Letter from Jayne – our Churchwarden, April 2024

Dear Friends

At the time of writing this Rob and Jean are enjoying a well-earned holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia, so Rob asked if I would write the magazine’s letter for April. I am delighted to do so as we move from reflecting on the dramatic  events of Holy Week to celebrating the joy of Easter Sunday.

It has been a privilege to be Churchwarden at St Luke’s for the past seven years. For the majority of this time I shared the role with Alastair Cragg who very ably led us through the Interregnum. I have been supported by a willing and capable team of Assistant Wardens; Peter Cotton, Charlotte Webb, Yvonne Janvier and Janet Chettle. It is a real team effort and so much more rewarding because of that.

We are fortunate at St Luke’s to have many people who have a variety of talents and a willingness to be involved. Before becoming a Warden, I just turned up for the early service every Sunday and never gave any thought to all the activity behind the scenes, such as who cleans the brass or who raises the flag on the church tower?  We are always looking for volunteers to help in the many areas of church life. You may be new to the village or a regular member of the congregation and have some spare time to offer and would like to get involved in ensuring that St Luke’s remains a supportive and welcoming church.

For example, on Saturday 20th April we are organising a working party to help tidy the area around the cremated remains adjacent to the Chapel of Rest in the Knutsford Road Churchyard. Our groundsmen are unable to strim the grass in this area because of the proximity of the gravestones and some of the plots are no longer tended by family or friends, so the volunteers do a vital job in helping to keep the graveyard looking well cared for. You don’t need any particular gardening skills, just a willingness to be involved.

I will be stepping down as Churchwarden at the APCM on 5th May and would like to thank the many people who have helped me during my time as Warden. It has been a real joy and I have made so many good friends along the way.

Thank you!

Jayne Weaver