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Church News & Events

Harvest Celebrations!

This year, we’ve had well-supported and very enjoyable harvest celebrations. Thank you to Penny and Jane for all their hard work in organising the Community Harvest Supper which proved very successful, in particular, by inviting younger families as well as our older residents. After a delicious supper, we all took part in a great sing-a-long led by Val on the keyboard and then Nick and Larry on their guitars. It was all tremendous fun so thank you also to the musicians for such an entertaining evening. Our Harvest Festival Service took place a week later and was also a very happy occasion. Revd Jane led the service and Revd Ben Griffiths from Kington gave the talk. The church looked fabulous! Thank you to our flower arrangers and all those who contributed food towards the tea which everyone enjoyed after the service.

As a result of our harvest festivities, we were able to donate many items to the Hereford Food Bank and £200 to St Peter’s Night Shelter, Hereford.

Visitors continue to flock to Cusop Church enjoying our refreshments and book stall. Now they can also be inspired by a wonderful history display mounted by Sue and Keith Hodgetts and John Wilks. We are so very grateful to them and also to Nick for his beautifully crafted display cabinet. Our church is becoming an increasingly attractive and resourceful space for our community and visitors.

Please tell your friends and family about “Tea at Three” which will be meeting once monthly at Cusop Village Hall. The next one will take place on Sunday 26th November from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. We're keeping it very simple - tea, coffee and biscuits but most important, friendly company.  We want to attract all ages so there will be some toys in case there are children. Please spread the word around!

 Carol Services at Cusop Church 

Sunday 3rd December at 3.00pm: W.I. Carol Service led by Revd Sally Barnes

Saturday 9th December at 2.00pm: British Legion Carol Service led by Revd Jane Rogers

Sunday 17th December at 4.00pm: Carols and Candles led by John Winter

Monday 25th December at 9.30am: Family Communion led by Bishop Michael Westall

Caring for God’s Acre: Coffee: Cake and Conservation

It was wonderfully warm on our last Taskforce Day of the year, even though it was October! Our hard-working volunteers dismantled one of the old compost bins, transferring the compost to the new bins. We cleared some of the moss from the pathways, tidied up around our beautiful, listed table tombs and weeded the Bee and Butterfly Garden. Thank you to all those who came and anyone who has helped during the year. It’s greatly appreciated.

Our next Taskforce Day will take place in the New Year so please watch this space.

William Seward Memorial Fund – if you believe in freedom of speech then please donate!

William Seward was a friend of the Wesleys, George Whitefield and Howell Harris of Trefecca. With Harris, he preached the good news about Jesus in the open air. He was injured on a preaching tour in South Wales in the autumn of 1740. He then spoke to hostile crowds in Hay and died a week later. His grave lies on the south side of the Church under the largest of the yew trees. The grave has deteriorated so much that the lettering cannot be read.

If we consider the importance of freedom of speech, then the story of William Seward must live on! For some time, Cusop PCC has discussed having his grave restored. I’ve now spoken to Simon Hudson, Stonemason, at Hereford Cathedral, and he is very keen to do this for us. He has given us an estimate of £2650. We have recently received a very generous anonymous donation towards this project and this has been so inspirational! Thank you so much. Our intention now is to proceed with this project.

If you would like to donate to this fund, then please contact Celia Cundale, Churchwarden (01497-820396) email: celiacundale@aol.com or our Treasurer, Malcolm Darbyshire (01497-822924) email: malcolm.darbyshire@tiscali.co.uk). Thank you for reading this and we hope that you will donate to our fund.

Flowers in Cusop Churchyard

According to Diocesan regulations, please note the following:

Fresh flowers are encouraged as the symbol of the gift of creation and the brevity of life.  Artificial flowers, e.g. silk or plastic flowers, are inappropriate.  Exceptionally, Remembrance Day poppies and Christmas wreaths may be placed on graves. After one month, the PCC may remove dead and artificial flowers to keep the graveyard tidy.

Thank you for helping to keep our churchyard beautiful and for being kind to nature.

Church Book Stall

The book stall is proving a huge success and is providing our local community and visitors with a fantastic range of books. I’m regularly updating it and it’s evident that people are regularly buying books and this is providing a steady flow of cash in the donation box. There have been numerous anonymous donations of books left up at the church and on my doorstep. Whoever you are – thank you! It’s greatly appreciated and the book stall is another way of sharing the church building with the community. We often have visitors who just like to sit and enjoy the stillness and tranquillity inside the church and I like to think that the book stall is an extension of this peacefulness.  There have been several occasions when I have arrived at church and found someone sitting in a pew quietly reading a book from the book stall.

For any further information about church activities  please contact the Churchwarden, Celia Cundale at celiacundale@aol.com or phone 01497-820396.

Neighbours socialising at our Community Picnic. Neighbours socialising at our Community Picnic.
Taking part in the Treasure Hunt at our Community Picnic. Taking part in the Treasure Hunt at our Community Picnic.
Taking a rubbing of a headstone at our Community Picnic. Taking a rubbing of a headstone at our Community Picnic.
Our Caring for God's Acre volunteers having lunch. Our Caring for God's Acre volunteers having lunch.
The rare Earthstar fungus found in Cusop Churchyard! The rare Earthstar fungus found in Cusop Churchyard!
The meadow area with wild flowers The meadow area with wild flowers
A re-discovered memorial A re-discovered memorial