Church of the Holy Cross Hillfarrance
We had a lot of fun organising a two day exhibition of local crafts and as you can see the exhibits were beautiful.
FILLING SHOE BOXES FOR RUMANIA
About 20 people helped to pack shoe boxes to send to Rumania on the 1st November in the church, 71 boxes were filled and a large number of bulk packed items such as shoes, clothes, toiletries, toys etc.,
TREES POLLARDED AND CROWN THINNED.
During November Colin Inder from Aboricare came and pollarded the 7 plane trees and crown thinned the copper beech, if you look carefully you can see Colin almost at the top of the tree.
Over 40 people abseiled from the church tower on Easter Monday with the help of two Royal Marines Mountain Leaders, Gordon and Trevor. Refreshments were served in the church and Taunton Deane Morris Men came and danced on the 'Green' as you see from the picture one of them took the opportunity to join in the abseil. A great deal of money was raised by a group who came from Wilveliscome Zambian Exchange team and also by our own church.
PICTURE RELATING TO THE BUILDING WORK CARRIED OUT DURING 2007
Work has started on the building of the new kitchen and toilet adjacent to the South Chapel. The first picture shows the archaeologist in the red jacket closely watching the dig.
In September a group of ringers came and worked on the bells, this picture shows Gerald sweeping our the ringing chamber.
Our bell tower now required some attention and we have asked Adrian Dempster to come and check the tower where one or two cracks have appeared.
The next picture is our Tower Captain Reg Colman treating the woodwork in the bell chamber. Our grateful thanks to all who helped specially Margaret Gillard who crawled up under the bells to grease the clappers, not an easy job. Anyone who would like to come and ring the bells would be most welcome to a practice session these are held at 2.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.
The organ has been moved to the rear of the church, it was stripped down and rebuilt by Mr. Brian Verrier and Mr. Colin Brice of Deane Organ Builders. The picture shows Mr. Verrier testing it just after replacing all the pipes.
A small lending library has been set up at the back of the church for anyone to go in and choose a book to read. There are a wide variety of books to choose from including some children's books. There is also a Puzzle Library available in the church.
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Mayor Honours Local Resident
The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Richard Lees, honoured Churchwarden Marcia Maunder with the Citizenship Award. She was nominated by a group of villagers in Hillfarance for her service to that community - "Marcia has really brought life back to the community and made it a fun place to live!" . Our congratulations to Marcia - her considerable contribution to village life has been recognised at last.