Newsletter

NEWSLETTER – 11/11/18

Welcome to St Mary’s

Newcomers & Visitors

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.

If you are at the 09:30 Sung Eucharist on Sunday morning, do join us for coffee after the service and/or make yourself known to the sidespersons.

Funeral of Brenda Linford

The funeral of Brenda Linford will take place on Wednesday 14th November at 10am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Flag

The Union Flag will be flown on Wednesday 14 November to mark the 70th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales

Charles Looker

Safari Supper
The Charities Committee would like to invite you to a Safari Supper on Saturday 10th November. The evening will start at 7pm at 14 Corpus Christi Lane, Godmanchester . We will proceed along the causeway to the Vicarage and end our walk at 20 Post Street.
The evening will be lots of fun and will include a reception glass of fizz, 2 course meal followed by cheese and biscuits and a glass of port. All courses will be held at different venues! Tickets cost £15.00 per adult and £5.00 a child. All proceeds will be donated to Cornerstone Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Tickets will be on sale after Church or please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941 119630, Dilys Ward 07515 854025, Sarah Smith 07532 317906, Kate Barkshire 07982 245298.
If you would like to come, but would rather not walk between venues a chauffeur service will be provided!
We really hope you can join us.

Magazine Advertisements 2019

If you know of anyone who would be interested in advertising their business in “Godmanchester Parish News” throughout 2019, please put them in touch with me –I’m compiling the new set of advertisements now. We charge £53 for a quarter page, £85 for a half page and £140 for a full page, and community rates are also available to non-profit and charity organisations

Thank you, Victoria Richardson, tel 01480 431430, or email dirandvmr.

Tribute to Ken Diffey

On Sunday November 18th, at 11.15 in the Church Hall, there will be a celebration and tribute to Ken Diffey to thank him for his many years as organist and choirmaster. Please come and join in giving our thanks to Ken for his exceptional service. Please note: Ken and Ruth are not going anywhere, and Ken is thankfully still active in helping out with organ playing and in the choir. This is in gratitude for his leadership in those two roles. It is that leadership which he has now relinquished; it is not in any sense a farewell or even a retirement party!

Church Bazaar
Just a reminder that the Church Bazaar will take place on Saturday 24th November at 2.00 pm. We need donations of cakes for the cake stall, bottles for the bottle stall, gifts, books and raffle prizes. This year, as in previous years, we are asking groups to provide hampers. Last year the grand draw stall looked very attractive thanks to your generosity. We also need helpers for the door as we use the north entrance also, and someone to run the bookstall, the gift stall and help with games. If you can help in any way please could you let me know.
Jean Morgan 417502 or morgan_01339@msn.com

Wives’ Group

We are delighted to welcome Pat Saunders to our meeting on Tuesday 13th November at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Pat will take us through a Godley Play. This is sure to be a memorable evening so ladies do come and join us. The Bring and Buy theme is – Christmas!. We will talk about our Christmas meal and arrangements for the teas at the Bazaar on November 24th.

Can I please ask for cakes for said stall -many thanks in anticipation. ANY QUERIES PLEASE RING ME ON 01480 458700. Olwyn Hurd

“Christmas Child” Reminder

Once again I am co-ordinating this year’s shoebox collection from our church. I have leaflets which give more details about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack your shoebox and will bring these to church for the 9.30 am service each Sunday during October (except Sunday 14 October). The date to return boxes to church is SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER. I also have a few empty shoeboxes to cover with Christmas wrapping paper and 20 flat pack boxes which need fairly simple self assembly but are ready decorated. If you would like either of these or have any other queries please speak to me after the service or contact me as follows:

Catheryn Turrell

01480459285, 07541972897, or email Catheryn.Turrell62@outlook.com

Sidespersons

I shall soon be compiling the duty rota for the Christmas period and would ask for offers to assist at the following services:-

Sunday 9th December

3.00pm – Christingle

Sunday 23rd December

as per the issued rota.

Monday 24th December

4.00 pm – Family Carols/Crib Service

6.00 pm – Nine lessons & Carols

11.30 pm – Midnight Eucharist

Tuesday 25th December

8.00 am Holy Communion

9.30 am Sung Eucharist

Please contact me, Peter Hartwell, direct on 01480 453336 or E-mail peter.hartwell@btinternet.com Thank you.

Indonesia Appeal

Our recent retiring collections in aid of the victims of the Indonesian earthquake raised a total of £155, which has been sent to DEC. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Robert Francis

Newsletter Compiler

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

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NEWSLETTER –04/11/18

Welcome to St Mary’s

Newcomers & Visitors

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.

If you are at the 09:30 Sung Eucharist on Sunday morning, do join us for coffee after the service and/or make yourself known to the sidespersons.

Funerals of Pat Leach and Ray Smith.

The funeral of Pat Leach will take place on 9th November at 11am. The funeral of Ray Smith is on the same day at 2pm. May they both rest in peace and rise in the glory.

Safari Supper
The Charities Committee would like to invite you to a Safari Supper on Saturday 10th November. The evening will start at 7pm at 14 Corpus Christi Lane, Godmanchester . We will proceed along the causeway to the Vicarage and end our walk at 20 Post Street.
The evening will be lots of fun and will include a reception glass of fizz, 2 course meal followed by cheese and biscuits and a glass of port. All courses will be held at different venues! Tickets cost £15.00 per adult and £5.00 a child. All proceeds will be donated to Cornerstone Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Tickets will be on sale after Church or please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941 119630, Dilys Ward 07515 854025, Sarah Smith 07532 317906, Kate Barkshire 07982 245298.
If you would like to come, but would rather not walk between venues a chauffeur service will be provided!
We really hope you can join us.

Charities Committee Breakfast – TODAY!!!!

The Charities Committee will be serving bacon and sausage baps after the 9.30am service today. Suggested donation of £3 per bap. All proceeds will be donated to the Service Charities.

Gift Day

Many thanks to everyone who gave so generously to the work of the Church on Gift Day. The total donated was £2,820 and with the addition of Gift Aid gives us £,3,470.

Colin Thirlwall

Thanks

Godmanchester Foodbank

Volunteers at the Foodbank were delighted with the very generous amount of food donated at Harvest by St.Mary’s church and send everyone a great big thank you!

Looking for part-time work?

There is a vacancy with the Cornerstone Pregnancy Advice Centre in Huntingdon for an Administrative Assistant to help the Centre Manager promote Cornerstone’s work in the local community and to assist with fundraising activities. Here at St Mary’s we are already familiar with the ‘Baby Bottle Campaign’ in which supporters are encouraged to fill a bottle with loose change. For the right person, other duties will include updating the website and monitoring social media, keeping regular contact with the local press and assisting with the quarterly newsletter and acknowledging receipts from donors and wellwishers. Some experience of writing grant applications would be an advantage but not essential as training will be given. The post is for 21 hours a week, Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 5pm (excluding lunch).

Cornerstone is looking for someone with a happy disposition and a ‘can-do’ attitude to work. The Centre is a warm and welcoming environment and will appeal to someone who is discrete (confidentiality is vital) friendly and has a willingness to help people in need.

Interested? Please email a CV to info@pregnancy advice.org.uk or call Helen on 07933 151704

Magazine Advertisements 2019

If you know of anyone who would be interested in advertising their business in “Godmanchester Parish News” throughout 2019, please put them in touch with me –I’m compiling the new set of advertisements now. We charge £53 for a quarter page, £85 for a half page and £140 for a full page, and community rates are also available to non-profit and charity organisations

Thank you, Victoria Richardson, tel 01480 431430, or email dirandvmr.

Wives’ Group date

Please note an error was made in this month’s diary – the Wives’ Group is held on the second Tuesday of every month and so will be taking place on Tuesday 13th November and not on the 6th November as stated.

Indonesia Appeal

Our recent retiring collections in aid of the victims of the Indonesian earthquake raised a total of £155, which has been sent to DEC. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Robert Francis

“Christmas Child” Reminder

Once again I am co-ordinating this year’s shoebox collection from our church. I have leaflets which give more details about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack your shoebox and will bring these to church for the 9.30 am service each Sunday during October (except Sunday 14 October). The date to return boxes to church is SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER. I also have a few empty shoeboxes to cover with Christmas wrapping paper and 20 flat pack boxes which need fairly simple self assembly but are ready decorated. If you would like either of these or have any other queries please speak to me after the service or contact me as follows:

Catheryn Turrell

01480459285, 07541972897, or email Catheryn.Turrell62@outlook.com

Newsletter Compiler

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

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NEWSLETTER – 28/10/18

Funeral of Pat Doherty

The funeral of Pat Doherty will take place on Monday 29th October at 1.30pm (not 1pm as first stated). May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Thanks

Godmanchester Foodbank

Volunteers at the Foodbank were delighted with the very generous amount of food donated at Harvest by St.Mary’s church and send everyone a great big thank you!

Gift Day

Many thanks to everyone who gave so generously to the work of the Church on Gift Day. The total donated was £2,820 and with the addition of Gift Aid gives us £,3,470.

Colin Thirlwall

Mens’ Breakfast

The next Churches Together Mens’ Breakfast will be this coming Saturday 3rd November at the Barley Mow beginning 8:00am at the usual breakfast cost of £7.00. This time Sue Shorter, who has been involved with The Samaritan’s Purse project and who has travelled to various countries seeing the reception of gifts, will speak on "The Journey of the Shoe Boxes". All men welcome. If you are coming please let Andrew Fawcett know by Wed 31st October.

andrew.fawcett@talktalk.net

Looking for part-time work?

There is a vacancy with the Cornerstone Pregnancy Advice Centre in Huntingdon for an Administrative Assistant to help the Centre Manager promote Cornerstone’s work in the local community and to assist with fundraising activities. Here at St Mary’s we are already familiar with the ‘Baby Bottle Campaign’ in which supporters are encouraged to fill a bottle with loose change. For the right person, other duties will include updating the website and monitoring social media, keeping regular contact with the local press and assisting with the quarterly newsletter and acknowledging receipts from donors and wellwishers. Some experience of writing grant applications would be an advantage but not essential as training will be given. The post is for 21 hours a week, Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 5pm (excluding lunch).

Cornerstone is looking for someone with a happy disposition and a ‘can-do’ attitude to work. The Centre is a warm and welcoming environment and will appeal to someone who is discrete (confidentiality is vital) friendly and has a willingness to help people in need.

Interested? Please email a CV to info@pregnancy advice.org.uk or call Helen on 07933 151704

Diocesan Healing Day

Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm at Histon Baptist Church

This year’s Celebration of Healing and Wholeness is entitled ‘Healing the Nations’ and will explore issues of cultural and ethnic diversity. The speaker is Revd Gale Richards, the minister of the multi-cultural Zion Baptist Church in Cambridge. There will be opportunities for discussion and a choice of workshops, concluding with a Communion Service with Laying on of Hands and Anointing. Tickets are £20 per person (with a £5 discount for bookings prior to 5 October). To book a place please go to https://goo.gl/wUPQmB or contact Pat Saunders.

Safari Supper
The Charities Committee would like to invite you to a Safari Supper on Saturday 10th November. The evening will start at 7pm at 14 Corpus Christi Lane, Godmanchester . We will proceed along the causeway to the Vicarage and end our walk at 20 Post Street.
The evening will be lots of fun and will include a reception glass of fizz, 2 course meal followed by cheese and biscuits and a glass of port. All courses will be held at different venues! Tickets cost £15.00 per adult and £5.00 a child. All proceeds will be donated to Cornerstone Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Tickets will be on sale after Church or please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941 119630, Dilys Ward 07515 854025, Sarah Smith 07532 317906, Kate Barkshire 07982 245298.
If you would like to come, but would rather not walk between venues a chauffeur service will be provided!
We really hope you can join us.

Bellringing

Huntingdon and Godmanchester Bellringers have been helping each other out for some time with a number of ringers from both towns ringing in both towns every Sunday. At 5pm tonight (Sunday 28 October), they will be jointly attempting a quarter peal at All Saints Church, Huntingdon, to say goodbye to Huntingdon’s retiring Team Rector, Andrew Milton, and his wife, Sue.

All Souls – 4 November

This year we celebrate All Saints at the morning services on Sunday 4 November and the special All Souls Service will be on the same Sunday, in the evening instead of Evensong.

If you would like someone to be remembered during the All Souls service please could you add their names to the list on the table by the south door.

The names of people whose funerals have been conducted in the church during the last three years will automatically be added to the list.

Jean Morgan (417502) or morgan_01339@msn.com

“Christmas Child” Reminder

Once again I am co-ordinating this year’s shoebox collection from our church. I have leaflets which give more details about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack your shoebox and will bring these to church for the 9.30 am service each Sunday during October (except Sunday 14 October). The date to return boxes to church is SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER.

I also have a few empty shoeboxes to cover with Christmas wrapping paper and 20 flat pack boxes which need fairly simple self assembly but are ready decorated. If you would like either of these or have any other queries please speak to me after the service or contact me as follows:

Catheryn Turrell

01480459285, 07541972897, or email Catheryn.Turrell62@outlook.com

Charities Committee Breakfast

The Charities Committee will be serving bacon and sausage baps after the 9.30am service on Sunday 4th November. Suggested donation of £3 per bap. All proceeds will be donated to the Service Charities.

Newsletter Compiler

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

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NEWSLETTER – 21/10/18

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.

Under New Management.

With immediate effect, responsibility for the church hall is passing to Liz and Peter Irving.

Colin Thirlwall, who has been hall supremo since Nigel Pithey retired, has much else to do at present, and is probably relieved to hand over his duties to someone else, but he remains on the Hall Committee and is not far away to assist with the really difficult questions, but on a day-to-day basis Liz and Peter will be looking after things and acting as intermediaries between St Mary’s and Clarence House Nursery. In the middle of the night, when the alarm goes off, Liz will be on hand to deal with that, too. Please phone Liz and Peter for booking details (382144) and for any other matters concerning the hall.

More than simply food

Thank you again to everyone who supports the local Foodbank with items of groceries from your weekly shop. We have now been asked by the volunteers at Godmanchester Baptist Church for other bathroom essentials such as shampoo, toothpaste and tooth brushes. Many thanks.

Safari Supper
The Charities Committee would like to invite you to a Safari Supper on Saturday 10th November. The evening will start at 7pm at 14 Corpus Christi Lane, Godmanchester . We will proceed along the causeway to the Vicarage and end our walk at 20 Post Street.

The evening will be lots of fun and will include a reception glass of fizz, 2 course meal followed by cheese and biscuits and a glass of port. All courses will be held at different venues! Tickets cost £15.00 per adult and £5.00 a child. All proceeds will be donated to Cornerstone Pregnancy Advisory Service.

Tickets will be on sale after Church or please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941 119630, Dilys Ward 07515 854025, Sarah Smith 07532 317906, Kate Barkshire 07982 245298.

If you would like to come, but would rather not walk between venues a chauffeur service will be provided!

We really hope you can join us.

Diocesan Healing Day

Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm at Histon Baptist Church

This year’s Celebration of Healing and Wholeness is entitled ‘Healing the Nations’ and will explore issues of cultural and ethnic diversity. The speaker is Revd Gale Richards, the minister of the multi-cultural Zion Baptist Church in Cambridge. There will be opportunities for discussion and a choice of workshops, concluding with a Communion Service with Laying on of Hands and Anointing. Tickets are £20 per person (with a £5 discount for bookings prior to 5 October). To book a place please go to https://goo.gl/wUPQmB or contact Pat Saunders.

All Souls – 4 November

This year we celebrate All Saints at the morning services on Sunday 4 November and the special All Souls Service will be on the same Sunday, in the evening instead of Evensong.

If you would like someone to be remembered during the All Souls service please could you add their names to the list on the table by the south door.

The names of people whose funerals have been conducted in the church during the last three years will automatically be added to the list.

Jean Morgan (417502) or morgan_01339@msn.com

Peal Attempt

On the morning of Saturday 27th October, a team of ringers will attempt to ring a full peal. If they are successful (and they probably will be) this will take approximately three hours, a full peal consisting of more than 5,000 changes, each change being a particular sequence of all eight bells, and no two sequences being the same.

“Christmas Child” Reminder

Once again I am co-ordinating this year’s shoebox collection from our church. I have leaflets which give more details about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack your shoebox and will bring these to church for the 9.30 am service each Sunday during October (except Sunday 14 October). The date to return boxes to church is SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER.

I also have a few empty shoeboxes to cover with Christmas wrapping paper and 20 flat pack boxes which need fairly simple self assembly but are ready decorated. If you would like either of these or have any other queries please speak to me after the service or contact me as follows:

Catheryn Turrell

01480459285, 07541972897, or email Catheryn.Turrell62@outlook.com

Charities Committee Breakfast

The Charities Committee will be serving bacon and sausage baps after the 9.30am service on Sunday 4th November. Suggested donation of £3 per bap. All proceeds will be donated to the Service Charities.

Newsletter Compiler

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

Newsletter 10/10/18

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.

Under New Management.

With immediate effect, responsibility for the church hall is passing to Liz and Peter Irving.

Colin Thirlwall, who has been hall supremo since Nigel Pithey retired, has much else to do at present, and is probably relieved to hand over his duties to someone else, but he remains on the Hall Committee and is not far away to assist with the really difficult questions, but on a day-to-day basis Liz and Peter will be looking after things and acting as intermediaries between St Mary’s and Clarence House Nursery. In the middle of the night, when the alarm goes off, Liz will be on hand to deal with that, too. Please phone Liz and Peter for booking details (382144) and for any other matters concerning the hall.

More than simply food

Thank you again to everyone who supports the local Foodbank with items of groceries from your weekly shop. We have now been asked by the volunteers at Godmanchester Baptist Church for other bathroom essentials such as shampoo, toothpaste and tooth brushes. Many thanks.

Safari Supper
The Charities Committee would like to invite you to a Safari Supper on Saturday 10th November. The evening will start at 7pm at 14 Corpus Christi Lane, Godmanchester .  We will proceed along the causeway to the Vicarage and end our walk at 20 Post Street.

The evening will be lots of fun and will include a reception glass of fizz, 2 course meal followed by cheese and biscuits and a glass of port. All courses will be held at different venues! Tickets cost £15.00 per adult and £5.00 a child. All proceeds will be donated to Cornerstone Pregnancy Advisory Service.

Tickets will be on sale after Church or please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941 119630, Dilys Ward 07515 854025, Sarah Smith 07532 317906, Kate Barkshire 07982 245298.

If you would like to come, but would rather not walk between venues a chauffeur service will be provided!

We really hope you can join us.

Paddington 2

Come to a showing of Paddington 2 at the Church Hall on Saturday October 20th at 7.30pm.  Voted Family Film of the Year, Paddington 2 is British Comedy at its best,  with a large helping of sweetness, starring Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, Oscar winner Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw as the delightful bear.  Tickets £7.’ Tickets from 01480 454154/ 493901/ 411242

Diocesan Healing Day

Saturday 3 November, 10am to 4pm at Histon Baptist Church

This year’s Celebration of Healing and Wholeness is entitled ‘Healing the Nations’ and will explore issues of cultural and ethnic diversity. The speaker is Revd Gale Richards, the minister of the multi-cultural Zion Baptist Church in Cambridge. There will be opportunities for discussion and a choice of workshops, concluding with a Communion Service with Laying on of Hands and Anointing.  Tickets are £20 per person (with a £5 discount for bookings prior to 5 October). To book a place please go to https://goo.gl/wUPQmB or contact Pat Saunders.

“Christmas Child” Reminder

Once again I am co-ordinating this year’s shoebox collection from our church.  I have leaflets which give more details about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack your shoebox and will bring these to church for the 9.30 am service each Sunday during October (except Sunday 14 October). The date to return boxes to church is SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER.

I also have a few empty shoeboxes to cover with Christmas wrapping paper and 20 flat pack boxes which need fairly simple self assembly but are ready decorated. If you would like either of these or have any other queries please speak to me after the service or contact me as follows:

Catheryn Turrell

01480459285, 07541972897, or email Catheryn.Turrell62@outlook.com

Charities Committee Breakfast

The Charities Committee will be serving bacon and sausage baps after the 9.30am service on Sunday 4th November. Suggested donation of £3 per bap. All proceeds will be donated to the Service Charities.
Mothers’ Breakfast Group

Ladies – you are warmly invited to join us (Gillian, Lucillia and Catheryn) for our next “Mothers Breakfast”

On Saturday 20 November at St. Mary’s Church Hall from 10.00 am – 12.00 am 

This is an opportunity to take some time out from children, family responsibilities and Saturday chores for an hour or more to relax and chat with friends or to make new ones.  All ladies are welcome.

We will provide a delicious free breakfast (fruit, cereal, scrambled eggs, toast, cake (including gluten free), orange juice and a selection of teas and coffee.

No need to book, we look forward to seeing you.

Catheryn, Lucillia and Gillian

Newsletter Compiler

Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for October and November.  Contributions by 8pm on Thursday please to: 380950 or thefool1981@hotmail.com