Both the Mayor, Cllr Kate Wild, and the Leader of the Council, our own Ward Councillor Bob Sleigh,
will attend the Blooming Great Tea Party on July 5 at 69 ElmdonLane in aid of the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.
Geoff Croft from Walnut Tree Nursery will be there answering gardening questions, and there will be a tombola, raffle, live music and many other things.
Everyone is invited. If you would like more information or tickets please call Ian on 684 0707 or Linda on 779 4787.
Marston Green & District Lions Club raised £1,240 at their very successful “Race Night with a Difference, at the Onward Club, Chelmsley Wood. Seven races were run, each race sponsored by a different local business and thanks go to Barrett’s Butchers & Delicatessen, Flair DIY, Franklin & Hawkins Funeral Directors, Handful of Flowers, Subway, We-Fit UK and Picnic Basket. Proceeds are going to the charity “Me and Dee” www.meanddee.co.uk
On Sunday, July 6 the Lions will be holding their annual changeover of Club Presidents. The current President, Geoff Matthews, will be handing over to the new President Heather Lee at an afternoon tea party which will be held at Geoff’s home. If you would like to join the Lions, or just find out more about them, contact Heather Lee, 0121 682 6485 or Bob Jones, 0121 788 8870
6 Sunday 3.30pm-5.00pm Messy Church for all ages
8 Tuesday 12.30pm Parish Lunch
10 Thursday 2.00pm Prayer Chain Meeting
11 Friday 12.00 noon Finance Committee
2.00pm Praise & Play Open Day
7.00pm for 7.30pm Fashion Show, Parish Hall
16 Wednesday 7.30pm Parochial Church Council
18 Friday 9.15am Junior School’s end of term service
28 Monday 10.30am Drop-in Coffee Morning, Meeting Rolm
The speaker at Ladies’ Fellowship’s meeting on Monday, July 21
will talk about Music in Motion – a musical performance with signing to help the deaf community
Praise and Play are holding an Open Day at 2.00pm on Friday July 11. All are invited to come along
and join the group of pre-school children and their carers in the Meeting Room and on the church lawn, if not wet.
There will also be a raffle and afternoon tea. This will be in aide of an outing to Weston-super-Mare on
Friday, August 22.
More details of the outing next month
May 25 Ruby and Phoebe Watson
June 7 Oliver Eagle and Kimberley Stafford
On St Leonard’s
What a day we had at St Leonard’s Church on Sunday, June 8. First of all we had a wonderful celebration of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, made all the more special because we shared the worship with our friends and neighbours from the Baptist Free Church. On the day when we celebrate the birth of the Christian church it was extra special to be able to worship together as a community of faith.
Then in the afternoon we were treated to a tour of the theatre-land of the West End of London, without having to leave behind Marston Green, when Lorna Want came to entertain us with songs from the musical theatre. We were wonderfully entertained with a wide range of styles, of emotions and of shows. A total of £435 was raised for the Missions Committee Disaster fund. Lorna is currently touring with Annie Get Your Gun which is due in Birmingham at the Alexandra Theatre from July 1-5. We look forward to welcoming Lorna back to St Leonard’s when we hope many more people will be able to come along and enjoy her wonderful voice.
Looking ahead, on July 6 we mark Chaplaincy Fortnight as we hear how members of our congregation serve as chaplains, both paid and as volunteers, in hospitals, councils and in retail. This is an important ministry as chaplains are able to meet with people in their working environment and share their good times, as well as support people with some of the more difficult problems we can encounter in life. Also on July 6 we launch our Messy Church afternoon of activities for families with children.
All ages are welcome and we look forward to a time of fun, songs, craft, stories and a tea party with children and their parents, grandparents or carers. This will be held from 3.30pm-5.30pm in the Parish Hall. Please do come along and experience fun, food and faith –Messy Church simply means come as you are ! You are all welcome!
Tuesday, July 8 is the date for the next Parish Lunch, held in the Elmdon Lounge of the Parish Hall. All are welcome to come and share in a lunch and enjoy the company of other people as we eat together.
On Friday, July 11 by popular request we have the return of the Fashion Show. This is to be held as a fundraiser for the Missions Committee of St Leonard’s Church, which raises money to send as an immediate response anywhere in the world where there is a disaster. Look out for posters around the village with more details. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door.
Moving from one school to another is a time of mixed emotions and we are privileged to be able to share in this time as we host the leaving service for the Year 6 pupils from Marston Green Junior School at the end of their term. We look forward to being able to celebrate all they have enjoyed and achieved, as well as help them look forward to new challenges.
A busy time in the life of St Leonard’s Church, but also one which we hope enables many members of the community to join in. Penny Harrison