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RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends at St Nicholas’,
September is a time of new beginnings. For our young people there is a new school year, perhaps in a new location. For others there has been an anxious time waiting for exam results and now a new step to college, or university, or the world of work.

In the life of our parish September is also a time of new beginnings. The summer is over, and our parish organisations are planning a new season of activity. You will find more details about many of these on the pages of this magazine. If we can help you find more information about any of these activities, please do contact the church office or the organisers directly. You would be welcome at any of the parish activities. When you next visit the Church Hall you will notice that the hall floors have been renovated over the summer, having been sanded and revarnished. This is just one of many projects undertaken by the Select Vestry over the year to ensure that our parish buildings are in a good condition for all of us as we use them.

I also want to thank those who have helped with the things that took place over the summer. Our team of parish helpers have worked together to run the Sunday Funday club each week, a Holiday Bible Club at the beginning of July and of course, the tour guides have welcomed a steady stream of visitors to our historic church throughout the summer.

Our Small Groups begin a new series of evenings together this month. They are a great way for us to meet together informally to learn more about what the Bible teaches us. This autumn we will be investigating two of the great kings of the Old Testament - David and Solomon, reminding ourselves of some of the details of their lives and thinking about their part in God’s plan for his people. We begin this month with David. As in previous years, the groups meet at different times and places in order to give you the opportunity to find the one that suits you best. All the groups would be very glad to welcome new members - do speak to any of the clergy if you would like more information.

Can I also invite you to join us in praying for the life of our parish regularly. Ann McVeigh carefully prepares the monthly Prayer Diary that appears in the centre of this magazine to help us pray day by day in our own homes. I know that many of you find this a great help - do make good use of it as you pray every day. Twice a month a group of parishioners meet to pray together at our PrayerPoint meetings in the Church Vestry. Some of those who attend pray out loud, others listen and pray silently with the group - we are glad to have all of them and we would love to welcome more of you to join us! Would you consider joining us for a short time on the first Monday or the third Tuesday evening of the month? We’d be glad to have you join in this vital part of our life together as a parish.

Finally, there is an extra opportunity to join in prayer over the next few weeks. Many of you will be aware that I will be having a period of sabbatical leave this Autumn. As part of that I will be walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, a 500 mile ancient pilgrimage route. Some have asked if I am undertaking this as part of a group, but I am travelling on my own. I will, no doubt, have many opportunities to meet with folk from all over the world who have also come to walk this famous route, some who are people of faith, but many who are not.

During the walk I intend to pray for all the families on our parish registers and Catherine Milligan has helped me to compile a Prayer Diary for this purpose. An edited version of this diary will be available for parishioners who would like to join me in praying each day. It gives details of where I plan to be walking each day until mid-October and a list of names to remember before God in prayer. If you would like to have a copy do pick one up in church and join me in praying.

I am most grateful to Cameron and Brian who will continue to minister to you over the period whilst I am away and will be shouldering the extra work caused by my absence. Do remember them in your prayers too! I will look forward to seeing you again at the beginning of December!

With love in Jesus,
George

GUIDES

Guides will resume on Tuesday 12th September 2017 and is open to girls aged 10-14.  New members are always welcome.

We are also looking for additional adult helpers.  Would you have free time between 7 pm and 9 pm on a Tuesday and would you be willing to help out, even if you cannot commit to every week?  You do not need to have Guiding experience to be a helper or even become a Guide leader.  Please speak to Julie Irvine for more information if you are interested.

At the time of writing our leader-in-charge, Morag, remains ill.  Please do continue to remember Morag and her family in your prayers.

LATEST FROM TREVOR & ANDREA

Dear Friends,
Please pray for our new Sunday teaching series in Galatians that began in August. We give thanks for the preaching group that continues to meet monthly and it is Trevor and a couple of guys from the group who share together in preaching Galatians.  Please pray for a growing joy in the gospel of Jesus that will constrain and shape our witness to others.

Thank God for a very encouraging first phase of our one-to-one discipleship programme, Tillsammans (together!). Fifteen ‘pairs’ met weekly, throughout the spring, to study Don Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life. Please pray for the second phase of the programme in the autumn and for a growing culture of ‘one-another’ discipleship within GIBK (Gothenburg International Baptist Church). Our church in Gothenburg has been such a blessing to us and we praise God for brothers and sisters from many nations. Please pray for continuing gospel growth in the fellowship and also for new believers to be added.

Praise God for the camps that our daughters attended in Ireland in July.  Grace and Alice had a great week at West Tyrone CEF Camp in Kilkeel while Emily was blessed and encouraged through CEF Junior Training Week in Kilkeel and also Intents Youth Bible Camp in Cavan.  Pray for God’s gracious hand in their lives especially as they return to school.  Emily and Alice will return to the same schools as before but Grace will be moving to the Upper School campus. School is a very challenging environment for all three girls and we appreciate your prayers so much for them.

Trevor and Andrea are studying Swedish as a second language (SAS). Please pray for continuing progress with our Swedish. Language school has also been such a rich source of gospel opportunities and we pray that this will continue. R from China who has been reading Mark’s Gospel with Trevor will move to work in Trollhättan after the summer. Please pray for continuing contact with R and others from previous courses.

While the girls were at camp, Trevor and Andrea enjoyed a relaxing week at Rock House in Portstewart. It was a lovely opportunity to meet with some of our prayer partners throughout the week. Trevor also had the privilege of speaking God’s word at the Crosslinks Ireland annual meetings in Belfast and Dublin, at the end of June. We praise God for all who are partnering together with us in the gospel.

Looking back over the past year, we praise God for his faithfulness to us. It’s been a year of much change and at times daunting challenges but God has taught us again and again to lean on him and to trust in his sufficiency. As we enter our second year in Sweden, please pray Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:16-19 for us, and we’ll also pray it for you!

‘... that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith- that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’

With warmest greetings,
Trevor, Andrea, Emily, Grace & Alice xx


SENIOR MOMENTS

Well, it seems no time since we broke for the summer!!!  Hope you didn’t blink or you may have missed it!!  Even though the weather hasn’t been great, we have a lot to be thankful for.  Many places have suffered devastation through fire, storms, mud slides etc.  We give thanks that in comparison we have been extremely fortunate.

I hope you have enjoyed the break, whether you managed to go on holiday or just chilled out.  I hope you will be returning to Senior Moments full of joy and expectation.  If you have never been to the group, please come along and see what we get up to.  I can assure you of a very warm welcome.

We are awaiting confirmation of a series of creative reminiscence workshops where participants, under the guidance of a qualified instructor, will use various methods of jogging our memories.  These will employ practical participation by members (not too energetic).

We have a monthly luncheon club held once a month in Ownies Bistro and this is a great way to reach out to one another.  Feel free to come along to this.  Speak to myself or a member of the group, if you wish to know more about this event.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up with all your news.

God Bless
Joan Armstrong, Chairperson

PrayerPoint

Our PrayerPoint schedule this autumn will follow a fortnightly pattern with a shorter Monday evening at the beginning of the month and a slightly longer time on a Tuesday night in the middle of the month. PrayerPoint evenings are your opportunity to join in prayer for the life and witness of St Nicholas’ and the church of Jesus Christ around the world.
Come on one of the evenings or come to both;
Come for the whole evening or come for a short time;
Come and pray aloud or in silence;
But come - we’ll be delighted to see you!

St Nicholas’ Church

Monday 4th September
7.00pm - 7.45pm
&
Tuesday 19th September
7.00pm - 8.30pm


SOUND DESK ROTA SEPTEMBER 2017

                     Morning                        Evening
3rd         Johnnie McAlister           Glenn Nelson
10th       Gillian Dalton                 Julie Irvine
17th       Rachel McVeigh             Steven Todd
24th       Graeme Miles               Glenn Nelson

Crèche Rota September 2017

3rd       Karen Bell & Ciara Lester
10th     Lorraine Gibson & Valerie Leighton
17th     Deirdre Beck, Rachel McVeigh & Sophie Foreman
24th     Ann Hodge & Kathleen Arthur

The Crèche is in the Choir Vestry.  Children can be left there from 10.50 am each Sunday.   It would be appreciated if those who kindly staff the Crèche would be there in good time.  If you can't be present on a Sunday listed, please arrange for another of the volunteers to cover for you. Thank you for your co-operation.


Flowers in Church August 2017 (not in last magazine)

20th      Stella Neil—In memory of Edmund
20th      Gladys McAtamney—In memory of my mother Betty

Flowers in Church September 2017

3rd    Vacant
10th    The Lutton Family—In memory of Kathleen
17th    Vacant
24th    Roy Anderson—In memory of my wife Sally

If you would like to donate flowers for the Church please fill your name in against the appropriate space on the Flower List in the main porch or speak to either Catherine in the Church Office (028 9336 0061) or Gillian Dalton.  As these details go into Parish News we would ask, if possible, book your chosen Sunday at least 6 weeks in advance.
 

VESTRY HOUR

Parishioners wishing to see clergy during the vestry hour on
Wednesday evenings are asked to ring the office on
028 9336 0061 to book an appointment. 
This is to avoid clergy waiting in the church hall unnecessarily.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

St Nicholas’ Parish Church

Prayer Diary – September 2017

The monthly Prayer Dairy included in Parish News is designed to help us pray each day of the month for a different aspect of our parish life, our community, and our nation.  It also includes prayer for situations, communities, and individuals in other parts of the world.  Each Prayer Diary begins with a Prayer of the Month.  Keep it to hand and use as part of your daily devotions.

A suggested pattern for daily devotions:

1. Read a portion of Scripture.
2. Thank God for what you have learned from His Word.
3. Confess your sin.
4. Use the Lord’s Prayer.
5. Use the Prayer of the Month.
6. Pray for others and for yourself, including the topic of the day.


Prayer of the Month

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everliving God, we give you thanks for bringing us safely to this day:  Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger, and in all things guide us to know and do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.            BCP


1st September – Friday
Last week Heather Cooke, our former Diocesan Lay Reader, was ordained Deacon, to serve her Deacon Internship in the Lower Shankill.  Pray for her.

2nd September – Saturday
This month Dioceses will elect representatives to the General Synod.  Pray that men and women who believe in God’s Word will be elected to serve Him.

3RD SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (12th Sunday after Trinity)
This is our Rector George’s last Sunday with us before he begins his Sabbatical and it is also the Sunday when Sunday School and Bible Classes resume.  Pray for George and Nadine; for Lynn Rodgers and Sunday School teachers.

4th September – Monday
As Cameron prepares to take on extra responsibilities during the Rector’s absence, pray for him and for Brian.  Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.

5th September – Tuesday
The Select Vestry meets this evening.  Pray for the members of our Select Vestry and for the discussions and decision making at this evening’s meeting.

6th September – Wednesday
Once again pray for George as he travels to begin his walk tomorrow.

7th September – Thursday
Pray for Bishop Elias Chakupewa in Tabora and for children’s and youth Ministry in the Diocese.  Pray that he and Emmanuel would have a positive working relationship so that more will come to know Christ as Saviour.

8th September – Friday
Our Youth Fellowship are taking part in this weekend’s ‘Connor takes the Castle’ at Castlewellan.  Pray for them and for opportunities to form friendships during this event.  Pray for our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers; our Brownies and Rainbows; and for Busy Bees.

9th September – Saturday
This is European Heritage Open Days weekend and marks the end of our Church Openings for Visitors.  Give thanks for those parishioners who have been in church to welcome visitors and for opportunities to speak to visitors about our faith during visits.

10TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (13th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for our church services today.  Pray for Johnny McFarland our former Diocesan Lay Reader who will be ordained today in Altnagelvin to serve in Sion Mills.  Pray for all those being ordained this month and for those contemplating or beginning study for Christian Ministry.

11th September – Monday
The Small Groups begin again this week and will study the Life of King David.  Pray for our Small Groups, especially for hosts and leaders.  Pray for the Senior Moments group meeting this afternoon.

12th September – Tuesday
Our Guides and Senior Guides resume this evening.  Pray for them, remembering also Morag Stewart, their previous leader who has had to retire from Girl Guiding due to ill health.

13th September – Wednesday
Cameron joins staff and pupils at Carrickfergus Model this morning for Assembly.  Pray for this and for invitations to visit other schools in the town.  The Irish College of Preachers Annual Conference gets underway at the Theological College in Dublin.  Pray for Mark Smith of City Church in Dublin who is this year’s guest speaker. Pray for Alison, the members of the choir and for the extended choir preparing for next month’s Harvest Praise service.

14th September – Thursday
Pray for the sick, for those awaiting or undergoing treatment; for those recovering and those for who whom there will be no cure.  Pray for Carers.

15th September – Friday
Pray for Trevor and Andrea Watson and their daughters in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Pray for Crosslinks.

16th September – Saturday
Pray for the leaders of all our church groups.  Remember especially those in leadership roles in our youth and uniformed organisations; that they would always be aware of their added responsibilities for the young people in their charge.  Pray for our Safeguarding Trust team.

17TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (14th Sunday after Trinity)
This evening’s service is our monthly Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing.  Pray for this and all of our worship today.

18th September – Monday
Pray for Catherine Milligan, our Church Office Administrator, in what is a busy week for her as she prepares the next issue of Parish News.

19th September – Tuesday
Pray for this evening’s PrayerPoint.  Pray for Persecuted Christians, remembering today those in Sudan, Yemen and Eritrea.  Pray for Open Doors.

20th September – Wednesday
Pray for those who have been bereaved and are feeling the pain of loss today.

21st September – Thursday
Following the retirement of the Very Rev John Mann as Dean of St Anne’s, the first meeting in the search for his successor takes place today.  Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in this process and for our Bishop Alan Abernethy.  Pray for the team assembling Parish News this morning.

22nd September – Friday
Pray for our elected representatives and that we would have stable government in Northern Ireland.  Pray for our leaders in Westminster, and in what seems an increasing volatile world, for world leaders also.

23rd September – Saturday
Pray for this evening’s Brownies’ Beetle Drive.

24TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY (15th Sunday after Trinity)
Pray for today’s International Justice Mission, ‘Freedom Sunday’, for an end to slavery; for our services; and for the Music Group at our Family Service.

25th September – Monday
Pray for young people who have left home to study at University.

26th September – Tuesday
Give thanks for those who clean our church and church halls.

27th September – Wednesday
Pray for Mission Carrickfergus and for the Clergy Fellowship meeting today.

28th September – Thursday
Pray for the Craft Group meeting this morning.

29th September – Friday
Pray for the members of our Catering team.

30th September – Saturday
Pray for our new Girls Group, that it would grow and flourish.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES

Our new Sunday School and Bible Classes resume on Sunday 3rd September 2017 at 11 am in our Church Halls.  We look forward to seeing all the familiar faces from last year, together with any Primary School children and Secondary School youngsters who haven’t been to Sunday School or Bible Class before.

Bible Class youngsters should attend classes at 11 am each Sunday in the Halls. 

On the first Sunday of each month, Sunday School children of Primary School age are asked to be brought to the Halls at 11 am.  On the second, third and occasional fifth Sundays they should attend Church at 11 am and, at an appropriate point in the service, they are then accompanied by teachers and brought to the Halls for Sunday School from where they can be collected at the end. 

On the fourth Sunday each month children are encouraged to attend the Family Service in Church with their parents.

We intend to keep the new format introduced last year which we feel has kept the children engaged throughout the morning.  Your children's time with us is precious, particularly as we help your children to understand God’s word and the way He wants them to live their lives.            Lynn Rodgers, Sunday School Superintendent

Children’s Outreach Mission, Tabora
At Prize Giving back at the end of June, I mentioned that I had £350 waiting to be sent to Emmanuel the following week.  There can be no doubt that God is working in this mission programme as in early July I was able to transfer £520 to Emmanuel.

Emmanuel has been bowled over by such generosity.  While he has been on holiday for part of the Summer, he says that his prayers have been focused on how to use this money wisely in order to reach many more children with the love of Jesus. 

An example of this was a joint meeting of two of the Good News Clubs on Sunday 23rd July when over 100 children gathered to take part in praise, prayers and Bible teaching.

We pray that Emmanuel and Elizabeth (who is behind everything he does) will be led by God as they plan Outreach Mission activities for the next several months.

Elizabeth’s recovery is progressing slowly, as she does her physiotherapy exercises, but it is progressing in the right direction.  May she be patient as she experiences God’s healing caress.


.Christian Baptism

“Suffer the little children to come unto me”

13th August 2017
Joshua William Joseph Jameson, 30 Prospect Downs South


Christian Burial

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

13th July 2017
Alexander Larkin, 9 Slemish Heights, Carrickfergus

20th July 2017
Sylvia Beryl Thompson, 32 Northlands Court, Carrickfergus

31st July 2017
Leslie Weir, 70 Madigan Park, Carrickfergus

31st July 2017
Mary Jane Shaw, late of Hillside Park, Whitehead

8th August 2017
Sarah Agnes (Sally) Dooley, 70 Davys Street, Carrickfergus

18th August 2017
Kenneth King, 7 Islandmagee Road, Whitehead

22nd August 2017
Alexandra Mary (Sandra) Montgomery,
8 Harwood Park, Carrickfergus

Christian Marriage

What God has joined together, let not man separate’

1st July 2017
Mark William Debenham, 3 Lysia Road, Flat 5, London and
Sarah Beck, 3 Lysia Road, Flat 5, London

Calling all Crafters, knitters, crocheters.

The Thursday morning craft group will begin its new session on September 14th at 10:00 in the minor hall.  We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the month. Following a short Bible reading, one morning consists of making a craft item and the alternative morning we bring whatever project we may be working on at home and enjoy a good natter with a bit of craic.  Tea, coffee and a wee biscuit are part of the elevenses.

If you are free on Thursdays and enjoy some fun and fellowship, please come and join us and see what it is all about.  Although you may say, ‘I’m not good at craft things’, you might be surprised at what talents lie beneath the surface.

Should you require any further information do not hesitate to contact me, Janice Nelson,

Church Open for Visitors – Summer 2017

Saturday 3rd June – Tuesday 5th September incl
Saturday:  11.00am – 1.00pm
Tuesday:  2.00 – 3.30pm

European Heritage Open Days
Saturday 9th September:  11.00am – 3.00pm
Sunday 10th September:  2.00 – 4.00pm

There is no admission charge but all donations are gratefully received.

It may be possible to pre-book tours of the church at other times but prospective visitors should be aware that all times – including those of pre-booked tours – are subject to change or cancellation, sometimes at very short notice (funerals etc).  We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and in such cases will make every effort to offer an alternative time or date.


Visit to Kildare Outlet Village

Following a very successful bus trip to The Kildare Outlet Village last November I have been approached by some ladies in church and asked if we are going again this year.

I am more than happy to arrange this trip again if there is a keen interest.

The date would be Saturday 11th November.  The cost last year was £13.50 however we are currently looking into booking a hotel for an evening meal with an approx cost of 20 Euros and also stopping at the Avoca shop on the way down for tea and scones as yet cost unknown.

If you are interested can you please give me your name no later than 17th September.  Last year we hired a 53 seater coach and filled it with a reserve list for any cancellations.

Everyone is welcome so please contact Janice Nelson if you would like to go on this trip.


LAUGHLINES

Full name, please
A man was registering at the doctor’s surgery near his new home. Asked for his complete name, he replied: ‘Peter John O’Dear Sullivan.’

The receptionist repeated it slowly. ‘Your third name is very unusual – some family connection, I suppose?’

‘Oh no,’ sighed the man. ‘Nothing like that. I was given the third name when the vicar dropped me in the font.’

Spelling
Teacher: Donald, how do you spell crocodile?
Donald: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L
Teacher: No, that's incorrect.
Donald: Maybe it is, but you asked me how I spell it.


If any parishioner known to you is sick or in hospital,
please contact the church office or the clergy
so that they may be visited.  Thank you



POINTS TO PONDER

It is only with gratitude towards God that life becomes rich.      Dietrich Bonhoeffer

All that Jesus was and taught and did is but a revealing of the eternal God.
E F Hallock

Eternal life does not begin with death, it begins with faith.          Sam Shoemaker

It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversations in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things, till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensure your growth.          F W Robertson


CALLING ALL SINGERS!

As the new session approaches, we would
welcome any new members into our church choir, especially male voices.

However, we do recognise that many of you would enjoy the fellowship, camaraderie and 'craic' we have at practices but cannot afford the time to commit to this on a permanent basis, so we would, once again, offer the opportunity for anyone who enjoys singing to attend for about
4 weeks in preparation for the harvest services, when the choir takes a larger role than usual.

Anyone interested in joining us either on a temporary or permanent basis please come along to the church on Wednesday 13th September at 8 pm.
Hope to see you there.  Alison

Prayer for a new student
We hold you, at university,
at the heart of every prayer,
And we ask our God who loves you
Just to hold you in His care.

May He make His presence known
To you in every way He can
And may you know His blessing
As you grow within His plan.

Where your life journeying will lead you
In the future is not clear,
But we pray that God will guard you
From all danger and all fear.
                    by Millie Carver



BOWLING CLUB

The Bowling Club will reopen on
Monday 4th September at 7.30 pm in the Church Halls. 
New and old members will be made very welcome.


Services in September 2017

3rd    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Holy Communion—A letter to Corinth:
            To the saints in Corinth
            1 Corinthians 1 v 1-3    Jean Stewart
            Matthew 8 v 5-13        The Preacher
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            Hosea: Love that never gives up
            Hosea 1 v 1—2 v 1        Jackie Kane

10th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—A letter to Corinth:
            I thank you God for you
            Ruth 1 v 8-18            Joan Armstrong
            1 Corinthians 1 v 4-9    June Carmichael
    6.30 pm    Service of the Word
            Joel: Rend your heart
            Joel 2 v 11-17        Ray Gilbert

17th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Morning Prayer—A letter to Corinth:
            No room for cliques!
            Numbers 12 v 1-19        Kathleen Arthur
            1 Corinthians 1 v 10-17    Valerie Barr
    6.30 pm    Holy Communion & Prayers for Healing
            Amos: Grace in a warning!
            Amos 7 v 7-17        Alex Jones
            Luke 7 v 31-35        The Preacher

24th    9 30 am    Holy Communion
    11.00 am    Family Service
            Jesus’ people—a worldwide family
            Acts 2 v 1-12
    6.30 pm    Evening Prayer
            Micah: True worship—an obedient heart
            Micah 6 v 1-8         Colin Logue


Volunteers needed FOR . . . .


the cleaning team We currently need more help to clean the church and church halls.  Could you spare one hour a week to help with this work?  If so please contact Catherine in the office  028 9336 0061 or speak to one of the clergy.

TEA ROTA SEPTEMBER 2017

Please organise within your group as to who will bring milk and biscuits. If you cannot be present on the Sunday listed, please arrange for another volunteer to cover for you or phone Gillian Dalton (9336 5687 or 07801 389860). Many thanks for your support.

3rd Sally Campbell Tina Campbell Carol Anderson
10th Valerie Kirk Robin Gray Joan Gray
17th Laura Horner Heather Parkes Colin Parkes
24th Gillian Dalton Kaye Cheshire Patricia Wilson


Busy Bees will be starting again on
Friday 8th September at 10.30 am in the Halls.
Everyone with pre-school age children
is welcome to come along!


BROWNIES

Beetle Drive Fundraiser

Saturday 23rd September
7 pm—9.30 pm in the Church Halls
Suggested donation—£5 per person which will include supper and spot prizes!

 
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