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Welcome to February

A note for February

by Ray Bryant

Brrr, the February Winter chill is with us and, as we battle to keep the business of life going despite the low temperatures, we can be thankful for warm clothing and homes and energy to keep out and about and resist the cold.  However, this period of rigour is part of the natural order and is, in fact, necessary for developing strength in life.

Horticulturists tell us that February is an important time of the year for plants that require winter chilling. Spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and some tulips typically require a period of winter cold in order to flower successfully.  Many fruit trees and bushes also need specific amounts of winter chilling to enable them to emerge from  the rigours of Winter into the transformed life of Summer’s leaves and  flowers and fruit.

Transforming Life is the title of our Lent Courses which commence in the week beginning 26 February and by giving ourselves time to “chill out” with our fellow Christians we can strengthen our faith and learn from each other. Venues and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 28th February – Methodist Church, The Square – 2.00pm-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 29th February – St. Katherine’s, Katherine Drive – 7.30pm-9.00pm
  • Thursday 1st March – St. Fremunds, Westfield Road – 7.30pm–9.00pm
  • Friday 2nd March – Salvation Army 2.00pm –3.30pm
  • Ash Wednesday falls on 22nd February and there will be a Said Eucharist at 12.30 pm and a Parish Eucharist at 8.00pm, both at the Priory.

Other services at the Priory this month are:

  • 7th February – Pram Service- 2.00pm
  • 8th February – Ashton St Peters School Service – 10.00am

Parish quiet weekend

A relaxing weekend of reflection

The weekend of 8-10th July saw the annual Parish Quiet Weekend at Holland House in Worcester. Attendees enjoyed a mix of quiet reflection and prayer as well as an opportunity for fellowship with one another.


Holland House is a popular destination for the trip and an old haunt of some members of the clergy. With the combination of the beautiful surroundings, friendly staff and delicious food (especially the puddings!) it is easy to see why!!

Thought provoking addresses were led by Martin Hathaway who gave everyone something to ponder upon during quiet moments. Richard Andrews led many of the prayers and services, as well as a few of the croquet matches!

Everyone agreed that it proved a fantastic break and was well worth the trip.

For more information about Holland House visit www.hollandhouse.org

SUN, Mar 18, 2018