ST. MARGARETS SEPTEMBER HARVEST FESTIVAL
I’ve written previously about the peace and tranquillity of St.Margaret’s, a place where you can sit and just soak up the calming atmosphere of a beautiful little country Church. But this week we had our Harvest Festival service and the Church was buzzing, lots of happy people and excited children.
The Church was beautifully decorated. Stunning flower arrangements complimented by window cills stacked high with vegetables-tomatoes and fruit.

A display of hay and flowers welcomed us in the Porch, reminding us that this is a service of thanksgiving for the crops that have been harvested from our fields.
The service was led by Nick Alexander, the Reader from Little Heath, who in a light hearted sermon, reminded us that Harvest was also traditionally a time for sharing. For sharing the good fortune of a successful Harvest with those less fortunate. In keeping with that thought, a small amount of the produce is distributed in the village whilst the rest that was on display or presented by the children during the service was donated to The Poor Clare Monastery, and we can be sure that every ounce of that produce will used to help someone. Once again I was privileged to make the delivery to the Nuns, their obvious delight in receiving these gifts was a joy to behold.
Our service, which was further enhanced by the inclusion of some well loved hymns, finished in what has become a St Margaret’s tradition: plenty of pastries, hot and cold drinks and a great helping of friendliness.
If you didn’t manage to join us this year then we’ll look forward to seeing you at our Harvest service in 2020. Even better, why not pop in one Sunday morning at 9.15: you’ll be made very welcome.

One of the many benefits of living in this area is that we have two Churches, and the Harvest Festival Service at St. Giles will be at 11.00 on Sunday October 6th. St. Giles School celebrates Harvest in School on the previous Friday, and the children will bring their gifts to church that day, to be distributed locally and to the Poor Clares during the week after the Church service. Doug Ryan

Doug Ryan

THE FROWYK CHAPEL APPEAL FULL STORY

If you would like to read the full story of why we are appealing for funds for the Frowyk Chapel, click on this link:THE FROWYK CHAPEL PROJECT storyline

MIDDLESEX

In 1965 something happened to Potters Bar and South Mimms that created a completely wrong impression. The changes in Local Government were wrongly assumed to alter the identity and placement of our town, village and parish. But it didn’t. We were not moved into Herts at all. Our local government county is run by Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council, but, no we are not in the County of Hertfordshire, just in Herts County Council – a very big difference. We are still officially in the historic and geographical County of Middlesex as we have been for one thousand, three hundred and fifteen years, since AD 704 to be exact. Compare that with 54 years of Herts CC and you’ll see that we are upwards of 12 centuries in Middlesex. Look at the glorious St Giles’ Church: it is pure Middlesex. Some things never change.

In 2014 HM Government gave new guidance and recognition to our historic and geographical county. For us it is MIDDLESEX. In 2014 Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, officially recognised the historic county. This allows us to put county signs up on our borders with Herts, the Office of National Statistics used Middlesex once again and they even guided the local council to fly the Middlesex flag. This is something to celebrate: we hope you will do so by joining us. We are a new group and can be contacted on Twitter: @PottersBMiddx Facebook: Potters Bar & South Mimms Heritage or drop us a line to 38 Pinewood Drive, Potters Bar, Middlesex EN6 2BD.
Remember your local history is Middlesex: nothing’s changed.

ASIAN HORNET WARNING

Michael Boki writes:-

“Please take note of this informative description of the new Beast from the East, the Asian Hornet. We have managed to control another threat to bees, Varoa, which has threatened them for the last thirty years, and is partially controlled. But we are still losing pollinating insects, including Honey Bees, due to the lack of foraging to sustain them all year round. One colony of bees needs about 20 kg of food to survive from October till March. And now we are faced with this parasite, the Asian Hornet which is catastrophic.”

The Asian Hornet: key points for identification:
• Upto 30 mm long
• Dark Abdomen but 4th abdominal segment lighter
• Brown legs with yellow tips
• Hawking (hovering) behaviour in front of hive – flash of yellow often visible as it turns.

Hawking: Asian hornets “hawk” or hover in front of the hive entrance and pick off individual bees. Eventually the bees stop foraging and may starve or die. Then hornets clean out the whole hive.

Report Asian Hornet sightings.
If you think you see an Asian Hornet, report it immediately! Email alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk or use the free Asian Hornet Watch apps on a smart phone. Take a photo if possible. You can also ring Michael Boki directly on 01707 658910. The poster is displayed in the window of 64 Blanche Lane.