A DAY TO REMEMBER AND CHERISH
Well what a day it was!
It was meant to be a Thanksgiving Service for Alistair’s life and to be
quite honest, I was
expecting it all to be a difficult, sad time.
However, with the tremendous help and support of all our
wonderful friends at Little Malvern
Priory, it became a very special day which I and all my family will always
The cars were parked with such efficiency, Alistair would
have been very proud!
Our beautiful church looked magnificent, thanks to the
wonderful flower ladies.
People just seemed to keep arriving and I think everyone was
found a seat somewhere thanks to such calm efficiency and good humour.
The service, both words and music, was very moving but also
uplifting and knowing that I was surrounded by so many kind friends, is
something that will stay with me for a long time.
The afternoon at home afterwards was for catching up with
friends and memories, and again, was very special.
Tea was served with gusto and also cleared up in the blink of an eye.
Special praise to such an efficient team!
Alistair, I know, would have been very touched by all the
kind thoughts and I felt very proud to be a small part of such an unforgettable
Thank you all so much.
Open Day Floristry
Thank you once again for all your
help with the flower displays. They are a real reflection of the joy that goes
into creating them.
This year’s Open Day takes place
on Monday 6th May. We shall be decorating the church Saturday 4th May starting
at 9.30. The theme for this year is:
ANNIVERSARIES CELEBRATED IN THE
The Queen’s Coronation - 60th anniversary
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – published 200
Royal Philharmonic Society – 200 years old
Wagner – born 200 years ago
Verdi – born 200 years ago
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 100 years old
Kennel Club – 140 years old *
Benjamin Britten – born 100 years ago
London Underground – 150 years old *
Beatles released ‘Please, Please Me’ - 50 years
Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space – 50
Martin Luther King delivered “I Have A Dream”
speech – 50 years ago
The Lawn Tennis Association founded – 125 years ago
Doctor Who – first BBC broadcast 50 years ago
* denotes already chosen
You will probably find many more
anniversaries to add to the list. It should be an interesting display!
I hope to see as many of you as
possible on the above dates and hope that the arranging continues to give
pleasure and fun.
Best wishes, Barbara.
Parish Share – a fresh
Parish Share - that is, the amount we pay towards the
running of the Diocese and its work - accounts for over 60% of our annual
outgoings. In 2012, our Share stood at over £29,000. Parish Share is used to
pay for clergy stipends, clergy pensions, housing and training. Although we
benefit only indirectly from most of these expenditures, our Share helps to
underpin the fundamental structure of the Church of England in our diocese and
we should be part of a much weaker organisation if we failed to contribute to
Although our Share has risen steadily over the years,
we have so far managed to pay it in full. This may well not be possible in
future. Based on last summer’s assessment of average income in each parish
within the Malvern Deanery, there has been a major reallocation of Share.
As a result, the proportion of the Share allocated to us has been sharply
increased. We are not the only church to have seen its Share go up, and some
smaller and much poorer parishes have had a reduction. On balance this seems
fair, though it does mean we are faced with a considerable additional
The upshot is that we have been asked to provide an
extra 5% annually over the next few years, until our Share reaches the revised
allocation level of over £39,000 by 2017. This is a rise of over 34% and will
be in addition to any general increase added by the Diocese to the Deanery’s
allocation. It is a huge extra amount and we need to find ways of dealing with
it. It would, in theory, be open to
us to ignore the increased allocation and continue to pay at the existing rate,
thereby clocking up a notional debt. But the Diocese is dependent for its many
activities on the financial support of its constituent parishes. The PCC
therefore believes that we should do our best to pay the higher Share, if we
There are few options open to us in this situation,
other than to ask members of the congregation to help by increasing their
regular giving, although the PCC will be examining all possibilities. Members of
congregation already give generously and these are not
the best of economic times. But given especially the increased challenge we
face, please do anything you can to help.
In particular, it is very important
that any regular giver who pays tax and who is not yet registered for Gift Aid,
should sign up to that scheme. It costs nothing, is entirely confidential, and
increases the value of every pound given to £1.25. The easiest way to do this
is to participate in either the weekly envelope or the standing order plans. Our
Treasurer, Peter Williams, will be happy to advise on how this can be done.
The Cure of Souls at Little Malvern
Priory from 1989.
At Easter 1989 the
Revd Edward Cox retired from Little Malvern Priory.
The Church then became part of a United Benefice with All Saints (The
Wyche) and St Peter’s (the Wells) led by the Vicar the Revd Michael Dunn.
Little Malvern Priory wished to continue wih its own minister and after
advertising the Post I was appointed honorary Curate to All Saints, St Peter’s
and Little Malvern Priory in 1990. This
was an honorary appointment as I was a Non-Stipendiary (I earned my living
working in industry and carried out my ordained ministry on a voluntary basis).
I was given special responsibility for Little Malvern Priory and so we
agreed on the title of Chaplain.
When the Malvern Deanery was undergoing a re-organisation,
Team Ministries and Group Ministries were under consideration.
It was agreed that Little Malvern Priory should be made a Benefice in its
own right so that it could retain its Lay Patron.
This was the situation before Edward Cox retired.
After the Revd Michael Dunn retired he was replaced by the
Revd Graham McNamee. I continued in
an honorary position but with special responsibility for Little Malvern Priory
as Chaplain. At Graham McNamee’s
Induction the Archdeacon (the Ven. Frank Bentley) said to me “listen to the words of the licence,
we are going to make legal what is illegal”.
When the Revd Graham McNamee retired All Saints was joined
with St Andrew’s church and there was then a question of how to deal with
Little Malvern Priory. It was
decided by the Diocese to suspend the Lay Patron’s (Alex Berington) Right of
Presentation and make the appointment one of Priest in Charge.
So on 14th May 2000 I was
Licensed as Priest in Charge (Non-Stipendiary) of Little Malvern Priory.
That Licence expired in 2012. So
the question was again raised about what to do about Little Malvern Priory?
The conclusion was to restore the Lay Patron’s Right of Presentation of
During the last few months of 2012 representations were made
by the Bishop, the Archdeacon and two members of the PCC to the Archbishop Rowan
Williams requesting him to invite me to become the Incumbent of Little Malvern
Priory. I received that Invitation in December and duly accepted.
As a result of this the Right of Presentation by the Lay Patron is being
Although we had a Service of Licensing on 14th May 2000 we now need
to have a Service of Induction, Institution and Installation in order to
officially recognise this change in my legal status and the Restoration of the
Right of Presentation by the Lay Patron. So
after all that we will be back almost to where we were in 1989.
I say ‘almost’ because the position from 16th June will be that of
Now I have written this to help you understand what is happening on the evening of 16th June. I have written it more or less from memory and so there are gaps such as dates. Perhaps those of you who wish to add more detail would kindly let our Archivist have the information and he can compile a fuller account for the records.
For your information the following definitions apply:
Presentation The act, by a registered patron, of presenting a priest to fill a benefice.
in Charge A priest given charge of a parish by licence of the bishop. (S)he has not been presented and
therefore does not own the benefice property.
Incumbent The freehold owner of a benefice - can be either a rector or a vicar
- with responsibility for the cure of souls.
Supporting Minister (Non Stipendiary Minister) A deacon or priest who does not
receive a stipend or clergy pension or a house but supports himself or herself
from his or her own resources. An SSM may hold an office, such as incumbent or
team vicar, which would usually be a stipendiary one.
Church Crossing Patrol and The
Despite the 40mph
limit, many vehicles speed round the downhill bend on the A4104 which separates
Little Malvern Priory from its car park. This situation could put
members of the
congregation, particularly the more elderly
or infirm, at risk when crossing the road. The Deputy Church Wardens have
therefore initiated a “Church
Crossing Patrol”. Now, Clive Prue And Roger will don their (highly prized)
yellow high visibility waistcoats every Sunday to assist those crossing the road
at the busiest times of arrival and departure of the congregation. If you do not
need assistance please do not be offended by an offer, but if you do need it
they are there to help.
Many of you will be
aware of the deterioration of the
surface of the car park.,
the lower end of the slope. On several occasions cars have become stuck
and have had to be pushed out—not a particularly popular activity in
one's Sunday Best (do we still have “Sunday Best “outfits?). The car park
was re-gravelled a year or so ago but the very wet weather this year has
resulted in the present difficulties. The Estate, the PCC and The Friends are
currently looking urgently into options for a long term
solution to this problem. In the meantime the footpath leading from the
car park to the gate , which has become very slippery, has been redressed with
gravel as an interim measure.
John Chatten 13/11/12
Norman and Barbara
Rose would like to thank everyone at Little Malvern Priory for their very
valuable prayers and thoughts during Norman’s recent illness
surgery. Thankfully he is now, at
last , home and is continuing to make steady progress. Many heartfelt thanks.
Thank you all the items of food
brought to church for the Food Bank.
is a much needed project which seems to be
developing in many areas.
Best wishes for 2013
Thank you all so
much, once again, for filling shoe boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse project.
were 252 boxes received at The Lyttelton Well this year
Please note that there are people for whom we are
particularly concerned and as you learn of them would you check that the members
of the Pastoral Group are aware. Here is what was said when we started the
team is here to offer help if you are for any reason housebound. If you need
assistance with shopping ,
relative, getting to church or anything else give one of us a call and we will
do our best to help out.
The Group comprises Jacqui Anstiss 592215, Margaret
Bryer 574812, Diana Dawes
310798, Prue Edwards 591180
contact numbers of the team will appear regularly in the Pewsletter.
What they will do:
a watching brief on some of our more vulnerable members to notice if they are
missing for any length of time;
contact with people on behalf of the church to check on their situation;
as a focal point for support if it is required;
me if they see a problem.
What they will NOT do:
any existing support;
all the support themselves;
this instead of anyone else (including me) doing anything.
What you need to do
you have a concern about someone, (perhaps you have noticed them being absent
from church for an unusually long time) please contact any one of these people
them in your private devotions.
you are contacted by one of these people please understand that this is the
church’s way of expressing our care for you.
The Lighter side of life
A Couple in
their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a
check-up, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might
want to start writing things down to help them remember. Later that night,
while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm
in the kitchen?' he asks.
regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However,
while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed
and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't
need my help to leave the hospital.
was rather different from the first one we held in 2010.
The number in attendance was about ½ of the number we had in 2010 and
the atmosphere was different.
Someone said we were more relaxed.
Certainly there was more laughter and there was a wider spread of
They ranged, for instance, from “What are we about as a Church?” (we
could have spent all afternoon debating this) to; “Helping people across the
road to the car park”.
As before a full report is to be discussed by the PCC and the outcome
will be published.
Again our sincere thanks to Chris West for all the work he has carried
out on this.
It is a tremendous help in formulating the future shape of the ministry
of our Church.
Thank you Chris.
you” also to those who gave up your Sunday afternoon to join in the exercise
and particularly to those who provided the refreshments.
We are starting to compile the rota for next year. If you
are not already on the list please give it some serious consideration.
It will be a greaat help to those who are already on it.
If you would
like some advice please have a word with John Chatten, Clive Fox, Roger Smith or
Each year the Church, through the PCC, makes a number
of donations to good causes. These are described officially as ‘Outward
Giving’, and the PCC allocates up to £3,000 a year for this purpose.
Some of the donations represent the proceeds from
collections at special services, such as the Midnight Christmas service and
Remembrance Sunday, or weddings and funerals. Others are intended to help causes
that have come to the Church’s attention during the year.
In 2011 we
made the following donations in this way:
We nearly always get thank-you
letters from those we support in this way and these are pinned up on the
noticeboard in the porch.
PCC has given its unanimous approval to the following people being appointed to
assist with the
at our services of Holy Communion in addition to John Ziesler.
appointment has subsequently been authorised by Bishop John Inge.
am very grateful to each of these for being prepared to serve the church in this
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALVERN
– Mrs Chris Bray -
Secretary Mrs Jenny Bull
20 Crown Lea Avenue
10 Christ Church Road
Farming itself is not in crisis, but many people in the
farming community are experiencing serious problems related to their business or
their personal lives. These problems include animal diseases, such as Bovine TB,
veterinary regulations and agricultural bureaucracy, the effects of the weather,
rising costs and debt, isolation and loneliness. Some are having to face up to
making radical changes to their businesses or even leaving agriculture
altogether. In many cases not only is a job at stake, but also a home, a way of
life and a family tradition. There can be intense feelings of bewilderment,
anger, frustration and despair, and often overwhelming fatigue.
Farm Crisis Network (FCN) is a UK network of volunteer
groups drawn from the farming community and rural churches, ready to ‘walk
with’ farming people and their families as they strive to resolve such
problems. For some all that is needed is an opportunity to talk with somebody
sympathetic and not directly involved. Others may need someone to support them
for many weeks or months. FCN volunteers are prepared to relate to all aspects
of the situation and have links with sources of professional help where needed.
FCN has its own Business Support Group and it works closely with the Royal
Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Arthur Rank Centre Addington Fund and
where necessary with the Samaritans.
FCN provides a national Helpline which is manned from 7am to
11pm every day of the year, with an answerphone between these hours. It has over
300 active volunteers spread across England and Wales in County based Groups,
which provide a visiting service to deliver practical and pastoral support to
farming people and families. Following the production of a report 2 years ago
into the human costs of the impact of Bovine TB, FCN has been contracted by
DEFRA to provide a sympathetic interface between farmers suffering from the
effects of Bovine TB and the perceived bureaucracy of Animal Health officials.
Whilst DEFRA now provides some funding to cover the additional work involved,
FCN still relies primarily on donations from churches and members of the public
to fund the work of its volunteers and limited administrative overheads. In
these difficult economic times, it is struggling to raise sufficient funds and
County Groups are now having to address the challenge of raising funds, as well
as carrying out their primary support role.
Alistair and Wendy Booth are both volunteers with the
local Worcestershire FCN Group, which is closely associated with the
Worcestershire Chaplaincy of Agricultural and Rural Life (CARL), with which Eric
is involved too. Alistair carried out the interviews with 20 Worcestershire
farmers for the FCN Bovine TB Study and has been trained as the Worcestershire
Group’s Bovine TB support specialist; he also mans the national Helpline for 4
hours every week. If you are interested in becoming an FCN volunteer, which
could be focused on fundraising or administrative activities if you feel you
lack the agricultural background to provide direct pastoral support, or you wish
to make a donation to FCN, or you just have a query about FCN’s work, please
do not hesitate to contact Alistair.
Flowers are a
gift to the glory of God and whilst they are not necessary in a church they do
remind us of God’s creation. The purpose of flowers in church is to add
beauty. They are not there to dominate or distract from the purpose of worship.
It is for this reason that normally there is only one arrangement placed by the
side of the altar. During festivals such as Christmas and Easter we are more
abundant with our displays in the main body of the church.
I am sure that
the beautiful flower arrangements which enhance Little Malvern Priory are much
appreciated by us all and we are constantly grateful to our talented flower
arrangers. However, for the coming year a few of the team of arrangers are
having to relinquish or reduce their commitment for various reasons and we
should be very grateful if there are any members of the congregation who would
like to come along and join the team.
We are always
grateful for the generous donations made by the congregation for festivals. For
the majority of the year however, the flowers and greenery are provided by the
flower arrangers themselves. This generosity as well as their time and effort is
you wish to join ‘the team’ please let me know, in person, by phone –
01684575753, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends of Little Malvern Priory
The Society of Friends of Little Malvern Priory, founded in
1954, plays a key role in the financial support of the church and its worship.
Over more than 50 years the Friends have contributed well over £250,000 to
church funds, largely on the maintenance of the church fabric: in particular,
they donated £118,000 toward the restoration of the church roof in 2002/3. The
Friends also make a regular contribution to the church running costs. So there
are continuing calls on the Friends’ funds.
The Friends currently number 115. Most live locally, and many
are members of the existing congregation. A number of Friends live further
afield, as far away as Scotland and Northern Ireland. All are individuals who
love Little Malvern Priory and wish it to continue to thrive as a living church.
Their generosity is invaluable.
Members meet from time to time for social occasions.
If you are not already one of the Friends, do consider joining.
The minimum annual subscription is only £5, though many Friends give much more.
Application Forms can be found on the table by the church door; they include a
bankers order form and a Gift Aid Declaration to enable the charity to reclaim
income tax on subscriptions.
If you would like any further information, please contact
Nicholls (tel: 01684 562077).
In my role as Archivist, I have been given a recently rediscovered photo album of “Friends of Little Malvern Priory” social events up to Harvest Festival 1996.
This is a delightful album, and, wonderfully, has titles underneath with everyone’s names. A Godsend for a forgetful person like myself!
I think it would be lovely to resurrect this idea and to include all events associated with Little Malvern Priory, not just the Friends events.
Is there a photographer out there who would be prepared to coordinate the continuation? (Or even someone who would cajole others into taking the odd photo and then collating them)
Please do consider whether you could volunteer for this. Such records are a legacy for others and a great joy to look through, bringing back special memories and friends. No doubt more important as we all grow older.
If you would like to know more, or have a look at the photos we have, do contact either me (Anne Burge 01684 569225) or…. Valerie/Eric Knowles.
And if you have any photos of events since 1996 and could spare a copy for an album, that would be great. Happy snapping!
Where there’s a will………
The running and maintenance of an historic and Holy place such as Little Malvern Priory is a very expensive business. Weekly covenanted giving is a vital part in providing funds for that. But much of our support comes from the Friends of Little Malvern Priory, a large part of the that income is derived from legacies bequeathed many years ago. We all have much for which to thank these past benefactors for it relieves the burden on each of us. However, this money needs to be constantly replenished. Please remember what you have received from this Holy place and consider Little Malvern Priory's future when drawing up your will.…………….there's a way
We will be floodlighting the church for an hour or two every Sunday evening during the winter months. If you have a special occasion that you think would be suitably commemorated by floodlighting the church at any time, please ask one of the churchwardens. There is no set fee for this but something to cover the cost of the electricity would be welcome.
MIND THE GAP!
It is marvellous that at our little church we get an average of 50 people a Sunday. However it does mean quite a number of drivers need to leave vehicles in the car park. Could you therefore try to park as close as is reasonably possible to the next car so that we make the best use of the space available.
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