Remembrance 2017

St Giles Church was full with families of all ages joining together for the Remembrance Day service on 12th November.

Members of  youth organisations from around Stoke Poges paraded their flags while Parish council members and others laid wreaths before the Act of Remembrance.

A Remembrance Focus, told the stories of the 18 men from Stoke Poges, who all died in 1917 “The Saddest year for Stoke Poges”.  As the story unfolded, one by one, a wooden cross was placed at the front of the church by different members of the congregation.

Students from Teikyo School accompanied their Headmaster, Mr Nakayama (pictured above) and English Teacher, Ms Mari Kubo. They joined 7Up members to welcome people into the church and afterwards presented a cheque, donating a percentage of the proceeds from their school fete to the St Andrew’s Youth Club. The Youth Club have been forging links with a few students at the school and we are very grateful for their support. Teikyo students will be joining us again for Leaf Raking at St Giles’ on 25th November.

Bouncy Castle on Tour

Thanks to Ruth Rooley for this summary and photos of the Stoke Poges, Wexham and Fulmer Horticultural Society’s Annual Show back in August, in which many members of the congregation participated. With apologies for omitting the article from the last edition of the Church Magazine.

Rain did not dampen the spirits, nor spoil the enjoyment, of people who braved the elements to attend the Society’s Annual Show. The number of entries was up and the quality of the entries praised by the judges. There was quite a buzz in the marquee as everyone viewed the entries and in some cases found they were winners! The scarecrows and other exhibits entered by local school children were much admired, as were the cakes, preserves and handicrafts. The flowers and vegetables were outstanding considering the wide variations in the weather, that we have experienced this year.  Visitors also enjoyed looking at the wonderful photographs exhibited by the Photographic Club.P1010649-300x225

Outside, the Reading Spring Gardens Band continued to give much pleasure, even with the rain coming down!  John and Ed Rabbitt,  with Debbie in assistance, provided the barbecue and Pinewood Nurseries ran the tea tent, while the Crocker family manned the bar. The stallholders and outside exhibitors had a bit of a damp day, but we are grateful for their support and for those who supported the tombolas and raffle, or helped in any way.

The Church, very generously, provided the bouncy castle, which had to be blown up again inside St Andrew’s Church the next day to be cleaned down and dried off!

The Horticultural Society’s AGM is on Wednesday 15 November in the School at 8 pm. www.hortsoc.org

The Return of the Blog

It’s been dormant for a couple of years but now it’s back… here to serve!

Bringing you news of up coming and recent events plus other articles instead of the printed magazine, which saw its last edition in October. The aim is to make the content more timely and flexible, as well as accessible to a broad range of people. Some elements of the magazine will still appear in printed form on the noticeboards or as flyers to hand to friends and neighbours.

Most of all, we hope the blog will be a window on our world inside the church, for those who are thinking about coming along or are new to the area and would like to know more.

You will be able to follow the blog from the church website www.stokepogeschurch.org and clicking on the link from the home page and later by subscribing to have it sent to your email address or clicking on it from a Facebook or Twitter post.

If you would like to get in touch with the church, please “Contact Us” … and thanks for reading!