Yesterday evening we went to the parish meeting, next door in the church. Cold as always especially in this weather, the chairman David had resigned, so after the formality of reading out everything we changed to a farmer's wife. David is also a church warden and mentioned he was giving up that as well, also and this is sad news, that when he does the church will be locked, and maybe even closed down. It has but half a dozen attendees, all old, religion just does not figure in peoples lives anymore.
Open churches are just one of the wonderful experiences when you go to a new village and explore, locked churches are unwelcoming.
Various other things were talked about, the church funds contribute to the local bus service which runs three times a week. They also contribute to the library at Kirkbymoorside. The running down of libraries is just one of the catastrophes that we are living through at this time. The councils are shutting them down but there is a lot of dissent, people have to volunteer to run them and now contribute towards the utility bills.
So how did the voting go, well the national news say conservatives swept the board, and they did in our parish ward, but only by two votes, expect there was a recount on our one.
Interestingly the defibrillator was discussed, and as our new chairperson is a nurse, she reckoned it was an expensive move with not much to offer, you have to do CPR as well which is very hard. And the idea that a St.John's Ambulance session would be a better option.
As Pat (Weaver of Grass) mentions, the wind from the NE is bitterly cold and though the sun shines, when it departs we get frosts at night. The wind is cold due to coming over the North sea, and as we live nearer the north, are, like Scotland troubled by the vagaries of the cold, and where is the rain? looks like we are heading into drought.