Loughborough Echo

Sutton Bonington

- Mike Elliott 0115 937 6506 mike@elliottnew­s.co.uk

CHURCH APPOINTMEN­T. After Sutton Bonington and Normanton-on-Soar have spent several months without a permanent Anglican priest, the Rev. Tim Parker from the United Benefice of East Leake currently including four other local parishes is to become Team Leader and Priest-in-Charge.

The Rev. Parker is currently Priest-in-charge of East Leake, West Leake, Stanford-on-Soar,

Rempstone and Costock.

With his new responsibi­lities for Sutton Bonington and Normanton on Soar he will exercise oversight over seven parishes but he will be supported by two Associate Ministers.

In a statement issued by the local Archdeacon, the new team of seven parishes will also have a full-time ordained Associate Minister and a 50% ordained Associate Minister living in Sutton Bonington.

The full-time Associate Minister will be based at East Leake and will support “growing disciples” over the seven parishes. The post is temporary for four years and it is funded by Strategic Developmen­t funding.

The Part-time Associate Minister will be living in Sutton Bonington vicarage but will be “supporting growing disciples” across the parish.

The part-time post is described as “).5 House for Duty” which means part-time ministry with a free house but no salary.

One of “strategic developmen­ts” in the extended group “would be the continued developmen­t of local lay ministry, which has been flourishin­g in the vacancy”

The Archdeacon said: “The intention would be that the ordained ministry team would give support and oversight for those in lay leadership roles in a more intentiona­lly ‘team-focussed’ approach.”

In addition “there would also be the on-going contributi­on of retired clergy who, while totally committed to the mission across the villages, rightly have the flexibilit­y to alter their time commitment­s if their circumstan­ces change.”

The intention is to appoint to both the Associate Minister posts as soon as possible.”

LIBRARY TIMES. Revised opening times for Sutton Bonington Library have now been released.

In future the Library will be open on Tuesdays from 1pm until 5pm and on Thursdays from 1pm until 5pm

LUNCH CLUB. The final date for Sutton Bonington Lunch Club for the remainder of the year following their meeting this week is December 9. Meetings are always on the second Thursday of each month. Lunch is served at 1 noon with tea and coffee from 11.30am in Sutton Bonington Village Hall. Further informatio­n contact Sue on 01509 673460.

WREATH MAKING. With the festive season quickly approachin­g --- with less than six weeks to go the ‘C’ word is nearly upon us again! The the Parent Teaching Associatio­n at Sutton Bonington Primary School are to stage an evening of Christmas Wreath making to help everyone get into the merriment mood.

And to help with this they are giving an invite folr those interested you to join them for an evening of Christmas Wreath making on Tuesday next week, November 23, from 7:30 - 9:30pm.

Googie of Googie’s Flowers Ltd in East Leake will be holding this very popular wreath making workshop in the school hall at Sutton Bonington for which tickets are £30 a head, to include profession­al instructio­n, all materials, plus a drink and some nibbles.

It is expected the event wil be very popular and so the advice is to booking now to avoid missing out! Contact simimistry­12@gmail.com to book your place.

All proceeds rom the evening will go will go to the Sutton Bonington school PTA.

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