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Great Casterton Parish Council

Serving the people of Great Casterton

Clerk: Derek Patience
29 Priory Gardens, Stamford, PE9 2EG

Tel: 01780 753066

The Church of St Peter & St Paul

St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Casterton is one of the five churches in the group comprising Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Pickworth, Tickencote and Tinwell.

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE The Rev. Jo Saunders 01780 480479 / 07946237223 Email revjosaunders@live.co.uk

HONORARY ASSISTANT PRIEST The Rev Bob Mackrill 01780 763788 / 0775365051 Email bobmackrill@btinternet.com

Our Sunday Service is at 10.30, and is Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday. We have an informal Family Service on the 2nd Sunday. Visitors are always welcome, and we have a toy corner for small children.

Sunday School meets in the Hall on 1st and 4th Sunday in school term times. Parents and carers are welcome to stay with small children. The children join the congregation in church for the last part of the service.

Baptisms are held during the main Sunday service, but may also be arranged at other times.

Weddings by arrangement. Anyone living in, or with a connection to, Great Casterton which includes Rutland Heights has the legal right to marry there. Please contact Rev Jo for further details and information.

We have a coffee morning in the hall every Wednesday in term time from 10.30 and warmly welcome visitors

Our Toddler Group meets in the hall every Friday in term time from 10.00 and we welcome all toddlers and their carers.

For details of Bible Study, House Group or Christian Faith courses please contact Rev Jo.

Gt. Casterton Church Hall is available for lettings. Contact Rev Jo 01780 480479 revjosaunders@live.co.uk

The Casterton Singers form the church choir, but also give concerts. New members are very welcome. Contact Jill Bush 01780 767270 or Marion Horobin 01780 755523

Large print copies of Service Sheets are available and we have excellent wheelchair access

Details of all services in the group can be found below.

Rev Jo's letter for October 2014

At this time of the year I have an extra weight to carry – my 2015 diary. Although we have three months of 2014 to go, I already have several bookings for weddings and christenings next year. I sometimes feel that I can't think about today or even next week because I'm thinking how to plan next year! I'm reminded of the notice board outside a chapel I used to pass regularly, many years ago, which listed the next Sunday's service, adding 'God Willing.' It echoes some words from the letter of James: you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." It's a useful reminder that we should not be so bound up with planning and organising that we forget that we are about God's work, and that he has his plans for us. No amount of fretting and rushing around will change that!

But of course things have to be planned and organised, or they would never take place. Already I'm being reminded that we need to plan Christmas services, and the service rota for 2015 is done. There will be some slight alterations to the pattern of services in 2015, as Revd Bob will have less availability in the parishes, but those concerned already know about this.

And talking of Revd Bob – what lovely drawings he has done for us at Great Casterton, showing his vision for the building. A committee has been set up to consider the various proposals, and I am very grateful for the number of thoughtful and considered responses to the ideas, which the committee will take into account. It's interesting that when the idea was first proposed, there was much opposition, but once people had seen the drawings and had time to think about them, the level of support grew considerably.

Recently I have been looking at our Baptism registers, which is always interesting, because they go back such a long way. A little arithmetic shows me that our number of baptisms over the last five years averages 1.6 a month, and given that they generally take place in warmer months, you can see how busy we are in Spring and Summer welcoming new little Christians into the faith. In October Oliver Barker will join their ranks at Little Casterton, along with Alexander Perkins, Jasmine and Lily Jones at Great Casterton and Evie Pask at Tinwell. We are delighted to add them to our numbers.

People often comment that this newsletter is heavily biased towards Great Casterton. It is – but that's because we rarely receive any contributions from the other parishes, so Pickworth, Tickencote, Tinwell and Little Casterton – why not pick up your pens and write something for November's issue.

We also need more advertisers, so if you have a service to offer or own a business, why not advertise with us. Suzi Wheatley (suziwheatley@tiscali.co.uk) will give you details. We also need someone to manage our advertising by finding new advertisers and asking existing ones to advertise for another year. Could anyone do this for us? You don't have to be a churchgoer, we'd be grateful for any help that is offered. Every new advertisement reduces our costs in producing this newsletter each month.

At Tickencote we have made an interesting discovery. The street light outside the church has been connected to the church's electricity supply for the last nine years (since the new heating system was installed) and the church, of course, has been paying the bill. We are in delicate negotiations with Rutland County Council about this… But a big thank you must go to Robin Makey for his detective work and persistence in this matter. All our churches have unsung heroes and heroines and I am so grateful to you all for the hours you give to your church and to resolving the many problems that inevitably occur with mediaeval buildings.

With best wishes

Jo

OTHER SERVICES WITHIN THE GROUP

SUNDAY

9.00
(9.15 at TINWELL)

10.3O

OTHER

FIRST

HC TINWELL

HC LT CASTERTON

HC GT CASTERTON

SECOND

HC OR MP TICKENCOTE APRIL,MAY, JUNE JULY ONLY PLUS REMEMBRANCE AND CAROL SERVICE

FAMILY SERVICE
GT CASTERTON

TINWELL FAMILY SERVICE 4.00 from June 2014

THIRD

HC LT CASTERTON

HC GT CASTERTON

TINWELL EVENSONG 3.00 WINTER 4.00 SUMMER

FOURTH

HC PICKWORTH
HC TINWELL

HC GT CASTERTON AND SUNDAY SCHOOL

FIFTH

BENEFICE HC IN ONE OF OUR FIVE CHURCHES - SEE NOTICE BOARDS FOR DETAILS EACH TIME

The Parish Church stands in what in Roman times was a protected zone between the ramparts and ditch on the N.and E.and the river on the S. and W. The church stands on the site of a Roman temple, on which an early Christian church was built; this was probably a wooden structure, but of it no trace remains.

The wooden structure was replaced by a Saxon church consisting of a small Chancel and an archless Nave. Saxon long and short work is still in evidence in the S.E. corner of the nave.

The Norman church consisted of a nave and two small aisles divided from the Nave by round, arched arcades resting on columns of stone with square bases. The nave was low with a flat wooden roof. The tower opened into the nave through a fine horseshoe arch. At the E. end was a wall pierced with a low round arch leading into a small oblong chancel, against the East end of which was the altar.

In the 13th Century an Early English chancel with lancet windows was built, while the round arch between the nave and chancel was raised to a point. Other changes followed: the aisles were lighted with windows with decorated tracery, and carried on their walls in rough distemper the story of the Incarnation. Above the Norman arcade was added a clerestory with decorated windows surmounted by an open roof of massive oak timbers. Across the chancel arch stretched a wooden loft carrying figures of Our Lord on the Cross with St Mary and St John on either side.

In the 15th century a clerestory was added. The font on a chamfered plinth may be late 12th/early 13th century.

The Reformation saw the destruction of many of the church's treasures.

In the 18th century the church was fitted with box pews of deal.

Considerable restoration work was carried out in the mid to late 20th century.