Remembrance Sunday Service
On Sunday 10th November at 10.50am Upleadon Church held a short Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial, conducted by Lay Worship Leader Christine Draper, when wreaths from Upleadon Parish Council and Upleadon Church were laid. It was a fine sunny morning and the service was well attended by 30 people. It was a pleasure to see so many gathering to mark this poignant time in the year. At the village hall afterwards coffee and biscuits were provided to allow people to meet and socialise.
The Harvest Lunch for Upleadon Church took place on Sunday, 20th October in Upleadon Village Hall on a lovely sunny day. Guests Canon Roger Parker and Mrs. Parker attended and Roger kindly said Grace to start the meal. The hall was full with 64 people enjoying delicious hot casseroles, assorted puddings, cheese and biscuits and coffee, and a very successful raffle raising £148 was run by Mrs. Julie Bruton, thank you Julie you do a wonderful job. A very big thank you to all members of the PCC and others who kindly donated food and raffle prizes and all those who worked so hard serving food, clearing tables, washing up and generally supporting the occasion. It is a pleasure to see the fellowship of so many gathered together. Although the Harvest Lunch is not a fund raising event, because of the generosity of so many people the princely sum of £658 was raised for church funds.
Upleadon Church was beautifully decorated for Harvest Festival held on Sunday, 6th October when around 22 people attended the service conducted by Canon Roger Parker. Roger delighted us all with his ideas for congregation participation, it is not often that a combine harvester is seen in church! It was lovely to see so many for this annual service of thanksgiving and thank you to Roger and all who gave their time to make Harvest Festival an occasion. Harvest Lunch will follow in Upleadon Village Hall on Sunday, 20th October.
50th Anniversary of the Re-opening
A service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the re-opening and re-dedication of Upleadon Church was held on the afternoon of Sunday 16th June. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, the scent of which filled the air, and it was a joy to see so many in the congregation gathering to celebrate this momentous occasion.
In 1966 the church was considered unsafe, massive repairs were needed, including underpinning, barbed wire surrounded the closed church and it would have stayed that way had it not been for a huge fund raising effort by villagers in Upleadon to find the money to carry out the necessary renovation. The church re-opened in 1969 thanks to those villagers who gave their time and money to save Upleadon Church for future generations.
The delightful service was conducted by the Rev’d Canon Richard Franklin and former vicars the Rev’d Pat Phillips and the Rev’d Ray Martin attended. Reports on the history and foundation of the church and on the events of 1966-1969 were read out during the service. Afterwards there were refreshments in the village hall together with a display of memorabilia relating to the closure and re-opening of the church and a film taken in 1969 of people attending the service. This proved very popular with villagers who could see faces from the past! Everyone who came to the celebration thoroughly enjoyed it and very many thanks to those who contributed in any way to the success of the afternoon. Thanks to PCC members especially Mrs. Janet Leighton and Mrs. Christine Draper.