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«Annual Vestry Report For year ended 31st December 2015 Parish Mission Prayer Father, pour out your Spirit upon the people of this parish, and grant ...»

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Glenda’s extensive responsibilities as Churchwarden have meant that she is unable to remain on the Sunday Club teaching rota. The current rota has Susan and Louise sharing the teaching work with the 6 years old and under group, with Sue Morgan and myself leading the 7 years and older children. We rely very much on the support of Caroline, Carolyn, 4 Dawn, Enid, Jean, Lynne and Margaret. We still have a “family” feel to our activities, with several parents and grandparents staying with their children. We are also greatly indebted to Mair Cripps, for helping the children to make flower arrangements for Mothering Sunday and Advent candles / table decorations, every year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the above-named for their help and support, without which Coity Sunday Club could not operate. And, finally, a special mention for Andrew Griffiths, who regularly helps me to put things away and carries bags, boxes and puppet stage timbers, etc., to and from my car or into church.

Chris Nash Coity Church Choir The choir continues to lead the worship on Sunday mornings, occasionally at Evensong and Taizé services, and at Morning Prayer once a month. It has been a particular pleasure to support the children’s Eucharist services.

During the year the choir sang at 16 weddings and joined with Nolton choir for joint parish services. In February the choir held their annual dinner at The Old Cottage in Bridgend. In March the choir took part in the parish Musicathon when over £1000 was raised for charity.

The choir hosted one of the lunches during Lent and Advent and made donations to Y Bwthyn (£250), Breatheasy (£250), Musicathon (£100) and the Archbishop’s Fund for Children (£50).

Once again the choir supported the Christmas Tree Festival with a tree highlighting the plight of refugees, and contributed to the music programme on the final day of the festival.

Thanks again to Sharron for her artistic talent and to all who contributed to decorating the tree.

The service of nine lessons and carols was held as usual on Advent 4 and began with the customary lantern procession. The soloist was Emily Taylor-Davies, our newly created head chorister. It was good to see two former head choristers join us for the Midnight Mass.

The choir is indebted to our regular organists Russell Lock, Hilary Johns and Joanne Blackwell and to Susan Hawthorn and Liz James for stepping in when required.

My personal thanks to the choir and organists for their commitment and support of all our activities and to the clergy and congregation for their encouragement.

Mari Dixon Nolton Church Choir The choir continues to support Eucharist and Evensong services on each Sunday through the year. In 2015, anthems were sung in Lent, on Palm Sunday, Easter Day and Harvest Festival.

Services of Nine Lessons and Carols are the highlight of the year and these were held at Easter and at Christmas. At the Christmas service the choir sang four special items of Christmas music as well as leading all the usual congregational carols. The choir also sang at the Live Music performances at the Tree Festival early in December.

In October, Bryn Williams retired from the choir after nearly 89 years’ service as a chorister.

A presentation was made to him at Evensong on October 11.

5 My thanks go to Father Michael for his support and encouragement in all that we do for the music at St Mary, Nolton.

John Davies Coity Church Bellringers Members This year we had two new members join us Rose Edwards and Anna Sydor. The Membership now comprises 12 Adults and 1 Student who are all members of the Llandaff and Monmouth diocesan association of Church Bell Ringers. We ring for Morning and Evening services also for Weddings.

Ringing Trips

1. Spring Trip on Saturday 18th April we rang at Llantwit Major (6 Bells) and visited the newly opened Chapel. Then on to Llancarfan (6Bells) to ring and then to view the historic wall paintings, which unfortunately were partially shrouded in tarpaulins. Lunch was then enjoyed at the Aubrey arms.

2. Summer trip on Saturday August 29th we visited the Monmouthshire area. We rang at St.

Dinigat and St. Mary, Dinestow (6 bells), St. Cadoc, Llangattock (6Bells). (To gain access a combination lock had to be unlocked, we did not have the numbers!! The ringing chamber windows did not have any glass and must be rather chilly in the winter.) St. Bridget, Skenfrith (6 Bells) and St. Nicholas Grosmont (6Bells).Lunch was at The Angel Inn Grosmont where we sat in the sun.

Weddings We rang for 18 weddings at Coity, 2 at Laleston, 1 at Newton Nottage and 1 at St. Mary Hill.

Hand Bells The Hand Bell team practice regularly during the winter months. We rang at Nolton in the 12 hour Musicathon on the 25th April and for the Christmas Tree Festival on the 5th of December (We also entered a tree) also for the Carol service at Coity on the 20th December.

Peals and Quarter Peals None were rang during the year.

Tower and Church Open Day On Saturday 4th July DVDs were shown of ringing. The tower was not open as for H&S reasons. You need at least 10 ringers to be present and we could not manage that number on the day. It was very disappointing in the lack of visitors from the Fete possibly due to no Tower Bells calling them.

Striking Competition This year it was held at Llantwit Major on the 9th May, but we did not enter.

6 Social Events Our AGM was held at the Sycamore inn on Wednesday 1st April followed by an excellent meal.

On Wednesday 12th August the ringers enjoyed a meal together at the Cherry Laurel pub.

On Wednesday 16th December a “Nibbles Night” was held in the tower washed down with Bucks Fizz.

On Friday the 4th December the Annual Christmas Dinner was held at the Sycamore Inn for some 18 ringers and friends, including Barry and Marice. We enjoyed an excellent meal in good company.

New Year We finished the year in the traditional way by ringing out the old year, striking midnight then ringing in the New Year. Celebrated with Mince Pies and Bucks Fizz.

Thank You Many thanks to the Ringers for their support at practice, weddings and Church services throughout the year. To Mel for the events at the Sycamore Inn and Treasurer duties. To Philip and Philippa for arranging the summer ringing trip. To Rowena our Tower Secretary.

Practice Times Tower bells on Wednesdays 7.15 to 8.45 p.m. ; Hand bells on Sundays 4.45 to 5.30p.m.

(during the Winter months).

Service Ringing on Sundays Morning 9.00 to 9.30 a.m. Evening 5.30 to 6.00 p.m.

If anyone would like to ring please contact me on 01656 659741 or in Church.

Fred Custerson Tower Captain Parish Recorder Group The parish recorder groups continue to meet weekly during term time.

Our beginners are keen and have progressed to the point where we need to find another name for the group. It has a mix of age ranges, including many children who are learning alongside their parents or grandparents. These players have performed in public on a number of occasions through the year, including the highly successful Musicathon in April which raised over £1400 for Making Music Changing Lives. We are always very pleased to welcome new members.

The more advanced group plays a wide range of music on descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders, and it has been a delight to see members develop their talent over a period of years, to the point where there are some very skilled and able musicians among their number, particularly the younger members.

I would like to thank the members for their continued weekly support and also those additional players who help us out for special events. Also, thanks to Elizabeth Mitchell for sitting in as another adult supervisor, and to Jo Blackwell for providing piano accompaniment whenever she is asked.

Anne Komor 7 Mothers’ Union The Mothers’ Union branch of this parish remains very strong.

There are two meetings a month, the first on the second Thursday with our Corporate Communion service held in Nolton at 10am. This is then followed by fellowship in the Hall.

Our second meeting is held on the third Tuesday of the month, in the Dunraven Room in Nolton Hall at 2pm, when we have a speaker or some other items of interest, eg a Quiz, Cream Tea, Harvest Tea, Carols and Readings, and also our annual Day Trip in September.

We also now hold a Branch Dinner in a restaurant of our choice.

The Bridgend Deanery holds special services during the year. The Deanery Festival is always held at the beginning of May and Advent Service in early December. A minibus is generally hired for these services.

Primarily the MU is dedicated to prayer and worship, and to commending Christian ideals of marriage and family life in society. This is not an easy task these days, but it remains one that is worthwhile.

We pray that the year ahead will bring many blessings to us as a group, and we do welcome anyone who is interested in joining us.

Mary Phillips Tuesday Fellowship Tuesday Fellowship continues to flourish, meeting on the second Tuesday of the month in Coity Hall. It is open to all members of the congregations. The annual programme, although similar in style each year, offers a variety of different talks and activities each session.

During 2015 Dr Charlotte Davidson gave an illustrated talk entitled Mountains, Medicine and More when she described her ascent of Kilimanjaro and talked about her experiences in the local African medical services. Ann and Tom Turner showed us pictures and shared experiences of their cruise to Iceland. The annual Lenten service was held in March followed by Simnel cake and fellowship in the hall. A fish and chip supper and AGM was held in June.

After the summer break Mike Club gave an illustrated talk on the Welsh arsenal which flourished in Bridgend during the war and in November Gareth Jones introduced us, in words and pictures, to the Glyndwr Society. December saw us in the customary Christmas Party and our very own Christmas Bake-Off.

Grateful thanks to all who help in the organisation of Tuesday Fellowship but mainly thanks to those who always come back for more!

Remember Tuesday Fellowship is open to all. Everyone is warmly welcomed.

John Dixon John Dixon Coity Church Flower Club We continued our programme from Christmas 2014 into2015 with our usual monthly talks and practice evenings Our annual trip took place in May when we visited Gareth Richards at his farm in Llandyssul. Gareth who is often seen on S4C as a cookery demonstrator welcomed us with coffee and home-made biscuits followed by a cookery demonstration We then enjoyed a delicious 3 course lunch made by Gareth, which was followed in the 8 afternoon with a flower demonstration again by Gareth, but before leaving for home we were given afternoon tea. It was declared the day had been a delight and we were all full of admiration for all Gareth’s talents. We also had a visit to Salisbury Cathedral in September to see Magna Flora a flower festival to celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta.

The AGM was held in July. The committee were thanked for their continued support and reelected Ann Thomas was due to take up the chairmanship of the club in October and I was honoured to be elected as President. Later I was presented with a beautiful pashmina as a thank you for 30 yrs. as chair person. I thank everyone for all the support and friendships I have had. However Mair Stockford and I continue to teach at practice evenings and support Ann.

We agreed to donate £100 to The Air Ambulance fund and £100 to the Raynauds’ and scleroderma association, also we continue to support The Ola During Hospital in Sierra Leone. We received £150 from Peggy Little’s estate. As usual we decorate the church weekly and for festivals In June we had the privilege of decorating Coity church for Peter Komor and Charlotte Davies’ wedding. Once again we provided a stall for the parish autumn fayre and a tree for the Christmas tree festival.

Linda Garret from Abergavenny gave us an enjoyable Christmas demonstration in November and the year ended with our Christmas party.

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the church hall and new members are always welcome.

Mair Cripps Report on Conferences Diocesan Conference Two Diocesan Conferences were held during the year. The first was a single-item meeting in May, to discern the Conference’s opinion on the three options presented as part of the consultation on same-sex marriages. There was overwhelming support among delegates for Option 1 – to allow same-sex marriages to take place in our churches (with the permission of the Incumbent of the parish).

However, when the issue was subsequently voted upon at the September meeting of the Governing Body, while there was a simple majority in favour of Option 1 there was an insufficient number to allow the Bill to proceed. The Bench of Bishops is now considering the next steps.

The second Diocesan Conference, held at the usual time of the last Saturday in September, also took place in St John’s Church in Wales Comprehensive School, Aberdare.

There was a number of presentations given, including an outline of the new structure for theological training in Wales by means of the new St Padarn’s Institute. This will tie together the provision made through St Michael’s, Llandaff, and the work being done in the north of the province.

Students from the Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales Comprehensive School gave a very accomplished and slick presentation on how they had drawn up their Mission Statement.

The Conference was also updated by Bishop David on the theological underpinning of the new NSM(L) ministry, who used the enlightening illustrated of ‘hefted sheep’ (look it up!).

A presentation was also given on the development of the Covenant within Wales.

9 In addition to the usual statutory business there was an election hustings for those seeking to be elected to the Governing Body.

Deanery Conference An evening was held at Nolton Church Hall on 19th November 2015 led by the Alzheimer’s Society. A talk was given on building Dementia Friendly Communities.

Fabric Committee – 2015 Rolling Programme Completed on the schedules were the annual service contracts for both churches and halls as follows: fire alarms, fire extinguishers, gas boilers, water heaters and cookers together with certificates; lightning conductor tests and certificates; grass cutting, portable electrical testing; empty cess pit Coity hall; Coity church clock servicing; organ servicing.

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