Last Wednesday we held the second of our open evenings aimed at thanking people who contribute to the Church financially or in other ways. Everyone in the village was invited to the event and about 30 people were welcomed with a glass of wine and vast quantities of rolls, sausages etc. The Priest in Charge, Angela Hughes thanked everyone for attending and introduced the Archdeacon of Northampton, Richard Ormston who, as usual, regaled us with anecdotes about his work and referred to the the previous open evening which he had attended and the things that have happened since.
Julie Connell our treasurer and organist explained the financial situation and how this is improved thanks to the increased giving following the last open evening but drawing attention to the high cost of running such an ancient and large building. It was stressed that we receive no financial support from the Government or elsewhere other than grants and donations.
Trevor Lake and Steve Carpenter delivered a Powerpoint presentation referring to the various and many ways in which we have been able to engage with the community over the past couple of years highlighting the Orbel Cafe, choir, musical events and Friends of Clipston Church activities. It was noted that it only needs a relatively small number of additional people to contribute regularly to what most would agree is an invaluable community facility.
The Archdeacon rounded off the evening congratulating the Church on its successes and wishing us well for the future