St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Mar 2022

I hope you are all well and managing to stay warm. It has been a very mild, wet and gloomy January, As I write the sun is shining and we have blue skies. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the arrival of Spring. It’s lovely to see the Spring bulbs appearing once again in the garden. 

Please keep warm and be careful in the cold weather and look out for your friends and neighbours. 

On the farm, everywhere is very muddy, our wellington boots are a must! 

The pigeons are enjoying a diet of rape plants as the crops struggle to get established in the difficult conditions. We are once again trying to grow a few fields of Rape as the Linseed was an unsuccessful crop last year. The Owls in the barns are very noisy at night. Hopefully it will be a good year for the owls. It is a wonderful sight watching them fly along the hedgerows and seeing them perched on the barn roofs. An interesting fact: 14th February is also traditionally the day the birds choose their mates. National Nestbox week organized by the British Trust for Ornithology, starts on this day. 

This month we pray especially for Queen Elizabeth II as she begins her Plati-num Jubilee year on 6th February. It will be wonderful to be able to recreate Street parties from past Jubilees in June this year. 

To all those who are ill at home or in hospital our thoughts and prayers are with you. 

FAMILY SERVICE AT ESSENDINE: – Sunday 6th February at 10.00am. This is an all age service led by Katy and Anne. Refreshments will be served after the service. Everyone is very welcome to attend. 

HOLY COMMUNION: A service of Holy Communion will take place at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 13th & 27th February at 9.00am. Everyone is very welcome to attend. 

Katy Parkinson (Churchwarden)