Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual carol service which took place at Marlborough Road Methodist Church on Thursday evening. It was overwhelming that so many people attended and helped make it such a special event.
This was our fifth annual carol service and we always strive to create a space for those who have suffered bereavement to join together in remembrance at what can be such a challenging time of year.
Our thanks go to Reverend Jean Fletcher who officiated beautifully; ably assisted by her husband the Reverend Stephen Fletcher and accompanied by David Upton on the organ. Also to Allen Bishop and all at Marlborough Road Church for graciously allowing us use of their building.
There was a collection on the night for Katharine House Hospice who do so such vital work caring for those in the latter stages of their lives and supporting those who are bereaved.
We’ve brought our remembrance tree back from Adderbury Christmas Tree Festival and it’s now in our reception, looking lovely with all the memory cards attached.
If you would like to pop in to write a card in memory of a loved one please feel free. If you can’t manage to get into town please contact us and we will be more than happy to write the card and place it on the tree for you.
Please note that our Christmas Carol Service at 7pm on Thursday 13th December will now be held at Marlborough Road Methodist Church. See you there!
Today Emily and Lorraine decorated our Christmas tree for the Adderbury Church Christmas Tree Festival, which included a chain in red, white and green knitted by Sue. All of the 35 trees are sponsored by local organisations, businesses and groups with the cost to enter a tree being £35.
We have placed festive tags underneath the tree to write the names of your loved ones and place on our tree in remembrance of anyone you love and miss at this special time of the year.
Although the Festival is free to enjoy donations are encouraged with proceeds going towards the Mental Health Foundation and the work of the Church.
The festival is open to the public from on Friday 7 December 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Saturday 8 December 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Sunday 9 December noon until 4.00 pm.
Local musicians will be providing musical entertainment throughout the Festival.
A Family Victorian Carol Service will conclude the festival at 4.30 pm on Sunday 9 December.
We’ve been having a look through some very old photos today and came across these, showing the corner of George Street and Albert Street. The second photo shows what is now the Samaritans building. There was a brewery to the right and behind these buildings where Humphris Funerals now
We’ve also added a photo taken today by Russell Campbell from Humphris Funerals.
On Saturday 10th November Martin Moss, Memorial Manager at Humphris Funerals attended the unveiling by Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Nigel Buttler, of the new Weeping Cross in Bodicote. Martin had project managed throughout the planning and construction of the cross.
The replica, consisting of 6 steps and a round shaft with a sundial, has an inscribed bronze plaque and a capsule inserted in the cylindrical column which contains a scroll listing the names of donors and local people who have made a contribution to the project in one way or another.
The new Weeping Cross was erected after the Government asked parish councils in 2016 to give consideration to providing a landmark or other means to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Parish Council decided to investigate the possibility of replacing the Weeping Cross memorial in Bodicote by providing a replica, and for this purpose sought details of the original weeping cross, its history and estimated construction costs.
Fund raising began with local businesses and residents, along with a village appeal. The appeals raised nearly £4,000. This sum includes a donation of £1,000 from Banbury Historical Society, £1,000 from Banbury Charities and a promised £1,000 from the County Councillor’s Priority Fund.
The original Weeping Cross, erected in the 15th century and removed in 1803,was a place of public penance for those who had broken canonical law, implying that it was a place of grief, remorse or penance. Other known weeping crosses across the country include Stafford, Shrewsbury and Ripley in Yorkshire which is thought to have the only known surviving weeping cross; the others were removed and abolished at the time of the Reformation.
Well done to all involved in raising money and replacing part of Bodicote’s history for all to see for many years to come.
The 3rd and final phase of our redecoration works are underway! The aim is to have them completed in time for our Christmas Carol service on Thursday 13th December which will take place in our service chapel at 7pm. We will post more photos once the work has finished so you will be able to see the difference.
On Tuesday 6th November Martin Humphris attended Banbury Museum to see how the new Pye Gallery is progressing.
This new gallery gives 40% more floor space and therefore will enable Banbury Museum to hosts exhibitions from the larger museums, with the first being pop art from The Victoria and Albert Museum, and each exhibition will run for approximately 4 months.
The changes to the museum are much more than just the enlarged floor space, there will be greater visibility on the first floor where the permanent exhibition is found in the Banbury Gallery. The redecoration and lighting give the whole museum a vibrant exciting feeling.
It’s always good to support local places of interest and the staff at Humphris’ are looking forward to visiting once the museum doors open for business again.