Parish Notices Sunday 8th February 2015

The Rector writes …..   ‘The Friendship Club, which meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month is simply that, a Friendship Club.  We meet in the Rectory, have coffee/tea and chat.

The special aspect of this gathering is that anyone who wants to come along and can’t currently drive themselves will be picked up and brought to the Rectory by someone else who has a car. So please ring me if you would like to come to this morning get-together and aren’t able to get there without help and I will ask someone who lives near you to pick you up and drop you home. We are meeting in the Rectory this coming Thursday 12th at 11am. See you there’


Songs of Praise Evensong in St John’s Church tonight at 7pm.  Your favourite seasonal hymns have now been voted for.  The most popular hymn from each category will be revealed and sung by congregation and choir.  All welcome

DIOCESAN MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS for 2015 are now overdue. The annual subscription has increased slightly to €23 to cover rising printing and publication costs. Please pay Rowland Newenham or the Church Wardens.

Parish Table Quiz. 8.30pm Canon McCrea School Hall,  Friday 27th February at 8.30pm. €10per person. €40 per table.  Refreshments. Raffle. Great fun to be had.  All proceeds in aid of Parish funds. All sponsorship, prizes or donations to the raffle greatly appreciated!  Contact Adrian Bateman for further information 086 8300379.

MONKSTOWN CHAMBER CHOIR have returned to practice at 8pm in St John’s Church on Thursdays. We love to welcome new members to this parish /community choir and there are currently spaces for Altos, Tenors and Basses. For further information please contact Roger Ellis on 087 9607750.

We are holding a Scrap Metal Collection to raise funds for the Parish.  So have a clear out of your shed, garage and attic! If you require your scrap metal to be collected then we can arrange to collect it from your home or business.  

For information on where to drop off or if you need it collected call Adrian Bateman on 0868300379 or Henry Forbes on 0872035000. 

A full listing of acceptable items and materials is on the website



Feb 9th    Toddler Plus One 10am Parish Hall

Monday Club 3 – 5pm Parish Hall

Feb 11th   Eucharist Service 10.30am in St Mary’s Church

World Day of Prayer Bible Study immediately following the Service

Feb 12th   Friendship Club 11am Rectory

Feb 14th   Confirmation Classes 6 -8pm in Rectory



Feb 16th   Annual Update of Parish Register 7 to 8pm Parish Hall

Feb 18th Mother’s Union Ash Wednesday Service 7.30pm  followed by a time of reflection, St. Mary’s Church

Feb 27th Parish Table Quiz 830pm. St Mary’s School

Feb 20th   Youth Club 7 to 9pm Parish Hall

April 19th  Confirmation Service 11 St John’s Church


Random Notes CXXIX



“Summerland”, Monkstown, Co Cork was bought by the Fleury family in 1957. Prior to that, it was the Rectory serving St John’s Church. Mr & Mrs Fleury bought it from the Church authorities when Canon Bourchier retired, and lived there for 20 years before Eddie & Sheila Fleury moved in, in 1977. The two storey over basement house, built c. 1840 has recently changed hands to another local family and is being extensively and sensitively restored.

I was in school with Alan Fleury and as a child, I spent many happy hours playing in the house and gardens. The basement fascinated me as all the rooms were still in tact…the old kitchen with stove and endless cupboards, the sleeping quarters for staff and other rooms not used for years. There was a well built in to the wall behind the back door to the basement. Also, the dumb waiter which brought food from the basement kitchen up to the dining room was still in place. This marvellous and practical invention meant that dinner could be brought up to the dining room by means of a tray on pullies – No need to lug it up the stairs!

Whilst forming a part of our history and heritage, it is wonderful to see these  Victorian houses given a new lease of life.”


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