In recent weeks St Peter has held two very different, but special events, a Harvest Festival Service on 17th October and a Service of Remembrance on 7th November. Both were successful, meaningful and enjoyable events, the church was full on both occasions, beautifully decorated by parishioners and the organ played by Connie Beadman. Thanks must go to all those who helped in any way to organise these services.
Several members of our farming community attended the service and along with everyone else gave thanks for another sucessful farming year despite the trials of difficult weather conditions.
The Revd Dr Gordon Gatward OBE, Chaplain to the Royal Agricultural Society and friend of our churchwarden, gave an interesting and thought provoking address while David Woods, The High Sheriff of Rutland and local farmer William Bevin read the lessons. Numerous items of dry goods were generously donated by the congregation filling two large boxes which were then given to the Rutland Food Bank.
Due to the increase in Covid 19 numbers at that time it was decided not to hold the Harvest Supper but serve refreshments after the service instead, where the congregation could spread out over the whole church with plenty of ventilation. The wine, local pork pie and sausage rolls, donated by a local butcher, were much enjoyed while the gifts of fruit and vegetables were auctioned along with two large baskets of fruit also donated by a local retailer.
Sunday 7th November saw a Remembrance Evensong at St Peter, the large congregation included two members of the local armed forces, Captain Blackley and Staff Sergeant Armes. The Revd Chris Rattenberry led the service and gave the address and wreaths were laid by Terry Greer on behalf of Brooke and Captain Blackley for the Army. Staff Sergeant Armes, Bea Bell, Mary Brooks and Robert Eayrs gave the readings and adding a real sense of poignancy to the ocassion was the playing of the Last Post and Reveille by Hugh Illingworth.
We especially remembered the three young men of Brooke who died in WWI, Pte Stanley Burfield, Dvr Herbert Molyneux and Pte Joseph Royce; members of their families were also in the congregation.
Advent Carol Service Sunday 5th December at 3pm
Candlelight Carol Service Sunday 19th December at 6.30pm with seasonal delights afterwards
Christmas Day Holy Communion 25th December at 8am