CLASSIC BIKE SHOW
The latest in this very successful series of annual meetings took place after Mass on Sunday June 9th. We had a splendid team of helpers who transported tables and chairs across the Parish and set up gazebos and cooking equipment and who then served refreshments to the visitors. The weather was very good indeed (despite the bad weather of the previous few days) and it only rained as we were packing up. As usual Fr Michael blessed the bikes and their riders during the afternoon; something which is always very much appreciated. There was an excellent atmosphere about the occasion and it was good to welcome friends both old and new to the event. Our grateful thanks to the London Borough of Hillingdon for allowing us to use the stable yard, and to Dave Goddard and his colleagues for their kindness and help in staging the event.
ADMISSION OF CHURCHWARDENS
On Sunday afternoon of June 16th Howard and Julie were admitted to the Office of Churchwarden by the Archdeacon of Middlesex at a service in St John the Baptist Isleworth. We wish them well as they begin their "official" term of office.
CONGRATULATIONS TO A WORLD RECORD HOLDER
One of the joys in having the Saturday practice sessions at St Dunstan's is to be able to welcome Dennis Brock, a ringer from St Mary's Sunbury. Last year he celebrated his 100th birthday and was featured on BBC London News. He is thought to be the world's oldest bellringer. He has just been awarded the BEM for which we offer him our heartiest congratulations.
OUR LADY & ST CHRISTOPHER'S GOLDEN JUBILEE
Fr Michael was present at the celebrations after their Mass on Sunday July 14th. He met with the Cardinal Archbishop who was very interested to hear the news from our parish as well as with two former parish priests; Fr Peter Sharpe and Fr Paschal Ryan. There was a wonderful celebration cake which had an edible photograph of the church at its centre which also included part of the Rectory. The Cardinal was most amused when Fr Michael pointed it out just before he was due to cut the cake. After the clergy had gone Fr Michael had the great honour of presiding at the drawing of the raffle!
CRANFORD PARK DAY
This took place on Saturday July 20th. In spite of a rather ominous weather forecast a couple of days before, the weather ended up being glorious. The church was open all day and them most delicious burgers and sausages were on sale along with the usual other refreshments. There was a large number of visitors to St Dunstan's including the Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon who were very impressed by the church and its Catholic tradition. In the park there were various stalls and events going on; the falconry display once again drew large numbers. A local theatre group entertained the onlookers with various songs based on happenings in Cranford over the years. Even Sir Winston Churchill managed to find time to call in. The "home team" of the Parish of Cranford once again rose magnificently to the occasion and are to be congratulated on their efforts.