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Churches Together in Burley and Menston


Meeting of Churches Together, 1st October 2014


We met in the Open Door room, which had been well prepared for us and comfortably accommodated the 14 present, representing all the churches in the two villages (Burley and Menston).


In his opening words, our chair Rev. Tim Perkins reminded us that Jesus did not spend all his time in the synagogue – the Beatitudes were delivered in the open air – and he urged us to get out into the community, and not expect the community to come to us.


Duncan Ault, chair of the Burley Community Trust, was present at the start of the meeting to inform us of the work of the Trust – and to encourage any not yet members to join (£10 p.a. or £15 families). The Trust, or rather its totally voluntary workforce, does much in the village that is visible, such as our Christmas decorations and maintaining the Pudding Tree and Jubilee gardens, but also less obvious works such as keeping the Roundhouse in good shape at approximately £1000 per annum, and maintaining the Scalebor Park playing fields. Future projects include renovating the Fountain of Life and creating access to Cornmill Pond. The pond also needs desilting, but this is expensive – a quote of £80,000 has been received for this work (from a man who in his spare time drains the Somerset levels). The Trust relies much on donations, the most unusual this year coming from a Barbadian who admired the Tour de France bunting. She was sent some, and replied
with thanks and a cheque for £50! The Trust is overseen by twelve trustees, and there is at present a vacancy – could this be you?


On the topic of finance, Revd Tim has circulated a letter about proceeds from the sale of the caretaker's house, which amount to a little under £115,000. The Church Council wants the money to be used to benefit the whole community, and £14,000 has already been allocated for the Burley-Tereli link. The other possibilities are an early intervention partnership scheme with the Bradford based charity TLG (Transforming Lives for Good), to support primary school children (and their families) at risk of exclusion; setting up a CAP (Christians against Poverty) debt help centre and money courses; or in partnership with interested groups setting up a 'Well-being Centre' – a space in the village that focuses on both spiritual and physical well-being. Rev. Tim has asked for feedback on these ideas from the other churches.


Mary Wood, reporting on the Burley-Tereli link, said the 2015 calendar has now been produced, with two striking images from Le Tour – of the Eiffel Tower, and a view of the peloton racing towards the village with the parish church steeple on the skyline.


There were two requests for help. Cyber Cafe, an after school club at Burley Methodist for older primary age children, saw 54 arrive when it opened its doors in September – helpers needed!


Also, we need another person to represent St. Mary's at Churches-Together, as the aim is to have two from each church.


Paul Fowler


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