Sometimes I am amazed at how much work we can get done when we put our minds to it and someone dangles a carrot (or a bean stew) in front of us! Our plan for this work morning was to clean the cooker hood which needs an annual degrease, polish and shine. This was duly accomplished with lots of elbow grease from Steve and Di and passed inspection from Sonja. You may have to wear sunglasses when you visit the kitchen if all the lights are switched on!
Several other jobs were finished as well including:
- a TV and DVD player have been installed in the meeting room and the TV will be able to connect up to a computer if required;
- the old sign at the front of the church has been taken down and a Rowan tree (mountain ash) has been planted in its place;
- the gents toilet has a new toilet seat!
- some of the windows now look so clean it looks like there’s no glass (well done Nick and Jan!)
- some pallets for making compost bins were delivered and moved into the back garden (thanks Richard!)
- Jan and Di cleared and tidied the vestry, the cleaning cupboard, the safe, …… If you can’t find anything now, ask Jan!
We finished our morning’s work with a shared meal including a bean stew made by Steve. I think we must have a look at Steve’s job description again!
Thanks to everyone who took part, and those of you who would have been there but for circumstances – we remembered you as we worked.
And now a chance for everyone to take part in a caption competition – what captions would you add to these photos?
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I arrived at church this morning just in time to “capture” the sunrise in the church windows and I thought how wonderful it would be to be able to remove the grills one day soon and “free” the reflection of the sun!
We weren’t expecting many workers to day but we managed to achieve quite a bit. The windows at the front of the cafe and office were sanded down and under-coated by Richard (except we ran out of paint!) Sonia and Iris made some progress in the kitchen closely supervised by Danny!
The garden has not had the attention it should have done over the last few weeks with Tony and Joanne moving away – they are greatly missed – but I managed to get the posts and wires set up along the fence at the top of the wall. We will be growing some plants up the posts and wires to provide some protection from the wind and to help make the fence more secure and safe.
Despite a bit of neglect the peas and beans have done very well and I was able to pick half a washing bowl full. The rose-hips look fantastic – perhaps someone might like to make some rose-hip syrrup (or wine!) and the apple trees have done very well, especially the “Bloody Ploughman”.
So, another productive work morning. Here’s to the next one!
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A huge thank you to the “work crew” who helped to achieve so much on Saturday morning. Loads of jobs were done including:
- The memorial garden looks amazing mainly due, I think, to “Farmer” Dave with a little help from his parents and sister!
- Pippa, fresh back from Australia and Holyrood house, attacked the bush with vigour – it looks like there is now room to park extra cars!
- Repairs to the window grill
- Cleaning the weeds from the paving slabs at the front and of the church (Burj et al)
- Litter picking (“Farmer” Dave got quite good at using the litter picker tongs)
- Grass cutting
- Church cleaning (thank you Catherine)
- Bid writing (Jan and Rachel)
- Gardening and child minding (Tony and Joanne)
- and lots of other jobs and people – I didn’t keep an eye on everyone so I can’t record you all!
We also had plenty of time to chat and had a great barbeque with a brief but welcome appearance from Rev Steve over the fence – we wish him a speedy recovery.
So, apologies if I missed your name or the job you did from the list. You are an amazing lot and I hope you enjoyed the morning.
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Our next work morning at church is going to be on Saturday 20th July from 8am. There are lots of small and big jobs for us to get on with – cleaning, painting, tidying, gardening, chatting, planning, eating and drinking, etc.
We plan to have a barbeque at lunch time and Burj has offered to help organise this. He is already talking about marinading things so it should be excellent! The barbeque will be open to anyone, you don’t have to have helped out in the morning but contributions towards the barbeque would be welcome.
So dig out those work clothes, dusters, brushes and trowels and come and join us for a fun morning and a lunchtime feast!
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A huge thanks to everyone who came and helped at the work morning last Saturday, especially to those who had a late night at the Friday gig and managed to crawl out of bed for Saturday morning. I didn’t feel like I was firing on all four cyclinders but the cooked breakfast provided by Rev Steve helped fuel a flurry of work. We managed to do some more tidying and clearing out of “stuff” for recycling. It’s amazing what you find when you start to de-clutter. The exciting find for this month was a load of banners that church groups have made over the years. Chris S kindly photographed them and so I have included them in the next few posts in the hope that people “out there” might add their memories to how they came about and were used. There must be some great stories out there so do please share them with us!
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Sorry for all the confusion but we can now confirm that we are planning another work morning on Saturday 2nd February starting at 8am or as soon after as you want to join us, we will be having a cooked breakfast together about 9am.
Christmas is over, the decorations are down but the cold weather hasn’t gone so one of the jobs we are planning is to track down the major drafts and see if we can deal with them. We still have the window grills to finish and there are lots of minor repair jobs to do. Steve is aiming to try and tidy the vestry. And if anyone fancies polishing the piano ……!
So, as always, if you would like to join us for an action packed morning full of fun and new discoveries, join us then. If you plan to come it would be appreciated if you could let us know (Steve, Jan or myself) then we can make sure there is enough food! Children and adults welcome.
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Ooops, it appears that we are double booked and the church is being used for a recording session so we won’t be able to do any work that morning! Sorry! Watch this space for a new date.
We are planning another work morning on Saturday 19th January starting at 8am or as soon after as you want to join us. Hopefully we will have breakfast together about 9am.
Christmas is over, the decorations are down but the cold weather hasn’t gone so one of the jobs we are planning is to track down the major drafts and see if we can deal with them. We still have the window grills to finish and there are lots of minor repair jobs to do. If Steve is available we also aim to try and tidy the vestry. And if anyone fancies polishing the piano ……!
So, as always, if you would like to join us for an action packed morning full of fun and new discoveries, join us then. If you plan to come it would be appreciated if you could let us know (Steve, or myself) then we can make sure there is enough food! Children and adults welcome.
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A huge “THANK YOU” to all of you who turned up on Saturday to help with the work morning, and a special thank you to Jan who stepped in as chef at the last minute when the chef, Rev Steve, was unable to attend. We were greatly encouraged when on Sunday morning a lot of people noticed the difference to the worship area which now looks so much tidier. The plants also look a lot healthier thanks to some TLC from green-fingered Catherine.
The biggest difference though is probably not going to get noticed by many people and that it is because it happened down in the basement where we managed to make a major start on tidying things up and cleaning the floor. Over the next few months we will be sorting through a lot of the stuff down there and putting surplus items for re-use or recycling.
Some of the more interesting things we found were:
– a Mother’s Union banner from St Margaret’s;
– Jesus praying in a cupboard (a statue, probably also from St Margaret’s);
– a small Christmas tree down the back of the cupboard which reminded us that we were preparing the church for Advent!
I think we all felt encouraged by what we achieved and we will be organising another work morning in January.
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We are planning another work morning on Saturday 10th November starting at 8am or as soon after as you want to join us. Rev Steve has kindly offered to cook breakfast again for about 9am.
The main job will be a big tidy up ready for advent and Christmas. If the weather is fine I plan to remove some of the window grills, clean behind them and then replace them with new screws. We will also be have a spring clean (!) of the basement in readiness for new shelving which we hope to get in the new year.
So, if you would like to join us for an action packed morning full of fun and new discoveries, join us then. If you plan to come it would be appreciated if you could let us know (Steve, Jan or myself) then we can make sure there is enough food!
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Early this morning, before the 8am start time, we arrived at church to open up to find the Rev. Steve mopping up the rain that was dripping in through the church roof. This wasn’t in the plan! But we were far more fortunate than the residents of the Calder Valley who had been flooded out with over a months rain in one day.
A short time later more volunteers arrived and we got cracking with cleaning out blocked drain pipes, removing weeds from between paving stones, starting to tidy the cellar and tackling some of the church garden.
The Rev. Steve served us a super cooked breakfast washed down with lots of tea and then it was back to work.
Hard hats weren’t really needed – this is a child’s toy hat!
|All help was welcomed
Great fun was had and we felt that we achieved quite a lot of work. We also discovered some old furnishings and this lid of a box. It appears to be the lid from a box that held silver chalices and was “Given in loving memory of Francis William Tetley by his children Oct 30th 1886”. Francis was the son of Joshua Tetley who founded the Tetley brewery, Francis made the company a huge success and after he died a window was dedicated to him by his children in the old All Hallows church which was built about 1885. If anyone has any photos of the window or knows more about the Tetley connection with All Hallows please let me know!
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