17th. November 2018
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Pre- Advent /Advent Course 2018

Talking Jesus
Christmas is coming. Most people will start this month planning and shopping for the big day. But how many will actually consider what Christmas actually means? This course is a challenge to start talking about that! The course is 6 practical, video-based sessions with real life examples from people "Talking Jesus". The course begins on November 14th at 7.30 and runs for 6 consecutive Wednesdays until 19th December, but please come to as many Wednesdays as your diary permits.
It is led by Revd. Viv Starkie at :
3, Old School Close, Weston ST18 0HF.
01889 271046
All are  welcome


Jenny Brown has produced a temporary memorial garden in the churchyard of
St. John the Baptist, Stowe by Chartley, to commemorate the end  of WW1 100 years ago.
Shovel, rifle, helmet, vest,
The weight of a nation carried upon our chests.
Boots, helmet, Bible, wrenches,
A soldier's heart never drenches.
As bullets fly past our heads, our loved ones lay alone in our beds,
So, will you paint a pebble in our remembrance?


Rats, traps, hunger, thirst,
I sit and wonder which will get me first.
Hate, love, mercy, vengeance,
One of these awaits us beyond the trenches,
We will lay here in the dirt, our flag sewn upon our shirt,
So, will you paint a pebble in our remembrance?


Laughter, joking, happiness, tears,
It is our passion that keeps us from fear.
Home, family, jobs, presents,
All of this now appears to be just remnants.
As stories become tales, our hope never fails,
So, will you paint a pebble in our remembrance?


Wind, rain, sun, snow,
There is no weather that I do not know.
Luck, skill, will, chance,
I will get home to have that one last dance.
With the poppy on your chest, just know we did our best,
So, will you paint a pebble in our remembrance?

Vaughan Hodson November 11th 2018

Fradswell and Gayton Remembrance Day service at St. James the Less Fradswell 11th November 2018
At this service we remembered four men from Gayton who lost their lives in the First World War.
Robert Charles Partridge
Captain 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
A time served soldier, who enlisted in 1899 aged 17 and also fought
in the Boer War. He was killed in action on 8 September 1914 aged 32.
His last letter from the front stated that 'they had no rest and that
he had two horses shot from under him'. He is buried at Sablonnieres New Communal Cemetery, France.
George Henry Gadsby
Rifleman, 21st Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps
He enlisted on 10 November 1915 aged 19. He died of his wounds and shell shock on 19 February 1917 in the trenches at Loos aged just 21. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
His parents were married at Gayton Church and his father was a
farmer and kept the beer house in Gayton.
Trevlyn Charles Steele
Private, 7th Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment
Trevlyn died of his wounds on 12 September 1916 aged 21.
He lived at Cherry Cottage, Gayton and worked as a Postman. His parents Lived in Shelton and he is buried in England at Alsager Bank (st John) churchyard.
George Joseph Haywood
Lance Corporal, 1st/5th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment
He was known to his family as Joe. He enlisted in 1915 aged 26.
He was killed in the trenches at Loos on 17 August 1917 aged 28. He is buried in Mazingarbe Philosophe British Cemetery France.
He was born in Gayton and had been the village Postman living at
Post Office Farm, Gayton. His mother, Sarah, had died in 1913 so did not live to hear of his tragic death, but sadly his father Joseph, and his brother did. Sarah and Joseph are both buried in Gayton Churchyard. His father could not travel to France to see his grave, so he gave a brass jug to Gayton Church in his memory. This beautiful engraved jug still stands on Gayton Font. His great-nieces did make the journey to France to see Joe's grave and have sent us this photo.