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 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 or 01480 454154/493901/411242

Adrian Sington

Newsletter Compiler

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