Claremont Terrace opened its arms wide again this year to stage two street parties. The summer party coincided with a city-wide event called Bloom. We are a street that’s not short of artists and so our event was embellished with chalk sketches which were further enhanced by the children. The England Flag was hoisted for the World Cup match on the same day.
Autumn Back Street Party
On a colder evening in November the party was held in a more sheltered setting; the back street. An old dustbin became a red hot brazier. There were games for the children; hot food, drinks and lots of conversation. The new families who had moved into the street met their neighbours and good bonds were forged.
Joan enjoys working as a Learning Facilitator at the York Museums Trust delivering workshops for primary age children. She also fills the role of Social Secretary for the Claremont Terrace Residents Association. At church she continues to help with Twinklers, the name for the creche, she also makes some pastoral visits.
Barrie is busy as a churchwarden at St Michael le Belfrey and safeguarding representative for the PCC. He preaches from time to time too. He’s the chair of Restore (York) Ltd, the housing charity he started in 2010 for people who are homeless in York. This year he also helped to set up a new service where street sleepers can find shelter during the winter. And if that’s not enough he’s also chair of the Residents Association.
We both love making regular trips to Chelmsford and Cambridge to see our children and grandchildren, but this Christmas they will all be visiting us.
Our family has grown. A child is born. She wasn’t visited by shepherds and wise men but by doting grandparents. Bearing gifts we traversed afar; following yonder signs down the A1 to Cambridge. Other grandparents, also doting, travelled from their home in Northampton to greet the child wrapped in a home knitted shawl and lying in a Moses basket.
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We trust you have a peaceful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
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Late in the day and in the year, Anna Ellen Stephenson emerged into the world to the delight of us all and especially Matthew and Laura. She weighed in at 9lb 10oz at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge 17 days after her due date. Mum and baby are well and dad is giddy with love affection and pride.
We have been to see them all twice already in flying visits to Cambridge. We can confirm that she is lovely. Alex and Emily are also delighted to have a cousin, although Alex pondered that he will be 20 by the time Anna is the same age as he is now.
Matthew and Laura have also announced their engagement with a wedding planned in August next year. So our grand-daughter Emily will have her desire to be a bridesmaid fulfilled.