Canon Roy Byrne writes…
On Friday 8 November the funeral of Florence Lucas took place in the church. She had been in hospital for a
number of weeks but her death came as a shock to us all. We continue to remember her daughter Linda and her
family and friends at this time.
Our annual service of remembrance for all killed in times of war took place on Sunday 10 November. The Last Post
was sounded by a trumpeter and the Act of Remembrance was led by John Hewitson and a wreath placed on the
war memorial by him, assisted by Lewis Thornton.
Alice Leahy Trust has warmly welcomed donations from us over the last number of years. As usual this Christmas,
parishioners are asked to consider buying an extra gift which will be donated to Trust. Suggested items are woolly
hats, scarves, gloves, shower gels, shaving gel socks, jars of coffee, tea, biscuits etc. Donations should be left in the
box at the back of the church on or before Sunday 15 December. Our parishioners and friends are invited to leave
gifts of unwrapped toys, games, and unwanted Christmas gifts and presents underneath the Christmas tree in
Monkstown Church over the Christmas season, and after Christmas in the case of unwanted presents. The gifts of
toys, games and children’s books will be given to the Darndale Crèche in January. Our gifts from last Christmas
were very much appreciated by the crèche staff. Unwanted presents will be given a useful home also. Our
collection of Selection Boxes continues for the Crinken Store House. Selection boxes may be placed in the Store
House box at the back of the church. The deadline is Wednesday 4 December at the 10:45 Eucharist.
Our congratulations to the Monkstown Amateur Dramatic Society on their splendid three-night supper plays in
Cafe du Journal in the village. The Book Club of Little Witterington, Part 2 – After the Fete by Joan Greening and
Airfield by Bob Tucker were performed and all who attended had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.