Thursday, 6 December 2018

Santa's back

On Sunday 9th December 48151 the Santa Express will be northbound Oxenholme 11:10 dep.11:43 . Then southbound Oxenholme 15:11 in the Upper Goods Loop  dep.15:30.

Pat Williams.

Church Coffee Morning

Saturday, 1 December 2018

The Weather in November

Temperature at 8 a.m.
6.1° C
5.5° C
Minimum Temperature (Ave)
4.7° C
3.2° C
Maximum Temperature (Ave)
9.0° C
8.9° C
109 mm
175.5 mm
We had a dry spell from the middle of the month to almost the end. The result was below average rainfall for November and fairly average temperature, despite a colder snap when the wind was from the East.  John Dobson.

Pro Nobis Singers - Christmas Concert.

The Pro Nobis annual Christmas concert is on Sunday 16 December in St Mark's at 
7.30 when the choir will be joined by organist, Ian Pattinson for a programme 
of seasonal music and readings. Entitled 'Welcome Sir Christèmas', the main 
work in the first half of the programme is William Mathias' tuneful Carol 
Sequence 'Ave Rex' which concludes with a jaunty setting of the anonymous carol 
'Sir Christèmas'. Other works in the first half of the programme include music 
by the 17th-century German composer Heinrich Schütz: his German Magnificat and 
a setting of 'Hodie Christus natus est' (Today Christ was born). 
In the second half of the concert this year, we are including quite few pieces 
which focus on the countryside in Winter, as well as the Christmas story itself 
of course. Thus, we have the 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc's 
'Night of snow', Toby Young's little piece 'The Owl' and my own setting of 
Carol Ann Duffy's poem entitled 'The Bee Carol'. Ian Pattinson will contribute 
an organ solo: Bach's joyful re-working of the well-known carol 'In dulci 
jubilo'. If you are a fan of King's College Nine Lessons and Carols, this is 
the organ voluntary played after the service every year. We conclude the 
concert with folk songs from Germany, the Ukraine and Romania and, finally 
after a humorous reading, two Wassail carols. Do come and join us if you can.
As usual wine/fruit juice and mince pies will be available after the concert. 
Programmes can be purchased in advance from Northern Light Stained Glass, 
Blackhall Yard, Kendal or from me (Tel: 01539 723482).

Friday, 30 November 2018

Advent and Christmas Events at St. Mark's Church

Advent starts on Sunday with the Parish Communion Service at 10am, and you are invited to Coffee and Cake with Advent themes at the Vicarage on Monday mornings, 10.30-11.45am.
On Friday evenings there is Night Prayer with a seasonal reflection, 6 to 6.30pm in the Church throughout Advent.
The Mothers' Union Families Group has an Advent theme when they meet on Wednesday the 5th December in the Church vestry at 7.30.
Children are invited to Families@4 in the Church at 4pm on Sunday the 9th December, when you can come dressed up as someone from the Christmas story.
On Friday 14th December children accompanied by an adult are invited to a 'Messy Christmas', with crafts and activities. It's in St. Mark's Church, 3.30 to 4.45pm.
Then Christmas really gets under way, with a a Nativity Service, (10am, 16th Dec.), Carol Singing Concert, (on the Village Green, 6.30pm, 18th Dec.),  a Christingle Service (Christmas Eve, 4pm), and, on Christmas Day, Holy Communion at 9am followed by a Family Service at 10.15am.
Click here to download a copy of the Parish News for December and January, with all the details.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Report from W.I.

It was the AGM for the Women's Institute in Natland and Oxenholme in November. Click here for the report.

Santa is a'coming to town.

On Sunday 2nd December 48151 The Santa Express will arrive Oxenholme 11:25 depart 11:43 northbound. Southbound Oxenholme 15:12 then held in the Upper Goods Loop until 15:32.

Pat Williams

Monday, 19 November 2018

Agenda for next Parish Council meeting.

There will be a meeting of Natland Parish Council on the 26th November at 7pm in Natland Village Hall. Click here for the Agenda.  The Budget Statement and the Cash Statement are also available.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018


One pearl type stud earring on the path outside the main gate of church. Email here if it's yours.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

The Fallen Remembered by John Chandler

At the end of the First World War, the Great War as it was then called, various ways of acknowledging the huge sacrifice made by so many of our service personnel were inaugurated.   For the most part these took the form of a Cross in a prominent place in towns and villages, often a churchyard as in Natland.  The names of all those who made the supreme sacrifice were eligible to be included on their local War Memorial. 
The Memorial Cross plus plaques.
However, this was sometimes where the problems began. Did the hero, who most probably lay in a corner of a  foreign field, have his name (it usually was he) engraved on the memorial where he was born, where he grew up, where he enlisted, where his family now lived or where a local committee agreed it could appear? 
This could mean that the fallen did not have their name recorded anywhere, if the local committee did not agree, or the family had moved on.  Or sometimes the opposite could be the case that the name was recorded more than once, the record is believed to be seventeen appearances on different war memorials.
The Original Plaque

The names on the original War Memorial of St. Mark’s Church were of six local men:
Alexander Cragghill, Thomas Elleray, John Gilbert Fallowfield, James Francis Inman, John Edward Inman, George Ernest Howard Keesey.
Follow this link to find out more about them.

The New Plaque
However, there are eleven other names associated with St. Mark's Church, Natland and Oxenholme who have been added by the addition of a new plaque: Reuben Blakeman, George Davies, John Hudson, Henry Keenan, Michael McGrath, Herbert Nixon, Frederick James Paget, James William Rooksby, Charles Reginald Spratt, Lewis Edward Watson, Thomas Young.  Follow this link to find out more about them.
With the exception of Herbert Nixon and Michael McGrath the names listed were, during the pre-war period,  "inmates" (that is what they were called) at the Institution St. Mark's Home for Waifs and Strays. 
Gathering information on any of them has not been easy as tracing their backgrounds has been difficult.  Keenan, McGrath and Paget are all known or believed to be on Memorials elsewhere.  Nixon and Spratt are not believed to be on any Memorial.  It is not known if Blakeman, Davies, Hudson, Rooksby, Watson and Young have their names on any memorial other than Natland.  Some "inmates" were sent to Canada and consequently were "inmates" at a sister home in Canada.  Many will have joined the Canadian Forces.

More details of each of the above can be found in a red book at the rear of Church along with details of many who survived.