This Week's Notices

23 April 2017, 2nd Sunday of Easter

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners will be held on Saturday, 29 April at 10.30am in The Ludlow Mascall Centre for the election of churchwardens. This will be followed by the AGM of the PCC. You will find nomination forms for churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod representatives on the table at the crossing in church – please complete these as early as possible.

Messy Church

This will be in St Laurence’s at 2.30 – 4.30 today.  The theme will be ‘Breakfast on the Beach’ (one of the resurrection appearances), with breakfast-related crafts and food as well as some of the more usual activities. Everyone is welcome.

Memorial Service for Pam Beazley

This will take place on Thursday, 25 May at 2pm in St Laurence’s.

Coach Trip to Radnorshire

Join the Ludlow Palmers on Thursday, 4 May on a day coach trip to Radnorshire. This social outing will explore the Welsh towns of Old Radnor, New Radnor and Llandrindod Wells. We leave Ludlow at 9:15am and return approximately 5:30pm. Tickets: £15 – Send request for ticket(s) and cheques (payable to CTSLL) to CTSLL, 2 College Street, Ludlow SY8 1AN.

Memorial service for Jean Turner

Jean died earlier this year in Sheffield – prior to moving there she had lived in Ludford and, latterly, in Lower Broad Street. She became a steward at St Giles, as well as being on the ER. Her memorial service will be held at 3pm in St Giles on on Friday, 28 April.

Church cleaning dates

The next ones will be on Saturday, 29 April 8.45-9.45am, Monday, 8 May 8.45-10.15am and Saturday, 27 May 9-10.30am; there is a sign-up form on the Stewards’ Notice Board.

Thank you to all of you that help.

Guided Tours of the Church

These are now up and running for the season and will take place at 2.15pm on most Saturdays between now and November (they are listed in the diary).  Perfect for brushing up your own knowledge of the church, they are also a good way of introducing visitors to our church.

Deanery Service

This will be at Burford on 30 April at 10.30am

Street Collection in Aid of the Conservation Trust for St Laurence

We need your help on 28 April, 10am to 2pm. If you can collect (1 hour), please contact Jayne Cant. Email:

Love, Politics and a Naughty Vicar in 17th Century Stanton Lacy

A talk by Elizabeth Round MA on Saturday, 29 April 7.30pm at Ashford Carbonell Village Hall. Ticket £5 from Maureen Round 01584 831542 or on the door. Bar.

A new social outreach initiative

In response to suggestions, it has been agreed to offer a tea party to people who have little or no opportunity for social gatherings.  Help is needed to move, set and wait at tables, as well as coffee pots, tea pots and all sizes of cakes. If anyone can help in any way please contact Sue Jones - 01584 874747;

Contemplation Group at 6 The Snicketts, Portcullis Lane

11am Wednesdays. Details from Helen Blyth 875041 or Pat Helm 877683

More Tea Vicar

The next Rector’s tea time will be on 15 May.

Volunteers Needed

We are very lucky with our wonderful stewards – you give so much of your time.  At the moment we have 2 gaps during the week and can always do with more help on a Sunday. If you have more time to give, or know someone who can help, please contact the office.

This Week's Diary

Sun 23 Apr 2017

8am Holy Communion

9:30am Parish Eucharist

1pm Set up for Messy Church

2:30pm Messy Church

4:30pm Clear up for Messy Church

Mon 24 Apr 2017

8am Morning Prayer

9am Routine maintenance inspection

10am Organ Practice

4:30pm Evening Prayer

7:30pm Bells Practice

Tue 25 Apr 2017

8am Holy Communion

4:30pm Evening Prayer

6:15pm Handbells

Wed 26 Apr 2017

9:45am Little Angels Toddlers' Group

11:15am Toddler group clear up

12pm Holy Communion

Thu 27 Apr 2017

8am Morning Prayer

1pm Church quiet in preparation for Funeral service

2pm Funeral Sylvia Elizabeth Morse RIP

4:30pm Evening Prayer

5pm Choir Practice

Fri 28 Apr 2017

8am Holy Communion

9:45am Toddlers' group

11:15am Toddler group clear up

12pm Church quiet in preparation for Thanksgiving service

1pm Thanksgiving Ernest Alker RIP

5:30pm Compline

Sat 29 Apr 2017

8:45am Church cleaning

10am Organ Practice

10:30am Parish Meeting (at Ludlow Mascall Centre)

11:30am Organ Recital - Shaun Ward

2:15pm Church Tour

3pm Housman Commemoration at North wall plaque, followed by refreshment in church

Sun 30 Apr 2017

8am Holy Communion

9:30am Parish Eucharist

2pm Baptism Brown



Spring is a time of new beginnings - little lambs are born and gambol around the fields, snowdrops and daffodils poke their heads through the soil, and there is a promise of warm, sunny days ahead. New life makes us feel positive; we turn away from the grey winter days and we look forward towards the future, perhaps a different future to the one we've planned.

Too often people see Christianity as old fashioned, boring, even a bit embarrassing ... until things go wrong and they are struggling for something to support them, to hold on to, something to believe in.

Pilgrim is a course for people who are exploring the Christian faith - it isn't about persuasion but about thought and discussion. Come along and join us, search and find the answers.

On Wednesdays:
26 April in the afternoon - time and venue to be confirmed

For further information please contact as follows:
John Perry on 01584 873755
or phone St Laurence's office on 01584 872073 and leave a message