This Week's Notices

Week beginning 7th June

Worship at Home
Please visit this page which has been set up in response to Government Guide Lines with respect to the Coronovirus (COVID-19)

Important Notice about Public Worship
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England Churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.
This means all services across the Tove Benefice (Towcester, Greens Norton, Easton Neston & Bradden) will not be happening both midweek and Sundays.
Please do read this statement and join us along with the Archbishops in prayers.
For those who have planned a baptism, wedding or funeral we are awaiting advise as to whether these can continue.
If you wish to speak with Revd Paula or Revd Lulu the number is 01327 350459.

Please do share this post widely and let people not on Social Media know.

Tove Benefice Office
In line with government and church guidelines the Benefice Office is now closed.
Rona and Ruth will continue to support the Ministry Team.  
The phone will be answered by Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 12.00 noon.  
Outside of these times you may need to leave a message on the answerphone:
Please can you leave your name and your telephone number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Clothing Collection 
Clothing CollectionIf anyone has had or is having a clear out of old clothes, bedding, curtains, shoes, bags, etcetera (regardless of condition).
Fin was organising (pre-lockdown) another bags for school collection.
Original this was for his trip to Botswana but, unfortunately that has been cancelled, instead any money he has raised through fundraising activities will be donated to the Tove Benefice to help bridge the reduction in income experience due to the lockdown.
Please put your donation in any type of rubbish sack and leave them just inside the Vicarage garden or hang on to them until lockdown is released further. We are not expecting to have it collected until end of June.

Foodbank and Donations

Foodbank  Foodbank and Donations can be left at St. John Ambulance on: 
Tuesday 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm and
Friday 10.00 am to 11.00 am
We continue to be hugely grateful for all the generous donations. 
Levelsof food are currently good, although sponge puddings would be appreciated.
Amidst the confusion we believe there are people in your area who are in financial need being fed by Community Larder rather than being given a voucher for Towcester Foodbank.
This means they are being denied access to agencies which can help them with their financial difficulty.

  • The Foodbank is for those who are in financial difficulty, for whatever reason, and struggling to pay for food.
  • Community Larder is for those who are self-isolating and unable to get out to shop.

The Foodbank has voucher holders throughout the community including the clergy, surgeries, schools, SNC Money Advice Team, SNC Housing Options Team and local Housing Associations who are able to help our clients with their financial issues.
If you know someone who needs a voucher, but not how to generate one, you or your client can ring the Money Advice Team on 01327 322107 and ask for a voucher.

Do you sew?
Do you sew? Can you help our NHS workers?Can you help our NHS workers?
We have received a request to support NHS by providing bags that they can put uniform into at the end of their shift to take home and machine wash. Ideally they need to be made of cotton or poly cotton as the bag so they van be washed with the uniform still inside.
Min size is 40cm by 45cm with a drawstring top.
Old sheets, duvets, pillowcases are perfect. 
There will be a box at St Lawrence door for people to drop off just the cotton bags (they must not be left in carrier bags).

Greens Norton 
Nick Solomon, Geoff's son, is trying to co-ordinate a way of getting food delivered round the village, by suggesting the supermarkets do a village delivery say once a week. 
He has had a quite positive answer from Waitrose and is waiting to hear from Tesco and Aldi. 
Meanwhile Molly's Pantry, wherever that is, has at Nick's suggestion begun a weekly delivery of seasonal fruit and v
If you could let folk in Greens Norton know about Nick's initiative via the weekly letter that would be great. 
Nick has contacted the 50+ Club already, but obviously the supermarkets will need a certain number before they commit themselves, so the more names he can put forward the better. 
Nick's email is Tel: 01327 354059

Greens Norton Lockdown Cookbook 
Greens Norton Lockdown CookbookA group in Greens Norton are preparing to publish the Greens Norton Lockdown Cookbook, with all the proceeds going straight to the ICU ward at NGH which has been doing such an incredible job for our local community.
Leaflets and banner about it have been distributed around Greens Norton - and we have been really surprised and grateful for the uptake so far - we’ve already reached our initial expectation for the number of recipes, with a tremendous variety coming in!
The key message is that there are now just two weeks until the submission deadline, so please would you pass on the message amongst the Church community and encourage everyone to get involved.
They can submit their recipes (with everyone’s name appearing in print of course) and pre-order a book (we are expecting them to be £10 each) on the website:
If they want to get in touch with any questions they are very welcome to to email me directly -

Corona Virus 
We are currently looking at ways to keep in touch with you. 
If you would like someone to contact you on a regular basis please let the Office know and we will arrange for someone you know to be in contact. 
If you would like a home worship pack please also contact the Office and we will arrange for one to be delivered.
Please note: following recent Government instructions all our Church will remain closed for the time being.

Cancelled Events

Renew Café 
Closed until further notice.
The situation will be reviewed from time to time.
Please check the posts on Facebook for up-to-date information.
Do take care of yourselves and pass this message on.
External users of the cafe will make their own decision regarding cancellation.
God Bless and stay safe.
Shelagh Chapman

PCC meetings and Annual Parochial Church Meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Ladies Chinese Night is cancelled until further notice.

Dates Subject to Change   

Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride 
This is planned to take place this year on Saturday 12th September.
The Trust provides grants to help with the maintenance of Church buildings, and the Ride & Stride sponsorship is the Trust’s main funding source for these grants.
Please make a note of the date in your diary as you can help either by welcoming people to our churches or by receiving sponsorship to visit other Northamptonshire Churches.

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