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Christmas Greetings from the Rector

DAESH (ISIS) Jo Cox’s murder, Brexit, Putin, Trump and much more beside. Over the course of 2016, the

world has become a dangerous and much more uncertain place. I remember, watching my son Hugh being born in 1981, wondering just what kind of a world we would be bringing him up in. The Cold War was still on and the Berlin Wall hadn’t fallen. Then, when it did, people began to talk about ‘the end of history’ as peace, for a short time, seemed to descend upon the earth. It didn’t last long. The Arab Spring and the disastrous outcome for Middle Eastern and North African people, and the rise of Putin put an end to all that. Now we look to a whole catalogue of global disasters. OK. Let’s include Global Warming. My grandson, Rowan, was born in 2015. What kind of a world will he have to engage with? Our children and our grandchildren will have to cope with the consequences of our human folly. Some people, fortunately not

many, say of crumbling churches, “It’ll do until I’m dead”! All of us should be actively committed to make sure that the maxim “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it” does not become the truism of our generation. And how do we cope with politicians who gain their power through bullying and the telling of outrageous lies? Ah. Jesus. Christmas. I

thought I’d better mention them. Although in the first century humankind didn’t have

Churches Together

in the Blyth Valley

WITH the Christmas season upon us there are plenty of events to celebrate. The Town Christmas lights will have been switched on together with those on the Christmas Trees in St Mary’s Church. On Saturday 10th December,

during the Christmas Market, there will be carol singing in the Market Place. Led by Churches Together, this is an opportunity for anyone to stop, join in and complete their shopping experience! There will be two sessions, one at 10.30am and one at 12 midday. This is also a voluntary fund-raising event and it is hoped to raise money for the Haiti disaster appeal.



ROSEMARY FISHER THINKING of you all year round.

Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us everyday unseen, unheard but always near

Still loved, still missed and very dear.

All our love Peter, Laura,

Sam, Adam, Jason, Autumn + Evan.

the capacity to destroy itself several times over, the world around Jesus was is turmoil. The oppressor’s heel was placed on the neck of the Jewish people. Nothing lasts forever, and change is brought about, sometimes peacefully (South Africa) and sometimes through violence and revolution (Daesh, or ISIS). Jesus was sent with a mission from God – a mission leading to peace and reconciliation – and that led him from the cradle to the cross. Yet in Jesus, there is the potential for healing, restoration and new beginnings. They are already here in embryonic form. There is hope. Those who place God at the heart of their lives (not as in the American “Christian Right”) know that there is a way forward for humankind – the way of justice and peace, love, truth and reconciliation. It’s about getting things right, being God-centred rather than self-centred. Then hope begins to be reality.

Edward Rennard

Team Rector of Halesworth & the Blyth Valley 07958 191975

John, Janet & family. Sheila, Ronnie & family.


IN memory of a Mum, Mum- in-Law, Nan and Great Nan who died December 24th 1999. Quietly today your memory we treasure,

Missing you always, forgetting you never, Forever we will miss you, sleep in heavenly rest, We are proud you were our mother,

So kind, the very best.

Love Sheila, Ron, Rachel & Ollie also Peter and family. Also Dad, who died September 20th 1949.



OAKES, Peggy passed away peacefully on 26th October 2016 at the Gresham Nursing Home, Gorleston, aged 91 years. Beloved wife to the late Fred,

Mother to Mary & Mother-in- Law of John. A loyal friend to all. Private funeral service. Donations if desired in memory of Peggy for either Cancer Research uK or British Heart Foundation may be sent to Woolnough Funeral Service, Cemetery Chapel, Holton Road, Halesworth IP19 8HD


PEARCE, Peter John, passed away peacefully on 11th November 2016 at Priory Paddocks Nursing Home, Darsham, aged 94. Beloved husband of Irene, much loved father of Andrew, David and Sarah and grandfather and great grandfather. Funeral Service will be held at St Peter’s church, Holton on Wednesday 7th December at 1.30pm followed by a private cremation. Family flowers only please but donations if desired to Royal British Legion at the church service or c/o Rosedale Funeral Home, Arcadia House, 19 Market Place, Halesworth IP19 8BB.



OLIVIA on December 17th

Lots of Love Grandma x x x

All that hard work was so worth it.

We’re very proud of you. With love from all the family

Halesworth Methodist Church

Halesworth & Southwold Community News December 2016 23 SEASON'S GREETINGS

ARCHIE Canham of Wenhaston would like to wish family and friends a Happy Christmas.

DECEMBER already, this year seems to have gone by very quickly. Carols are once again heard; excitement and anticipation in the air, and the usual bustle of the season. Let us remember that this tiny baby, Jesus, with his birth, changed the world. Without Christ there is no Christmas. December 8th. We meet in

St Mary’s Church Hall with the Mother’s union for a Christmas afternoon, followed by a shared tea. 2.30pm. December 18th Carol Service,

Led by Revd Mark Booth. 10.30am. On Christmas Day the service

will be led by Revd Ian Gardner. Please note the time - 9.30am. January 1st 2017 Mr Gordon Frary 10.30am. May we wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas. S Vogt


Congratulations Caroline

BETTY Pearce of Halesworth would like to wish family and friends a Happy Christmas. Betty is donating to Cancer Research.

MGC Services Ltd &

Willow Therapies Reflexology Tel: 01986 872882

Clive, Kay and Sam would like to wish all our valued customers a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2017!

(This Christmas a donation will be made to Sue Ryder Hospices rather than sending cards.)


PHYLLIS Tibbenham of Mount Pleasant, Halesworth would like to wish all friends and acquaintances a Happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.

The Trustees, Management Committee and Staff of the


wish all our Volunteers and Friends past, present and future

A Very Merry Christmas with

Best wishes for A Happy & Healthy New Year Many thanks for your continued support

Christmas in the Blyth Valley

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Tuesday 6 10.30am Highfield Service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance

Mansion House, 27 Market Place, Halesworth IP19 8AY Tel: 01986 872336


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Sunday 11 3.30pm Spexhall Carol Service Thursday 15 9.30am Bramfield School Christingle Friday 16 7.00pm Carol Service at St Peter’s, Wenhaston Sunday 18 3.00pm Carol Service at St Andrew’s, Bramfield 3.00pm Carol Service at St Margaret’s, Linstead 4.00pm Carols by Candlelight at Wenhaston Methodist Church

6.30pm Carol Service at St Peter’s, Holton 6.30pm Carol Service at St Andrew’s, Wissett

Tuesday 20 7.00pm Beer, Carols and Candlelight at the White Hart, Halesworth

Friday 23 6.45pm Town Carol Service at St Mary’s, Halesworth


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Christmas Eve 3.00pm Christingle at St Mary’s, Walpole Saturday 24 4.00pm Christingle at Holton 4.30pm Christingle at Halesworth 4.30pm Crib Service at Wissett 6.30pm Carol Service at Thorington 7.00pm Carol Service at Chediston 11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Andrew’s. Bramfield (BCP) 11.30pm Midnight Mass of the Nativity at Halesworth 11.30pm Midnight Mass of the Nativity at Holton 11.30pm Midnight Mass of the Nativity at Wissett 11.30pm Midnight Mass of the Nativity at St Peter’s, Wenhaston

Christmas Day 8.00am Christmas Eucharist at Halesworth (BCP) Sunday 25 9.30am Christmas Eucharist with Carols at Chediston

9.30am Christmas Eucharist with Carols at Halesworth

9.30am Family Worship at Wenhaston Methodist Church

10.30am Christmas Eucharist with Carols at Spexhall

Sunday 1 10.30am Christmas Team Eucharist at St Mary’s, Halesworth

The Blyth Valley Team Ministry churches try to be INCLUSIVE churches. Inclusive Church’s statement of belief is: “We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and

long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.” We take you as you are, made in God’s image, so all are truly welcome.

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