Saturday 30th November, 2019
Our Christmas Fair was the most successful ever - and, unlike Donald Trump - we are not exaggerating. Visitors
almost exceeded 150 (147) and over £1500 was raised for further church repairs, which are going to be needed to satisfy the requirements of the quinquennial inspection. There was a constant buzz of excitement at all the stalls and by the time Reverend
Liz Murray announced the winners of the raffle at the end of the day the repeated administration of mulled wine had led all to a state of dozy contentment. We will have to work hard to better this next year.
Saturday 23rd November, 2019
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Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild
Saturday, 23 November 2019 in 46m (14–0–2 in F)
1264 Plain Bob Major
2 Lynda M Lazzerini
3 Christopher C P Woodcock
4 Michael A Young
5 Rev Elizabeth I Murray
6 Margaret E Chilton
7 George A Dawson
J Kelly (C)
Saturday 26th October, 2019. The final performance of Newarke
Canterbury Tales at Canterbury has completed our tasks for the Heritage Lottery. See photo below - you can see from the expressions of Bill Mitchell, Peter Sargeant (the Bishop) and Nita Pearce that the audience in Canterbury were not only encouraged, but
literally forced, to join in, but by the end all present were assimilated into the cast and were singing with gusto, and we did not need to whip them at all. There is a DVD forthcoming if anybody would like a copy and the book of the Tales is now published.
Saturday 2nd November, 2019. Dedication of the Hawton Bells by Bishop Tony Porter at 11am. If there are others not already invited who want to come please get in touch with us via the contact details on this website. This will be followed
by an exhibition of bell ringing with the aid of the Rambling Ringers from Dordrecht in The Netherlands as well as our local group under the supervision of Geoff Wells. In the evening at 5pm there will be a celebratory bonfire at the Poplars with food
and drink provided. £10 entrance with proceeds to the Tower and Bell Fund.
On 6th July, 2019, the bells of Hawton Church rung for the first time in 70 years at the wedding of Catherine Pykett, a member of
the sterling family of Pyketts who have graced Hawton for generations. The bells are not yet in their final position and more need to come from John Taylor's Foundry, but on this paper rerr special day, with the help of Geoff Wells and his sterling bell-ringing
and bell-hanging assistants, history, pomp and circumstance came together. Well done, everybody involved.
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As well as supporting the on-going maintenance and repairs
to Hawton Church and Churchyard, the small and enthusiastic congregation has raised over £250,000 in funds to improve the facilities and repair the defective tower as well as retuning and augmenting bells. Most of the works have now been completed and
a Thanksgiving service was held on 2nd November 2014 at which many of the donors, including WREN and Notts. Historic Churches fund attended. The Church is already popular for weddings and christenings but these new facilities will mean that concerts, talks,
events and meetings could be held in the Church, confirming its position as the community centre for Hawton village.
Since 2012 there have now been dozens of events worth reporting at the church but to keep focus we are now confining details of
these for the last two years only.