Village News – November 2013

Harvest Celebrations help provide livestock for poor & hampers for food bank

We were privileged to host the lovely concert by Natalie Clein and friends early in October and it was  great that the church was full on a Sunday morning! Our Harvest week  began with the Harvest Festival Family Service on  led by Revd Ted Pratt,  who reminded us of how important it is to thank  and appreciate God for His constant provision, not just once a year, but  continually. The Kingston Harvest Supper was well supported and we welcomed a few new faces, as well as raising enough money on the auction of fresh produce, to purchase a donkey and some chickens for needy families in developing countries. These versatile  animals, alongside cows and other livestock, can be provided  because of local generosity  after the harvest service at Putlake Farm. The Benefice also contributed dried and tinned non-perishable foods to the Swanage Food Bank. ( see more about this elsewhere in Dubber). Our thanks go to Sue Ireland,  Simon and the Scott Arms team, Peter and Cynthia and for making it such a pleasant evening for us all and to Simon Phillips who worked so hard on the Raffle and Auction.

Weddings and Bells

On 5th October, Stacey and Anthony were married at Kingston, and our best wishes  go with them for a long and happy marriage. Mike Pitman and bellringing team have been very busy as there have been 5 weddings on consecutive Saturdays. We have also had some visiting ringers on Thursday evenings, while their own tower underwent rewiring. On 10th November, there will be a Quarter Peal in memory of loved ones, for Remembrance Sunday, in the afternoon. Perhaps this is a good time to remind everyone that the morning service on Remembrance Day will start at the earlier time of 10.55am. Please do make an effort to come.

Christmas Tree Festival  28th Nov – 1st Dec

Quite a few trees have been sponsored already, from across the area, but we would welcome a few more from Kingston people – how about a few family trees?  There is plenty of fun to be had in planning and decorating  as well as viewing.  Please invite friends and colleagues, along we don’t want anyone to miss out. Once again we are hoping to give a substantial donation to the Children’s Hospice, Julia’s House, in Broadstone, whilst at the same time raising awareness of the chair fund, started some years ago by Margaret Harris, as will soon need to replace the church chairs. Once  decisions are made, the PCC will be seeking sponsorship for new chairs, either by companies or individuals, perhaps in memory of someone or a special event. Somebody  has kindly already offered to contribute funds for a complete row! At the Festival we shall be catering for several hundred people over 4 days so I would be pleased to receive offers of help either by phoning on 01929 481629, or email For open times and concert details please see the full advert. This year we have a wide range of music during the day and are privileged to have TWO lovely choirs, on the Saturday evening  for a very full evening of local talent. The event will end with a short informal Advent service with carol singing amongst the trees at 3.15pm on Dec 1st.  Please spread the word.

Judy Forgan PCC Secretary,  St James’ Church, Kingston

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