The Church Wardens write….

Following the spate of fires to the church noticeboards, as reported in the last issue, there was a more serious incident when the church wheelie bin was set alight, causing damage to the stonework by the tower door. The soot and smoke damage has now been cleaned by a specialist company but we now await a stonemason’s view on the heat cracked blocks. This senseless action is not only annoying but costs us our insurance excess.

Consequently, the new wheelie bin (for landfill rubbish) will not be kept near the church building any longer but will be by the path near ‘The Glebe’ entrance to the churchyard.

Please help us in our efforts to look after the environment by putting compostable material either on the heap in the bank at the back of the churchyard, or in the designated dustbins – one by the water tap and the other with the wheelie bin. There is another bin for rubbish near the compost heap.

There is also a small bin close to the lychgate. The churchyard work parties empty all these bins, so your help in segregating waste is much appreciated.

Please do not put dog waste bags in any of the church bins – there is a designated dog waste bin on the Green and near the bus stop on Borers Arms Road.

Unfortunately, we have had to remove the recycling bin as people kept putting rubbish in it, so please take your recycling home.

Having a clear-out? De-cluttering? Then please consider selling on ebay for charity and benefit your village church.

If you opt to give 100% to St. John’s, you won’t pay any ebay fees (but you will pay a little to Paypal for the privilege!).

When you get to the ‘Make a Donation’ part of the selling process, look for ‘St. John’s Church’ in the list of charities (you will see our logo and a picture of the church) and click on it. If you pay tax you are also able to gift aid your donation here. The money from your sale will automatically come to the church account – it’s as simple as that!

St. John’s benefitted by over £800 from ebay sales last year – those no longer ‘loved’ items helping with the upkeep of the church.