meeting afterwards plans were made for an overseas working party, a fundraising coffee morning and a brass band concert at Sutton Centre Theatre on Friday, 19th October.
Activities on a theme of All About Me, included doing pictures of children’s faces and making a train-shape display for listing children’s birthdays. Children did an experiment about expansion, danced with ribbons and had their favourite stories and dinosaur-theme activities. A puppet show was about the story Handa’s Surprise. A Ladybird certificate for good behaviour went to Taylor Harvey. Max Spence and Lucy Thomas celebrated their fourth birthdays.
New Cross Church
The Vicar, the Rev Tim Mitchell, celebrated Wednesday week’s Holy Communion and chaired a church council meeting. Hilary Bostock led Pins and Needles Group’s meeting and Thursday week’s crafts group meeting. June Bagley led Friday week’s MINGLE Group meeting. There was a children’s breakfast club meeting on Saturday week. The Rev Alan Boyd celebrated Sunday week’s Holy Communion and youth team members arranged 11 Alive service. Greeters were Peter and Susanne Brunt. Steward Bernard Brown and Joyce Handford gave readings. The Rev Frank Crowther and Derek Smith took the offertory. Carol Frear and Pauline Hawkins served refreshments. There was a worship and games evening later. On Monday week Norma Mitchell and Julie Cotterill led a toddlers’ group meeting and Jane Selby, a drama group meeting. The vicar led Bible study at Stoneyford Christian Nursing Home. There was a community choir practice yesterday week.
St Mary’s Church
The Vicar, the Rev David James, presided at Sunday week’s Eucharists and preached at the early service. At the later service Maureen Peat assisted, preached and led intercessions. Junior church members and leaders met at Magdalene Centre. The vicar led a midday baptism service.
Zion Baptist Church: Sunday week’s worship was led by Helen Tomlinson and the worship team. Speaker the Rev Robert Allen’s theme was The Light of the World. Brian Tomlinson was in charge of sound and lighting mixing systems. Xtreme Sunday school was led by Jenny Peel and Kerry Ellis. Refreshments were served after the service.
United Reformed Church: Mr Geoff Ware led Sunday week’s service and organist was Mrs Helena Wain. Mrs Crystal Gibson gave a reading and Miss Eileen Jackson was vestry steward. Mrs Gill Brunt was door steward. Mrs Ellen Hartshorne arranged flowers given in memory of Mr David Bowler. Daniella Budd and Rose Stone took the offertory and Mrs Rachel Ross led family church.
Major Peter Disney led Wednesday week’s over 60s meeting and with Sylvia Linnell served meals at the lunch club meeting. Maj Dawn Disney led Sunday week’s morning service and Maj Peter Disney, the evening meeting. Jean Spooner and Major Dawn Disney led Monday week’s parents’ and toddlers’ session.
Brierley House Centre: Mr M. Wood and Mrs J. Connah were bingo callers recently. Game winners were Mesdames Connah, B. Rudhall, I. Leach, J. Gregory, J. Wood, D. Mitchell, E. McKee, J. Mansfield, M. Brain, M. Johnson, E. Hill, P. Dykes, C. Stevenson, M. Rolley, M. Barsby, D. Goddard, A. Ball, W. Harris, J. Spiby, M. Pitchford and Messrs Wood, A. Morrison, H. Mitchell and A. Saysert. Raffle winners were Mr Mitchell, Mr Morrison and Mesdames Pitchford, Connah and Spiby.
Community of Christ
At Wednesday week’s coffee morning nearly new goods were on sale. Richard Holmes, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, led Sunday week’s service and played guitar. The theme was All Are Worthy. Ralph Holmes was pianist. Vivian Betts and Brenda Waring served refreshments.
Aspley Court Day Centre
At yesterday week’s meeting beetle drive winners were Mary Armstrong and Christine Lee. Members played bingo after lunch. Game winners were Mary Armstrong, Kath Drabble, Christine Lee and May Godber.
St John’s Methodist Church
Olive Branch coffee bar was open on Friday week and Saturday week. There was a Boys’ Brigade meeting on the Friday. The Rev Barry Shipley conducted Sunday week’s morning service. Mrs Elaine Guy played the clavinova and steward for the day Mr Gordon Bestwick and Mrs Ann Cope read lessons. Mrs Alison Wood led the evening service. Other steward for the day Mrs Irene Bestwick and Mrs Vera Hocking read lessons. Mrs Sue Otter operated the clavinova. On Monday week there was a meeting of Ashfield Childminders’ Group. Miss Brenda Marshall was speaker at Monday Christian Group’s meeting. In the evening Sutton Choral Society had a rehearsal. Yesterday week there were meetings of the carers’ and toddlers’ group, a Scrabble group and a zumba class. There was an art class at the community room last Wednesday. Ploughman’s lunches were served at the hall and members of Sutton Heritage Group met at the community room.