Brooke News, July-November 2022

After a successful early summer concert things slowed down just a little at Brooke as the summer temperature rose.

St Peter’s six bells rang out a quarter peal on Thursday 28th July to celebrate John Beadman’s 90th birthday, with birthday cake for the team afterwards. John has been a bellringer since the age of fourteen and it is only in recent years that he had decided to retire. He has rung all over Rutland and been a team captain for many years, eight of which were at All Saints, Oakham. Several of the Beadman family are also bellringers with granddaughter Tessa and her husband being regular ringers at St Paul’s Cathedral. Tessa was also a member of the team that recently rang for the late Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.

August began with a Lammas evensong, the word lammas coming from the Old English words ‘loaf mass’ when the first harvested grains of the year were made into bread which was taken to church to be blessed during mass. Our bread was made by Baines Bakery of Uppingham, some of whom attended and took part in the service, along with local famers responsible for growing the grain.

Due to covid restrictions we had not been able to have an annual spring cleaning day for two or three years so to catch up this year we had an autumnal cleaning day on September 5th. It was a warm sunny day and with sunshine streaming through the windows every cobweb and grain of dust was highlighted for the team of cleaners to remove. After a busy morning the happy band of cleaners soon had St Peter spick and span once more. The church is open each day, so thanks must go to those who sweep, dust, arrange flowers, collect the box money and open/close the church on a regular basis keeping St Peter clean, attractive and available to visitors.

Very sadly at the beginning of September, Sheila Harrington, one of St Peter’s dedicated and long time parishioners, lost her courageous battle with cancer. Sheila had worked tirelessly over many years for the benefit of St Peter and Brooke and will be very much missed. A memorial service was held for her on 21st September.

Unfortunately September also saw the death of our late Queen Elizabeth II and a special memorial evensong was held for her on 18th September when a Book of Condolences was opened in the church and available for anyone to sign.

October saw two happy events. The first a well attended village Harvest Supper on Saturday 1st October held at the farm of Mr and Mrs James Mossman. We thank them for the loan of the barn venue as well as the help they gave preparing for the supper. This was cooked by various villagers and a beef casserole, baked potatoes, apple crumble, cheese and biscuits was enjoyed by all. A raffle of donated items helped to make it a profitable evening for St Peter and villagers and friends enjoyed a happy social evening.

Our Harvest Festival service was held later in the month on Sunday 16th October when the Rev G Dodgson FRAgS, Chaplain to the Guild of Agricultural Journalists attended and gave the sermon. Local farmers read the lessons and dried/tinned goods were collected for the Rutland Food Bank. Baskets of fruit and vegetables, kindly donated by Messrs Faulkners, Oakham market traders, were auctioned after the service while the congregation enjoyed refreshments.

St Peter’s Service of Remembrance was held on Sunday 6th November to remember all the casualties of war, not only those three men of Brooke but all the fallen of all conflicts. The service, led by Rev Chris Rattenberry, was made all the more special by the attendance of representatives of the community and armed forces. The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness laid a wreath on behalf of the King, Mr Geoff Thompson, the Sheriff of Rutland, laid a wreath for the village and RSM Matthew Eades laid a wreath for the Army. Flag Bearers representing the Royal British Legion and the Royal Air Force Association and two handlers with their very well behaved dogs from the Defence Animal Training Regiment were also present. Hugh Illingworth played the Last Post and accompanied hymns on his trumpet. It was quite a moving occasion and we thank Ian for organising these special services and all the special people who take time out to attend them as well. 

What is next on our calendar?

Sunday 4th December at 3pm – An Advent Carol Service, Lighting the First Advent Candle

Sunday 11th December at 8am – Holy Communion

Friday 16th December at 6pm – the Cottesmore Hunt Carol Service, featuring the Hunt Choir – collection for St Peter

Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm – a Candlelight Carol Service featuring the Laudamus Choir

Wednesday 21st December from 10.30am – Rectory Farm, Brooke, Open to All for Coffee, Chat and Christmas Cake, donations to St Peter’s if desired, by kind permission of Barbara Clemence

Christmas Day 25th December at 8am – Holy Communion

And for your 2023 diaries Sunday 15th January at 3pm, Plough Sunday Service