Mid-Week update from St Johns
Date: April 14, 2021
I think it’s true to say that, for first-time wardens, Graham and I have
had more than our fair share of one-off incidents – Bruce moving on, an
interregnum period, the appointment of Stephen, dealing with fallout from a
global pandemic, and then this week, a period of royal mourning.
I’d like to thank Richard, who quickly read up on both ‘Operation Forth
Bridge’ & the associated Diocesan advice, and was able to set the flag at
half mast* within a couple of hours of the news being released.
We will be having a Wimbledon team *Commemorative Service at St Mary’s*, in
memory of the Duke of Edinburgh this coming *Friday 16th at 6.30pm*. All
welcome to attend, and the service should also be available on Zoom and
Youtube for those not wanting to come out.
I mentioned this a week or so ago – so far we haven’t had anyone come back
to us about this role; we really do need to have a treasurer, so if you
feel that you might be able to help with this but just didn’t want to show
an unseemly keenness initially, please do get in touch with Stephen, Graham
or myself – thank you!
*NB. There is a possible solution, which is that if someone was not willing
to be treasurer, but would take on a warden role, that I could move across
and take on the treasurer position, so if that sounds like an option, it’s
definitely something we could consider.*
*Electoral Roll Update*
I know it really isn’t very long since we last updated the electoral roll,
as we had to prepare it for the delayed 2020 Parish ACM in November. But
this year the ACM will be in May, and so we need to update the roll again.
If you aren’t currently on the electoral roll, but would like to be,
please get in touch with me or Rachel firstname.lastname@example.org
<mailto:email@example.com> and we can give you a form. If
you’re not sure if you are on the roll at the moment, just let us know and
we can check.
*St John’s Lighting Project is underway!*
CES have made a start on the lighting project: This week they are mainly
familiarising themselves with the building, so that they can be sure that
they can run cables in the places that they want to. I popped in to
introduce myself this morning, just as two of them came out of the
undercroft, where they had been looking to see if they could run cables all
the way under the floor to the main door – They had looked around the whole
undercroft and were completely covered in dust from head to toe – I wasn’t
even sure if it was possible to get to the North side, but now I know
I know we’ve already said, but just to emphasise, we really do need to
leave them in peace from Monday – Friday, and only go into church at the
weekend when they have tidied up and made the area safe for us. If, in an
extreme circumstance, you just have to get into church for something,
please contact Catherine Davies or me first so we can arrange something
with the contractor. I know it’s a bit of a nuisance, but it’s only for a
short period, and it keeps everything safe and means they can get on with
the job without having surprise visitors, so it will be worth it!
Just wondering if anyone has had a more extreme haircut than Daisy Dog
since the hairdressers and poodle parlours opened… we didn’t recognise
her when we took her out yesterday afternoon – and I think she was a bit
chilly because she raced round like a gazelle! Here’s a quick before and
Daisy haircut.pdf <https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/8P66QIaUTzi1tBzv0tWh>
**Therein lies a tale…
Richard found that the diocese not only has details of how to fly the flag,
but also what to do if part of the church is in the way when you need to
fly at half-mast. And the cherry tree, it turns out, is exactly at
half-mast height. Apparently, in such a situation it is quite acceptable
to fly slightly above half-mast in order to prevent the flag from snagging.
(Learning new things every day).*