The Final Bulletin

St Nicholas Bulletin No 26 – (May 2013)

Re-opening St Nicholas Church

How nice to be able to write these words … !

I can now tell you that the official hand-over will be on May 15th 2013, when the contractor team will give us some training on how to work everything, and say goodbye. My plan is then to have the church open all day on Friday May 17th so that the village can come and see the amazing results. We plan to have something a little more formal in the evening at 7.00pm, to open the church with a short act of worship and dedication.

We shan’t be doing anything on Saturday 18th so that it doesn’t clash with the charity fun day, but the following day, Pentecost Sunday, will be a wonderful day of celebration, with communion in the morning at 10.30am.

Pentecost is sometimes called “the birthday of the church” and the story of the first day of Pentecost is found in the Bible in Acts. It seems to be a highly appropriate day for the first service, with the restoration work finished, and a new chapter of the church’s life in our village beginning.

Our regular services will now take place at 10.30am every Sunday, and times of other events will be posted on our new noticeboard. We will also have a new website (address above) and details of what’s going on at the church will be posted there too.

Programme for Opening St Nicholas’ Church

Monday 10.00am – 12.noon
Friday 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday – all our services are at 10:30am so do join us and wander round after the service when we serve refreshments.

You will be welcome to visit the churchyard at any time but at these times above, we have the church building open too.

And finally … Alan Jones has produced an excellent DVD about the history of the village and church, with a brilliant final section about the re-build. The DVD is called “REGENERATION – The story of St. Nicholas Church and its place in the village of Radford Semele”.

“The DVD traces the history of the church from the 12th.century to the fire in 2008 and the fundraising and restoration which has taken place since. It shows the links between the church and the village over time. For many it will bring back memories of lost material from the church’s past and show rediscovered family archives. Painful though the story might have been, it creates a picture of the church’s place in the community, which is to be treasured.”

Copies cost £10, and will be available from May 17th from :

  • Ann Jones
  • Peter and Pauline Morrell
  • Alan and Sue Cleaver
  • The village shop

All profits will go to St Nicholas Restoration Fund.