Loughborough Echo

Normanton on Soar


QUIET SPACES AT ST JAMES’, NORMANTON ON SOAR. The next Julian Group meetings will be on November 30 at 6.30pm. All are welcome to these contemplat­ive groups.

These regular monthly Julian meetings encourage one another in the practice of contemplat­ive prayer. Julian of Norwich’s writings encourage us to be still, silent and receptive in God’s presence, trusting Him to make Himself known to us. After a brief introducti­on, our times together are based on the simple idea of spending at least half an hour together in silence, waiting on God and are open to anyone who would like to come. You can find more informatio­n on the website: www.

thejulianm­eetings.net or email sue.archbold@ btinternet.com or carolynmbr­ock@yahoo.co.uk.

QUIET AFTERNOON. A reminder that our former vicar, The Revd Glenn Martin, is to hold a Quiet Afternoon at St James Church on Thursday December 2 from 1.30pm to 4pm. All are welcome to spend a little bit of spiritual space and quietness together with other friends. Our afternoon together will reflect on the church’s season of Advent.

Advent is traditiona­lly a time of getting ready and being prepared. In Christian terms this, of course, means getting ready for Christmas and the annual celebratio­n of the birth of Christ.

Our afternoon will concentrat­e on our preparedne­ss for the events of our lives, not just Christmas, but in our prayer and spiritual lives. Please contact brian. archbold2@btinternet.com or 842341 if you would like to come along.

NOSMA CHRISTMAS PARTY. The Normanton on Soar Men’s Associatio­n Christmas Party, open to all villagers and friends along with their wives and partners, will be held at Longcliffe Golf Course, Loughborou­gh, on Friday December 10. The venue now differs from the one published earlier. Cost at £27.50 includes a seasonal three-course dinner plus coffee and mince pies. We’ll meet at the Golf Club at around 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Booking needs to be made in advance with Chas Miller (01509 844287) by Monday December 6. New members are always welcome at our meetings.

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIT CONCERT. We are delighted to be able to hold our popular Christmas Candlelit Concert at St James Church at 7:30pm on Saturday December 11. We have already had confirmati­on of availabili­ty from The Bridge Singers, Eric Brook, Viola Calthrop-Owen (flute), Neil & Jane Millensted (piano), and Anna Caves & Simon Barrington (readings). Please put the date in your diaries. Tickets will be available from Normanton on Soar Community Shop, Sutton Bonington Post Office and Brian Archbold (842341).

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