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News

A round up of what's been going on - if you have something you would like included, please email

comms@stlawrenceeastcote.org.uk with pictures and a few words.

Regular News

Lunch Club

More than 30 members enjoyed another delicious lunch at the September meeting of the Tuesday Lunch Club. The main course was chicken casserole served with rice, peas and sweetcorn, with a vegetarian alternative on offer. Dessert consisted of meringue, assorted fresh fruit and cream. Terry’s monthly quiz kept us all guessing during the meal and the raffle was drawn while we enjoyed our tea and coffee. 

Film Club

‘Save The Cinema’ was the film that entertained the Film Club at their October 2023 meting. Based on a true story, it tells how Liz Evans, leader of a Youth Theatre Group in Carmarthen, began a campaign in 1993 to save the Lyric cinema from closure. Eventually she and a local councillor managed to enlist the help of Steven Spielberg. They secured a special premier for Jurassic Park, which was shown marginally ahead of the London premier. The Lyric cinema survived!

Image from IMDB

Flower Festival

celebrating the renewal of our church building

Many thanks to all who helped with, exhibited and visited the very successful Flower Festival on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June including the Evensong on the Sunday afternoon.

The displays all looked wonderful, despite the hot weather and the standard was very high.

The joint winners were No. 5 'The Cross' created by Claudia Ciornei, assisted by Linda Garwood, on behalf of Ruislip Baptist Church and No.9 'Watermelons' by our very own Poppy Owusu.

It was great to welcome so many people from our local community into our newly renovated church and meet & chat with them, as they enjoyed the tasty refreshments.

Joint winning entry No.9 'Watermelons' by Poppy Owusu. 

Photo courtesy of Jon Wyand Photography

Other News

Joint winning entry No. 5 'The Cross' created by Claudia Ciornei, assisted by Linda Garwood, on behalf of Ruislip Baptist Church. 

Photo courtesy of Jon Wyand Photography

   Blessing of church works & re-dedication

On Saturday 13th May 2023, we were delighted that the Rt Revd Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, Bishop of Willesden, was able to join us to lead a service of blessing and rededication of our church building following the completion of our ambitious renovation project. We were also very pleased to welcome the newly-elected Mayor of Hillingdon, on what was only his first day of official engagements, along with other community leaders. 

This special service marked the end of a 7-month £500,000 programme of work which saw the installation of new heating and electrical infrastructure, modern lighting that shows off the interior features, and new audio-visual equipment.

We are enormously grateful to Fr. John Seymour for his hard work and commitment, alongside the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and others, in overseeing this very ambitious project, and for his encouragement to focus on our vision, which sees “the people of Eastcote as the treasure of God”. Our renewed building means we can begin to realise our commitment to extend our community engagement and service.

For further information, you can read the full article about our service of blessing and rededication as published on the Diocese of London website.

Fundraising for Christian Aid Week 2023

Coronation Afternoon Tea

A lovely afternoon was spent on Sunday 7th May celebrating the coronation of King Charles III at our Coronation Afternoon tea. We were able to have this event outside sharing time and memories together.

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Candlemas

Lanterns were created at the recent Family Celebration on Saturday 28/01/2023, celebrating Jesus as the Light of the world through Candlemas.

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Grand re-opening of

The Ascott

Our choir singing at the grand re-opening of The Ascott in Eastcote on Friday 9th December 2022.

2022 Christmas Wreath Workshop

The Christmas Wreath Workshop was attended by 25 people on 6th December 2022. Wreaths were made and funds were raised!

Thanks to all who attended.

2022 Operation Christmas Child

Many thanks to everyone who donated boxes.

Off they go to spread a little happiness!

Confirmation

Bishop Lusa confirmed seven candidates on Sunday 27th November 2022.

Congratulations to all of them!

Tuesday Cubs

Investing 6 new members to their pack

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Our annual Harvest Festival Service took place on Sunday 2nd October 2022. We collected food gifts to pass on to the Hillingdon Food Bank.

The Service was followed by lunch in the Church Hall. Good food and good company.

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY

Congratulations to Beryl and Alan Braithwaite who have celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary.

They renewed their vows in church and then hosted a gathering of family and friends, sharing a beautiful cake made by Barbara Plummer and a glass or two of prosecco!

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Quiz Night

Our latest outing to the Quiz Night at The Ascott Pub. Great fun, a good mix of people...but no win! Better luck next time.

2022 First Communion Group

Six young people have just completed preparation for their first Communion. They enjoyed the regular sessions, some of which were attended by their parents and a group of older people within our congregation to discuss the significance of receiving Communion. They wrote prayers, which will appear in church soon, and undertook some intriguing activities with a parachute!

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4th Eastcote Scouts

Family Camp Weekend

July 2022

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 Eastcote House Gardens Jubilee Picnic

Many thanks to all who helped on St Lawrence Church, Eastcote’s games stall on 4th June 2022 and to everyone who came to support us. The whole event was a huge success, the sun shone (eventually) and much fun was had by all who took part. We raised £75 in voluntary donations: this was divided between St Lawrence Church, Eastcote and the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens. The organisers send their grateful thanks for our gift to them.

Image by Edson Rosas
Image by Annie Spratt

Bike Safety for the Cubs

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400 
years old!

Tuesday Cubs hugging the oldest tree  in Eastcote - St Lawrence Drive 

Scenes from our 2022 May Fair

Our very successful May Fair took place on Monday 2nd May, with lots of visitors enjoying a great selection of stalls including plants, books, nail painting, home made cakes and lots more. Refreshments included the ever popular BBQ, organised by the scouts and entertainment was provided by the Bishop Ramsey Jazz Band. A fun day resulted in a profit of approximately £6,000, so well done to the organisation group and thanks to all our visitors.

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