From January to April it has been a busy time for your Church. As well as the normal 10 o’clock services in the first three Sundays of each month, Lent Courses were held over February and March based upon our own  Reverend Dr Eric Lott’s highly acclaimed yet profoundly simple book “ Healing Wings”. Here, we reflected upon the healing miracles of Jesus; the need for peace within ourselves, between communities, with the natural world, and wholeness with one another and with God.

Holy Week from the 30th March saw Holy Week pilgrimage evening services across the benefice. The Good Friday service at Old Dalby was particularly moving led by the Vicar with readings and prayers accompanied by the clergy choir Octave(of which Jeff is a member) singing anthems after each prayer. We were saddened to hear that St Mary the Virgin Church, Nether Broughton had fallen victim to lead theft and, in an act of solidarity, an impromptu collection was organized and given to our sister church there. Easter  culminated in the united benefice Easter Sunday Service here at Old Dalby which was attended by 123 people and children


This was the last service to be taken by Jeff before his retirement. It was with great sorrow and sadness that, after the service, we marked his 11 years of service with a speech, presentation of  gifts from all the parishes within the benefice and by Megan and Annabelle from the Old Dalby Church Sunday Club  and with  flowers for his wife Margaret followed by a short farewell reception in the church. We thank them both for everything they have done for the people here, and wish them both the very best for the future. There will be an additional presentation to Jeff and Margaret at the Old Dalby Leaving Supper at the Village Hall on the 1st May which has been collected by the Parochial Church Council from Old Dalby villagers.


The Church gardening parties continue to maintain and improve the Churchyard. We are very grateful to all in the community who have supported the Church , organized the childrens’ Sunday Club, the bellringers, helped with repairs, gardening, flowers arranging, cleaning, and made the excellent Christmas and Easter displays and banners.


During the interregnum, until the appointment of a new Vicar, services and activities will continue as normal here and across the churches of the group. All are welcome, and especially on Trinity Sunday 31st May 2015 when Bishop Christopher of Leicester will be leading the 10am Holy Communion here at Old Dalby.


Please contact the Churchwardens David Turbayne on 823145 or Kim Lee on 822167 or mobile 07505302712 in the first instance in cases of sickness or other necessity requiring a visit or for applications for Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage.

David Turbayne                                              Kim Lee