The Songs of Praise service on Sunday 4 November at 3 pm at Stockton Church will have the theme of Remembrance. The centenary of the Armistice will be marked on 11 November 2018 with a joint service at Geldeston Church for our five parishes, beginning at 10 am, followed by wreath-laying at the War Memorial. All are welcome.
Autumn Litter Pick
On Saturday, 10 November, there will be a Litter Pick in Gillingham Parish, now that the undergrowth has died down. Those who want to take part should meet at 33, Kings Dam at 9.30 am, and gather there again for refreshments about 11.30am.
Ellingham & Kirby Cane WI
The Women’s Institute meets on the last Thursday of the month at the Village Hall (29 November, at 7 pm) and has a regular programme of crafts and speakers. Non-members are welcome to come to a session or two to find out what the group is doing.
The Community Composting Scheme in Geldeston ends its yearly collections in late October, early November. It will resume in spring 2019. The group welcomes new volunteers to help gather and process the garden waste. The credits paid for this activity by South Norfolk Council enabled Geldeston to purchase a defibrillator for the parish.
A handful of visitors from our five parishes and beyond attended the Open Day on Tuesday, 9 October, held by the Rumanian Orthodox congregation that now prays and worships at the church in Gillingham (p. 20). They were warmly met by Father Liviu and by the treasurer Nicholas Meade. The church was beautifully lit by beeswax candles and decorated with icons and the children’s Sunday School drawings.
There will be a soup lunch on Wednesday, 21 November, at Laburnum Cottage on the Bungay Road (Stockton NR34 0HR). Tickets in aid of repairs to Stockton Church cost £5. More details on page 27.
This month’s film at Geldeston Village Hall is “The Bookshop”
(Wednesday, 28 November. See page 29 and http://www.geldeston.org/films/ for a preview and more information. The ticket prices for afternoon (£6) and evening (£5) shows include refreshments. Part of the takings from the two shows are donated to the “School for Peace” in the Congo and to Village Hall Funds, respectively.
There is a new Thursday afternoon activity at Gillingham Village Hall, from 1 to 4 pm. More details from Nita, the Hall manager.