Newsletter 10th November 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Thank You

On behalf of myself and all my family I would like to offer our sincere thanks to all my friends from St Mary’s congregation who have been so supportive to my late mother and particularly to me during the very stressful and difficult time prior to her death and for the presence of so many of her friends at her funeral.

Many thanks for all who sent cards, letters and messages of condolence; to David and Jean for their love and prayers and to Colin, Ken and all the choir for the beautiful hymns, anthem and perfect rendition of the "Clare Benediction" (with very little time to rehearse the music!) Catheryn Turrell

Christmas Food for our Ugandan Friends

Last year we joined in with the Christmas Food Distribution Programme of the Friends of North Kigezi Diocese, our link with Maaya in Uganda. We helped three of the poorest families in our area with food for a month. It’s still only £40 per family – can we do the same again? Please give generously to the retiring collection after services between now and the end of the month.

Wives’ Group

Our next meeting on Tuesday 12th November will be a film showing at a member’s home. Bring & Buy theme will be – Christmas! – and please will members bring their hamper contributions with them (if possible). We have been asked to provide teas at the Church Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November, so plans for that will be discussed at our meeting, as will the menu for our Christmas party. Olwyn Hurd (458700).

David and Anja’s Wedding

We are marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church next Saturday 16th November at 4pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards. No need to let us know if you are coming to the service only. If you wish to come to the ‘do’, please let us know for catering purposes. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Handel’s Messiah – 16th November

St Ives Choral Society will be performing what is probably the best known and loved oratorio of all. Messiah will be SICS first outing to Godmanchester church, where we look forward to performing by candlelight in the lovely acoustic there. We are delighted to be joined by young singers from Hinchingbrooke School, singing the duet version of ‘How Beautiful are the Feet’.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-society and at the door on the night; depending on availability.

Christmas Bazaar – 23rd November

The Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Church & Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 23rd November.

Father Christmas is hoping to see as many children as possible.

Those listed below have kindly offered to be responsible for the various stalls:

GRAND DRAW Peter and Jennie Morgan 700755
REFRESHMENTS Wives’ Group
CAKES Pam Ayres
NEW GIFTS Lucilia Azevedo 381311
KNITWEAR Phillipa Leipa 413657
TOMBOLA Janet Ranger and Pauline Molyneaux 412161

454916

BOOKS Liz and Peter Irving 382144
BOTTLE STALL David Bowers 07757804747
BRAN TUB Gill Bathurst 493901
CHRISTMASMFLORAL DECORATIONS Flower Guild
GAMES Helena Azevedo.
CHRISTMAS CARDS Paula Williams 411470

Stalls will be ready for preparation by 10.30am. Items such as Grand Draw prizes, new gifts, produce, cakes, toys and unopened bottles would be very welcome. Please contact individual stallholders or bring items to the Church or Church Hall by 1pm on the day.

If you would like to help in any way, eg run the Games or help with the Gift Stall please contact Jean Morgan on 417502 or morgan_01339@msn.com

Christmas Bazaar Teas

The Wives’ Group have been asked to provide teas at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November. Once again, may I ask for contributions as we are a small group. We shall be at the church hall from 10.30am on the day to receive your "goodies" or please ring me for alternative arrangements. Thanking you all in anticipation. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Volunteers from Godmanchester church used to help occasionally with Sunday Eucharist at Hinchingbrooke hospital. A group from Hilton still does so. Volunteers bring patients – usually in wheelchairs – to and from the chapel, where patients and helpers worship together, with one of the chaplains presiding. The chaplaincy team would be grateful for more volunteers, so that the Eucharist can be celebrated with patients more regularly on Sundays throughout the year. Volunteers from parishes typically take a turn about twice a year. NHS rules require certain formalities to be observed in relation to appointment as a chaplaincy volunteer. For more information please contact Jonathan Young 453350 or Peter & Liz Irving 382144.

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Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during November and December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 3rd November 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Jack Keating into Christ’s family at 11.30am. Please keep Jack, his family & friends in your prayers and support them if possible.

Sausage & Bacon Butties

Delicious sausage and bacon butties are being served with coffee this morning. All proceeds are going to the Armed Forces Charities. Suggested donation £3.00 per roll. We hope you will come and enjoy!

Charities Committee

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

For many years volunteers from Godmanchester church used to help occasionally with the Sunday Eucharist at Hinchingbrooke hospital. A group from Hilton still does so. Volunteers bring patients – usually in wheelchairs – to and from the chapel, where patients and helpers worship together, with one of the chaplains presiding. The chaplaincy team would be grateful for more volunteers, so that the Eucharist can be celebrated with patients more regularly on Sundays throughout the year. Volunteers from parishes typically take a turn about twice a year. NHS rules require certain formalities to be observed in relation to appointment as a chaplaincy volunteer. For more information or to notify your interest in this valuable ministry, please contact Jonathan Young 453350 or Peter & Liz Irving 382144.

Friends’ Autumn Lecture

On Saturday 9th November in St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm, a talk on ‘Serving Winston’ and ‘the Downton Abbey kitchens’ from BBC 4’s favourite food historian and author, Dr Annie Gray from Kitchen Cabinet.

Dr Gray’s book Victory in the Kitchen, is the below stairs story of Winston Churchill’s strong minded working class wartime cook Georgia Landemar who always said that behind every great man lies a woman who can make a mean custard. She ruled the kitchens at Downing Street, Hyde Park Gate, Chequers and Chartwell, helped the Great War leader entertain key figures, cheered up hard working soldiers, fed weary political colleagues throughout the war and provided weekly visitor King George VI with a food haven from Buckingham Palace’s stricter fare. Winston said that his cook helped him win the war.

Dr Gray will be signing copies of her books including The Downton Abbey Cookbook – a great gift idea.

Tickets £15 (including a light supper; and a licensed bar) are available from adrian, 01480 454154 / 493901 / 411242 Adrian Sington

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday 16th November at 4pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Handel’s Messiah – 16th November

St Ives Choral Society will be performing what is probably the best known and loved oratorio of all. Messiah will be SICS first outing to Godmanchester church, where we look forward to performing by candlelight in the lovely acoustic there. We are delighted to be joined by young singers from Hinchingbrooke School, singing the duet version of ‘How Beautiful are the Feet’.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-society and at the door on the night; depending on availability.

Christmas Bazaar – 23rd November

The Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Church & Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 23rd November.

Father Christmas is hoping to see as many children as possible.

Those listed below have kindly offered to be responsible for the various stalls:

GRAND DRAW Peter and Jenniei Morgan 417502
REFRESHMENTS Wives’ Group
CAKES Pam Ayres
NEW GIFTS Lucilia Azevedo 411541
KNITWEAR Phillipa Leipa 413657
TOMBOLA Janet Ranger and Pauline Molyneaux 457018
BOOKS Liz and Peter Irving
BOTTLE STALL David Bowers 413621
BRAN TUB Gill Bathurst
CHRISTMASMFLORAL DECORATIONS Flower Guild t.b.c
GAMES Helena Azevedo.
CHRISTMAS CARDS Paula Williams

Stalls will be ready for preparation by 10.30am. Items such as Grand Draw prizes, new gifts, produce, cakes, toys and unopened bottles would be very welcome. Please contact individual stallholders or bring items to the Church or Church Hall by 1pm on the day.

If you would like to help in any way, eg run the Games or help with the Gift Stall please contact Jean Morgan on 417502 or morgan_01339@msn.com

Christmas Bazaar Teas

The Wives’ Group have been asked to provide teas at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November. Once again, may I ask for contributions as we are a small group. We shall be at the church hall from 10.30am on the day to receive your "goodies" or please ring me for alternative arrangements. Thanking you all in anticipation. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during November and December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 27th October 2019

Welcome all to the Hilton and Godmanchester Joint Service

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

For many years volunteers from Godmanchester church used to help occasionally with the Sunday Eucharist at Hinchingbrooke hospital. A group from Hilton still does so. Volunteers bring patients – usually in wheelchairs – to and from the chapel, where patients and helpers worship together, with one of the chaplains presiding. The chaplaincy team would be grateful for more volunteers, so that the Eucharist can be celebrated with patients more regularly on Sundays throughout the year. Volunteers from parishes typically take a turn about twice a year. NHS rules require certain formalities to be observed in relation to appointment as a chaplaincy volunteer. For more information or to notify your interest in this valuable ministry, please contact Jonathan Young 453350 or Peter & Liz Irving 382144.

Funeral of Joan Jackson

The funeral of Joan Jackson will be held on Friday 1st November at 11am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Men’s Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 2nd November. As usual it is at The Barley Mow Hartford beginning with coffee/tea at 8am. The speaker this time is Michael Lawson, retired from the ministry but amongst other things, a composer, writer, counsellor, film maker and grandfather. The cost is £8. All men very welcome. If you are coming please let Andrew Fawcett know as soon as possible.

Operation Christmas Child

It is that time of year again when we have the opportunity to give pleasure to impoverished children. If you would like to fill a shoe box this year please could you get it to church by Sunday 3rd November. The boxes will be blessed during the following Thursday service and taken afterwards to the collection centre. The reason for this early date is that it is very difficult for the collectors to collect on Remembrance Sunday and it is very late for them. The leaflets denoting boy, girl and age will be on the table by the south door. Thank you very much. Jean Morgan

Friends’ Autumn Lecture

On Saturday 9th November in St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm, a talk on ‘Serving Winston’ and ‘the Downton Abbey kitchens’ from BBC 4’s favourite food historian and author, Dr Annie Gray from Kitchen Cabinet.

Dr Gray’s book Victory in the Kitchen, is the below stairs story of Winston Churchill’s strong minded working class wartime cook Georgia Landemar who always said that behind every great man lies a woman who can make a mean custard. She ruled the kitchens at Downing Street, Hyde Park Gate, Chequers and Chartwell, helped the Great War leader entertain key figures, cheered up hard working soldiers, fed weary political colleagues throughout the war and provided weekly visitor King George VI with a food haven from Buckingham Palace’s stricter fare. Winston said that his cook helped him win the war.

Dr Gray will be signing copies of her books including The Downton Abbey Cookbook – a great gift idea.

Tickets £15 (including a light supper; and a licensed bar) are available from adrian, 01480 454154 / 493901 / 411242 Adrian Sington

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday 16th November at 4pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Handel’s Messiah – 16th November

St Ives Choral Society will be performing what is probably the best known and loved oratorio of all. Messiah will be SICS first outing to Godmanchester church, where we look forward to performing by candlelight in the lovely acoustic there. We are delighted to be joined by young singers from Hinchingbrooke School, who will be singing the duet version of ‘How Beautiful are the Feet’ for us.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-society and at the door on the night; depending on availability.

Church Bazaar – 23rd November

The Church bazaar this year will take place on the usual 4th Saturday of the month – 23rd November- not 30th as some people may have in their diaries. As usual we will be having hampers on the grand draw from various groups, but if you and some friends feel like getting one together it would be good. We will also need cakes, gifts, bottles for the bottle stall and helpers. I will put a list of stall holders in next week’s newsletter. You have all been so generous in the past so I am putting my hopes on your generosity again this year. Love to you all. Jean Morgan

Church Bazaar Teas

The Wives Group have been asked to provide teas at the church bazaar on Saturday 23rd November. Once again, may I ask for contributions as we are a small group. We shall be at the church hall from 10.30am on the day to receive your "goodies" or please ring me for alternative arrangements. Thanking you all in anticipation. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley will be the Newsletter compiler during November and December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 20th October 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersonsand please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday November 16th at 4.00 pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Operation Christmas Child
It is that time of year again when we have the opportunity to give pleasure to impoverished children. If you would lie to fill a shoe box this year please could you get it to church by Sunday November 3rd. The boxes will be blessed during the following Thursday service and taken afterwards to the collection centre. The reason for this early date is that it is very difficult for the collectors to collect on Remembrance Sunday and it is very late for them. The leaflets denoting boy, girl and age will be on the table by the south door. Thank you very much.
Jean Morgan

Vestry prayer

All those who have a ministering role in the 9.30 Eucharist – lesson readers, intercessors, chalice assistants, pianists and those who pray at the healing service – are invited, indeed warmly encouraged, to join the altar party in the vestry for prayer just before the service starts. Please come boldly into the vestry at about 9.25, and please take it as read that this is a permanent invitation for all concerned, even when this notice no longer appears in the newsletter.

Handel’s Messiah is coming to Godmanchester

St Ives Choral Society will be performing what is probably the best known and loved oratorio of all. Part I begins with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation of the nativity. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the “Hallelujah” chorus. Part III covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Messiah will be SICS first outing to Godmanchester church, where we look forward to performing by candlelight in the lovely acoustic there. We are delighted to be joined by young singers from Hinchingbrooke School, who will be singing the duet version of How Beautiful are the Feet for us.

Save the date, Saturday November 16th in Godmanchester Church for what promises to be a memorable evening.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-society and on the door on the night depending on availability.

Friends’ Autumn Lecture DR ANNIE GRAY on Serving Winston AND the Downton Abbey kitchenson SATURDAY November 9th at ST MARY’S CHURCH AT 7.30PM

Talk from BBC 4’s favourite food historian and author, Dr Annie Gray from Kitchen Cabinet.

Dr Gray’s book Victory in the Kitchen, is the below stairs story of Winston Churchill’s strong minded working class wartime cook Georgia Landemar who always said that behind every great man lies a woman who can make a mean custard. She ruled the kitchens at Downing Street, Hyde Park Gate, Chequers and Chartwell, helped the great war leader entertain key figures, cheered up hard working soldiers, fed weary political colleagues throughout the war and provided weekly visitor King George VI with a food haven from Buckingham Palace’s stricter fare. Winston said that his cook helped him win the war.

Dr Gray will be signing copies of her books including The Downton Abbey Cookbook – a great Christmas present

Tickets £15 includes a light supper; and there will be a licensed bar. Tickets from adrian@sington.co.uk or 01480 454154/493901/411242

Adrian Sington

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Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for October. Contributions by 8pm on Thursday please to: 01480380950 or thefool1981

Newsletter 13th October 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday November 16th at 4.00 pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 16th at 10.45 am in the Vicarage, for prayer, bible study, chat and coffee. All are welcome, and there is no need to let me know you’re coming or to come each time. Give it a go!

Handel’s Messiah is coming to Godmanchester

St Ives Choral Society will be performing what is probably the best known and loved oratorio of all. Part I begins with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation of the nativity. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the "Hallelujah" chorus. Part III covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Messiah will be SICS first outing to Godmanchester church, where we look forward to performing by candlelight in the lovely acoustic there. We are delighted to be joined by young singers from Hinchingbrooke School, who will be singing the duet version of How Beautiful are the Feet for us.

Save the date, Saturday November 16th in Godmanchester Church for what promises to be a memorable evening.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-society and on the door on the night depending on availability.

Vestry prayer

All those who have a ministering role in the 9.30 Eucharist – lesson readers, intercessors, chalice assistants, pianists and those who pray at the healing service – are invited, indeed warmly encouraged, to join the altar party in the vestry for prayer just before the service starts. Please come boldly into the vestry at about 9.25, and please take it as read that this is a permanent invitation for all concerned, even when this notice no longer appears in the newsletter.

Film Night. Mama Mia, Here We Go Again. The Abba musical.

Presented in the Church Hall, Chadley Lane, 7pm for 7.30pm

Come to our delightful film night on October 19 and enjoy a wonderful evening of romance, Abba’s great music, friendship and delicious food. It’s a star studded film with Meryl Streep, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and comedienne Christine Baranski from the American hit series The Good Wife and The Good Fight. And then there’s Cher as the magnificent grandmother.

The music will carry you along and lift your heart with Abba’s sunny and joyful world famous hits. The romantic comedy of course takes place in Greece. In the interval there is a light Greek flavoured supper of delicious Moussaka, baklava and Turkish delight, included in the bargain ticket price of £10. There will also be a bar and a raffle. From the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester.

Newsletter Compiler

Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for October. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: 01480 380950 or thefool1981

Newsletter 6th October 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday November 16th at 4.00 pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Wives’ Group

We will meet on Tuesday 9th October at 7.30pm in the church hall to have our A.G.M. The Bring and Buy theme will be anything! Olwyn Hurd (Chairman)

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 16th at 10.45 am in the Vicarage, for prayer, bible study, chat and coffee. All are welcome, and there is no need to let me know you’re coming or to come each time. Give it a go!

Harvest Bring-and-Share Lunch

It’s not too late to come to the bring-and-share lunch in the church hall from 12.30 pm today. As in previous years, please bring food as follows: surnames beginning A-H, desserts; I-Q, savoury; R-Z salads. Bring your own drinks. This is not a fund-raising event, so no money needed.

Vestry prayer

All those who have a ministering role in the 9.30 Eucharist – lesson readers, intercessors, chalice assistants, pianists and those who pray at the healing service – are invited, indeed warmly encouraged, to join the altar party in the vestry for prayer just before the service starts. Please come boldly into the vestry at about 9.25, and please take it as read that this is a permanent invitation for all concerned, even when this notice no longer appears in the newsletter.

Churchyard Ivy Clearance

A big thank you to the 2nd Godmanchester Brownies, organised by Ruth Ekblom, to clear ivy off gravestones in the churchyard. We had 15 Brownies and six adults who concentrated mainly on the area to the north of the church, removing a lot of material. Their work has made a big difference, and the churchyard is looking even smarter than it was.

Robert Francis

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

Our Quiet Day is on Wednesday 9th October. There is still time to sign up – simply put your name on the list by the south door. The cost is £21.00 per person, which includes a simple lunch and other refreshments. Please bring either cash or a cheque on the day. The day begins at 10.00 am, so please arrive at least 15 minutes before then, when coffee will be available. We will end the Quiet Day with afternoon tea at 3.00 and then evening prayer at 3.30 pm, which will last about 20 minutes. In addition to bible study, prayer, reflection and quiet, we will also spend some time in conversation about the mission of our church, so please come armed with any ideas or questions you may have about how we can share the Good News with others. Little Gidding is signed off the Hamerton to Great Gidding road. Go to the end of the track and turn left into the car park. Ferrar House, where we meet, is the building to your right as you face the church from the car park. If you need a lift, please put ‘L’ next to your name on the list. If you can offer one, please put ‘O’.

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for a fun evening of barn dancing at the Harvest Hoedown. It is being held on Saturday 12th October at St Anne’s School, starting at 7pm. Ock ‘n dough will be entertaining us and leading all the dancing, and a delicious ploughman’s is included in your ticket price. Prices are £15 per adult, £5 per child and a family ticket is £35. All proceeds will be split between St Anne’s School and Uganda Orphanage. For tickets please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941119630 or Dilys Ward on 07515854025 or Kate Barkshire on 07982245298

Choral Music by Candlelight

The Hunts Phil will be singing the Fauré Requiem and Dupré De Profundis on Saturday 2 November in our church at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets at £15 (Students £5) are available at www.huntsphil.org.uk or on the door. As this concert is likely to be very popular I have obtained a few tickets in rows F, G and H for sale to members of our congregation for cash or cheque payable to Huntingdonshire Philharmonic. Colin Thirlwall 457018

Film Night. Mama Mia, Here We Go Again. The Abba musical.

Presented in the Church Hall, Chadley Lane, 7pm for 7.30pm

Come to our delightful film night on October 19 and enjoy a wonderful evening of romance, Abba’s great music, friendship and delicious food. It’s a star studded film with Meryl Streep, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and comedienne Christine Baranski from the American hit series The Good Wife and The Good Fight. And then there’s Cher as the magnificent grandmother.

The music will carry you along and lift your heart with Abba’s sunny and joyful world famous hits. The romantic comedy of course takes place in Greece. In the interval there is a light Greek flavoured supper of delicious Moussaka, baklava and Turkish delight, included in the bargain ticket price of £10. There will also be a bar and a raffle. From the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester.

Newsletter Compiler

Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for October. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: 01480 380950 or thefool1981@hotmail.com

Newsletter 29th September 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Funeral of Kenneth Anslow

The Funeral of Kenneth Anslow, late of Eynesbury and originally from Godmanchester, will take place at 2pm on Monday 30th September. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday November 16th at 4.00 pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love.

Anja and David

Vestry prayer

All those who have a ministering role in the 9.30 Eucharist – lesson readers, intercessors, chalice assistants, pianists and those who pray at the healing service – are invited, indeed warmly encouraged, to join the altar party in the vestry for prayer just before the service starts. Please come boldly into the vestry at about 9.25, and please take it as read that this is a permanent invitation for all concerned, even when this notice no longer appears in the newsletter.

Quiz Night – 5th October

The Roman Gate Surgery Patients Forum are organising a quiz on 5th October to raise funds to help the surgery to buy new furniture for the enlarged waiting room on completion of the current building works. It will be in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £3 per head and tables of up to 6 people. Any queries call Sandy Ferrelly

01480 394986

Churchyard Ivy Clearance

A big thank you to the 2nd Godmanchester Brownies, organised by Ruth Ekblom, to clear ivy off gravestones in the churchyard on Wednesday afternoon. We had 15 Brownies and six adults who concentrated mainly on the area to the north of the church, removing a lot of material. Their work has made a big difference, and the churchyard is looking even smarter than it was.

Robert Francis

Save the Date!

‘SERVING WINSTON’

A Lecture by Dr Annie Gray (From BBC R4’s ‘The Kitchen Cabinet’)

The Life and Times of Georgina Landemare, Churchill’s Wartime cook

Event in aid of the church transformation fund.

Saturday 9th November 2019, 7.30pm at St.Mary’s, Godmanchester.

TICKET: £15 to include food

WINE: £3 a glass from licensed bar; soft drinks 50p;

RAFFLE: £1 a ticket SEATS: Reserved

Choral Music by Candlelight

The Hunts Phil will be singing the Fauré Requiem and Dupré De Profundis on Saturday 2 November in our church at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets at £15 (Students £5) are available at www.huntsphil.org.uk or on the door. As this concert is likely to be very popular I have obtained a few tickets in rows F, G and H for sale to members of our congregation for cash or cheque payable to Huntingdonshire Philharmonic.

Colin Thirlwall 457018

Film Night. Mama Mia, Here We Go Again. The Abba musical.

Presented in the Church Hall, Chadley Lane, 7pm for 7.30pm

Come to our delightful film night on October 19 and enjoy a wonderful evening of romance, Abba’s great music, friendship and delicious food. It’s a star studded film with Meryl Streep, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and comedienne Christine Baranski from the American hit series The Good Wife and The Good Fight. And then there’s Cher as the magnificent grandmother.

The music will carry you along and lift your heart withAbba’s sunny and joyful world famous hits. The romantic comedy of course takes place in Greece. In the intervalthere is a light Greek flavoured supper of delicious Moussaka, baklava and Turkish delight, included in thebargain ticket price of £10. There will also be a bar and a raffle.

From the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester.

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for afun evening of barn dancing at the Harvest Hoedown. It is being held on Saturday 12th October at St Anne’s School, starting at 7pm. Ock ‘n dough will be entertaining us and leading all the dancing, and a delicious ploughman’s is included in your ticket price. Prices are £15 per adult, £5 per child and a family ticket is £35. All proceeds will be split between St Anne’s School and Uganda Orphanage.For tickets please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941119630 or Dilys Ward on 07515854025 or Kate Barkshire on 07982245298

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

There will be a parish Quiet Day at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, on Wednesday October 9, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. This will be a time of reflection, prayer, discussion, and as the name implies, quiet, and is of course open to all. The cost will be £21 per person, to include lunch and other refreshments. Please indicate on the sheet by the south door if you would like to come – a name is sufficient at the moment.

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Newsletter 29th September 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersonsand please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday November 16th at 4.00 pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love.

Anja and David

Vestry prayer

All those who have a ministering role in the 9.30 Eucharist – lesson readers, intercessors, chalice assistants, pianists and those who pray at the healing service – are invited, indeed warmly encouraged, to join the altar party in the vestry for prayer just before the service starts. Please come boldly into the vestry at about 9.25, and please take it as read that this is a permanent invitation for all concerned, even when this notice no longer appears in the newsletter.

SAVE THE DATE!

‘SERVING WINSTON’

A Lecture by Dr Annie Gray (From BBC R4’s ‘The Kitchen Cabinet’)

The Life and Times of Georgina Landemare, Churchill’s Wartime cook

Event in aid of the church transformation fund.

Saturday 9th November 2019, 7.30pm at St.Mary’s, Godmanchester.

TICKET: £15 to include food

WINE: £3 a glass from licensed bar; soft drinks 50p;

RAFFLE: £1 a ticket

SEATS: Reserved

Film Night. Mama Mia, Here We Go Again. The Abba musical.

Presented in the Church Hall, Chadley Lane, 7pm for 7.30pm

Come to our delightful film night on October 19 and enjoy a wonderful evening of romance, Abba’s great music, friendship and delicious food. It’s a star studded film with Meryl Streep, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and comedienne Christine Baranski from the American hit series The Good Wife and The Good Fight. And then there’s Cher as the magnificent grandmother.

The music will carry you along and lift your heart withAbba’s sunny and joyful world famous hits. The romantic comedy of course takes place in Greece. In the interval there is a light Greek flavoured supper of delicious Moussaka, baklava and Turkish delight, included in the bargain ticket price of £10. There will also be a bar and a raffle.

From the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester.

Brownie Churchyard Clear Up

2nd Godmanchester Brownies are doing community service on 25th September, and helping to clear up the churchyard, especially to take ivy off gravestones. If any member of the congregation is able to help, we will be there from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. Many thanks, Ruth Ekblom. Tel: 374809

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for afun evening of barn dancing at the Harvest Hoedown. It is being held on Saturday 12th October at St Anne’s School, starting at 7pm. Ock ‘n dough will be entertaining us and leading all the dancing, and a delicious ploughman’s is included in your ticket price.

Prices are £15 per adult, £5 per child and a family ticket is £35. All proceeds will be split between St Anne’s School and Uganda Orphanage.

For tickets please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941119630 or Dilys Ward on 07515854025 or Kate Barkshire on 07982245298

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

There will be a parish Quiet Day at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, on Wednesday October 9, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. This will be a time of reflection, prayer, discussion, and as the name implies, quiet, and is of course open to all. The cost will be £21 per person, to include lunch and other refreshments. Please indicate on the sheet by the south door if you would like to come – a name is sufficient at the moment.

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Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for September & October. Contributions by 8pm onThursday please to: 01480 380950 orthefool1981

Newsletter 15th September 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersonsand please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday November 16th at 4.00 pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love.

Anja and David

Vestry prayer

Al those who have a ministering role in the 9.30 Eucharist – lesson readers, intercessors, chalice assistants, pianists and those who pray at the healing service – are invited, indeed warmly encouraged, to join the altar party in the vestry for prayer just before the service starts. Please come boldly into the vestry at about 9.25, and please take it as read that this is a permanent invitation for all concerned, even when this notice no longer appears in the newsletter.

Brownie Churchyard Clear Up

2nd Godmanchester Brownies are doing community service on 25th September, and helping to clear up the churchyard, especially to take ivy off gravestones. If any member of the congregation is able to help, we will be there from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. Many thanks, Ruth Ekblom. Tel: 374809

Thank you!

A huge thank you from the Seafarers Centre at Felixstowe who were overwhelmed by all the jigsaws(approx. 90) and the bag of wonderful hats and gloves which we delivered last week. The hats and gloves and all new jigsaws will be put aside for the Christmas gifts given to the Seafarers. More in the article in the October parish magazine.

Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Vicarage home group

The Vicarage home group meets on Wednesday 18th at 10.45. We study the bible, pray, chat and have coffee. All are welcome, and there’s no need to let me know you’re coming or to commit to coming each time. Just turn up and give it a try!

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for afun evening of barn dancing at the Harvest Hoedown. It is being held on Saturday 12th October at St Anne’s School, starting at 7pm. Ock ‘n dough will be entertaining us and leading all the dancing, and a delicious ploughman’s is included in your ticket price.

Prices are £15 per adult, £5 per child and a family ticket is £35. All proceeds will be split between St Anne’s School and Uganda Orphanage.

For tickets please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941119630 or Dilys Ward on 07515854025 or Kate Barkshire on 07982245298

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

There will be a parish Quiet Day at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, on Wednesday October 9, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. This will be a time of reflection, prayer, discussion, and as the name implies, quiet, and is of course open to all. The cost will be £21 per person, to include lunch and other refreshments. Please indicate on the sheet by the south door if you would like to come – a name is sufficient at the moment.

Welcome service for the Bishop of HuntingdonTODAY

The new Bishop of Huntingdon, Rt Revd Dagmar Winter, will be welcomed to the Diocese of Ely in a special service of Festal Evensong here at St Mary’s TODAY at 3.00 pm. This is a service for the whole of the diocese, not just for Godmanchester, and seating will be limited. Other parishes are being asked to send just one representative each, but since this is in our own church all should feel welcome to attend, on the understanding that there may be standing room only. There will be no 6.30 pm Evensong that day. David Busk

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Newsletter 8th September 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Fen River Way walk with Bishop Dagmar

Bishop Dagmar is walking the Fen River Way from 12 to 14 September, and invites anyone from the Diocese to join her for any part of the walk, and in the churches she will visit. Please see flyer on table by main church door for more details. Please do share this with your friends. She does not know the area and terrain so timings are very approximate, please allow for this. If walking, please be prepared for a reasonably brisk pace (around 20 miles will need to be covered in the first two days) and as you require, bring your own snacks/refreshments, mindful of the need for water, especially if it’s hot. Bishop Dagmar says: “I very much look forward to meeting you along the Fen Rivers Way, in Godmanchester and over the next few months as I settle into the Diocese.”

Godmanchester in Bloom Neighbourhood Achievement Award.

Congratulations to all those who help with the maintenance and upkeep of the Churchyard. This award is a token of all the hard work that both the Church and the Town Council do to keep it looking so good all year round. The Town is grateful. The Award is being made next Tuesday 10 September at 5pm in the Church yard. Everyone welcome.

John Thackray, GMCIBloom

Wives’ Group

Wives Group will meet at "The Croftfield Arms” (10 Croftfield Road) on Tuesday September 10th at 7.30pm to engage in a pub quiz. Bring and Buy theme is Food and Drink. Queries to Olwyn on 01480 458700.

Thank you!

A huge thank you from the Seafarers Centre at Felixstowe who were overwhelmed by all the jigsaws (approx. 90) and the bag of wonderful hats and gloves which we delivered last week. The hats and gloves and all new jigsaws will be put aside for the Christmas gifts given to the Seafarers. More in the article in the October parish magazine.

Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for a fun evening of barn dancing at the Harvest Hoedown. It is being held on Saturday 12th October at St Anne’s School, starting at 7pm. Ock ‘n dough will be entertaining us and leading all the dancing, and a delicious ploughman’s is included in your ticket price.

Prices are £15 per adult, £5 per child and a family ticket is £35. All proceeds will be split between St Anne’s School and Uganda Orphanage.

For tickets please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941119630 or Dilys Ward on 07515854025 or Kate Barkshire on 07982245298

Ride and Stride Day 2019

The annual Ride and Stride day for the Diocese of Ely is on 14 September. Over the years we have managed to put together a team to welcome riders and striders to St Mary’s. I hope that we can repeat this in 2019. However, this year it will be significantly more complicated because it will be on the same day as the Town Show. In the morning the Church will be full of people preparing for the show and in the afternoon, it will be the show itself. I fear that the people laying out exhibits will not want to receive visitors and that those who historically have helped to look after the riders and striders are the same people who will be running the show! So, I suspect that I am looking for someone new to manage the rota and for a team that will welcome our visitors from all over the County with a fruit squash and a biscuit (? In the Church Hall). We need to cover from about 9.45am to 2.30pm. Please report to me as quickly as possible so I can get everyone talking to each other about how best to cover the day. For the last 3 years a single rider from congregation has ridden on his own. Those riders have raised very significant sums of money. I am sure they would be delighted to have company from others who had also got sponsors. Half of all sponsorship money goes to our parish church. If anyone would like to ride and can get some sponsorship at short notice, call me on 433467 in the evening or e-mail me on a.leighsmith@btinternet.com. I am confident that a committed 09.30 start and without the usual stops would enable us to be round by 2pm, so time for a shower and change and still be at the show (albeit without a wish to sit down for tea). All the paperwork you need can be downloaded from the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust Web Site and reading the notes and clicking on the documents. If you don’t have internet access, tell me and I will print off a bundle for you. Let’s see if we can get out a few more riders or even a team to compete with our previous years’ efforts! Nicholas Leigh-Smith 433467

Friends of St Mary’s AGM

All Members of the Friends of St Mary’s Church are cordially invited to the Friends of St Mary’s Church AGM TODAY at 2.30pm at the church hall.

Afterwards at about 3pm there will be a cream tea with delicious home-made cakes, scones with strawberry jam and cream and excellent sandwiches which will follow the business of the day. All are invited. Kate Hadley

Godmanchester Town Show

Saturday 14 September is the date for this year’s Godmanchester Town Show. Since the Town Show has become an annual feature of the town’s calendar the wonderful ladies of St Mary’s congregation have provided cakes for the refreshment stall at the show. Thank you so much for doing this and I would ask you if would be good enough to repeat your baking effort for this year’s show please? Cakes can be brought to the church on the morning of the show or delivered to Deb Watts (07804095921) 39, West Street beforehand. Bobby Jones (Town Show Committee)

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

There will be a parish Quiet Day at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, on Wednesday October 9, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. This will be a time of reflection, prayer, discussion, and as the name implies, quiet, and is of course open to all. The cost will be £21 per person, to include lunch and other refreshments. Please indicate on the sheet by the south door if you would like to come – a name is sufficient at the moment.

Welcome service for the Bishop of Huntingdon

The new Bishop of Huntingdon, Rt Revd Dagmar Winter, will be welcomed to the Diocese of Ely in a special service of Festal Evensong here at St Mary’s on Sunday September 15th at 3.00 pm. This is a service for the whole of the diocese, not just for Godmanchester, and seating will be limited. Other parishes are being asked to send just one representative each, but since this is in our own church all should feel welcome to attend, on the understanding that there may be standing room only. There will be no 6.30 pm Evensong that day. David Busk

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Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for September & October. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: 01480 380950 or thefool1981@hotmail.com