Christmas Services in Morcott

Our Christmas 2018 services at St Mary the Virgin Church are:

Carols at the Crib on Sunday 16 December at 11am. It is a service of readings and favourite carols, suitable for all ages (no Holy Communion). The crib will be blessed, and the short service is followed by Christmas refreshments. All welcome!

Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December at 10pm. This candle-lit service includes the opportunity to take Holy Communion if you wish. All welcome to what is usually our biggest service of the year.

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Cameos of Christmas: Tickets on Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for “Cameos of Christmas” our early December entertainment. It is on Sunday 9 December 2018 starting at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Church Morcott.

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Get the festive season off to a great start with mulled wine, mince pies and candlelight!

“Cameos of Christmas” is a celebration of the season in prose and poetry.

There are readings to move you and make you laugh, ranging from Charles Dickens to Laurie Lee via Alan Coren, plus a few favourite Carols to sing.

The event starts at 4.30pm with a mug of mulled wine and a mince pie before the entertainment begins.

The church heating will be on, but we’ll also provide cosy blankets. The programme ends at approximately 6pm – so you’re home in time for tea: it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Tickets available now £7.50 in advance (to help us plan refreshments) from Alison Johnson 01572 747381 or alisonejohnson (at) aol (dot) com

Unreserved seating. A fundraiser for St Mary the Virgin Church Morcott.

 

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Last call for Ladies’ Night!

Quick, let Kate Blank (747240) or Amanda Banfield (747810) know that you’re going to Ladies Night on 30 November 2018. Final numbers are needed soon for the excellent menu that Rutland Gourmet is planning. Tickets £29 a head. Bring your own fine wines, or whatever you want to drink: all glassware etc provided.

The Village Hall will be all dressed up and there’ll be plenty of pre-Christmas cheer to be had. You DON’T have to be a regular at Gents Dining Club to go to this: it’s a village-wide event!

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Remembrance Sunday 2018

A service of Remembrance will be held tomorrow, Sunday 11 November 2018, in St Mary’s Church, starting at 11am. As our Priest-in-Charge is committed elsewhere this year, he has given permission for the Churchwardens to lead the service.  A ‘retiring’ collection will be made in aid of the Royal British Legion. Please stay for coffee/biscuits after.

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We are grateful to Edith Weston bell-ringers for ensuring that Morcott’s bells – like all those in Rutland villages – will be rung on this, the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice. The ringers hope to get to Morcott at about/shortly after 3pm and will ring for 20 minutes.

The commemorative Horseshoe, recently presented to Morcott Parish Council by the Lord Lieutenant, is in place on the War Memorial in the old churchyard at the east end of the High Street. After this special day, the Horseshoe will find a permanent home in St Mary’s.

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Found: small white dog

A small white dog – which could be a West Highland White terrier, or a hairy Jack Russell – was found wandering in Tyler’s Row late last night. It has been taken to the Vets in Uppingham.

Known owners of Westies in Morcott have been contacted, and they appear to be safe at home…but if you’ve lost a small white dog, please get in tpuch with Uppingham Vets.

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Barrowden Bonfire Night 2018

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Everyone in Morcott is invited to Barrowden for its firework spectacular and bonfire on Saturday 3 November 2018 on Barrowden Recreation Ground.

The ‘gates’ open at 6pm, the Bonfire itself is lit at 6.15pm and the firework display kitcks off at 7pm.

There will be donation buckets on the gate as the money raised this year goes towards next year’s display. Food and hot drinks available to buy there.

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Commemorative Horseshoe Received

As part of the Rutland Poppy Project, Morcott has been presented with a Horseshoe of Remembrance.
Parish Councillor Mo Holley received the horseshoe on behalf of Morcott Parish Council at Oakham Castle on 21 October, from the Lord Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness. This was the official opening of the amazing display of over 10,000 ceramic poppies currently at the Castle.
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As an addition to the main project, each parish or church with a War Memorial now has a permanent reminder of the project in the form of a metal horseshoe, decorated with some of the poppies.

The horseshoe is quite substantial, being made from flat polished metal measuring about 50 cm high and includes 3 mounted ceramic poppies and the stencil 1918-2018.

The intention is that after the Remembrance Sunday commemoration of 11 November, the horseshoe is mounted permanently within the village in a suitable location. MPC and the Parochial Church Council are currently discussing how/where this will be.
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