Berwick St James
Fisherton de la Mere
The Parish of Lower Wylye and Till Valley
Church: St Mary, Stapleford
Information from Stapleford Parish Council
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STAPLEFORD PARISH COUNCIL
The following is the Governance Statement as required by the Transparency code for smaller authorities.
We acknowledge as the members of Stapleford Parish Council our responsibility for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal controls, including the preparation of accounting statements. We confirm to the best of our knowledge and belief, that the statements produced and published throughout the year accurately reflect the finances of the council
M Geoghegan Chairman & John Gibbs Parish Clerk
STAPLEFORD HISTORY: OUR CRUCIFIX
I have mentioned this crucifix before but not its possible history. I had never noticed it until I looked up from outside at the East window and there it was. Set in a square stone frame is a worn figure of the crucified Jesus with the Virgin Mary and St John at his sides.
It is speculation but it may have been a casualty of the battle to suppress Roman Catholic ceremonial by Puritan influence in the 16th and 17th centuries. At that time, stone altars, crosses, images to venerate the Saints, particularly those of the Virgin Mary (who it was thought at times received more veneration than Jesus) were defaced or broken up.
Our crucifix may have been part of a larger carving broken up and this piece hidden to await better times some time later on. It would have been good to see the crucifix set in place by some devout Stapleford villager and to have heard its site being planned. It is worth looking at the carving itself with binoculars.
To say that “there was standing room only” in church on Remembrance Sunday would – fortunately have been an exaggeration, as no-
Our traditional Service, the Two Minutes Silence, (well done, Ailsa) the Kohima Epitaph, Laying the Wreath, the reading of the names of the Fallen, punctuated by the familiar O valiant hearts, I vow to the my country, O God our help in ages past and the National Anthem, was further enhanced in this Centenary year by the Stapleford choir’s unaccompanied renderings of Keep the home fires burning and Abide with me, and Sue Bale’s moving reading of the poem The Last Post.
Prize for the youngest person present – Oran Sommerlad, prize for the oldest person present – not sure!
Well done all of you and many thanks to Canon Chris Savage, parachuted in to take the Service, flower ladies, excelling themselves once again…readers… bell ringers…cleaners… car park attendants and everyone who just turned up: a memorable Service of Remembrance.
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