Marston Green & District Lions will be holding a pre-Christmas Party for local senior citizens at the Banbury Club (opposite ASDA) on Tuesday November 24. Tickets will be circulated to local clubs as usual, but can be obtained by contacting Simon on 07792 047546 or 0121 681 4269
The club will be promoting its Christmas activities at ASDA (Chelmsley Wood) on Saturday, November 28. It is also a chance for people to meet members and find out more about Lions and what they do.
In December the Lions will be escorting Father Christmas around Marston Green and Chelmsley Wood. They would welcome any additional elves (helpers). Last year they were joined by Central Search & Rescue on the wettest night, and as a thank you a share of the proceeds of that night was donated to them. Members will be out weekday evenings from Monday 7th to Tuesdays 15th inclusive and the afternoons of December 12 and 13. If you would like to help or are a local organisation who could help by providing volunteers please contact the Sleigh Master Simon 07792 047546 or 0121 681 4269.
The prospective LEOs (Age 14-18) are looking forward to joining the team and seeing the results of their hard work helping to renovate the sleigh. They also continue to help those in need. If you are a young person, or know of a young person that might be interested in joining our prospective LEO Club, please contact Lions Christine 07800 719 758 or Mick 07791 865 828
St Leonard’s Walking group’s rambles for November are on 7th and 22nd. The annual walking weekend at Dunfield House was very successful and included walks at Witley Court and Berrington Hall in Herefordshire.
Many family and friends attended the inspiring funeral service to bid farewell to Ted Horsley. Audrey writes: “A huge thank you from myself and my family to everyone in Marston Green for their prayers, love and support during Ted’s long illness and following his death in September.
“Your kindness has been overwhelming and it is difficult to find the words to express our appreciation of the many beautiful cards, flowers and plants which I received, and also the lovely cake made by a kind friend. I must also thank my dear friend Jenny Staite for her continued support and for the shopping trips, and not forgetting Alan Packer, who with the late Derek Jackson, visited Ted most Friday mornings to keep him company while I went shopping. It is at times like this that you really appreciate what a kind and caring place Marston Green is.
“My thanks also to Penny Harrison, Roy Allen and all those who contributed to such an uplifting service which truly reflected Ted’s life.”
November at St Leonard’s
1 Sunday 3.00pm Service of Memories
2 Monday 9.45am Pilgrim Course
4 Wednesday 10.30am Midweek Service
8 Remembrance Sunday
10.00am Preparation service for the Act of Remembrance at……
11.00am held in the Garden of Memory
9 Monday 9.45am Pilgrim Course
10 Tuesday 12.30pm Parish Lunch
11 Wednesday 10.30am Midweek Service
15 Shoebox Sunday 10.00am Communion and Blessing of Shoeboxes
16 Monday 9.45am Pilgrim Course
2.30pm Ladies’ Fellowship
18 Wednesday 7.00pm Parochial Church Council
21 Saturday 10.00am-2.00pm Christmas Craft & Gift Fair
25 Wednesday 10.30am Midweek Service
29 Advent Sunday 10.00am Blessing of Sheep
7.00pm Advent Celebration
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)
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.
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”.