The Rector writes ‘Believe it or not, the time has come for the POSADA sign-up sheet to appear at the back of the church. If your house would like to ‘accommodate’ thefigures of Mary, Joseph and the Donkey for one night during the Advent Period,you can sign up for your selected date.
The figures will be dropped up to you by whoever had them the day before and you, in turn, will bring them to the next name on the list the following day. Advent begins on November 29th this year. There is absolutely NO need for you to organise any kind of refreshments for whoever comes to your house so please don’t let this deter you. All that is expected is that youreceive the figures in a prayerful manner, enjoy hosting the ‘Holy family to be’ overnight (which perhaps provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children about the birth of Jesus) and then finally to pass them on, prayerfully, to continue their journey to around our parish.’
Some of the Gravestones behind St Mary’s Church have been deemed unstable by our Health & Safety team and are marked with red and white Hazard Tape while the County Council address the problem. Please do not let your children play near these gravestones. Thank you.
Tonight- Reflective Service at 7pm in St Mary’s. This service is a quiet reflective service where we remember those whose lives were important to us and who are no longer with us.
Firewood for sale from the Rectory garden. Call Henry Forbes on 087-2035000 to arrange collection or delivery.
Women’s weekend. ‘Family matters’ will be a weekend of fun, refreshment and relaxation with speaker Bishop Richard Henderson. 13-15 November, Garryvoe Hotel, Castlemartyr. All (women!) welcome. Booking Forms available from the back of the church or from Hilary Dring. 086-3680513.
Life after Separation/Divorce; A course for those coming through troubled relationships who have either separated or divorced in the recent past will take place in a private but friendly setting in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. This course will be run in Dublin also by two other relationship counsellors, who are on the C. of I. Marriage Council, based in Church of Ireland House, Dublin. The course will start on Thursday 11 November for 4 onsecutive Thursdays 730-9pm. Please contact Deirdre Whitley (M.R.C.S. Cert. H.Dip. Couns.)If you have any queries, or would like to meet to discuss contact her on 0862612442 or email email@example.com.
The Coeliac Society of Ireland, Cork Support Group, are holding a meeting on Tuesday 3rd November at 8pm in SMA Centre Wilton. Topic: Preparing for Christmas Night. A Taste and Chew Night ( Make or bake and bring along) with a Cooking demo. by Michelle O’Connor Coeliac society and Avril Allshire Howe, from Rosscarbery Recipes. €5 entry.
Flowerpots needed! Hazel Fleury is looking for Flowerpots. If you have any spare ones lying around, especially 5 inch and larger then please let her know! 086-8157821
4th November Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall
Monday Club 3-5pm Parish Hall
8th November Remembrance Choral Evensong 7pm St Johns
14th Nov Ardfallen Fair 10am – 2pm Douglas
21st Nov Parish Quiet Day 11am – 3pm, Parish Hall.
22nd Nov Gift Day in Rectory 12 – 3pm.
29th Nov United Service 11am St Mary’s Carrigaline
Service of Wholeness & Healing 7pm St John’s Monkstown
Random Notes CXLXIX
‘Thanks to the wonders of digital broadcasting, BBC Radio 4 can now be tuned in to on your computer with perfect reception. Some lovely programmes and features on Radio 4 include “Desert Island Discs”, “The Shipping Forecast” and of course “The Archers”.
The Archers is a long-running British radio soap opera which debuted on 1st January 1951. With over 17,750 episodes it is the world’s longest-running radio soap opera production. It is set in the fictional village of Ambridge in the fictional county of Borsetshire in the English Midlands. Ambridge’s pub, “The Bull” is said to be modelled on a public house in Warwickshire. The parish church of Ambridge is “St Stephen’s”. The story is based on the fictional Archer family, who own and manage Brookfield Farm. The farm has passed down the generations from the original owner Dan (now deceased) to his son Phil and is now co-owned by Phil’s four children: David, Elizabeth Pargiter, Shula Hebden-lloyd and her twin Kenton who is married top pub landlady Jolene. Another family in Ambridge is the Aldridges who are portrayed as money-driven practitioners of agribusiness at Home Farm. Brian, the head of the family, has been a serial adulterer, and his wife Jennifer (nee Archer) is a cousin of David Archer. Arkwright Hall is a large Victorian mansion with a 17th century atmosphere. The building served as a community centre for many years. Later it fell in to disrepair, but was renovated and leased form the Landmark Trust.
Unlike some soap operas, episodes of The Archers portray events taking place on the date of broadcast, allowing many topical subjects to be included. Real-life events which can be readily predicted in advance are often written in to the script, such as the FIFA World Cup. On some occasions, scenes at these events are planned and edited into episodes shortly before transmission. On the evening of 22nd September 1955, the UK’s first commercial television station, ITV, was to be broadcast for the first time. The radios producers of The Archers had to come up with a dramatic story to draw the public’s attention away from the new television station. It was decided that the popular Grace Archer would come to a sticky end, trying to rescue her horse from a burning stable. The episode attracted widespread media attention, being reported by newspapers around the world! The episodes can be heard six evenings per week form Sunday to Friday, after the news summary at about 7.02pm, but repeated on a Sunday morning for the 10am omnibus” RCE