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The Vicar writes: Our Visitor
Chris Slocombe, who died in April, overcame the challenging and serious illness with which he was born, through the loving support of his family, so that it was no disability for him. He gained an M.A. in English, worked from home and for several years was part of the local hospital chaplaincy team. To this he added being Dedham's Parish Church's 'Hospital Visitor'. We pray for his family in their bereavement - and thank God for the tremendous example of courage and community service which Chris gave to us.
Parochial Church Council
At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April, the following complet-ed their term of office and were thanked for their service:
Sarah Oakley (Churchwarden),
Antony Watson (Dep. Churchwarden),
Sara Glover (PCC Secretary),
Rosemary Hartley, Michael Hughes, Andrew McLaughlin, Jason Partrick. (PCC members)
There was no nomination for the office of Churchwarden or Deputy Churchwarden. There is therefore vacancies in those offices.
Richard Hopkins was elected to the Deanery Synod (and is therefore an ex officio member of the PCC).
The following were newly-elected to serve on the PCC for three years:
Jo Hole, Briony Lawton, Victoria Moloney, Heather Tetchner, Sue Vinter, Suzanne Woods.
Be Burleigh continues in office as Deputy Churchwarden, and the following continue as PCC members, until next year: Caroline Merriam, Ian Sutherland.
This year’s first Big Breakfast took place on Saturday 9 March in the Assembly Rooms. There was a great turn out with over 130 people turning up for cooked breakfast, porridge or cereals, including sausages, bacon, baked beans, fried bread and all the trimmings.
Congratulations to the team who once again made this community event such a success.
A raffle was held with food hampers, wine and other gifts. - thanks are due to the donors.
The next Big Breakfast will take place on Saturday 9 November 2013.
NEW EDITOR OF PARISH MAGAZINE
After more than fifteen years, the Vicar is delighted to be handing over the editorial quill to Katie Courts, a former journalist and a new resident of Dedham.
Katie moved to the village in October last year, with partner Paul, and they are now expecting their first child in the summer. She comes with a range of useful experience for the post, including several years as a local news-paper journalist, before working at the BBC as a television journalist and presenter of the regional news in the Channel Islands! She later worked as Press Officer for the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, before pursuing her passion for all things healthy by retraining as a yoga teacher and nutritional therapist.
"I am so excited to be working with the village in this way" she explained. "Since I left journalism I have really missed local news, and I love meeting new people, researching their stories and writing! I hope people will get in touch or introduce themselves in Church, and share with me their stories and events."
Contact Katie with your news by email through the Parish Office:
or directly by phone on Colchester 323 757.
CHRISTMAS TREE GREETINGS
Christmas 2012 - updated
Thank you to all those who wrote their greetings on a bauble for the Christmas tree in the parish church, and made a donation.£200 was raised and will be sent for the Macmillan Nurses at Colchester hospital.
Are you wanting to cut down your Christmas card list and yet not offend your friends in Dedham? Then you could use the Christmas tree that will be in the Parish Church to send your greeting.
Colourful large bauble decorations will be available for you to write your greeting upon - then hang it on the tree for all to see!
The tree will be erected on Thursday 13 December.
We ask for a donation to help cover the costs. All additional income will be given to the Macmillan Nurses charity.