Bluebell Service 2022

After a two year absence, it was a real joy to gather in Swithland Woods for our annual Bluebell Service.

The service was led by our Acting-Rector, Revd Colin Resch and the Bible Reading given by the Deputy Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jenni Tillotson. It was a beautifully warm and sunny afternoon and members of the Syston Band (pictured above) and a few of our choir members led the singing of our hymns. There was a fabulous turnout and people generously donated £190 to the work of The Children’s Society for which we are truly grateful.

The first Bluebell Service was held in Swithland woods on 20th May 1928 and has continued annually ever since.

Open church

Join us for Open Church

We are delighted to confirm that St Leonard’s
will be open on the following
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS from 2pm to 4pm
October 9th
Please come along and encourage others
to visit us to share a cup of tea and slice of cake
and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our
lovely church and churchyard.

A selection of second-hand books will also be available for purchase.

Harvest Scarecrow Trail

Swithland St Leonard’s CE Primary School have organised a Scarecrow Trail for Harvest. You can join in by printing off the trail leaflet and looking to see if you can find all of the scarecrows hidden around the village. The scarecrows will be on display from Monday 12th October to Sunday 25th October. The theme of the scarecrow trail is ‘People who help us’ reflecting on those key workers that have kept us going throughout the Coronavirus lockdown.

Scarecrow Trail Map
Annual Meeting Agenda

Bible Study Group – Surprised by Hope

We will be beginning an online Bible Study Course using material from Tom Wright. The course will run over  six sessions beginning on Wednesday 2 September. It is entitled ‘Surprised by Hope’ and will run on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am and repeated on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. You can view a trailer by clicking on the link below to find out more.

The Bible Study will be held on Zoom and you can access the course by heading to zoom.us and using Meeting ID: 851-9857-8803 & Passcode: 297673.

Bell Ringing for VJ Day – 15 August 2020

Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Far East. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15th August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and the Commonwealth’s principal fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – over 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented. The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities up and down the country, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific.

This year we remember the contribution of all Commonwealth and Allied Forces, without whom victory and the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today would not have been possible.

To mark this occasion in Swithland, we will be chiming a bell seventy-five times just after a 2 minute silence is held at 11am on Saturday 15 August 2020.

Quiz Night

The winners of tonight’s quiz night were The Swithland Four with a total of 42 points. Thank you Mel & Paul for setting the questions. It was a great night of fun and we are all a little wiser now.