As the nights close in and we begin to shut down for winter, we are preparing for the arrival of the scaffolding to herald the beginning of the work on the big east window. Our amazingly supportive friends at Wight Stonemasonry and Southern Lights have bent over backwards to help us this year, moving their schedules to accommodate the large number of weddings we have had in the church, with the result that they find themselves preparing to begin work on the biggest window just as the weather gets really cold.
The standard of craftsmanship of Richard and Moira Ratsey and Dave Crouch never ceases to stagger me, and I do urge you to go and have a look if you have not already.
But next up is the big stained glass window over the altar, and this will require scaffolding to be up for several weeks, including over Christmas. We have a plan for decorating the church for the carol service and for Christmas itself, so will be hoping to see a full church on those festive occasions. But apart from these two services, the plan is to hold services in the Village Hall while the work is going on, not least because it will be even colder than normal over this period with the window taken out and boarded up. So, if you arrive on a Sunday and find the church open, we will be in the Hall!
Meanwhile, braving the weather, whatever the weather, Rhod and his amazing team of volunteers have been out in the churchyard, sweeping, clearing, laying gravel and generally helping to make the place ship-shape.
They plan to be out again on Saturday 30th November, so do please contact Rhod if you are able to help, or just turn up on the day. Details are given below.
It was lovely to see so many of you in church for Remembrance Sunday, where once more we heard a poignant tale of one of our Shalfleet war dead. We will remember them.
On a lighter note, your trusty churchwarden is disappearing next week for a month, sailing across the Atlantic with the ARC (rally), but will be back in time for the carol service on Saturday December 21st at 5pm. Please put this in your diary, as it will be the normal good old sing song of popular carols, followed by mulled wine and other goodies in the Hall.
Good luck with the Christmas shopping!