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Reflections from the Rectory – Apr’19

Signs of spring are everywhere. As a newcomer to England, I am particularly enjoying the snowdrops and daffodils sprouting in our gardens and along the roadside.

In the Church, the period of Lent began on the 6th March. It is a time of preparing ourselves for the celebration of Easter. In the early church, new Christians were baptized at Easter, and were given special teaching and preparation for a six week period beforehand. This is the origin of the tradition of keeping Lent.

Many of us remember being told to “give up” something for Lent, such as sugar in our tea. This is fine, but Lent could be more positively seen as a time to “take on” something of value, such as caring for a neighbor in times of illness or distress.

During Lent, many of us will be sharing a soup lunch on Saturdays at the Mundford Bowls Club and/or on Wednesdays at the Foulden Village Hall. This is a time for fellowship and sharing, and all are welcome.

Easter is a great celebration of life in Christ. Many special services are planned in the villages over this time, and all are welcome to participate.

The rejuvenation of nature around us after the winter reflects new life and hope for the future.

May I wish all of you a joyful Easter.

Rev. Linda Lubbe

Where love is there God is


Associate priest in the Mundford, Hilborough and Oxborough groups of churches. Rev. Zoe Ferguson is currently on long term sick leave.

Reflections from Mundford Rectory – Feb’19

Dear Friends,

I wanted to say an enormous thank you to everyone in our community who supported us through the event of our Church Gift Day for St Leonard’s Church in Mundford. Your generous contribution to the work of the church in serving the community in this place is invaluable and helps us to keep a ministerial presence and the love of God through His people alive in the village of Mundford and surrounding villages, enabling a continuing worshipping presence, the joy of bringing people together in marriage, baptizing new Christians and supporting the dying and bereaved.

Many of you will know that sadly I have been unwell since last July. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to so many people who have and continue to keep me in their thoughts and prayers, and have supported my family and myself in very practical ways as well.

It has truly been a very difficult time but I am slowly making progress in my illness with the love, support and encouragement of so many people, and hope very much to be serving my communities again as your parish priest in the coming months ahead.  You have all remained very close to me in my heart and I feel truly blessed to be a part of the wonderful community of Mundford along with the various villages that I am called to serve. Please do continue to pray for me and for my family, and I look forward to being active again in ministry alongside you all and sharing in the abundant love of God at the very heart of His people.

Every love & blessing,
Your parish priest,
Zoe

Where love is there God is

Rev. Zoe Ferguson (Priest in Charge of the Mundford, Hilborough & Oxborough groups)
Currently on long term sick leave.

Dates for your Diary – Jan’19

To introduce The Mundford Messenger, our new village magazine, and to publicise events during January, the Parish Council has issued another Dates for your Diary newsletter to be delivered to homes. Click/tap to read it here.

Errata: For Advertising, call Serena on 07395 263626.

#HelpUsHelpYou

Just a reminder from the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney about how to help us help you this winter.

All of us should be making sure our medicine cabinets are stocked. It’s also sensible to order any regular medicines you need in good time so you don’t run out, taking care to only order what you need.

But if you do feel poorly, seek advice from your local pharmacist before it gets worse.

If it’s urgent, then a call to your GP or NHS111 is the next step, and they’ll advise you what to do.

Common sickness bugs

Suffering from norovirus or other common sickness bugs? Don’t spread it around by visiting your GP or other public places. Stay at home and rest. #HelpUsHelpYou

Find more advice here

HomeFirst – your bed is the best bed!

None of us want to go into hospital or a care bed, but if we do it’s good to get home if we can. The NHS and social care across all of Norfolk and Waveney are stressing that if someone needs a hospital or temporary care bed they will get one, but our aim is always to help people get back home as soon as possible. This is because older people in particular can lose independence rapidly. Being back home can also help a speedier recovery. So if you know a friend or relative, particularly if they are older, who has to go into hospital it would be kind to make sure they have all they need to get back home, including checking the heating works and they will have food in the house, the washing is done and they feel OK.

New Year, New You

With the start of a New Year people’s thoughts turn to getting fit and improving their health. To stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.

How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Adults aged 65 or older who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility should try to be active daily by doing at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or walking, and strength exercises on two or more days a week.

Why not join a local walking group, go for a swim or join a local class, your library should have information about groups near you.

There are many local services that can enable older people to be more active. A wealth of information can be found through the Norfolk Community Directory.

The Mundford Messenger

The Mundford Messenger is a new magazine, which will be distributed free to every household in Mundford, Ickburgh and Cranwich. The first issue will be February 2019 and the deadline for contributions is the 15th January. In the meantime, the Parish Council will issue another ‘Dates for Your Diary’.

The magazine will be run by a team of volunteers – but many hands make light work…

Your Village Needs You!

Can you spare some time once a month to help put the magazine together? Do you have good computer skills or are you willing to learn? 

The magazine will be funded by advertising. Would like to place an advert for your business?

Can you spare some time once a month to deliver the magazine to your street or a small area? Maybe you have volunteered before and would like to do so again? 

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then please click/tap to contact the Messenger team.

New Village Magazine

In view of the positive feedback to the Parish Council following the issue of the ‘Dates for Your Diary’ in November. The Parish Council have decided to endorse the formation of a new magazine in the village. This will be produced by a group of volunteers and will be independent of the Parish Council.

The Parish Council would like to ask everyone in the community to support the group producing the new magazine and provide assistance in supplying copy and any dates for upcoming events etc for inclusion in the magazine. The magazine will be distributed to every household in Mundford, Ickburgh and Cranwich.

Further information will be added to the website in due course giving contact details for the new magazine for both copy and advertising.

James Musgrove
Chairman, Mundford Parish Council

Police Newsletter Nov’18

Click/tap to read the Norfolk Police newsletter for the Bedingfeld & Forest area.

Note that our local beat managers are Pcs Leah Norton, Caroline Whatmore and Les Maguire. If you have any concerns or questions relation to a policing matter, you can contact them by either calling 101 or by emailing at STNThetford@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

If you would like crime prevention advice follow this link where you can find a Crime Prevention A—Z as well as advice on lots of other matters.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

How We Can Help

Volunteers Needed to Listen to Children Read

School Readers logo

MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN MUNDFORD TO LISTEN TO CHILDREN READ IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a primary school?  The reading charity Schoolreaders is looking for volunteers to carry out this important role.

Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence.  No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English. 

Schoolreaders is flexible and matches your availability to the closest local school needing this help.  Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.

Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org  to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Better Broadband

As you are aware, the Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) Project is facilitating the provision of Superfast Broadband in areas of Norfolk where installation is not commercially viable.

A new communications cabinet (reference BBfN Mundford 5) is to be installed in the grass verge, on A134 Cranwich Road near the junction with Impson Way, Mundford (1m right of the post with ‘Home Watch’ sign, and 2.3m back from the kerb edge) to serve residents & businesses in the immediate surrounding area. No date for installation is currently available, however the BBfN Programme is due to complete by the end of March 2020.

People can check to see which BT structure their property is served from and available speeds using the BT Wholesale Line Checker

Search using the Address Checker option, then enter the postcode, press submit and select the address from the list

Once a fibre solution is available an “VDSL” option will be shown. Prior to implementation copper based broadband speeds are shown as “ADSL”.