IN TOUCH – April 2018


The Occasional Newsletter


Drogheda, Ardee and Kilsaran Unions of Parishes

Dear Friends,



We offer our prayers and sympathy to the family of Susan Oliver whose funeral took place in Dunany Church on Saturday 21 April.  Please remember in your prayers her husband Leslie, her son Trevor and daughters Heather and Ruth.



Congratulations to Emma (nee Sloan) and George Hoey whose baby Erica Ruth Doris was baptized in Dunleer Church on Sunday 22 April.



On Thursday, 19th April, the Archbishop confirmed seven young people: Alexandra Aransiola and Erin Magee, from Dundalk,  Amanda Kpaduwa and Jason Strahan from the Ardee Union, Gabriela Sinkeviciute-Watson, Rory Dunne from Drogheda and Robert Breen, who has Drogheda, Dundalk and Julianstown connections. Thank you to all who made the occasion a really special one: Dee for her talented flower arrangements; the uplifting music from our choir and new organist, Mr David Lamb; our churchwardens whose willing help is essential to the smooth running of any church function; the ladies who provided the delicious tea afterwards and an especial thank-you to our Archbishop, for his kindness to us all and for his words of wisdom.



Congratulations to Hannah and Jake Higham (grandson of Joy Workman) who were married in Dunany church on Saturday 14th April.


Easter Vestries

Thank you to all who have agreed to serve as vestry members for the coming year.  Wendy Strahan and Helen Delahoyde have stepped down as secretaries in Ardee and Drogheda respectively: thank you both for all your work over the last few years. We are delighted that, as Wendy and Helen step aside, Ruth Higgins and Gerard Murray have agreed to take on that rather arduous mantle. The jobs of secretary and treasurer have never been easy: with new legislation, they are becoming ever-more difficult. We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for all that is done without seeking reward and frequently, without even thanks.


Church Inspections

Thank you to our churchwardens and glebewardens who facilitated the inspections of the churches.  It is good to see our churches being well-maintained and we owe a big debt of gratitude to both church and glebewardens for their care of our places of worship.


In Touch Editor

Finally, thank you to Hazel Spearman, who has taken on the task of co-ordinating the material for the monthly ‘In Touch’.


From the Diary

Thursday 12th April – Revd. Iain and Canon Joyce other attended  a training course in Armagh regarding the new data  protection guidelines which will shortly be coming into force.


Sunday 15th April – Raise the Roof fundraiser which was held in Collon Church was very well attended and raised over €2,000 after expenses.


Tuesday 17th April – Revd. Iain attended a Board of Management at our Parish School of St Peter’s.


Saturday 28th April – The Serbian Orthodox Church held a service in St. Peter’s.  This is the third time they have used the church for worship and we welcome their participation. Our Archbishop is very active in the advancement of relations between the Anglican and Orthodox Churches.


News from our Parish School – St. Peter’s, Bolton Street

As a participant in the Active School Flag our Annual Active Week took place between the 23rd and 27th of April. The focus was on fun and participation in a variety of events designed to get everyone moving. Highlights included whole school sports stations, a trip to the Lourdes Stadium to try some track and field events and special African dance workshops with “Wassa Wassa”.  To mark the late arrival of Spring, Woolly Wards Mobile Farm visited the school. Children had an opportunity to pet, feed, lead and groom a selection of animals, in the comfort of the school’s front garden! The Drogheda Chess league has concluded with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss for the team of 5 players and tennis coaching has begun. There was a wonderful Inter School Hockey Competition recently which took place in Drogheda Grammar school and to our delight St. Peter’s completed a triple crown, winning all three primary school cups. In preparation for General Data Protection Regulation the Board of Management ratified a Data Protection Policy and retention of records schedule. Finally, a past pupil, Ms Rachel Cantwell will complete her first teaching practice as a trainee teacher in infants in May.


Dates for your Diary:


Saturday 5th May Concert at 8pm in St Peter’s

Louth Contemporary Music Society are presenting Four Thousand Holes composed by John Luther Adams.


Saturday 19th May – Training Course in relation to Child Protection Policies will be held in Dundalk  with relevant members of Drogheda and Dundalk parishes attending.


Saturday 19th May A concert is being held in Collon Church at 8pm….La Chiesa Cantante presented by Kendu Music. Tickets are €20 – available at the door.


Friday 25th May Concert at 8pm in St. Peter’s presented by the Tredagh Singers


Bank Holiday Monday 4th June

Kilsaran Union of Parishes Annual Fete in O’Connells GFC Castlebellingham commencing at 1pm. If anyone has any surplus teddies  that they would like to donate they would be greatly appreciated. (They can be given to Canon Joyce)


Saturday 9th June Collon House garden party.


Please Note Change of Date to

Saturday 14th July – St. Peter’s Summer Fair at St. Peter’s Close, Drogheda  Could last year’s stall holders please contact Lizanne Allen  on 0862774271 or Pam Bagnall on 0876860443 to confirm willingness to participate again. Lizanne and Pam  would really appreciate offers of help and /or any new ideas you might have for the Fair.


Sunday 29th July

We have decided to re-introduce our combined Parishes Pot Luck Lunch in St. Peter’s Parish Hall after morning service on 29th July. Please put this date in your diary.  Further details to follow.

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Best wishes



The Revd Iain Jamieson    Tel: 041-9870073/083-8640133

Rectory, Drogheda

The Revd Canon Joyce Moore    Tel: 041-6851327/087-7468866
Dunleer, Co. Louth