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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Newsletter 1st 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.

Derek Sheen

Derek, a dearly loved member of our congregation died on Tuesday, 13 August. His funeral will be in church on September 6 at 2.00pm.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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

Bacon Butties – 8 September

The charity committee are doing bacon butties again on Sunday 8th September, the money going to Huntingdon Area Money Advice (HAMA). It is followed by the Friends AGM and afternoon tea the same day so nobody will need to do any cooking for themselves on that day!! Kate Barkshire

Men’s Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 7th September. As usual it will be at The Barley Mow, Hartford beginning with tea or coffee at 8:00 am and planned to finish by 9:30 am. The speaker on this occasion is Jon Randall and his subject is "From Management Consultant to Minister". The cost is £8 (including staff tip and breakfast for the speaker). All men will be very welcome. For planning purposes, if you are coming please let Andrew Fawcett know by tomorrow Monday 2nd September.

It’s nearly time to Party in the Pews!

With HUM Swing Band

Doors open 7pm, Saturday 7 September at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester. £25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm. Pay bar & Raffle. Dancing until 12:30am.

1940s dress optional, sit and listen or dance the night away… BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the community in the 21st century. To reserve your ticket, please call 01480 437090, or email partyinthepews

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 on Sunday September 8, 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

Newsletter 25th August 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.

Derek Sheen

Derek, a dearly loved member of our congregation died on Tuesday, 13 August. His funeral will be in church on September 6 at 2.00pm.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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 toeach 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. 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

Bacon Butties – 8 September

money going to Huntingdon Area Money Advice (HAMA).

Mayor’s Great Garage Sale

This year’s Garage Sale in aid of the Mayor’s charities will take place on Saturday 31 August between 11am and 4pm. Registration forms are available from the Town Office, the Town Council website and the Godmanchester Living Facebook page. Once you’ve registered, the location of your property will be shown on a map of the town so people are able to find you even if your house is tucked away. A great opportunity to clear out your unwanted stuff, which may be just what someone else is looking for! Sue GarlandWorthington

It’s nearly time to Party in the Pews!

With HUM Swing Band

Doors open 7pm, Saturday 7 September at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester. £25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm. Pay bar & Raffle. Dancing until 12:30am.

1940s dress optional, sit and listen or dance the night away… BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the community in the 21st century. To reserve your ticket, please call 01480 437090, or email partyinthepews

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 on Sunday September 8, 2.30pm at the church hall.

Afterwards at about 3pm there will be a cream tea with delicious home-made cakes, scones with strawberryjam 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.

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

Newsletter 17th August 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.

Derek Sheen

Derek, a dearly loved member of our congregation died on Tuesday, 13 August. His funeral will be in church on September 6 at 2.00pm.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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

Mayor’s Great Garage Sale

This year’s Garage Sale in aid of the Mayor’s charities will take place on Saturday 31 August between 11am and 4pm. Registration forms are available from the Town Office, the Town Council website and the Godmanchester Living Facebook page. Once you’ve registered, the location of your property will be shown on a map of the town so people are able to find you even if your house is tucked away. A great opportunity to clear out your unwanted stuff, which may be just what someone else is looking for! Sue Garland Worthington

It’s nearly time to Party in the Pews!

With HUM Swing Band

Doors open 7pm, Saturday 7 September at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester. £25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm. Pay bar & Raffle. Dancing until 12:30am.

1940s dress optional, sit and listen or dance the night away… BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the community in the 21st century. To reserve your ticket, please call 01480 437090, or email partyinthepews

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 on Sunday September 8, 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.

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Newsletter 11th August 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

Bacon Butties – TODAY

There will be bacon / sausage butties along with coffee after church. The plan is that it will become a regular bi monthly event in aid of charity.

Kate Berkshire

Mayor’s Great Garage Sale Saturday 31 August

This year’s Garage Sale in aid of the Mayor’s charities will take place on Saturday 31st August between 11am and 4pm. Registration forms are available from the Town Office, the Town Council website and the Godmanchester Living Facebook page. Once you’ve registered, the location of your property will be shown on a map of the town so people are able to find you even if your house is tucked away. A great opportunity to clear out your unwanted stuff, which may be just what someone else is looking for!

Sue Garland Worthington

It’s nearly time to

PARTY IN THE PEWS!

With HUM Swing Band

Doors open at 7pm, Saturday 7 September

at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

£25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm

Pay bar. Raffle.

Dancing until 12:30am

1940s dress optional, sit and listen or dance the night away…

BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the community in the 21st centuryTo reserve your ticket, please call

01480 437090, or email partyinthepews

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 on Sunday September 8, 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 September 14 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.

Little Gidding is one of England’s ‘holy places’ well known because of the 17th century community led by Nicholas Ferrar.

Today the church remains a place of pilgrimage. On the second Friday of each month the Eucharist is celebrated at 12 noon and lunch is available afterwards at Ferrar House. Those wishing to stay for lunch should notify the warden (01832-293383)

Further information is avail from Robert Caroe or Jonathan Young.

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Newsletter 4th August 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Alice-Rose Adam Hurst into the family of Christ. Please support her, her parents and friends with your prayers and all present with them in church this morning.

Holiday arrangements

While David Busk is away (until 12 August) all pastoral needs should be referred to Jonathan Young, either at home (453350) or after any service, including Morning and Evening Prayer every weekday at 9.00 am and 6.00 pm

Jonathan Young

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.

Bacon Butties

There will be bacon / sausage butties along with coffee after church on Sunday 8 September. The plan is that it will become a regular bi monthly event in aid of charity.

Kate Barkshire

It’s nearly time to

PARTY IN THE PEWS!

With HUM Swing Band

Doors open at 7pm, Saturday 7 September

at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

£25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm

Pay bar. Raffle.

Dancing until 12:30am

1940s dress optional, sit and listen or dance the night away…

BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the community in the 21st century

To reserve your ticket, please call

01480 437090, or email partyinthepews

Organ recital

If you are going to the far south of France on holiday, why not go to the recital by John Dillistone at Notre-Dame de Quillan? The organ, by Puget, dates from 1793. John’s recital is at 9.00 pm on Thursday 8 August and includes works by Balbastre, Bruhns, Wesley, Smart and Bach. The proceeds of the recital will go to the music foundation at Notre-Dame de Paris. Quillan is about 50 Km south of Carcassone.

Jonathan Young

Godmanchester Town Show

Saturday September 14 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.

David

Little Gidding is one of England’s ‘holy places’ well known because of the 17th century community led by Nicholas Ferrar. TS Eliot visited Little Gidding and was inspired to write the poem of that name as one of his Four Quartets.

Today the church remains a place of pilgrimage. On the second Friday of each month the Eucharist is celebrated at 12 noon and lunch is available afterwards at Ferrar House. Those wishing to stay for lunch should notify the warden (01832-293383)

Further information is avail from Robert Caroe or Jonathan Young.

District Council By-Election

In the HDC by-election on Thursday Sarah Wilson was elected to represent the Godmanchester ward. Sarah is a town councillor and has served as town mayoress and deputy mayor. She now succeeds David Underwood on the District Council.

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Newsletter 28th July 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.

GMiB Flower Awards

This year our informal competition for the best front garden, window box container, hanging baskets aretaking place during this week.

JCT

It’s nearly time to

PARTY IN THE PEWS!

With HUM Swing Band

Doors open at 7pm, Saturday 7 September

at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

£25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm

Pay bar. Raffle.

Dancing until 12:30am

1940s dress optional, sit and listen or dance the night away…

BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the community in the 21st century

To reserve your ticket, please call

01480 437090, or email partyinthepews

Bacon Butties

There will be bacon / sausage butties along with coffee after church on Sunday 8 September. The plan is that it will become a regular bi monthly event in aid of charity.

Kate Berkshire

Organ recital

If you are going to the far south of France on holiday, why not go to the recital by John Dillistone at Notre-Dame de Quillan? The organ, by Puget, dates from 1793. John’s recital is at 9.00 pm on Thursday 8 August and includes works by Balbastre, Bruhns, Wesley, Smart and Bach. The proceeds of the recital will go to the music foundation at Notre-Dame de Paris. Quillan is about 50 Km south of Carcassone.

Jonathan Young

Holiday arrangements

While David Busk is away (until 12 August) all pastoral needs should be referred to Jonathan Young, either at home (453350) or after any service, including Morning and Evening Prayer every weekday at 9.00 am and 6.00 pm

Jonathan Young

Godmanchester Town Show

Saturday September 14 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.

David

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Newsletter 21st July 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.

Bacon Butties

There will be bacon / sausage butties along with coffee after church today and Sunday 8 September. The plan is that it will become a regular bi monthly event in aid of charity.

Kate Berkshire

Parish Praise next Sunday

Parish Praise will take place next Sunday (28th) at 1.30 am in St Anne’s School. Please come. There will of course be no 9.30 am Eucharist that day.

Mashambanzou BBQ – £550 Raised

We raised total of £550 at our recent BBQ. The weather was fine, and nearly 40 adults and children attended. Thanks to all those who came, contributed raffle prizes, salads and desserts, or made donations. Thanks also to those who helped set up, and clear up at the end

Robert Francis

GMiB Flower Awards

This year our informal competition for the best front garden, window box container, hanging baskets will take place during week commencing 29 July

JCT

Dates for your Diary

Party in the Pews With HUM Swing Band

Doors open at 7 pm, Saturday 7 September at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

£25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm

Pay bar, Raffle, Dancing until 12.30am

1940s dress optional, sit & listen or dance the night away…………

BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the Community in the 21st century

To reserve your ticket,

Please call 01480 437090

or email partyinthepews