This Week's Notices

Week beginning 9 August 2020

More Stewards Needed - We have now opened the Church daily but in order for us to safely operate this we need more stewards. So if you are fit and well and would like to give us 2 hrs a week of your time to be a Steward at St.Laurence's please come in and see us and talk to the stewards on duty or contact the Church Wardens. Thank you.

Change in style of our weekly notices - Alongside the launch of the new website for St Laurence's, we are using a different method of producing and emailing our notices to those who have subscribed. You are likely to receive a welcome email during the next week. You don't need to do anything about this - it will be genuine! The new style emailed notices will arrive in your inbox by the end of next week. If you don't already receive notices by email, please subscribe once the new website is launched by completing the form towards the bottom of the home page.

Pam Morrison RIP - Pam the widow of a former Rector Prebendary Ray Morrison, died very peacefully on Sunday 26 July. There is to be a private funeral on August 10. Please remember in your prayers their family, Dan, Kate and Sarah and the grandchildren.

St Laurence's Flower Fund - Everyone loves to see the church decorated with beautiful flower arrangements. To enable the flower arrangers to continue their excellent work, donations to the flower fund are urgently required. Please give generously in a gift aid envelope marked Flower Fund placing your envelope in the donation box. If you wish to donate flowers for a specific event, e.g. in memory of a loved one, please email the administrator at who will accept your donation and make the necessary arrangements. The flower arranging team welcome anyone interested in flower arranging. Please speak to a churchwarden who will put you in touch with the team leader, Sue Thornley.

Facemasks - those visiting St Laurence's and attending services in St Laurence's must now bring and wear a facemask or face covering as the church is a public building. Masks can be lifted for receiving Holy Communion.

Traidcraft Sales - While there is no Traidcraft Table in Church, Traidcraft items can still be bought by ordering direct by phone or e-mail from Liz Taylor on or by phone 0n 01584 871147. No order is too small and Liz will deliver in the Ludlow area at a convenient time by arrangement. Please continue to support Traidcraft. The St Laurence representative is Penny Bridstrup, once church sales recommence.

August Tower Magazine - The August issue of the Ludlow Tower is out. You can pick up a printed copy in church after the service or view it on the website

Christian Aid Coffee Morning - Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the coffee morning scheduled for August 13th. I hope that within months, we can redouble all our efforts for those who need the results of our efforts. Claire.

Bible Study - Many of you will have already embarked, either as an individual or in a self-organised Zoom group, on Reverend Andrew Body's Bible Study course focusing on Paul's letter to the Galatians. But it is not too late to join in and catch up. Full instructions can be found on the front page of St Laurence's website, under ‘Bible Study' on the left hand menu It is great to be doing this as a community so we continue to grow closer through our learning and prayer, especially while we remain under restrictions on movement and meeting.

Notes for the introduction and all the Chapters  can be found here

Bible Study

Home Group Bible Study Meeting
- Peter and Melia Cope recently started a Home Group with others using Zoom. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 11th August 5pm-6pm. Please do contact them on 873467 if you would like to find out more. This will run alongside Andrew Body's Study group which started on 28th June.

Updated Covid19 Advice for those Shielding - The Government have announced that the advice for people who are shielding because of Covid19 will be relaxed in two phases. From 6 July those shielding will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to 6 people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing.

Those who are shielding and live alone or are single parents with children will also be able to create a ‘support bubble' with one other household of any size, following the same rules that are already in place for the wider population.

From 1 August, the shielding advice will relax further, allowing those shielding to do even more, such as visit shops and places of worship, and return to work provided they take particular care to maintain social distancing and minimise contact with others outside their household 

Shielding Advice

Donations keep us going - Thank you to all who have responded to our call for financial support. We have had responses from a quarter of the congregation so far which has been most encouraging. It has been pleasure to open the post bag from the office and find a cheque or confirmation of a BACS donation and accompanying note of support to share with Kelvin and the Church Wardens in our Zoom meetings. Large or small the donations already given have really helped us keep afloat and to look positively at the coming months.

Thank you also to those of you who have moved your giving from the weekly envelopes to Standing Order and Gift Aided your donations which all helps us plan more effectively while things are difficult.

If you haven't done so yet and are in a position to do so please help us keep going and make a donation.

Light the Tower - Remember a loved one, for someone who has helped you or just do it to brighten up the town. Cost £30.00. The Tower will be lit up from dusk 8.45pm approx to 11pm. Email Nicky via the office with your request and a preferred date.

Payments to St Laurence's - For any payment to St Laurence's at any time: Payment by cheque playable to "Ludlow PCC" or by BACS CAF BANK, Sort 405240 Acc 00016766. Don't forget if you are a UK tax payer you can gift aid any payment.

Music Notes by Michael Oakley - With a glorious new instrument to enhance services and offer concert opportunities, music in St Laurence's must have felt extremely positive as Joseph Harris took up the post of organist in October 1764. Harris was the person largely appointed by the Earl of Powis, who had paid for the new organ, replacing David Valentine (who you'll recall was probably pensioned off!). Here is a picture of Joseph Harris, dated around 1814, the year he died. The original is held by family descendants.
One source tells us that he was probably born in Wrexham, though it seems more likely that he was son of George Harris, baptised at St Martin's Church, Birmingham, in November 1744. Although a Mr Edmonds of the Chapel Royal was the first choice for the Ludlow job in 1764, he turned it down, leaving Harris to be the first to play the Snetzler organ. We learn from the ‘Rector of Ludlow's Easter Books' that he lodged in Broad Street around 1766, and married a widow, Ann Harris (no relation) in January 1767. They were not to see their first anniversary together as she died in the October and was buried on November 2nd. He then moved into a property in Brand Lane, where he had one servant.

Our Mr Harris clearly had an aptitude for composing, completing a setting of Milton's ‘Ode to May', which is now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The connection with Oxford was to be an important part of his life, as he went up to the university to study music, and more specifically composition with professor William Hayes. During his time at Ludlow he published his first work - 'Eight Songs set to Music', Opus 1 (available online today at

The title page is inscribed ‘by Joseph Harris Organist of Ludlow',and is dedicated ‘To the Right Honourable the Countess of Powis - most respectfully inscribed by her Ladyship's most Obliged and Obedient Servant Joseph Harris'. The volume includes a list of all those who subscribed to the publication, including Ludlow gentry, local and regional organists, two harpsichord makers including ‘Mr Kirkman, Harpsichord-maker to her Majesty', the Earl & Countess of Powis (4 sets each) and ‘Mr Harschell, Organist, Bath, Six Sets'! This final purchaser, William Herschell, was not only an organist (at the Octagon Chapel in Bath), but also the scientist who went on to become Astronomer Royal and discoverer of the planet Uranus. And the organ builder ‘Mr Snetzler' is also on the list of course.

Everything must have been going well. The choir and organist presumably basked in the glorious sounds of the new organ and with the musical opportunities that opened up as a result. But once again, another offer, a better offer was to be made. Harris was clearly pro-active in getting musical ventures underway, and promoted concerts in Ludlow, including an advert in the Arid Birmingham Gazette for ‘A concert of Music on Thursday morning the 23rd August, for the Benefit of Mr Harris, the Organist'. On April 22 1771 the same paper announced: ‘A few Days since, Mr Harris of Ludlow was unanimously chosen Organist for St Martin's Church in this Town'. We can assume that he gave the official quarter's notice, and we know that his first Birmingham concert was in October at ‘Mrs Sawyer's Great Rooms in the Square'... sounds good! He did remarry, a Miss Silvester, who the Gazette refers to as ‘an agreeable young lady, with a genteel fortune'! Various accounts tell us that they had between seven and eleven children.

He went on to be heavily involved in music making in the city, being closely involved in the early years of the Birmingham Music Festivals. He was to produce a number of other works, though these have not survived. When he was a young man he made a manuscript copy of Handel's ‘Messiah. He was clearly much influenced by the great man, and his copy is now in the library of the University of Indiana. Some months after his demise the Birmingham press noted his death, and that ‘his abilities as a composer were well known; the works of Handel were his model, and it may be truly said, that the compositions that he has left behind him would not be unworthy of the great original'.

Readings for the Holy Communion, 16th August 2020
1st Reading: Genesis 45.1-15
2nd Reading: Romans 11.1-2a, 29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15.[10-20] 21-28
Psalm: 133

Please pray for the sick:
Jean and Harold Blackburn, Jill Mason

Please pray for the souls of the recently departed:
Anthony George Dark (George), Pam Morrison, Diana Holyhead, Don Millington, Mary Elizabeth Jill Daniell, Mary Gill

Please pray for those in need of pastoral prayer:

If you have any queries about the prayer list, please contact the office


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