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Friends to the Rescue!

Friends to the Rescue!

Rector David Head joins the Friends

The Friends group was formally launched on Easter Saturday at Aylmerton Village Hall in conjunction with Connie’s monthly cake stall. Prior to the launch, a Friends’ brochure was hand delivered to every household in the village, whilst brochures were sent out by post to those living elsewhere who have some connection with St John’s.
The Village Hall was almost full and when people had purchased their cakes and settled down with a coffee our Chair of Friends, John Rampling welcomed everyone and gave a brief introduction to the Friends of St John the Baptist’s detailing our aims and ambitions. There was a celebration cake on hand which four year old Annabelle Marino (our youngest Friend) cut, with just a little help from her Mum, Paula. Annabelle’s grandfather, Anthony, came over from New York, to lend an international flair to the occasion, although in truth he had really come to spend Easter in London with Paula and husband Jason.
A photo slide show on a large screen in the Hall showed not only photos of the church, but many of the social events and concerts that have taken place in more recent years. Times remembered brought much amusement to a good many people.
Our Rector David Head added his support and was duly photographed completing his membership form. Several retired clergy in the area who take services at St John the Baptist’s were also there to add support.
John Rampling said afterwards “ The response from people both near and far has been simply amazing. We have really tapped into something which shows that people genuinely care about the church building, even if they don’t go to church. As we drive through the village it’s worth reminding ourselves that the flint round tower was built about 1200, and over 800 years later it’s still there dominating the rural scene. So far we have around 60 members which is fantastic”.
We’ll keep you posted with more updates, but the financial future of St John’s is already beginning to look much brighter. A very big thank you for all of your support, it really is appreciated. Photographs from the event can be viewed in the Gallery of this website.