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 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.