Thanks to all who helped with the cooking and who has come along to the Tuesday Lunches. They made £1,155.27 last year which supports the work of St Leonard’s in Marston Green and the wider world.
We would always welcome more for this hour of food and fellowship. We ask for a donation of £4 for a two course meal and tea/coffee.
If anyone would like to either help with the cooking or just make a sweet for us, we would be very grateful. The next meal is on Tuesday, February 11 at 12.30pm in the Lounge.
On Tuesday, March 4 (Shrove Tuesday) there will be a soup and pancakes lunch. Following this each Tuesday there will be a lunch in aid Of Christian Aid and on Good Friday, there will be a Fish Lunch
Bickenhill Parish Council, in conjunction with other organisations in the parish, will be holding events to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War and to honour those who gave their lives in this conflict.
If you can help with providing any stories/photographs about those who took part, or the role of our community in the 1914-18 war, for example the small Canadian war hospital in Elmdon Road, Marston Green, please contact the co-ordinating team by calling the Parish Clerk on 779 4040 or e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillors Advice Surgery
Saturday, February 1, 10.30am-12.00pm
Drop in service for advice and information
Marston Green Police Beat Surgery
Saturday, February 15, 10.30am-11.00pm
Drop in for advice and information on local issues
Knit & Natter
The next meeting will be Saturday, February 22. Everyone is welcome
Thursday, February 27, 10.30am to 12pm. This month’s theme is ‘Diaries’. Everyone is welcome. Have a chat over coffee /tea about authors’ books or anything else! Free to attend.
Drop in on the first Thursday of each month 2.00-4.00pm. For free and confidential one-to-one support, motivation and information available to anyone 18+ who wants to make a healthy lifestyle change.
Coffee Drop in
New for 2014 – we now provide self service tea/coffee making facility – 50p per cup. Catch up with a friend or just enjoy a quiet read with a cuppa!
Storytime for the under 5s
Mondays February 3,10,17,24, 2.30pm-3.00pm
Half an hour of stories, rhymes, songs and colouring. No need to book.
For further information please contact staff at Marston Green Library, Land Lane, Marston Green, B37 7DQ. Tel: 0121 779 2131 or e mail email@example.com
The tenancy of 11 St Leonard’s Close, a three-bedroom semi-detached, has become vacant and anyone wishing to rent the property should contact Rob Sale (779 4328)
DIARY ……………February at St Leonard’s
2 Sunday 10.00am Family Communion
3 Monday 10.00am Pastoral Committee
5 Wednesday 2.00pm Inter-church meeting
11 Tuesday 12.30pm Parish Lunch
14 Friday 2..00pm Praise & Play
17 Monday 2.30pm Ladies’ Fellowship
24 Monday 10.30pm Drop- in coffee morning
25 Tuesday 7.00pm Lent Course: King’s Speech film
Baptist Free Church
Raymond John Hornsby, whose death at the age of 82 we reported last month, led a varied life. He was educated at Saltley Grammar School and during the Second World War spent time on a family farm. His abiding passion was aircraft and he joined the RAF where he became code breaker at Bletchley Park.
After leaving the RAF where he gained wide experience in electrical engineering and telecommunications, he joined the GPO and worked his way up the career ladder obtaining various qualifications and diplomas with honours along the way.
When the GPO split he joined the British Telecom arm and retired in 1989 after 42 years service
In 1958 he married Margaret Hebbert at Christ Church, Burney Lane, Ward End, and they had two sons, Peter and Roger, and daughter Alison. In 2008 he and Margaret celebrated their Golden Wedding by renewing their vows and going on a cruise.
Ray was a tireless worker in the community. He served as churchwarden at St Leonard’s and was heavily involved in the care and maintenance of the church and the extended parish hall. He was the driving force for the partnership that now exists between the Parish Council and the church.
In 2001 he was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease but he kept an active mind and continued his interest in family research.
His funeral at Yardley Crematorium was jointly conducted by the Rev. Penny Harrison and the Rev .Roy Allen. There will be a Memorial Service at St Leonard’s at a date to be decided.
Jeff Davis thanks to all the Children’s Society box holders for their generosity in 2013, a difficult year, but for which the total of £1,252 was about £40 up on the previous year.
He writes:”Looking through the records when Margaret first took over the box collections in 1974, we collected £23.52 from a relatively small amount of box holders – now there are 58.
House box collections are one of the most reliable sources of income and raises over £2 million each year for the society.
A cheque for £100.68, the proceeds from the Christingle Service and Candle Tube donations from the Infants School, Millie’s christening candle collection and Amanda’s bag of coins, was also sent to the Society. Grateful thanks to all concerned.