The service at Seven Hills went off very smoothly with David leading, Jane and Ritchie, Roger and Anita and me forming the congregation.

In the afternoon a congregation led by Jim Dalgleish paid tribute to Gill and appreciated the hymns and readings she had chosen.  About eighty people attended, coming from the church, the town, the school, the naturalists, the garden groups and including life long friends.  Elegant refreshments were provided by the Foster family in the Community Room, overflowing back into the church.

Gill’s private cremation takes place at Seven Hills, Ipswich at 10.30 this morning and her service of thanksgiving at Great Meeting, Hadleigh United Reformed Church at 2.00 this afternoon.  All details on her dedicated page, see above RIP Gillian Taylor.

This weekend we have had a visit from John Bell of the Iona Community.  He drew an audience from all over Suffolk for three sessions at St.Mary’s church.  On Saturday he spoke in the morning about The Bible, the Peoples’ Book followed in the afternoon by Why do God’s People Sing?  After he had taken part in the informal communion service on Sunday morning he treated a huge audience to a Big Sing.  We were so blessed to have such a famous and delightful speaker agreeing to come to our rural area when he travels far and wide to UK cities as well as to many countries overseas.

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This week we had a church outing to Wymondham Abbey to see the developments which have taken place there.  After a guided tour we had an excellent lunch, time to explore the town and a short service in the Abbey.


Email disaster

I returned from a day out yesterday to find that over fourteen hundred emails had been delivered to my inbox, most of which I had never seen before. Some date back as far as January.  If you have been in touch and received no acknowledgement please forgive me.  I am wading through them as quickly as possible and replying where necessary.  This also applied to comments made on this blog.  The recent weeks have been stressful enough without this disaster!

Many activities are taking place in Hadleigh as well as elsewhere.  Yesterday a splendid lunch was held at the URC with a variety of soups, bread, cakes and coffee/tea.  Today some intrepid souls dressed in cardboard boxes and paraded within and outside the Co-op, with collecting buckets and tins.


We went to see the bluebells, reputed to be one of the best bluebell woods in the UK.  Plenty of other flowers as well, notably the Early Purple Orchid.