In the run-up to the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, someone remarked to me that if Scotland voted to break away from the UK, our church would have to change its flag! It is the flag of St. Andrew, who is both the patron saint of Scotland and of Trowse Church – which he would have continued to be whichever way the vote had gone, so in fact there would never have been any need to change our flag at all! Since St Andrew’s day falls at the end of this month, on 30th November, it seems an appropriate time to offer our heartfelt thanks to the lady who kindly donates a new flag to the church every year, and has been doing so for quite some time. It’s very easy to take such things for granted, but you would hardly believe just how tattered and torn the old flag becomes over the course of a year, being buffeted by wind and weather at the top of the church tower, so we are extremely grateful. There are some things that we scarcely notice except by their absence, and perhaps the items embellishing the church tower come within this category. Our lovely weather vane had to be taken down for a time earlier this year, when strong winds bent the pole supporting it over to an alarming angle, and it was very good to have it restored. At present our illuminated cross is undergoing repair and we look forward to getting that back in time for Christmas. My grateful thanks to all those involved in restoring these items to their rightful place – you know who you are! So what does November bring? Apart from shortening days, mellow mists and dropping temperatures, especially at night, it’s very much a time of remembering. Not only do we “remember, remember the 5th of November”, but on 2nd November we celebrate All Souls Day, and on 3rd November, All Saints Day. At church we commemorate both on Sunday 3rd November. In the morning service at 10.45 we remember loved ones who have died by reading out their names and lighting candles for them, and in the evening at 6 pm we have a service of Evensong for All Saints, with prayers for healing. Please let me know if you would like anyone’s name included at either service. Remembrance Sunday falls on 10th November, and our 10.45 service incorporates our traditional Act of Remembrance. We welcome Canon Ivan Bailey as our preacher. So back to St. Andrew who, apart from being our patron saint and that of Scotland, is the patron saint of several other countries and also of fishermen, fishmongers and rope-makers, textile workers, singers, miners, pregnant women, butchers, farm workers, protection against sore throats, protection against convulsions, protection against fever and protection against whooping cough! Andrew was a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee, mending his nets when Jesus called him to follow him, which he promptly did. He introduced his brother Peter to Jesus, and brought the boy with the loaves and fishes to him – the loaves and fishes that were to result in the feeding of the five thousand. He was martyred on an X-shaped cross, and legend has it that his relics were taken to Scotland in the eighth century. Unfortunately, he doesn’t always get his fair share of attention at church, because the Sunday nearest his day, 30th November, is usually also Advent Sunday, and we tend to focus more on that. However, this year, we’re having a “St Andrew’s Day Fair”, details of which you will find elsewhere in this issue. Please do come along and support this. It will be a lovely social occasion, and hopefully a good fundraiser too. We look forward to seeing you then – and of course at any of our services and events!

Rosie.