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Monthly Blogs 2020




New Year and I find myself being in charge of writing our village news for the parish magazine; my thanks go to Jean who has done this for many years.


Looking back to December we had singing round our Christmas tree in Basecamp, people turned out and chose their favourite carol for us to sing; Our Rector Steven kindly played the keyboard for us. It was at this event we launched our contactless machine and many people donated which was very kind and much appreciated. We realise we are becoming a cashless society. I do feel this is the way forward. The machine is left in the Church but the fundraising team will be taking it along to their events.


Carols by candlelight on 18th December was a lovely way to start the week leading up to Christmas 


On the Sunday after Christmas, 29th December, we had a benefice Holy Communion at Clippesby, it was also my 54th Birthday and I said afterwards it was one of the best birthdays I have had. I did try to keep it quiet but mum was having none of that and after the service Sandy wished me Happy Birthday and the whole of the congregation sang happy birthday to me, Marie and Dave had made sandwiches for us to enjoy and then we had the birthday cake mum had got for me. Thank you to everyone who was in the Church that day for making it so special for me.


By the time you read this we would have held Burns Night; this year in Basecamp with the raffle money going to the benefice account.


A Quiz night in Basecamp takes place on 7th February; it's a free to enter quiz for  up to  teams of 6 people, food and drink can be purchased on the night and the raffle is for Clippesby Church. It starts at 7pm .


Our annual valentine weekend exhibition has been cancelled but Jean, Jane and myself with help from Cecily and Marie have decided to hold a coffee morning in the Church on Saturday 15th February between 10 am and 12 noon, all are welcome 


Coffee and Chat will be on Tuesday 4th February at 11 am in the church. Lunch Club is on Tuesday 11th February at 12noon in Basecamp and Knit and Natter is at 11am on the 18th February, also in Basecamp. Everyone is welcome.


With love from Sara 



We have had much positive news from this years Burn’s Night, Jean and others had been very busy organising the event; how lovely it was having the Haggis piped in for Chris to address and after we had eaten our 3 course meal and had the speeches, John Carter played keyboard so we could all have a sing song, then Howard and Marian organised some Scottish dancing which was great fun. The raffle that night made over £200 for Benefice account


Quiz held on 8th February was well attended with standing room only. The raffle for Clippesby Church made £156.00


On a blustery Saturday at our coffee morning in the Church 18 people visited us and the fundraising team are pleased to report £187.79 was donated for Church funds.


Happening this month:


Evening Prayer each Wednesday at 4pm in West Wing, Clippesby Hall

Coffee and Chat in the Church on 3rd March at 11am


It is so lovely we can use Basecamp as a community meeting place for the following events.


On Monday nights Dancexercise is from 7pm until 8pm the cost is £5


On Fridays  Mums & Tots meet up between 9.30am and 10.15am the cost is £4


Tuesday 10th March is Lunch Club where soup, toastie and cup of tea or coffee is £6.  We meet at 12 noon for lunch about 12.30pm


Tuesday 17th March do come to Knit and Natter - or Crochet and Chat or even Sew and Sing - this is from 11am. Come along you will be made very welcome.





You will be pleased to know we are still awake, here in Clippesby!  Our Churchwarden Sara writes:-


How lovely it was to hear that Churches can soon be opened up for private prayer.   Frances and I will  soon be getting our rubber gloves on,  polish and broom out to make the church sparkle again.


Some of the churchyard has been cut but we need to let the wildflowers seed before all of grass can be mowed.


Lockdown has been tough for many people;  it’s also the uncertainty that the human race finds difficult to cope with;  but for me it’s been nice to sit in my garden and listen to the birds with a cup of tea or glass wine and not feel guilty that I should be doing something else.


Cameron and flossie our two Church mice will be glad to welcome visitors once more to the Church. . . .


May God Bless you; take care,                                                                Sara



It’s hard to believe we are into July already.


We unlocked the door to Clippesby Church on Wednesday 24th June for private prayer.  At present

this will be every Wednesday between 10am and 6pm ;  we feel that it's too soon to hold services on a

Sunday but hopefully that will happen in the near future.


Weddings can start to take place, smaller than most couples would like though; my thoughts are with

the many couples who have had to postpone their special day.


As we go forward may we all keep safe as Covid 19 is still very much around us, causing distress in so

many different ways.


God Bless you all

Love Sara and Fran

Here we are into August; amazing where the time has gone!


Hopefully we can hold a small garden party in the quiet lawn at Clippesby Hall but of course we need

to make sure to make it Covid safe for everyone


We have a quiz on Fleggburgh Village it cost £2 if anyone would like to take part please let us know

the prize is a grocery hamper all proceeds for Clippesby Church


Hopefully Church Services will resume soon starting with Evening prayer but we will keep you

informed of this.


Enjoy August and keep safe                                                                                            Love Fran and Sara

September we marked the quiz which Karen Williamson kindly put together with proceeds for church funds £24 was raised and the winner was  Tracey Jowett with 12 points closely followed by Gail Roper with 11 points , Tracey won a lovely food hamper donated by Karen .


During August fundraising team did some small garden parties raising over £400 for Church funds


Congratulations go to Ron and Eileen Ellen who celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary on 4th September .


Sunday 13th we will be holding Evening Prayer service in Church at 5pm


God Bless you all

Love Fran and Sara



by Sara and Fran

Well here we are again in lockdown; we have decided after a lot of thought to keep St. Peters locked for the next month.  We do need to keep everyone safe. To have the church open would mean us not knowing who has been where, so cleaning would mean us doing it everyday .


Karen Williamson has kindly put together 2 Christmas hampers so we have decided to do lucky squares at £2 a square if anyone would like one please contact Sara on 01493 368251. A draw will take place on Saturday 5th December . Proceeds to Clippesby Church


Some sad news ~  Eileen Ellens from South Cottage in Clippesby passed away on Friday 30th of October.   She had lived in Clippesby for over 30 years.  Our condolences go to Ron, her husband of 50 years.


Keep safe everyone

God bless


Fran and Sara