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There has been a lot in the news recently about the difficulties many people face with loneliness and isolation. There seems to be a growing number of people who lack day-to-day contact, and most importantly friendship with others, who are perhaps unable to get out to meet others because of mobility or health difficulties.

In this holiday season, things seem to be a little quieter in some parts of parish life – the St Michael’s choir are on holiday so no rehearsals, there are fewer meetings and many people are taking the opportunity to be with family and friends at home and abroad.

Nonetheless, many other things continue, most importantly our two weekly coffee mornings at St Michael’s and at All Saints. The community coffee morning is on a Wednesday morning from 10.00am in the parish hall at St Michael’s and Coffee Call-in is held on Saturdays from 10.15am at All Saints. A warm welcome awaits at both of these mornings, and with many people away on holiday, the company and friendship that these groups offer is more important than ever. Everyone is very welcome – why not see if you have a friend or neighbour that you could bring along too?