Bowbrook News September 21

19 Aug 2021 • Bowbrook News


Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

CHURCH OPEN DAILY at least between 10 am and 4.00 pm

At the time of writing, we are preparing for the AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY - HANBURY SUMMER SHOW, a modified version of the annual Countryside Show. Church support teams will be directing traffic and providing refreshments for judges and sponsors for a brilliant day in the fresh air with lots to enjoy. Pre-booked tickets are £10 and £15 ‘on the gate’- full details at

Also, on SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER, between noon and 4 pm, there will be a more intimate opportunity for Hanbury villagers to meet at THE HANBURY GATHERING on the recreation ground. Come along to say hello to us on the church bargain fundraising stall and also to meet the many community organisations and businesses based in our village. We look forward to enjoying the facilities at the smart new cricket pavilion which many people have worked so hard to provide. Thank you so much for that!

On SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, Hanbury church will be on the circuit for the HISTORIC CHURCHES SPONSORED RIDE AND STRIDE raising funds for restoration of our precious local church buildings. These are packed with history and beauty and are waiting to welcome and to serve the communities to which they belong. Jane will lead a cycle group to include a pub lunch with teas and coffees in various churches.Alternatively, anyone who likes to ‘church crawl’ via any other mode of transport can do your own thing. To find participating churches, visit or ring Jane on 07933 774555. Please think about sponsorship too!

As we prepare for the final three of nine weddings this year, we stand back in admiration for the wedding couples who have made it through multiple disappointments and demolisions of their carefully made plans before finally being married!They are absolute bricks; such a compliment for a bride! A pat on the back also to the whole weddings team, which includes our administrator, clergy, organist, bell ringers, vergers and flower arrangers. Some couples have postponed until 2022, and we thank them also for their patience.

In the churchyard, the big August mow was delayed but nature is flourishing and the ‘Holy Churchyard Workers’ have put in tens of (happy?) hours of volunteering. By September, there will be six new benches in place, all donated by families connected with the parish. The PCC now feels that there are sufficient for the comfort and convenience of visitors to graves. There are no plans for any more.

In July, following encouragement from Toby Thorns over in the south of Bowbrook, Hanbury church achieved an ‘ECO CHURCH BRONZE AWARD’.The PCC has long been mindful of church’s carbon footprint, and it has been fascinating to join a scheme which will further encourage and unite us in the cause. There will, no doubt, be much More to hear about this in the future.

A huge amount of time and care has been poured into THE BRENDA BARBER REORDERING PROJECT which aims to create a universally accessible church porch entrance while respecting grade one listed status.Additional plans, to create a heated community space in the north aisle with baby change and disabled loo facilities are also being thrashed out. Local filmmaker Geoff Pearson is generously producing a video which will share the community vision and be sent out to charitable trusts which may wish to support the project.


Our annual memorial tribute known as JANET’S WALK has taken place since the last issue raising £210 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Hanbury church. Thanks to David Lowe for organising, to soup and bread and cake makers and all who walked and donated towards making it yet another time to remember.

Along the road at HANBURY C of E FIRST SCHOOL, we said farewell to headmaster Andy Payne who retires after 14 years in post. Andy leaves the school in a very good place and we wish everyone well for the forthcoming academic year.We hope to welcome you all to the church soon.

We’ve so enjoyed being permitted to sing in church once again and NEW ORGANIST Keith Heanshaw has delighted all with his music.Many visitors have also been fortunate to coincide with his practice sessions; if you would like to hear him in concert, we are planning a Saturday evening event in May (provisionally 21st) 2022 to include vision as well as sound.



Samuel John Daniel MEAD

The Revd. David Morris officiated

Archie John THORLEY

Lottie Mary THORLEY

Alexandra Zara BAXTER

The Revd Canon Keith Withington officiated


Joseph William ROBINSON & Ellie Bea BOOTH

Ryan David Patrick WEBBER & Sophie Elizabeth ROSE

Samuel Ben EASTWOOD & Susanna Madeleine Clare WILSON

Edward Noel BEALE & Bethan Victoria RANDLES


Funeral followed by earth burial

Cecil Monks WILKINS aged 90 years

Interment of ashes

Stephanie Anne LADBROOKE aged 58 years

Patricia Margaret Rose SAUNDERS aged 77 years

Anthony Francis AKERS aged 79 years

The Revd. David Morris officiated

All are remembered in our prayers

‘May they rest in peace and rise in glory’

SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER see services section

COMPLINE ZOOM Mon – Fri 8.50 for 9.00 pm

(30 minutes duration - excellent night cap)

To join the contact list for weekly log on details



PHOTOGRAPHY DISPLAY until 12 September

Daily between 10 am & 4 pm

Paul Jones L.R.P.S. ‘Our Transport Heritage’ &

Philip Ruler ‘The Eco-friendly Churchyard’


Saturday 11 September


10 October – Harvest Festival

7 November - All Souls

14 November – Remembrance

12 December – Crib Service

19 December – Christmas Lessons and Carols

25 December – Christmas Day Family Holy Communion