Life as a Church Warden
President Mary welcomed our guest speaker Ian and his wife Marjorie to our meeting as our guest speaker.
Ian is a Church Warden at St. Barbara’s Earlsdon Coventry. He was very pleased to tell us that when he moved to Coventry around 6 years ago amongst the first people to greet him were President Mary and President Alison.
The role of Church Warden was established in the 12th Century and is one of the oldest Lay Offices in the Church of England. The role includes looking after the Church funds, furniture, books, kitchen in fact everything that the church owns. As Warden you have to produce an annual inventory of what the church owns and every 5 years there is a detailed inspection carried out by the Church.
After the referendum the Wardens were given secular legal responsibilities such as being responsible for the Parish Constables, bridges and roads. He could demand that men of the parish worked on the upkeep of the roads for up to six days a year. Queen Elizabeth 1st added the job of looking after the poor of the parish to his list of responsibilities. Many of these responsibilities have now been passed on to local councils.
The Church Warden carries a Wand with a Mitre or Crown on the top. They are the senior layperson in the church and are responsible for everything except the sermon and music, they are the responsibility of the Vicar.
Once elected they cannot resign. Recently the law changed so that after 6 years they can have 2 years off before eligible for re-election. But if no one else can be found they can be asked to stay on in the role.
The Church Warden is the Bishop’s Officer in the Parish and has to send a detailed report to the Bishop each year. And if the Vicar does not turn up then the Warden has to take the service. The Warden is responsible for the Secular and Spiritual leadership of the Church.
At the end of this very interesting talk Ian was thanked by President Alison who also presented Ian and Marjorie with a token of our appreciation.
It is not every meeting that we have a talk from someone who has offices in Buckingham Palace. But on the 4th October, that is what happened.
Paul Leddington-Wright, Associate Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral is also Secretary to The Royal Almonry. He gave a fascinating talk on the history of Maundy Money. In the past the Monarch washed the feet of poor people on Maundy Thursday. This changed to giving out food and clothes during the time of the plague.
PANCAKE CHALLENGE 28th February 2017
YES, as usual we accepted the Inner Wheel of Rugby’s challenge this year. It was their turn to host it. We no longer run while tossing the pancakes but stand in two teams and pass the pan from one team member to another - each tossing it once. The fastest team wins. This year Rugby won the Frying Pan, which means both Clubs have now won it 10 times. The Frying Pan is painted with the name of the winner each year.
To complete the morning we also took part in a Pancake Day quiz and enjoyed tea, coffee and home made cakes!
In October Simon Thompson gave us a fascinating insight into his work as a Hedgehog Officer for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. When he presents to schools he wears a hedgehog outfit but on this occasion he stuck to more comfortable clothing! We were surprised to learn that hedgehogs roam across wide areas and are not confined to one garden. Simon pointed out that:
“Something as basic as linking up a series of small isolated green patches with a hole no bigger than the size of a CD is a remarkably powerful and positive action for hedgehog conservation. Making these connections between our own fenced-in islands of green spaces creates a continuous habitat corridor through which hedgehogs can forage, seek shelter and even rendezvous with potential mates.”
If you find a hedgehog in your garden - don't feed it break and milk - this is very bad for them - cat food is best.
District Chairman Pamela has selected Burnaid and Dogs for Good as her Charities for the year.
The District 6 International Charity is Bees Abroad.
The National President, Liz Thomas, has chosen Children's Hospices for her charity.
The International President, Dr Kapila,
has chosen 'Leave a Lasting Legacy' as her theme.