Each week we are holding a ‘Zoom’ service at 10am on Sunday morning and a short evening service of Compline at 8pm on Friday evenings. If you would like to join in please contact Heather email@example.com. You can be added to our church email list which will give you the Zoom login details each week.
The email notice is sent out on blind copy and your email will only be used for this purpose. We hope you will join us. If you are new to Zoom, do not be put off, we have all been on a steep learning curve and can help you if needed.
We are also ringing parishioners and will happily ring you if you are lonely and would like a friendly chat. Please let us know if you need any help with shopping.
Heather is using her daily exercise to cycle to each parish, praying for them as she goes and having conversations (at a distance) with some of the people she meets.
There is now a central contact point in place for all residents in Norfolk requiring support. A team at the County Council will assess calls, identifying existing social care clients and passing other requests through to district community hubs to implement the support needed.
All residents will have received letters sent by their District Council providing details of support options. Individuals who have been identified as vulnerable may also have received additional letters from the NHS and local GPs. Local District Councils have also been calling individuals who have been identified as vulnerable as part of a collective effort to get help where it is needed.
INDIVIDUALS IN NEED SHOULD CALL 0344 8008020.
In a time of uncertainty we are challenged by much, we are under threat by something we cannot see, feel or identify until, too late, we see the evidence. Growing up in a era when discipline is frequently challenged, where mass protest is taken as a “right” and, moreover a “right” that must be listened to we can all feel rather helpless.
We cannot argue with or threaten an invisible foe. The current “battle” has to be fought, not only by the expertise of medical science, but, most essentially, by our own individual self-discipline. Quite simply we are reminded that our personal defence is “to do what we are told”!
In our “practical” world we are caught up in the invisible, the mysterious. This is demonstrated by two events in the Church Calendar: The Ascension (21st May) and Pentecost, or Whitsun (31st May).
But also this month, on 8th May, we are called to remember a Norwich woman, Mother Julian, the first woman to write a book in English. She was a recluse and mystic and lived in a cell attached to St Julian’s Church in Norwich. In what we today would call a “near-death” experience she experienced an absolute and unshakable certainly that “all shall be well” she does not “argue the case” or attempt to define it, such is her unshakable certainty that to do so is pointless and unnecessary. She is talking of love, that intangible certainty that is the most important part of all our lives. For Julian it is best summed up in her vision of something like a hazel nut. “I marvelled and wondered. It was so small. I saw three truths. The first is that God made it; the second that God loves it; and the third is that God sustains it”.
So many words have been written about the current situation and its effect on every person and every aspect of life, so I am only going to add a few of my own.
During this pandemic Christians are grieving for locked churches, cancelled worship, Holy Week and Easter spent apart but we have all in our own way journeyed through Holy Week and experienced the joy and hope of Easter more deeply than ever before.
Whatever our circumstances I have noticed how people strive to remain cheerful during these challenging days and we are finding a new appreciation for all that we have. Many are saying that the world could be a better place if as a result of what we have been through we have learned how to live better.
Social media is often criticised for the harm it can do but it has been a vital means of people keeping in touch and it gave us this wonderful poem by Kathleen O’Mara.
And people stayed at home
And read books
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Danger, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
We were sad to learn that John Jones passed away on 9th May 2020, aged 80, having been unwell for some time. John actively contributed to Litcham’s village life in so many ways over the years, not least as a parish councillor and through his involvement with the Royal British Legion, and was a kind and caring man. John was a long-standing member of Litcham Common’s Management Committee and was also Honorary Warden of the Common, which he cared deeply about. We are grateful for John’s commitment and service over many years and will miss him as a friend.
Do you, or someone you know in the village, need some help with getting shopping, posting a letter, collecting medication, walking your dog, etc?
This group has been set up to help you at such a difficult time for us all!
We are about 30 volunteers, the majority of whom are able to go and get shopping.
There are three or four volunteers to each area of the village. Some of the volunteers are self isolating and so can give support and a listening ear down the phone and some are able to go out and about. Between those volunteers, someone will help you.
If you don’t need any help now, please bear us in mind, if you need some help in a few week’s time.
Please ring 01328 700 145 or any of the numbers on the flier that was delivered to you at the end of March and we will do our best to organise some help for you, either as a one-off or as continuing help – until all this is over and we can go back to normal!
Litcham Relief in Need Charity.
The Trust now have allotment 2 plots available for rent, which are now ready for the forthcoming planting season, now is the time for those lovely fresh veg. for the family. Phone Elizabeth Christie 701 765
Following their absence last year we are hoping that cattle will once again join the ponies on the common for the next few months, possibly arriving in April or May. Cattle will compliment the conservation grazing carried out by our ponies, with the aim of maintaining a diverse sward of heathland vegetation and preventing the more vigorous plant species from dominating.
As always, please observe the following rules:
– Do not attempt to touch or feed the animals
– Dogs should be kept under close control at all times
Thank you for your cooperation.
The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 11th April, meeting at 10am in Litcham Common car park. As always, new volunteers will be welcome.Please telephone Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.