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.


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

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


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 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