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Brooke church interior

News from Brooke

A lot of water has gone under the ancient bridge at Brooke since the last ‘Brooke News’ in January 2022 and a lot has also gone on in the church life of the parishioners and friends of St Peter, Brooke.

A PCC meeting took place in February and an APCM in May with another PCC meeting due on 25 July. What new ideas will churchwarden Ian have in store for us this time I wonder?

Three PCC members, Bill and Margaret Lamb and Richard Dilworth have retired;  Terry Greer has retired as our treasurer of many years but remains on the PCC. We wish to thank them all for their work and dedication to St Peter over the years. A new PCC member,  Jim Carpenter, has joined us and long standing PCC member Robert Eayrs has taken on the role of treasurer. Grateful thanks must also go to John and Connie Beadman for very kindly donating a bookcase to keep our hymn and prayer books much tidier.

As well as our usual pattern of services each month, Easter week at Brooke also saw a Palm Sunday evensong on 10 April, a  service of Compline on 12 April, matins on Good Friday 15 April and Holy Communion on Easter Sunday 17 April.

Some special services have also been held, several of them with various invited guests and with refreshments served afterwards, all helping to encourage St Peter’s connection to the local community.  A Memorial and Thanksgiving evensong was held to remember departed loved ones on 6 March with many family members of those already interred at St Peter attending.

 Keen to promote St Peter’s position within the local farming community a Rogation Sunday service was held on 29 May to ask for blessings on the soil and seed and a fruitful season to come.

A 30 Anniversary Service commemorating the restoration and renewal of St Peter’s bells was held on 19th June. Several members, young and older, of the original fund raising and restoration team took part in this service. A fine peal of the bells was rung before the service.

On Sunday 3 July St Peter’s Patronal service was celebrated at Holy Communion.

A Lammas Celebration evensong  is planned for Sunday 7 August to celebrate the first fruits of the year’s harvest. The word Lammas derives from the Anglo Saxon ‘loaf-mass’; traditionally when loaves of bread, made from the newly harvested grain, were blessed to mark the first fruits of the year’s harvest.

An extremely successful Coffee and Cookie Morning, raising £960, was held at Priory Farm, the home of Rob and Maggie Eayrs on Thursday 12 May. This was held to replace our annual Christmas Coffee Morning cancelled for the past two years because of the pandemic. The wonderful view towards Brooke was enjoyed with coffee and cookies, while chatting and spending money on the various stalls etc. Many thanks to Rob and Maggie for hosting the morning and for all their work in organising such a profitable event.

Another wonderful amount of £640 was raised at the Summer Concert held on the evening of Saturday 11 June. The popular Tudor Choir of Leicester entertained us with a wide variety of songs for a summer evening, a monologue and even the Hippopotamus song which we all joined in with. Wine, strawberries and cream were served afterwards making it a very enjoyable summer evening. Many thanks to Terry for organising it and to those who donated food and drink.

The unsafe tree in the north corner of the churchyard has been removed and the huge yew tree on the south side has been pruned to reveal a gravestone not seen for many years. This is the headstone of the grave of William Richardson, b. Whitwell abt 1796 d. Brooke 1874 and his wife Susannah nee Kemp b. Brooke 1797,  d. Brooke 1875. Agricultural worker, William and Susannah were married in Brooke in November 1817 and after their marriage lived in Langham. After the death of Susannah’s mother in 1827 they moved back to Brooke to live with Susannah’s father William Kemp. They had four children William 1825, Sarah 1829, Hannah 1832 and Elizabeth 1839. William probably inherited land in Brooke after the death of his father in law in 1846 and by 1851 was described as a Grazier of 80 acres.

Daughter Hannah married a William Kington of Bridge Farm, Brooke and they became John Beadman’s gt gt grandparents. Youngest daughter Elizabeth became the second wife of Thomas Kington with one of her step daughters becoming an ancestor of the Rev Edna Walker, curate and vicar at Brooke for many years.

Work on maintaining St Peter goes on as usual, with all the essential inside and outside jobs done by various people without whom all would grind to a standstill. So a great many thanks to them all, including the vicars that come to take our services, to Connie for playing the organ and churchwarden Ian for his organisation, enthusiasm and wine!