The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Mike Bradbury, the Chairman of the Burwarton Show announced that the award recognises the tremendous contribution made by ‘All Stewards of the Burwarton and District Agricultural Society’ for ‘providing a social, economic environmental service to the local community’.

The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and is the MBE for volunteer groups.

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire will present the award to the society on the stewards evening prior to this year’s show.

Congratulations from all Brown Clee Churches on winning this prestigious award.

EU Referendum – local opportunities to be informed

I have information about 2 very different opportunities locally which may interest you by way of becoming more informed ahead of the EU Referendum.

  1. Weds 1st June 7pm (not 1pm as stated in the Bridgnorth Journal!) at St Mary’s Church, Bridgnorth – An ‘Any Questions’ style debate with 2 panel members representing each view. More information Referendum DEBATE flyer.
  1. Thursday 9th June 3pm and 7pm – at Craven Arms Community Centre – A Christian perspective on the EU Referendum, led by Dr Peter Carruthers of Issachar Ministries. More information CravenArmsBritainEuropeA4.

Posted by Mike Teague

Christian Aid Week (15th – 21st May)

“Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.”  They provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.  If publicity & events surrounding this Christian Aid Week have inspired you to help, have a look at their website to see what’s involved.

Gray’s Elegy: Poetry Competition 2016

A reason to visit your local churchyard for inspiration.

Caring for God’s Acre, the charity that promotes the conservation of burial sites is supporting the Thomas Gray 2016 project in celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of poet Thomas Gray, who wrote the world-famous “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”. This year’s competition takes its theme from the poem:

“Full many a flower is born to blush unseen”.

This poetry competition has an Open Class and a School Class which has free entry for any student in full time education. Entries can be submitted online by the closing date of 24th June 2016. For the full details of the competition go to:

Join in 24 Hours of Prayer on 11th/12th May

In the first letter to Timothy Paul urges the young disciple: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.

We have been invited to be part of ten days of prayer throughout the county. Pauline Mack is travelling down the Severn and along the waterways of Shropshire to pray for the people and the places that she passes through. This is running concurrently with the week of prayer which Archbishops Justin and John have called in the week before Pentecost.

In Bridgnorth we will be praying for twenty four hours in the Rectory Room. You are invited to join in for any part of the time. Sign up for half an hour or an hour anytime between 3pm on Wednesday May 11th and 3pm Thursday May 12th. There will be prayer pointers and someone on hand to encourage you.

It is great fun as well as hard work to be part of such an endeavour.

Even if you haven’t been part of something like this before do come and find out. The door of the Rectory will be open, and plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits to give you energy.

Why pray?

We believe prayer changes people, families, workplaces, communities and nations. as Christians we are called to pray for everyone – see 1 Timothy 2:1. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are encouraging Christians of all denominations and traditions to pray the words of the Lord’s Prayer during the week leading up to Pentecost.

Any questions or to sign up please contact Simon or Sarah on 01746 761573.

Shrines of the Saints in England and Wales.

‘The Dean of Hereford, Michael Tavinor has written a new book, giving history of the main shrines in England – including Hereford, of course! He charts their history – their destruction at the Reformation and their subsequent rehabilitation in cathedral today – where they provide opportunities for prayer and healing among the many pilgrims who visit. £19.99 from the Cathedral Shop.

Collecting Used Stamps – Helping The Leprosy Mission

Over the years Brown Clee Group have collected considerable numbers of used postage stamps. These have been checked and forwarded to The Leprosy Mission for England and Wales for onward collation and eventual sale. The proceeds of their sale being used in the main to change lives of people affected by Leprosy.

During 2015 a total of £136,153.34 was raised from the sale of used stamps and collectables. In fact since 1983 £1.4 million has been raised and used by this Registered Charity.

I would like to thank everyone who has donated used stamps to this very worthwhile charity and ask that you continue to leave your stamps in Ditton Priors Church for my collection.

The Leprosy Mission request that all donated stamps are left on their backing and not soaked off. It is also requested that the backing of used stamps is trimmed with a maximum of 5mm of single thickness paper border around each edge.

Thank you again for your donations to date. I look forward to this good work continuing.

Babs Brown
Leprosy Mission Local Organiser

Pazapa UNA Church Stretton


You may be aware that Church Stretton UNA group is continuing to offer financial support to the Pazapa project in Jacmel, Haiti

This is a medical & educational facility for children with special needs that was devastated in the 2010 earthquake. You may read more about the rebuilding & ongoing work on their website The Little Big Band have already played for this local fundraising group several times and are delighted to have been invited to play once more on Friday 18th March at the Church Stretton School from 7:30pm. Their poster is on the website Noticeboard. Please consider buying tickets, coming along and supporting them in supporting disadvantaged children in Pazapa, in this one of the poorest of countries and having a good night out! Pazapa (Creole for “Step by Step”) The band’s website is at

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