Week beginning February 23rd 2004

Community Service recognised : at the recent Hedon and District Crime Prevention Committee’s annual Community Service awards, held at the Haven Arms in Hedon, the village of Paull was particularly well represented. Paull Parish Councillor Steve Hulme was runner-up in the senior category and other nominees from Paull were Mrs. Joyce Pickering, Cllr. Mrs. Beryl Marshall and the whole Guide unit from Holderness Rangers. The winner and runner-up in each category (senior and junior) received a shield and all nominees were presented with a medal to mark the service they have given to their community. Mr. Bernard Sharpe, chairman of the Crime Prevention Committee, said that in the view of the panel, all the nominees were winners and deserved recognition for their contribution to society. “It makes a pleasant change from listening to police reports of local crime and youths causing annoyance,” said Mr. Sharpe during his introduction to the presentation of the awards. The evening, which was well attended, finished with a buffet and the drawing of the raffle. (For photos of local winners, see this page)

Hedon Mothers’ Union : the next meeting of the Hedon MU will be held on Thursday February 26th in the Church Room, Magdalen Gate, Hedon (entrance at the back of the Magdalen Lane car park) starting at 2.00 p.m. The speaker will be rev. Ivan Howitt, who will speak on the subject of “Pilgrimage.”

Now you see it, now you don’t…… I’ve heard it said that some people will steal just about anything that’s not screwed down nowadays, but I think the latest “disappearance” from Paull will take some beating. Regular visitors to the village’s river front will no doubt have noticed that we have lots of litter bins around for visitors (and residents) to use in an attempt to keep the village tidy. Now, those visitors who deposit empty beer bottles all over the playing field and car park and even prop their empties and pizza boxes up against the bins because they are presumably incapable of lifting the lid and dropping the bottles IN the bins is quite another topic, but on the whole most people try to be helpful and the bins are used and sited in the most convenient places for them. Some of the bins are ERYC-provided green wheely bins but the Parish Council have also bought some “posh” bins which have been securely concreted in, one each side of the High Paull car park and one on the adjacent picnic area. Or so we all thought….. except that one of the bins (the one near the picnic table, for those of you familiar with the area) has mysteriously disappeared overnight. Concrete block and all. It had been listing at a rather jaunty angle after being rammed, presumably deliberately, by someone who had no business driving a car across the picnic area in the first place, but now it has gone completely. The first guess, that it had ended up in the river, was quite wrong – there is no trace of it anywhere above the low tide mark – and there are no drag marks leading from the hole where the bin’s concrete foundations were, so we are well and truly flummoxed! Beamed up by little green men from Mars, perhaps? Answers on a postcard, please …….

Advance notice : a date for your diaries – Friday March 5th is the Women’s World Day of Prayer and this year the local event is being hosted by Hedon Methodist Church. The theme is “In faith women shape the future,” which was chosen by the women of Panama. There will be a service to mark the occasion starting at 2.00 p.m. and people of all faiths are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Rev. Heather Nesbitt of Sutton and worship will be led by Hedon’s own Mary Hall.

The following church services will take place on Sunday February 29th
Hedon : St. Augustine’s Parish Church : united benefice Eucharist at 10.30 a.m.
Hedon Methodist Church, Church Lane : Holy Communion service at 9.30 a.m., morning service at 10.30 a.m., evening service at 6.30 p.m.
Saints Mary & Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Baxtergate, Hedon : Daily Mass times : Sunday 10.30 a.m., Monday 9.15 a.m., Tuesday 9.15 a.m., Wednesday 7.30 p.m., Thursday 9.15 a.m., Friday 7.30 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m.
Hedon Pentecostal Church meets every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Jubilee Room of the Alexandra Hall, St. Augustine’s Gate; a Sunday School is also held at 10.30 a.m. every Sunday.
Paull : St Andrew’s Parish Church : united benefice Eucharist in Hedon at 10.30 a.m.
Paull Methodist Church, Main Street : service of Holy Communion at 3.00 p.m.
Preston: All Saint’s Parish Church : united service at the Methodist Church at 10.30 a.m.
Preston Methodist Church : united service at 10.30 a.m.

As Wednesday February 25th is Ash Wednesday, there will also be three services of Holy Communion on that date, one in Hedon at 10.00 a.m., one in Paull at 7.00 p.m. and one in Preston at 7.30 p.m.

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