Newsletter March 10th 2019

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 at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar and please join us for refreshments after the 09.30am Eucharist service today.

Wives’ Group

Our meeting on 12 March at 7.30pm in the church hall, will be a presentation by magmas. As we are sure this can be of interest to all, we invite all ladies – and gentlemen to come. We ask £2 admission which goes toward our chosen charity for 2019. Bring and buy theme is Easter. If you have any queries, please ring me on 01480 458700 or email me at Hope to welcome you on Tuesday.

Olwyn Hurd (chairman)


On Saturday 16 March, we will be welcoming a visiting team of bellringers from the Post and Telecom Ringers Guild. You should be able to hear them ringing between 2.00pm and 2.45pm

Charles Looker

Lent Groups

This year as usual there will be groups meeting during Lent to explore together how we can grow in faith and live in it more fully. We will be using Your Call, a set of resources for Lent groups created by the Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin at Ely Cathedral. All are welcome to these groups, those new to faith or even not sure about faith at all, as well as those who have practised the Christian faith for many years.

One group will meet in the Vicarage at 10.45 am on Wednesdays during Lent: March 13, 20, 27, April 10. (Please note: there will be no meeting on April 3 – this is a change from the details published in the magazine.) There will be another group meeting at 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2A Earning Street, using the same material – March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.

Thank you to everyone who donated their postage stamps for the Hunts Society for the Blind.

Further donations welcome throughout the year unless you are collecting for another charity.

Val Dyson, Peter & Liz Irving

Frugal lunch

There will be a frugal lunch in the church hall on Sunday March 17 at 12.00 noon. This is to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal, which in conjunction with Christian Aid aims to give business opportunities through sustainable energy projects for women in rural Malawi, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Honduras. No charge, but donations are invited, and there will be a raffle for which prizes will be gratefully received.

Churchyard Grass Cutting

Spring is approaching, and we are starting to cut the churchyard grass again. We are several people short of our full complement, so several of us are looking after more than one plot.

The churchyard is divided into 14 plots, so ideally we need 14 volunteers.

Right now we have nine or ten, including three ladies. Each person has a plot which they cut as required, usually every one to two weeks depending on the weather.

There are no fixed times – come when it suits you. Plots take about an hour to cut. Mowers and fuel are of course provided. Please contact me if you would like to know more, or if you think you can join us. We would certainly welcome some more volunteers.

Robert Francis, 393 392

Electoral Roll

A reminder that a completely new Church Electoral Roll has to be drawn up this year and forms are on the table by the South Door. If you wish to be included on the Roll, which means you are qualified to attend the APCM in April and vote in elections to the PCC and Deanery Synod, please complete a form (one per person) and drop it in the box alongside. Even if you have been on the Roll for many years, you will still need to complete a new form this year and they should be returned by the end of March. Any queries, please contact me on 01480 455421

Kate Robinson

Green for Godmanchester

Community Meeting

Monday 18 March 2019 7.00 for 7.30

In the Church

We would like to welcome you to the first meeting celebrating the wonderful work & progress being made by the community to develop & support a greener Town. Short talks about Planters, Flower Arranging, Trees, Orchards, Town Show, Open Gardens, Schools, Causeway Dredging, new Country Park and so much more.

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for March Contributions by 8pm on Thursday please to: 01480 457722 or