Monday, 29 January 2018

Coffee morning thanks

Thanks to all the lovely people who supported the coffee morning on Friday for Hope for Tomorrow - those who made cakes, those who helped in the background and those who came and gave donations. Special thanks to Ann Kennedy, Janet Goldsworthy, Jilly Burr and Julie Partridge for sterling service at the servery (apologies if I have missed anyone). It was a lovely community event with people chatting to each other - often to people they didn't know before. Together we raised a fantastic £376.73 for a very worthwhile cause.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Did you know we had a Prime Minister buried in Nocton?

On 28 January there will be a United Benefice Service at 10 am with Bishop David Court, Bishop of Grimsby - celebrating local political life (anniversary of the death of Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich and Earl of Ripon, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister, who is buried in the family vault in Nocton Church) - all welcome!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Christmas conversation

This might sound like a personal question – but what did you talk about round the table on Christmas Day? The dinner? ‘This turkey’s nice and moist.' 'The sprouts aren’t soggy like last year.' 'This Christmas pud is delicious – can I have some more please?’

Or maybe you recalled previous years: the time someone forgot to take the giblets out of the turkey, the time you went for a walk and found those sheep stuck in the ditch, the time when Grandma had too much sherry …

Or maybe you remembered family and friends, with a tear and a smile.

What you probably didn’t talk about were politics or religion. Apparently they’re the two topics that should never be discussed over a meal. Too difficult, too sensitive, far too likely to cause a row. But what a shame! So, while I can’t offer you a chance to talk about politics, I would like to offer you the chance to talk about religion.

There are several options. We can’t do them all, not all at once. But if you’re interested in an opportunity to talk about religion, to ask questions and exchange views, in a safe space and in a spirit of exploration, take a look at the list. Choose the one you’d like and let me know. In the new year we’ll put on whichever proves most popular. We’ll start with a taster evening: you won’t have to sign up for the whole thing.

Just looking
Three evenings with pizza, a glass of wine and your questions.

Puzzling questions

Five or six evenings watching a magazine style DVD programme with presentations, interviews, and poetry on some of those vital questions: Who am I? What is God like? Why is there suffering in the world?

Table talk

An informal chat round the table in the pub with starter cards to raise the topics of your choice.

Alpha

You’ve probably seen this advertised in the city. It’s a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge. But it is more demanding on your time. Google Alpha to get more info.


If you’re interested in one of these options please get in touch. Write to me at The Rectory, 19 Abel Smith Gardens, Branston LN4 1NN or email lorna.brabinsmith@btinternet.com.

We’ll be starting in February.

Rev’d Lorna

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Charity coffee morning

Please put the date in your diaries now!  Why not drop in after dropping the children at school?

If anyone can help with cakes, we'd be very grateful.  Please bring them on the day or let me have them the day before.  If you can help with serving on the day, please let me know!


Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas blessings

Perhaps during Christmas, more than any other time, we fail to hear God's voice.  Distractions abound, and at a time when our focus should be on our blessings and our Saviour, we're tuned in to other things that seem more pressing.  But on Christmas Day, make the choice to open your heart, mind, and spirit and listen for God's voice.

A very happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas to you all.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Christmas Eve Crib Service

The Crib Service is a lovely family-friendly event.  Please be aware that this year's Midnight Mass is at Potterhanworth  at 11.30 pm; we will be having a Family Eucharist at Nocton at 10 am on Christmas Day.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Carol singing - thanks!

A huge thank you to everyone who turned up to sing carols at The Cottage care home and round Nocton Park on Wednesday evening, and to those who generously donated - we raised a fantastic £130 to be shared between All Saints' Church and the Nomad Trust.  We really appreciated those who stood in their doorways in the cold to listen to us and especially the hot sausage rolls at one house - you know who you are!  And finally thanks to Nocton Parish Council for providing the mulled wine and mince pies at the end, and to Janet & Ian Goldsworthy for their hospitality.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Nocton remembers George Leary

 
Since August 2014 the bell ringers at All Saints Nocton have been ringing Quarter Peals (a piece of continuous ringing lasting approx 45 mins) on the Church bells to commemorate the centenary’s of the deaths of the 13 Nocton residents who were killed in the Great War. The bells are half muffled for these quarter peal by attaching a leather pad to one side of the clapper resulting in a mournful sound by creating an echo effect.

So far they have commemorated 9 of the Nocton residents.

The next Nocton resident to be commemorated is Corporal GEORGE LEARY who served in the Lincolnshire Regiment before being transferred to the 477th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps and died from his wounds on 15th December 1917 aged 41. He was the son of Mrs Jane Leary of South Carlton Fen Lincoln. He was obviously either born in Nocton making him a Nocton Native and they moved to South Carlton or he was born at South Carlton and they moved to live in Nocton, which explains why he is buried at Nocton and included on the Nocton War Memorial. George was the tenth Nocton resident to be killed in the Great War.

He is buried just inside All Saints Churchyard on the left by the Churchgate and is also commemorated on the War Memorial on the back wall of the Church.

If you hear the bells ringing half muffled around 15th December please stop and pause for a moment and think about the sacrifice which was made 100 years ago by this brave Nocton gentleman.

We Will Remember You!


 
Corporal GEORGE LEARY – Grave in All Saints Churchyard Nocton

 

Close up of the Nocton WW1 War Memorial at the back of Church
commemorating George Leary.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Carols by candlelight on the labyrinth


Carol singing

We will once again be singing carols round the village in aid of church funds and the Nomad Trust. Meet at the Cottage Care Home at 6 pm on Wednesday 13 December to sing carols with the residents, then on to Nocton Park.  No, don't all lock your doors... Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards – thanks to the Parish Council for supporting this.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Nocton remembers Leslie Halkes Wray




Since August 2014 the bell ringers at All Saints Nocton have been ringing Quarter Peals (a piece of continuous ringing lasting approx 45 mins) on the Church bells to commemorate the centenary’s of the deaths of the 13 Nocton residents who were killed in the Great War. The bells are half muffled for these quarter peal by attaching a leather pad to one side of the clapper resulting in a mournful sound by creating an echo effect.

So far they have commemorated 8 of the Nocton residents (we will give more details of those 8 who have already been commemorated over the next few months).

The next Nocton resident to be commemorated is Gunner LESLIE HALKES WRAY who served in “E” Battalion of the Tanks Corps and was killed in action on 20th November 1917 at Cambrai aged 19. He was driving ‘Ella,’ a 25 tonne Mark IV tank (which of course was designed, tested and built in Lincoln) whilst taking part in the largest and most significant tank battle of the First World War at Cambrai, when he was sadly killed in action. He was the son of William & Susan Wray who lived in Nocton. His father William was a farmer at Nocton’s Park Farm, known locally as “Farmer Wray’s Yard”. ‘Wray’s Yard’ still exists today at the top end of The Green, with the farm buildings converted into residential property’s. Leslie’s education took place in Lincoln at the Christ’s Hospital School before he enlisted. He was the ninth Nocton resident to be killed in the Great War.

He is buried at Ribecourt Road Cemetery, Trescault in France and is also commemorated on the War Memorial on the back wall of the Church and in one of the north Windows in the nave, which was given by his parents in memory of him. The stained glass depicts the Tank Corps logo along with a WW1 tank & a machine gun, unusual things to be depicted in Church stained glass. He is also commemorated on the Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School War Memorial for the ‘Old Boys’ who lost their lives and which is located at the school on Wragby Road in Lincoln.

If you hear the bells ringing half muffled around 20th November please stop and pause for a moment and think about the sacrifice which was made 100 years ago by this brave young Nocton lad.
We Will Remember You!

France 23rd November 1917

Dear Mr and Mrs Wray,

Writing as a member of the crew on behalf of us all. We wish to express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you all and much regret to say that your son, Leslie, was killed in action on the Thursday morning the 20th. His death was instantaneous and very sudden. He suffered no pain. We are sorry to have lost such a faithful friend, as he was always so kind to us all, and ever ready to take his part during these very great tasks and hardships. He was well respected by all who knew him. We cannot speak too highly of his good nature and the way he kept his engine. We all had the greatest confidence in him. His officer also fell by his side and we much regret to say that we have lost two of the best friends of the crew. They were both taken by a party and buried close by where they fell on the same day.

Having been his partner in the crew I have taken care of his private belongings, photos etc, and will forward some on if possible at the earliest convenience. I will conclude with deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all.

I am yours faithfully. 91718 Gunr J Glendinning




Gunner LESLIE HALKES WRAY.






Close up details of the bottom of the Leslie Halkes Wray Memorial Window
Showing bottom left a machine gun and bottom right a WW1 tank.





Leslie Halkes Wray Memorial Window in All Saints.






 
Leslie Halkes Wray commemorated on the
Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School War Memorial.



Close up of the Nocton WW1 War Memorial at the back of Church
commemorating Leslie Halkes Wray.