News from St. Mary's Ballinger 


Now that spring is definitely in the air (although looking at the forecast for next week I’m not so sure) I’d like to bring you up to date with life at St. Mary’s. As you read the information below you’ll realise that for a small building St. M holds a large place in the hearts of many and is a treasured part of our hilltop landscape and further afield…
A REFLECTION.. and a time for every purpose under Heaven
Sadly, a much loved lady of Ballinger, Cic Upcott, passed away recently; Cic was vibrant, full of kindness and bustled through life with vigour and aplomb. She had lived in the village for many years, contributing much to the community. We extend our sympathy to her family - Cic will be sorely missed and is remembered in the memorial window in St. M.
We said goodbye to Bev, Tony and Will Oleksiuk as they move on to begin a new chapter of their lives in Wales. The whole family had spent many hours helping out at St. M with Bev being Associate Churchwarden for several years. We wish them God speed and every happiness in pastures new. We also presented Bev with a card and some garden vouchers as a heartfelt thank you.
Liz Stouty, her family (and Margot the dog) will be moving shortly from no 2 Watson Cottages. Maggi and I would like to thank Liz for all her help in the garden and for being such a wonderful neighbour.  We wish her every happiness in a new home.
Retirement beckons for Rosie Harper, our Vicar for the last eighteen plus years. We have been so blessed to have had Rosie in our midst; she has been such a source of inspiration, provided endless encouragement and has a rare talent for finding exactly the right words in any situation. Rosie’s last service is on Sunday, 11th April and there will be a leaving party for her on Saturday, 17th July. More information about these can be found on the St. Peter and St. Paul website. Given the COVID restrictions there will be a small thank you gathering for Rosie from St. Mary’s in April and the chance to contribute to a leaving gift in the next couple of months (more information about the latter to follow).
Church now enters an interregnum before the appointment of a new Vicar.
At the moment St. M is open for private prayer only. You are welcome to visit but do adhere to the safety restrictions, sign the register and don’t enter if you feel unwell. Please use the sanitiser provided, on entry and when leaving.
Sunday, 2nd May at 9.30am: Socially distanced Morning Prayer.
**You will need to book in for this as numbers are limited. Please contact Anne or Maggi if you would like to attend.**
DARING TO foot forward
Not one but two weddings will be celebrated at St. Mary’s this summer. Saturday, 26th June and Saturday, 3rd July will be days of celebration for the families involved and a chance to look with hope to a brighter future.
Outdoor coffee mornings proved so popular last year that we are re-introducing them in 2021 with the first one scheduled for Friday, 7th May (weather and coronavirus permitting). More information on this in due course.
We managed to sell the majority of the tiles and slates which were discovered in the old shed and the money donated will go a small way towards supplementing the income lost throughout the pandemic. Many thanks to all concerned.
The book stall is available now. Please follow the safety guide-lines outlined above.
Finally, if you know of anyone else who would like to be included in this round robin newsletter please let me know.
I do hope that you have managed to stay safe and well during last few months and just think, we will meet again.

With Love, and Best Wishes for a Happy Easter, Anne xx