Christmas is going to be quite different for everyone this year and our Christmas Day 10am service is no exception. Face masks must be worn, there will be no singing and social distancing must be maintained. This means we are restricted by the number of pews we can make available. One family can occupy one of the 14 available pews or 2 individuals. It would be really helpful if you intend to come individually or as a family if you let us know in good time to avoid disappointment. We certainly don’t want to turn anyone away and we want the service to be as meaningful and enjoyable as ever. I can be contacted on 710641 or by email on email@example.com
Wishing everyone in our parish a very happy Christmas from St Mary’s
In stark contrast to the weather for the recently successful socially distanced Harvest Celebration just 3 weeks ago, even more locals pitched out yet again in damp and chilly ‘timed intervals’ around Amport and Monxton last weekend, to help raise more funds for local causes.
This time the same Ladies group joined forces with newly ‘localised’ American Master Brewer, Tim Hartigan, to recreate the atmosphere of a German beer festival inspired by ‘Fraulein’ Melanie Bacon! Pre-booked guests were invited to book a table for a beer tasting and then be served a variety of delicious Bratwurst from the outdoor kitchen which also doubled up as a takeaway for casual passers-by. Declared yet another compliant success in difficult circumstances the event raised another £300 but did so much more than money in supporting social cohesion, goodwill amongst neighbours and of course wellbeing across all ages. Wunderbar!”
Please take the time to visit Windermere House, Chalkpit Lane on Sunday 20th September between 12 noon to 3pm where you will find a range of fresh local produce as well as superb home-made Blackberry & Gin Jam. All proceeds raised will go to Monxton Church and the Village Hall. Price: £3.50 per jar or 3 jars for £10.
Win a Hamper
There will also be a raffle to win a fabulous hamper, kindly donated by Rosebourne in Weyhill. Tickets are just £1 and the draw will take place at 3pm.
Jean Wood ‘s home-made preserves have traditionally been sold at the Open Garden Teas at the August Bank Holiday to raise funds for Monxton Church. As this could not happen this year home-madepreserves, marmalades, jams and jellies will be sold in the drive of Fourways Cottage (at the crossroads), by kind permission of Mr & Mrs McCausland on Sunday, September 20th from 12 noon until 3pm as part of the Autumn Harvest Celebration.
These two delicious treats will be for sale at Lodwick, on the corner of High Street and Chalk Pit Lane on Sunday 20th September, 12 noon to 3pm, as part of the Covid-compliant, socially-distanced Autumn Harvest Celebration.
Apple Butter is made of apples, a little sugar, a squeeze of lemon, cinnamon and cardamom, then roasted long, low and slow (around 7 hours at 140°c) until they are concentrated and the consistency of butter. Truly delicious on hot, buttered toast or with cheese. Nicola Dunning has been making Apple Butter for a month now, selling it to raise funds for the Mama Paulina School of Hope in Kenya. £800 raised so far, the aim is to reach £1,000. Price: just £5 per jar.
Our Monxton Apple Juice, has been pressed and bottled especially for this event by Kimpton Apple Press. Price: £3.50 per bottle or 3 bottles for only £10. All profits to go to Monxton Church and Village Hall. It is delicious!