The Wardens - July & August 2019


From the Wardens Window

     “Could this be my last Warden’s Window?”

It’s that time again for me to write the warden’s window, you heard from Jenny last month now installed as church warden, you could say “is this life after Garnet”, but NO that is not the case, Garnet remains as a PCC member and is assisting with some of the technical work on church building and Diocesan faculties.

I gather from Jenny that just like me she is learning new things every week about being a church warden, there is a lot to learn so please be patient with her and give her lots of encouragement and support, I could not have done this well without all of your help and support.

For those of you who are not up to date with All Saints, we are in the process of restoring the weather vane after storm damage. There is scaffolding around the bell tower and on inspection with the architect, Newton Forge, Charles, Garnet and myself , we found wood showing signs of decay, plus the weather vane and its shaft require specialist metal work and some repair to the lead. While the scaffold is up we shall also take the opportunity to repaint and repair the white wood work.

As we fear that this may not be covered under insurance we may have to apply for grants and because of the status of All Saints it is work that has to be mostly carried out by professionals which could be costly.

Everybody agrees that the car park is looking better along with the new signage on the front of St Marks, so the next phase is to ask for volunteers to help tidy up the rest of St Marks especially on the rectory side of the building.  Thank you to Ron who has  started the work already.

On the health and safety angle could I remind everybody of the congregation to inform the wardens if they see anything that concerns them; this, and Safeguarding, are items that we are constantly having to keep abreast of.

We have just celebrated Pentecost and now look forward to a bright summer, the Strawberry Tea at All Saints, the parish BBQ in the rectory garden and Harvest Festival. Please support as much as you can, it takes a lot of time and effort to make them such a success but the rewards of socialising as a church family are enormous. May we be blessed with the weather to enjoy the great outdoors.

The beginning of my Warden’s Window was “Could this be my last Warden’s Window?”,  Sandra Clarke who has been the editor of the magazine for many years has decided to retire, so Charles, the PCC, Jenny and I are urgently looking for somebody who would like to take on the role of editor. The magazine is an important part of our life here at St Mark’s, so please let us know if you might be interested.


The world is full of nice people, if you can’t find one, just be one, and remember forgiveness does not change the past but it gives the future a chance.

Derek Lewis










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