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At St John & St James we have two war memorials for those in the parish who lost their lives during the first and second world wars. One of the memorials is made of wood, and when we moved into our new building two years ago, we had it restored. However, the names were not very clear to read and so earlier this year we launched an appeal to have the lettering refurbished with gold paint.

During our Remembrance Service on the 12th November we were able to unveil the restored memorial. Not only did we raise enough to pay for the restoration, but we were also able to give a donation of £120 to the British Legion.

Thank you so much to everyone who gave money to get this work done and thank you to all those who gave their lives so that we could live in freedom today.

To celebrate Harvest, this year our church collected food for the local Food Bank at St Leonard’s Church and money was donated to Operation Christian Child. In addition, we had a fundraising evening at which a local duo, George and Tom Cook (known as Bak 2 Bak), came to provide us with an evening of music.

The evening was called ‘The Pub Comes to Church’, and as you can see, everyone had a really good evening dancing the night away to great music.

£700 was raised during the evening and the money was divided between OCC, the Food Bank and the church. At harvest-time, sharing helps Christians to remember that all good gifts come from God. Giving is a way of saying thank you to God in a practical way whilst remembering that he commanded all people to love and care for others.

Thank you to everyone who supported Harvest this year.

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