St Mary's Church update

Written by May Prior.

Photo by Sarah Prior
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Carols by Candlelight on 4th December at St Mary's was once again well attended. The singing was helped by 'Dolce' choir who also performed four pieces including Away in a Manger and O Holy Night.

We have been contacted by staff at the Roman Catholic Shrine at Walsingham, as they no longer have any need for the medieval font, originally from St Mary's Church, it will be returning to the Church, and should be installed in the next few months. This will be of interest to anyone who was christened there years ago when the font was used, and we'd like to hear from you.

There are a number of good quality 2nd hand books for sale in the church, do pop in and have a look if you're passing.

Mince Pies anyone?

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Photos Su Leavesley

VERY few households will be able to resist the lure of a box of supermarket mince pies over the coming weeks, so the Ladies Who Lunch team stayed at home and tested ten boxes and packets of mince pies that are easily available to people in most areas.

Our brief was simple; sample a piece of mince pie and mark it out of 5 for; taste; appearance; amount of fill, and general ‘integrity’ which encompassed all other aspects including whether they came out of the box in bits to how uniform they were, and whether they had leaked any filling, or had excessive amounts of twig and pips in. Also the calories, (but you don’t want to know about that! Except that the Co-op was highest at 263 per pie!). and number of ingredients was noted. Three sets of pies came in plastic cartons (from instore bakeries) and two of them were without information.

Historic England - Angels Award for St Mary's Church

Written by May and Graham Prior.

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photos by Sarah Prior)

On 7th September 2015 Graham Prior and seven other members of the 'Friends of St Mary's' who have been heavily involved in voluntary work for he church, travelled to London for Historic England's Angels Award Ceremony. The church was shortlisted in the category 'best rescue or repair of an historic place of worship' along with three other churches.

The ceremony took place at the Palace Theatre, and the judges were Andrew Lloyd Webber, Emma Bridgewater, George Clarke, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall ( Dean of Westminster), Dr Bettany Hughes, and Historic England's Chief Executive Duncan Wilson.

The Friends group were delighted when Songs of Praise presenter Connie Fisher opened the envelope to reveal that they had won the award, which was presented to Graham and May Prior by Connie and Dr John Hall.

A reception at Kettner's Bar followed the ceremony, and was much enjoyed by everyone.

Parish Council August & September 2015: Hope Valley (Tas Valley Vineyard) and Laynes Farm Planning Applications 2015

Written by Brian Frith.

'Hope Valley' planning application discussion and follow-up

Update 16th September 2015:

Planning Decisions re: 'Hope Valley' (Former Tas Valley Vineyard) and Laynes Farm.
At the hearing of South Norfolk Development Management Committee ('Planning Committee')  this afternoon, both of the recent applications concerning these sites were considered, and both applications were refused by the Committee.  Also, in both cases, enforcement action was authorised, with a one year 'period for compliance'. 
In the case of Hope Valley the applicant has indicated that he might submit another application for less development, but the one year enforcement notice will continue to run alongside that.  If the applicant appeals, there is a delay in enforcement pending the appeal.
In the case of Laynes Farm, an appeal has already been submitted because of an alleged delay in determination of the application, so today's decision by the Committee was to agree what the Committee would have said if they were making the final decision; this decision will be conveyed to the Inspector, whenever the appeal is heard.
The saga continues!