Diary for October

01/10/2015 Leave a comment

1     Thursday      9.00am         Worship Committee

1     Thursday     11.30am         Harvest Songs of Praise, Day Centre

7    Wednesday   10.30am        Midweek Service

7-8  Wed/Thur                          Christian  Resources Exhibition NEC

10   Saturday  10am-3.30pm  North Solihull Churches Together                                                               Quiet Day, Temple Balsall

11    Sunday       10.00am       Harvest Festival followed by lunch                                                         and entertainment

12   Monday           9.00am        Infants’ Academy Harvest Festival

13   Tuesday         12.30pm         Parish Lunch

13   Tuesday           8.00pm      Finance Committee

14   Wednesday     9.00am      Childrens’ Ministry

13 Wednesday      10.30am      Midweek Service

19   Monday          2.30pm       Ladies’ Fellowship Harvest Festival

21   Wednesday   10.30am    Midweek Service


1   Sunday               3.00pm   Service of Memories


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St Leonard’s Rambling Club

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Calling all walkers! St Leonard’s Rambling Club is very keen to attract new members to enjoy the delights of rambling across the Midlands countryside.

Rambles of between six and ten miles take place on the first Saturday in the month and the third Sunday of each month., In the summer evening rambles of about four miles are arranged. Visits to hostelries are invariably included. Anyone interested in joining can obtain further information from Ann Eden (779 2496)

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Marston Green Residents Association

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The next meeting of Marston Green Residents Association will be held on Thursday October 1 in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm. All residents are welcome to attend. A representative from the police and parish council usually attend to answer queries.

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Marie Curie Fundraising Group

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The Group raised £3,100 for its Blooming Great Tea Party, over £700 more than last year! Thanks to all who came on the day or supported us in other ways. The Group is particularly grateful to Malcolm Stent for being the official guest and if you would like to see ore of him he will be appearing in Aladdin at the Solihull Library Theatre over the Christmas period.

September 15 was a special day in the calendar because for the third time, the Group had been invited by the hospice to Pay For a Day, the only local fundraising group to have done this.

The next fundraising event will be a Quiz Night on Saturday October 24 at the Parish Hall. Tickets, which are £8, include a fish and chip supper, and can be ordered from Ian on 684 0707 or Linda on 779 4787. Look out for further info/updates on the Facebook page ‘Marston Green Marie Curie Fundraising Group’.

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Our Folk

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Two much respected men in the community have died within a few days of one another. They were Ted Horsley and Derek Harry Jackson, both members of St Leonard’s Church.

Ted, who for some 40 years had been Sacristan at St Leonard’s serving under four incumbents, died on September 7, aged 75. He had over the years trained many servers and in his youth had been a server at St Michael’s South Yardley, where he grew up.

After leaving school Ted became an apprentice and gained a City & Guilds in carpentry and joinery. He worked for Bryants, the house builders, and later for Rentokil and Carter Refrigeration. His last employment was with Birmingham City Council removing asbestos from the council’s properties.

Ted married Audrey at Coleshill Parish church in 1967 and they first moved into Mowe Croft in Marston Green and then in 1979 moved to Brook Croft where they brought up their three daughters, Katherine, Claire and Helen.

In his youth Ted was a keen Scout and became a leader. In Marston Green he and Audrey were founder members of the Friday night dancing group and they were also members of St Leonard’s Rambling Club. In more recent years Ted was an active Rotarian and in 2009-10 was president of Yardley & Sheldon Rotary Club during its 50th charter year.

He was also a keen gardener and enjoyed overseas travel. His funeral  held at St Leonard’s on September 21, was attended by a large crows of family and friends

Derek of Newlands Lane, died on ugust 31 aged 75. He was born in Perry Barr, attended Aston Commercial School and planned to go to university but his father died when Derek was 16. He went into accountancy and qualified through the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.

His first job was as auditor for Astley Vulcan Finance where he first met his future wife, Jean, when they were both 20. The courtship lasted another 22 years before they married and came to live in Marston Green in 1985.

Derek was at one time company secretary for Midland Educational until the firm was taken over and he then moved to work in Leicester as executive secretary for a consortium of brewers importing wines, which involved him travelling extensively in Europe’s wine-producing countries tasting and buying the products, He retired aged 65.

He involved himself in numerous community activities. He was treasurer of 50+ and the Residents Association, organiser of the art group which meets in the Parish Hall, a member of Greenagers and of the Friday night dance group. His funeral took place at Woodlands Crematorium on September 17.

Jean write:”I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support I have received during Derek’s illness and since his death and thank everyone for all the messages of sympathy, the beautiful flowers and plants that I have received.

“I also thank the very kind person who, anonymously, left a tin of flapjacks on the step for me. They were delicious. Derek was a very special man and wonderful husband. I miss him terribly and know that he will de sadly missed by all who knew him. Your support is a great comfort at this very sad time”.



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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal

30/09/2015 Leave a comment

This year we will again be taking part in the Operation Christmas Child ‘Shoebox Appeal’ run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse. A gift-wrapped shoebox filled with exciting presents for a needy child in EAster Europe of Africa brings much happiness at Christmas time.

Toys, sweets. stationery, hats, scarves and gloves etc make ideal shoebox fillers. Leaflets giving a full list of suggested items, age groups and labels are available from St Leonard’s church or from Pat Raymer (779 2987)

Shoeboxes can be brought to church or delivered to Pat before ‘Shoebox Sunday’, November 15, when they will be blessed before being collected by Samaritan’s Purse and sent on their way.

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St Leonard’s Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

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One of the church’s main fund-raising events, Christmas & Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 21 in the Parish Hall between 10am and 2pm. Full details of the day will be published next month.

Should you wish to book a table (approx 70×24),  please  send your details to Louise Alexander, 52 Moseley Drive, Marston Green, B37 7AJ stating your name, address, telephone number and type of goods on sale, together with a cheque for £15 made payable to St Leonard’s PCC

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