Monthly Letter

Dear Friends                  

 

We reach the end of a very busy year in Brookland and Fairfield Churches. For many this involved a new start through Baptism. We welcomed Nina Carey, Harry Lanaway and Suzy New into the Church. Then with much joy we were privileged to be part of the Weddings of Suzy and David Culver, and Nicola and David Lukehurst. Our blessings go with them through every step of their journeys together.

 

Easter is the start of the Christian calendar – and we got off to a good start, with the Archbishop of Canterbury joining us for the celebrations. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped out, and especially for the children who read so beautifully. All of you did Brookland proud, and certainly put Brookland on the map.

 

Then we had the visit from HRH Princess Alexandra – and what a delight she was. Once again the children of Brookland did us proud with their flag waving and excitement. It was such a lovely sight to see the nursery school children stomping up the road to be part of the action, with the older children from the Primary School. Afterwards our Royal visitor said how much she enjoyed meeting the children –( even if one of the toddlers did tell her that his lunch had been delayed because of her visit)!

 

Then onto a bit of light refreshment with our Pop Up Bars in the Belfy. What an amazing success they were. Such great fun – and where so many of the community not only came, but helped out as well. Once the weather warms up – look forward to more in the future. Then we moved onto a bit more substantial refreshment with our Harvest Supper in the village hall. As always, a great turnout, and so lovely to share our celebrations with Snargate and Brenzett.

 

And thanks to the wonderful generosity of Romney Marsh Historic Churches – we ended the year by receiving a grant of £23 688 to carry out much needed work on Brookland Church. The work of RMHCT really cannot be over- estimated. A fabulous organisation with restoration at their heart. Without their support a large proportion of our marsh churches would simply have fallen into disrepair and closed.

 

At times all good things have to come to an end. Our fabulous Organist Sylvia Pegge retires at Christmas after 23 years of diligent service both in playing and leading the Choir. Sylvia and Ro have been great ambassadors for the Church, and so we are comforted by the fact that they are still going to be with us, albeit taking a much needed “back seat” regards leading the music. We are also very relieved to have found a new organist – and welcome Tracey Laws who will be joining us in January.

 

Lastly a massive thank you to the people who do all the grotty jobs behind the scenes, and turn out whatever the weather. None of the above would be possible without your unsung work. It is very much appreciated.

Wishing you all Peace at Christmas                                   Rev Shuna

 

 

 


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