NORMAL SERVICE IS RESUMED AT BROOKE, almost.
Despite the trying times, hopefully behind us now, the small village of Brooke, it’s inhabitants and the church of St Peter have thankfully survived the pandemic and are almost back to normal with our usual pattern of services resuming this month.
While St Peter was closed and services suspended for many months the maintenance of the church and churchyard was kept to a minimum apart from any necessary jobs to preserve the ancient building. Thanks to those who kept an eye on the church and organised any works required.
With the church having been closed for so long the interesting comments in the visitor’s book, the sale of jams, candles and post cards have been sadly missed. However, during this time walkers and village visitors were still thankful to be able to rest awhile in the porch or on the new bench on the green kindly donated by the family of Peter Jones. The small east gate to the churchyard was also donated in his memory and has yet to be dedicated.
In mid July we were able to meet in church, with certain restrictions, for a long awaited PCC meeting. A new and enthusiastic church warden, Ian Bell, was introduced, there was news of the possibility of a new treasurer and with help from the church office with secretarial and other duties the future looks exciting.
A special harvest festival service with an emphasis on our local farming community will take place on Sunday 17th October when the High Sheriff of Rutland David Woods Esq will be present and the Rev Dr Gordon Gatward OBE FRAgS and Chaplain to the Royal Agricultural Society of England will give the address. At this service a basket will be available for the congregation to donate foods for the Rutland Food Bank.
A harvest supper in the church is planned for the evening before, Saturday 16th October, the details yet to be finalised.
Other future planned events are ,
Remembrance Service on Sunday 7th November
Christmas Coffee Morning on Thursday 2nd December
Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday 19th December