St Mary's News WEEKLY NEWS – THURSDAY 9th DECEMBER

By Martin Gibson. Contact: mrtngibs@aol.com

Services Sunday 12th December: 9:30am Matins with Rev David Moss. 4:30pm (NOTE TIME) The SALVATION ARMY BAND and our TOY SERVICE. Everyone is invited to bring new and unwrapped toys for distribution by the “Sally” to underprivileged children. Do come EARLY – seats will be at a premium.

For ALL services PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR A MASK (this is advisory).

THE Christmas Market organised by Sue Farr and Sandy Shaw takes place this Saturday 11th in DAWES YARD opposite the Village Stores. Running from 3-5pm. Lots of stalls planned. If the weather is seriously inclement the market will be moved to the Methodist Hall.

Mo Lewis, with help from husband Mike, has been collecting toys and monetary gifts over the past 2 or 3 months, which she does every year on behalf of the Salvation Army. This year she has amassed £10,00 worth of toys and £4,000 in donations. Below is a copy of her message on Facebook from a few days ago:-

“What an end to a fantastic day NEW TOY APPEAL. Our local 1st Olveston Scout group trekked down from Oldown to deliver their donations to me. They raised the money themselves to buy the gifts by doing jobs around the village although one girl admitted to bribing her Nan for money”

The church Green Force team, joined by village residents visited the giant incinerator alongside the M5 near Gloucester last week. Below are the observations of one of the group:

The facility takes in 190,000 tons of black bin waste each year thus removing it from landfill and burns it to generate 14.5 MW electricity sent to the national grid. In doing this, it produces the equivalent electricity to around 15-17 wind turbines.  The rubbish is loaded onto a moving conveyer belt where it is burnt at 1000 C.  Metals are recovered and residual ash consolidated into a clinker used as a base for roads. Flue  gases are scrubbed with lime to remove sulphur and ammonia to remove nitrogen oxides. The emissions are all well within prescribed limits. Is it cost effective? Not sure, I guess so but it also stops rubbish going to landfill taking up valuable space and emitting methane during decomposition.  Is it the future for recycling? It is one useful component to be used alongside the other direct lines of recycling, e.g., collection of paper, cardboard, plastic and metal. I was most impressed and am planning to go again with my grandchildren.

Last Sunday, the Venerable Michael Johnson,Archdeacon, joined us for the Advent Carol Service and Church Tower blessing. Mike Wright was presented with a beautiful framed photograph of the tower. The bells were rungfor the first time in 4 months – a real blessing!

And finally:

As Christmas approaches everyone must be aware of the Health & Safety Regulations which are now in place:

1. All members of the congregation planning to dash through the snow in a one horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way, are advised that a Risk Assessment will be required addressing the safety of an open sleigh for members of the public. This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are multiple passengers. Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from landowners before their fields may be entered.

2. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we would request that laughter is moderated only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.

3. Benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available for collection by any shepherds planning or required to watch their flocks at night. While provision has also been made for remote monitoring of flocks by CCTV cameras from a centrally heated shepherd observation hut, all users of this facility are reminded that an emergency response plan must be submitted to account for known risks to the flocks.

4. The angel of the Lord is additionally reminded that, prior to shining his/her glory all around, s/he must confirm that all shepherds are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to account for the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and the overwhelming effects of Glory.

5. Following last year’s well-publicised case, everyone is advised that Equal Opportunities legislation prohibits any comment with regard to the redness of any part of R Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of R Reindeer from reindeer games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence. In addition, no mention may be made of R Reindeer’s gender.

6. While it is acknowledged that gift bearing is a common practice in various parts of the world, particularly the Orient, everyone is reminded that the bearing of gifts is subject to Hospitality Guidelines and all gifts must be registered. This applies regardless of the individual, even royal personages. It is particularly noted that direct gifts of currency or gold are specifically precluded, while caution is advised regarding other common gifts such as aromatic resins that may evoke allergic reactions.

7. Finally, in the recent instance of the infant found tucked up in a manger without any crib for a bed, Social Services have been advised and will be arriving shortly!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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