18th November 2018

Last Sunday was Remembrance Sunday, especially commemorating a 100 years since the end of World War 1. It was a very special service, with the scouts telling us about what it was like to be a scout in world war 1, a short reflection by Councillor Chris Burke on the RAF and its 100th anniversary and the West End Youth Club sharing with us a bit about the men who had given their lives from the West End community in service to their country – to bring us the freedom we experience today. The whole event was made extra special by the fantastic decoration of the churches with over 1000 poppies from both St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery & St Faith & St Martin CE Junior schools which include an ‘installation’ coming down the pulpit. We were fortunate to have the company of the Deputy Mayoress Councillor Sue Burke, and Trevor, a cornet player, who played us the Last Post & Reveille at the time we remembered over 200 names on both St Faith’s war memorial & the war memorial from St Martin’s church when it existed. Trevor also came into the Junior school on the Monday & played the Last Post there for the children.

I am looking forward to the next event at the schools which is ‘World Hello Day’, where as a city we are encouraged to say ‘hello’ to 10 people we do not know. Please do come & be part of the West End community saying ‘hello’ to children. Next week, I am also judging the advent competition at the schools, with the view to giving out an advent calendar to the winners & chocolate angels to the runners up. All prizes are from Meaningful chocolate which is both Fairtrade but contain the Story of Jesus’ birth.

Earlier this week I attended training, safeTALK, on recognising people who might be considering suicide. It is not a course specifically for professionals, it is a course for every single one of us, as any of us could make a difference.

Last night was the RAF Supper & Quiz night. Thanks to Kathy, Brian, Helen D & Janet for the amazing food & to Sue & Jake for the quiz. A great thematic night with the winners of the evening being ‘Bold & Spicy’. The ‘4 wise men’ (the clergy) were perhaps no ‘so wise’ coming last!

On a personal note, this week I played with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Concert band (LFRCB) for the Firefighters Long Term Service Medal Ceremony which recognises the work of Firefighters in Lincolnshire. LFRCB is sponsored by the Fire & Rescue Service, & it was a privilege to be at the ceremony. LFRCB is involved in other events in the near future: the Carol Concert at Lincoln Cathedral, with school choirs & singing groups, raising money for LIVES on 3 Dec, 7.30pm, tickets £5 & jointly with Musikverein Diedersfeld , Neustadt, to bring us carols at St Faith’s church at West End Lights on 7th Dec. The bands will also make some appearances at the Christmas market & the Guildhall.

Have a good week, God bless, Rev’d Julie