Newsletter 16th June 2024

Jazz on the Island with Savoy Jazz Band – Saturday 20th July

The Friends of St. Mary’s Godmanchester present ‘Jazz on the Island’ with Savoy Jazz Band on Saturday 20th July at Island Hall. Entrance is from 6.30pm for 7pm through the Island Gate via Mill Yard car park. Bring your own picnic and chairs. There will also be a Pimm’s Bar and Raffle during the event.

Tickets at £15 adults and £7 children under 16 are available through 01480 454154 / 07770 638193 and adrian for this popular highlight of the summer season. The Friends of St. Mary’s Godmanchester

Transformation Project

Many thanks to those who have made a donation and the growing number of you who are joining the 2024 Funding Circle to support the Transformation Project. We have just heard the excellent news that the BENEFACT TRUST has allocated us £55,000 towards the next phases of the Transformation Project. This is a good positive early result from the applications made by Chell Perkins, our professional funding partners.

Raffle tickets

Raffle tickets have been handed out or attached to the magazines. Money from raffle and stubs to be handed to Peter Morgan, please, or put through the letter box at the vicarage. Thank you.

Summer Fete 22nd June

Our annual Summer Fete will be on Saturday 22nd of June starting at 2.00pm and finishing soon after 4.00pm. On the day, we will need a few young strong men to help set up the stalls at 10.00 in the morning and clear up at the end. If you think you can help, please let David Busk know. To make this event a joyful success we also need bottled or canned drinks big or small (which we will start collecting from the beginning of June), gifts, books or 2nd hand good stuff. Ruth Ekblom will be running the refreshments at the Church Hall. Whilst Ruth will be organizing hand help for the day, we will need your help, please, baking delicious cakes both: for the cake stall and to be served with the refreshments. For the Grand Draw prizes, as in previous years, we are hoping to have hampers. Those can be donated by groups of our Church, organizations, business or individuals. Please help us to keep our Church a more visible church within our community and do not forget that your presence on the day will be the cherry on the top of cake. Many thanks and God bless. Lucilia

Ordination of Kevin Parks

Kevin will be ordained Deacon in Ely Cathedral on Sunday June 30th at 10.30 am. All are welcome to attend – there are no reserved seats for members of ‘sending’ churches, but the organisers have said there will be room for all. Anyone wanting a lift to Ely, and anyone able to offer one, should come to the church at 9.00 am. Revd Clifford Owen will kindly take the 9.30 am service here that morning, enabling both Jonathan and David to be at the ordination. Kevin’s last Sunday with us will be on June 23rd, when he will preach and we hope to give him a good send off to serve as Curate in Girton and Madingley.

Children’s Bibles available

St Anne’s School have cleared out a number of children’s bibles in various versions that they no longer need. They are free to take from the book stall at the back of church by the font.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith@btinternet.com. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 16th June

0800 Holy Communion

0800 Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Sung Eucharist

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 17th June

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

1900 PCC Meeting Eucharist in Church

Tuesday 18th June

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 19th June

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

Thursday 20th June

0945 Holy Communion

1400 Funeral of Godfrey Brown All Saints Huntingdon

1900 Town Council Town Hall

Friday 21st June

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 22nd June

1400 Summer Fete Vicarage

Sunday 23rd June

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 Coffee, Cake & Church Village Hall, Hilton

1830 Sung Evensong

Newsletter 9th June 2024

Coffee & Croissants

Please come and join us for Coffee and Croissants after the service today. We are raising money for Thrive. Suggested donations £2.50 for a Coffee and Croissant.

With thanks The Charity Commitee.

Island Hall Teas

We raised a grand total of £1830.99 at the Island Hall teas which is going to the Fabric Fund. Many thanks to all who came to help in whatever way – by baking, serving, washing up, relieving people of their money, and indeed in eating the delicious cakes. Please come and support us at the Church Fete on 22nd June. All help will be most welcome. Ruth Ekblom

Enjoy the Town’s Gardens

Godmanchester in Bloom Open Gardens 2024 Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 1:30 – 5:30pm.18 gardens opening with 6 new ones. + Godmanchester Community Nursery Green Weekend. Teas at some. Admission £4 in advance from Thelma’s Flower shop and The Community Nursery. £5 from the Chinese Bridge stall on the day. Programmes allows entry to all gardens on both days. Children under 16 free + free Butterfly trail for a prize. Look forward to seeing you.

Stephanie Brown, Mary Stokes & John Thackray

Transformation Project

Many thanks to those who have made a donation and the growing number of you who are joining the 2024 Funding Circle to support the Transformation Project. We have just heard the excellent news that the BENEFACT TRUST has allocated us £55,000 towards the next phases of the Transformation Project. This is a good positive early result from the applications made by Chell Perkins, our professional funding partners.

Magazines and Raffle tickets

June Magazines are out of the press and at the back of the church. Raffle tickets are attached to the magazine if you are a subscriber orat the little table near the font. Please collect it. Money from raffles and stubs should be handed to Peter Morgan or put through the letter box at the vicarage. Thank you.

Summer Fete 22nd June

Our annual Summer Fete will be on Saturday 22nd of June starting at 2.00pm and finishing soon after 4.00pm. On the day, we will need a few young strong men to help set up the stalls at 10.00 in the morning and clear up at the end. If you think you can help, please let David Busk know. To make this event a joyful success we also need bottled or canned drinks big or small (which we will start collecting from the beginning of June), gifts, books or 2nd hand good stuff. Ruth Ekblom will be running the refreshments at the Church Hall. Whilst Ruth will be organizing hand help for the day, we will need your help, please, baking delicious cakes both: for the cake stall and to be served with the refreshments. For the Grand Draw prizes, as in previous years, we are hoping to have hampers. Those can be donated by groups of our Church, organizations, business or individuals. Please help us to keep our Church a more visible church within our community and do not forget that your presence on the day will be the cherry on the top of cake. Many thanks and God bless. Lucilia

Ordination of Kevin Parks

Kevin will be ordained Deacon in Ely Cathedral on Sunday June 30th at 10.30 am. All are welcome to attend – there are no reserved seats for members of ‘sending’ churches, but the organisers have said there will be room for all. Revd Clifford Owen will kindly take the 9.30 am service here that morning, enabling both Jonathan and David to be at the ordination. Kevin’s last Sunday with us will be on June 23rd, when he will preach and we hope to give him a good send off to serve as Curate in Girton and Madingley.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith@btinternet.com. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 9th June

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Parish Communion Music Sunday

1045 Coffee & Croissants Church Hall

1115 United Service St Mary Magdalen, Hilton

1130 Baptism of Gabrielle Thompson

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 10th June

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 11th June

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1800 Meeting re Friday @5.15 Vicarage

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 12th June

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

Thursday 13th June

0945 Holy Communion

Friday 14th June

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 15th June

Sunday 16th June

0800 Holy Communion

0800 Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Sung Eucharist

1830 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 2nd June 2024

Tower Opening

From 2pm until 4pm on Saturday, 8th June, the bellringers will be taking tours up the tower to see the bells and, at ground level, weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to see what ringing is like using the mobile bell simulator. All are welcome to come and learn about bells and bellringing.

Magazines and Raffle tickets

June Magazines are out of the press and at the back of the church. Raffle tickets are attached to the magazine if you are a subscriber orat the little table near the font. Please collect it. Money from raffles and stubs should be handed to Peter Morgan or put through the letter box at the vicarage. Thank you.

Enjoy the Town’s Gardens

Godmanchester in Bloom Open Gardens 2024 Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 1:30 – 5:30pm.18 gardens opening with 6 new ones. + Godmanchester Community Nursery Green Weekend.Teas at some. Admission £4 in advance from Thelma’s Flower shop and The Community Nursery. £5 from the Chinese Bridge stall on the day. Programmes allows entry to all gardens on both days. Children under 16 free+ free Butterfly trail for a prize. Look forward to seeing you.

Stephanie Brown, Mary Stokes & John Thackray

Music Sunday

June 9th is Music Sunday. We will be celebrating it with a special service at 9.30 am. The choir invites anyone who wishes to sing on this occasion to join them for rehearsals on Friday evenings from now until the day. And our new music group, under Jackie Kirby’s direction, will lead some of our worship too – any closet musicians out there are warmly welcome to contact Jackie and join the band. It should be a special time to thank God for the gift of music – note the day, and please come.

Friday @ 5.15 7th June

Our next event will be on the 7th June at St Anne’s School. In this session we will celebrating the Children International Day – belated as it is on the 1st of June. We will focus on Children living in countries affected by warfare and will colour flags of the countries around the world which observe and celebrate this special day. The music and devotion will reflect the theme. For food, we will have a buffet of snack size savoury pastries, vegetables and houmous. For dessert we will have rolled orange torte and golden syrup. Booking is not compulsory, however, for catering purposes if you are planning to come, please let me know. Thank you. Contacts: 07786234571. My email is on the Diary page of the newsletter. Love from Lucilia

Summer Fete 22nd June

Our annual Summer Fete will be on Saturday 22nd of June starting at 2.00pm and finishing soon after 4.00pm. On the day, we will need a few young strong men to help set up the stalls at 10.00 in the morning and clear up at the end. If you think you can help, please let David Busk know. To make this event a joyful success we also need bottled or canned drinks big or small (which we will start collecting from the beginning of June), gifts, books or 2nd hand good stuff. Ruth Ekblom will be running the refreshments at the Church Hall. Whilst Ruth will be organizing hand help for the day, we will need your help, please, baking delicious cakes both: for the cake stall and to be served with the refreshments. For the Grand Draw prizes, as in previous years, we are hoping to have hampers. Those can be donated by groups of our Church, organizations, business or individuals. Please help us to keep our Church a more visible church within our community and do not forget that your presence on the day will be the cherry on the top of cake. Many thanks and God bless. Lucilia

Ordination of Kevin Parks

Kevin will be ordained Deacon in Ely Cathedral on Sunday June 30th at 10.30 am. All are welcome to attend – there are no reserved seats for members of ‘sending’ churches, but the organisers have said there will be room for all. Revd Clifford Owen will kindly take the 9.30 am service here that morning, enabling both Jonathan and David to be at the ordination. Kevin’s last Sunday with us will be on June 23rd, when he will preach and we hope to give him a good send off to serve as Curate in Girton and Madingley.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith@btinternet.com. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 2nd June

0800 BCP Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist with Healing

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 3rd June

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 4th June

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 5th June

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

Thursday 6th June

0945 Holy Communion

Friday 7th June

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1715 Friday at 5.15 St Anne’s School

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 8th June

1030 Church Wardens’ Service

1400 Bellringing Open Tower until 1600

Sunday 9th June

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Parish Communion – Music Sunday

1045 Coffee & Croissants Church Hall

1115 United Service St Mary Magdalen, Hilton

1130 Baptism of Gabrielle Thompson

1830 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 26th May 2024

Island Hall Open Gardens

It is today and our 30th Anniversary. Please do come and celebrate this joyful occasion with us. Hopefully, the rota is complete and the cakes in the pantry. However, you can always pop in and ask if further help will be required or, perhaps, bake a last-minute cake. The weather may not be the best, but we will do our best to welcome you with a warm smile. Many thanks and God bless.

Magazines and Raffle tickets

June Magazines are out of the press and at the back of the church. Raffle tickets are attached to the magazine if you are a subscriber orat the little table near the font. Please collect it. Money from raffles and stubs should be handed to Peter Morgan or put through the letter box at the vicarage. Thank you.

Bellringing

A quarter pearl of Cambridge Surprise Major will be run for Evensong today.

Charles Looker

Music Sunday

June 9th is Music Sunday. We will be celebrating it with a special service at 9.30 am. The choir invites anyone who wishes to sing on this occasion to join them for rehearsals on Friday evenings from now until the day. And our new music group, under Jackie Kirby’s direction, will lead some of our worship too – any closet musicians out there are warmly welcome to contact Jackie and join the band. It should be a special time to thank God for the gift of music – note the day, and please come.

Friday @ 5.15 7th June

Our next event will be on the 7th June at St Anne’s School. In this session we will celebrating the Children International Day – belated as it is on the 1st of June. We will focus on Children living in countries affected by warfare and will colour flags of the countries around the world which observe and celebrate this special day. The music and devotion will reflect the theme. For food, we will have a buffet of snack size savoury pastries, vegetables and houmous. For dessert we will have rolled orange torte and golden syrup. Booking is not compulsory, however, for catering purposes if you are planning to come, please let me know. Thank you. Contacts: 07786234571. My email is on the Diary page of the newsletter. Love from Lucilia

Summer Fete 22nd June

Our annual Summer Fete will be on Saturday 22nd of June starting at 2.00pm and finishing soon after 4.00pm. On the day, we will need a few young strong men to help set up the stalls at 10.00 in the morning and clear up at the end. If you think you can help, please let David Busk know. To make this event a joyful success we also need bottled or canned drinks big or small (which we will start collecting from the beginning of June), gifts, books or 2nd hand good stuff. Ruth Ekblom will be running the refreshments at the Church Hall. Whilst Ruth will be organizing hand help for the day, we will need your help, please, baking delicious cakes both: for the cake stall and to be served with the refreshments. For the Grand Draw prizes, as in previous years, we are hoping to have hampers. Those can be donated by groups of our Church, organizations, business or individuals. Please help us to keep our Church a more visible church within our community and do not forget that your presence on the day will be the cherry on the top of cake. Many thanks and God bless. Lucilia

Ordination of Kevin Parks

Kevin will be ordained Deacon in Ely Cathedral on Sunday June 30th at 10.30 am. All are welcome to attend – there are no reserved seats for members of ‘sending’ churches, but the organisers have said there will be room for all. Revd Clifford Owen will kindly take the 9.30 am service here that morning, enabling both Jonathan and David to be at the ordination. Kevin’s last Sunday with us will be on June 23rd, when he will preach and we hope to give him a good send off to serve as Curate in Girton and Madingley.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith@btinternet.com. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

Thanks, from Uganda

It was such an honour for me to come to join with you all and talk in church on 5th May. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly and listening so intently as I explained and talked to you about some of the work we do in Southwestern Uganda. I was so encouraged by the huge support from all of you towards our work in Bucence Children’s Centre. I would like to thank the Children’s Church for their magnificent effort in their sponsored move all the “way” from Godmanchester to Bucence Children’s Centre, North Kigezi Diocese in Southwestern Uganda and a big thank you to everyone for sponsoring and donating funds of £772 to help the centre.

Bucence Children’s Centre currently homes 26 orphan, needy and abandoned children and babies – the centre not only cares for the children on a daily basis but also researches the origins of children with the hope to rebuild bonds and return the children to the families where they belong. The funds you provided will help this work immensely. Thank you for being ‘Friends of Bucence Children’s Centre’.

Canon Rachel Harris, Chair of ‘Friends of North Kigezi Diocese’

DIARY

Sunday 26th May

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 Coffee, Cake & Church Village Hall, Hilton

1830 Sung Evensong (Refreshments in Church afterwards)

Monday 27th May

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 28th May

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 29th May

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

Thursday 30th May

0945 Holy Communion

Friday 31st May

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 1s June

Sunday 2nd May

0800 BCP Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist with Healing

1830 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 19th May 2024

Election of Churchwardens, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Church Electoral Roll

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held today soon after Parish Communion at the Church hall were refreshments will be served beforehand. The meeting includes the election of two Churchwardens and two members of the PCC.

Anybody registered on the Local Government Electoral Roll is entitled to vote in the Election of Churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

Kate Robinson

Island Hall Open Gardens Day 26th May

Between 10.30am-4.30pm 26th May 2024 Island Hall Gardens will be open to the public under the NGS scheme.

It will be our 30th year! In this time, we have been able to raise a significant sum of money for the continued maintenance and running of the church.

But this is only possible with YOUR continued support. Please can we request anyone available to help in rota with tea service, gathering of cups, washing up or taking money contact Ruth Ekblom directly: ruthekblom

We also need HOMEMADE CAKES! These are the real star of the teas and what keep people coming back for more.

As ever your contributions really do make all the difference – and all the profits! So why not get baking?! Thank you so much in advance. Grace

Music Sunday

June 9th is Music Sunday. We will be celebrating it with a special service at 9.30 am. The choir invites anyone who wishes to sing on this occasion to join them for rehearsals on Friday evenings from now until the day. And our new music group, under Jackie Kirby’s direction, will lead some of our worship too – any closet musicians out there are warmly welcome to contact Jackie and join the band. It should be a special time to thank God for the gift of music – note the day, and please come.

Friday @ 5.15 7th June

Our next event will be on the 7th June at St Annes School. Last event, which was the 1st at our sister school, was amazing with all the youngsters jumping…ops! dancing around our very own and original May pole.

Next one we are celebrating the Children International Day – belated as it is on the 1st of June. We will focus on Children living in countries affected by warfare and will colour flags of the countries around the world which observe and celebrate this special day. The music and devotion will reflect the theme. For food, we will have a buffet of snack size savoury pastries, vegetables and houmous. For dessert we will have rolled orange torte and golden syrup. Booking is not compulsory, however, for catering purposes if you are planning to come, please let me know. Thank you. Contacts: 07786234571. My email is on the Diary page of the newsletter. Love from Lucilia

Summer Fete 22nd June

Our annual Summer Fete will be on Saturday 22nd of June starting at 2.00pm and finishing soon after 4.00pm. On the day, we will need a few young strong men to help set up the stalls at 10.00 in the morning and clear up at the end. If you think you can help, please let David Busk know. To make this event a joyful success we also need bottled or canned drinks big or small (which we will start collecting from the beginning of June), gifts, books or 2nd hand good stuff. Ruth Ekblom will be running the refreshments at the Church Hall. Whilst Ruth will be organizing hand help for the day, we will need your help, please, baking delicious cakes both: for the cake stall and to be served with the refreshments. For the Grand Draw prizes, as in previous years, we are hoping to have hampers. Those can be donated by groups of our Church, organizations, business or individuals. Please help us to keep our Church a more visible church within our community and do not forget that your presence on the day will be the cherry on the top of cake. Many thanks and God bless. Lucilia

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity.

What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith@btinternet.com. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 19th May

0800 Holy Communion

0800 Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Parish Communion

1115 APCM Church Hall

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 20th May

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 21st May

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 22nd May

1000 Holy Communion McCartney House

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

Thursday 23rd May

0945 Holy Communion

Friday 24th May

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 25th May

Sunday 26th May

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 Coffee, Cake & Church Village Hall, Hilton

1830 Sung Evensong

Newsletter 19th May 2024

Election of Churchwardens, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Church Electoral Roll

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held today soon after Parish Communion at the Church hall were refreshments will be served beforehand. The meeting includes the election of two Churchwardens and two members of the PCC.

Anybody registered on the Local Government Electoral Roll is entitled to vote in the Election of Churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

Kate Robinson

Island Hall Open Gardens Day 26th May

Between 10.30am-4.30pm 26th May 2024 Island Hall Gardens will be open to the public under the NGS scheme.

It will be our 30th year! In this time, we have been able to raise a significant sum of money for the continued maintenance and running of the church.

But this is only possible with YOUR continued support. Please can we request anyone available to help in rota with tea service, gathering of cups, washing up or taking money contact Ruth Ekblom directly: ruthekblom

We also need HOMEMADE CAKES! These are the real star of the teas and what keep people coming back for more.

As ever your contributions really do make all the difference – and all the profits! So why not get baking?! Thank you so much in advance. Grace

Music Sunday

June 9th is Music Sunday. We will be celebrating it with a special service at 9.30 am. The choir invites anyone who wishes to sing on this occasion to join them for rehearsals on Friday evenings from now until the day. And our new music group, under Jackie Kirby’s direction, will lead some of our worship too – any closet musicians out there are warmly welcome to contact Jackie and join the band. It should be a special time to thank God for the gift of music – note the day, and please come.

Friday @ 5.15 7th June

Our next event will be on the 7th June at St Annes School. Last event, which was the 1st at our sister school, was amazing with all the youngsters jumping…ops! dancing around our very own and original May pole.

Next one we are celebrating the Children International Day – belated as it is on the 1st of June. We will focus on Children living in countries affected by warfare and will colour flags of the countries around the world which observe and celebrate this special day. The music and devotion will reflect the theme. For food, we will have a buffet of snack size savoury pastries, vegetables and houmous. For dessert we will have rolled orange torte and golden syrup. Booking is not compulsory, however, for catering purposes if you are planning to come, please let me know. Thank you. Contacts: 07786234571. My email is on the Diary page of the newsletter. Love from Lucilia

Summer Fete 22nd June

Our annual Summer Fete will be on Saturday 22nd of June starting at 2.00pm and finishing soon after 4.00pm. On the day, we will need a few young strong men to help set up the stalls at 10.00 in the morning and clear up at the end. If you think you can help, please let David Busk know. To make this event a joyful success we also need bottled or canned drinks big or small (which we will start collecting from the beginning of June), gifts, books or 2nd hand good stuff. Ruth Ekblom will be running the refreshments at the Church Hall. Whilst Ruth will be organizing hand help for the day, we will need your help, please, baking delicious cakes both: for the cake stall and to be served with the refreshments. For the Grand Draw prizes, as in previous years, we are hoping to have hampers. Those can be donated by groups of our Church, organizations, business or individuals. Please help us to keep our Church a more visible church within our community and do not forget that your presence on the day will be the cherry on the top of cake. Many thanks and God bless. Lucilia

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity.

What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith@btinternet.com. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 19th May

0800 Holy Communion

0800 Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Parish Communion

1115 APCM Church Hall

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 20th May

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 21st May

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 22nd May

1000 Holy Communion McCartney House

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

Thursday 23rd May

0945 Holy Communion

Friday 24th May

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 25th May

Sunday 26th May

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 Coffee, Cake & Church Village Hall, Hilton

1830 Sung Evensong

Newsletter 14th April 2024

Jumble Sale

I would like to thank anyone who did come during the days the jumble sale lasted and helped in any way. It was a lovely time that I would like to repeat on certain days in the future. Our so much-loved Church has been very alive with visitors and musicians alike. John on the Organ almost every day practicing for his Devotional concert and Jackie on the Piano a few times just animating the ambience. I had nice chats over a cup of coffee and meet new people. This is what our church needs to become a more visible church. At the time I am editing the newsletter I know not how much money was raised with the jumble sale. However, I will ask David to announce it before SE today. Love from Lucilia

Taizé worship

In place of Evening Prayer, tonight at 6.30 pm there will be a service of worship in the style of the Taizé Community. This involves simple musical chants that all can sing, reflection on scripture, prayer and silence. There will be refreshments afterwards. Do come.

Funeral of Christopher Leffler Tomorrow at 11.30, St Marys Church

The family hope you will join them to commemorate his life in this occasion. Also, they ask if attendees might like to wear blue or pink on their outfits. The service will be followed by a family only cremation. Members of the congregation are warmly invited to attend the wake, which will be held at the Comrades Club. Family will join soon after the Cremation. We hope, together, we can share stories about Christopher’s life while enjoying a buffet. For further information, please contact Ruth Ekblom.

A Springtime Concert, April 20th, 7.30 pm

The Ensemble of Friends: The choir is a mixed group of experienced and talented singers drawn from a wide area, who rehearse and perform a cappella under the direction of Douglas Coombes, MBE. The richly varied repertoire includes music from all traditions and ages, often in superb arrangements by the musical director. A most enjoyable evening is promised. Tickets £10 on the door.

Election of Churchwardens, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Church Electoral Roll

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on 19 May 2024, starting at 11.15am (after the 9.30am service). The meeting includes the election of two Churchwardens and two members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from David Busk, as I am away for almost the whole of April. If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to David or me by Friday, 3 May 2024.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the Local Government Electoral Roll is entitled to vote in the Election of Churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the Church Electoral Roll and wish to vote at the APCM, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me by Friday, 3 May 2024, as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Copies of the form are available by the south door; the form is also on the church website. Look under Church Electoral Roll Applications – there is a copy of the entire leaflet as well as a separate copy of the application form. You can download the form, complete it and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business at the APCM are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80) by Friday, 3 May 2024, please. Thank you.

Kate Robinson

Annual Report & Accounts

If anyone wishes to look at these in advance of the APCM on 19th May they have been uploaded to the website. Also, copy of 2023 report and accounts can be found on notice board by the font for consultation only. Please do not remove. Thank you.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. Add to that, we get half of the money raised back and the Trust makes both loans and grants to churches which need funding for maintenance and improvement.

Last year we had sponsored cycling around the churches from Huntingdon to St Ives and out into the country side, a sponsored organ recital and two sponsored hymn singing events in church (which could be loosely described as Ancient and Modern!). We have, coincidentally, a visiting team of bell ringers in our tower from 11.30 to 12.15 that day. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive and the Treasurer will tell everyone that we need to build funds. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 14th April

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 United Service St Mary Magdalen, Hilton

1830 Taizé Service

Monday 15th April

1130 Funeral of Christopher Leffler

1930 PCC Meeting Church Hall

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 16th April

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 17th April

???? Wedding of Paul Sibley and Karen Greenway

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

0945 Holy Communion

Thursday 18th April

0945 Holy Communion

1315 Devotional Organ Recital

1900 Town Council Meeting Town Hall Council Chamber

Friday 19th April

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 20th April

1930 Ensemble of Friends Concert

1815 Evening Prayer

Sunday 21th April

0800 Holy Communion

0800 Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Parish Communion

1830 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 14th April 2024

Jumble Sale

I would like to thank anyone who did come during the days the jumble sale lasted and helped in any way. It was a lovely time that I would like to repeat on certain days in the future. Our so much-loved Church has been very alive with visitors and musicians alike. John on the Organ almost every day practicing for his Devotional concert and Jackie on the Piano a few times just animating the ambience. I had nice chats over a cup of coffee and meet new people. This is what our church needs to become a more visible church. At the time I am editing the newsletter I know not how much money was raised with the jumble sale. However, I will ask David to announce it before SE today. Love from Lucilia

Taizé worship

In place of Evening Prayer, tonight at 6.30 pm there will be a service of worship in the style of the Taizé Community. This involves simple musical chants that all can sing, reflection on scripture, prayer and silence. There will be refreshments afterwards. Do come.

Funeral of Christopher Leffler Tomorrow at 11.30, St Marys Church

The family hope you will join them to commemorate his life in this occasion. Also, they ask if attendees might like to wear blue or pink on their outfits. The service will be followed by a family only cremation. Members of the congregation are warmly invited to attend the wake, which will be held at the Comrades Club. Family will join soon after the Cremation. We hope, together, we can share stories about Christopher’s life while enjoying a buffet. For further information, please contact Ruth Ekblom.

A Springtime Concert, April 20th, 7.30 pm

The Ensemble of Friends: The choir is a mixed group of experienced and talented singers drawn from a wide area, who rehearse and perform a cappella under the direction of Douglas Coombes, MBE. The richly varied repertoire includes music from all traditions and ages, often in superb arrangements by the musical director. A most enjoyable evening is promised. Tickets £10 on the door.

Election of Churchwardens, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Church Electoral Roll

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on 19 May 2024, starting at 11.15am (after the 9.30am service). The meeting includes the election of two Churchwardens and two members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from David Busk, as I am away for almost the whole of April. If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to David or me by Friday, 3 May 2024.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the Local Government Electoral Roll is entitled to vote in the Election of Churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the Church Electoral Roll and wish to vote at the APCM, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me by Friday, 3 May 2024, as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Copies of the form are available by the south door; the form is also on the church website. Look under Church Electoral Roll Applications – there is a copy of the entire leaflet as well as a separate copy of the application form. You can download the form, complete it and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business at the APCM are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80) by Friday, 3 May 2024, please. Thank you.

Kate Robinson

Annual Report & Accounts

If anyone wishes to look at these in advance of the APCM on 19th May they have been uploaded to the website. Also, copy of 2023 report and accounts can be found on notice board by the font for consultation only. Please do not remove. Thank you.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. Add to that, we get half of the money raised back and the Trust makes both loans and grants to churches which need funding for maintenance and improvement.

Last year we had sponsored cycling around the churches from Huntingdon to St Ives and out into the country side, a sponsored organ recital and two sponsored hymn singing events in church (which could be loosely described as Ancient and Modern!). We have, coincidentally, a visiting team of bell ringers in our tower from 11.30 to 12.15 that day. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive and the Treasurer will tell everyone that we need to build funds. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 14th April

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 United Service St Mary Magdalen, Hilton

1830 Taizé Service

Monday 15th April

1130 Funeral of Christopher Leffler

1930 PCC Meeting Church Hall

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 16th April

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 17th April

???? Wedding of Paul Sibley and Karen Greenway

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

0945 Holy Communion

Thursday 18th April

0945 Holy Communion

1315 Devotional Organ Recital

1900 Town Council Meeting Town Hall Council Chamber

Friday 19th April

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 20th April

1930 Ensemble of Friends Concert

1815 Evening Prayer

Sunday 21th April

0800 Holy Communion

0800 Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Parish Communion

1830 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 7th April 2024

Vicar’s Holiday

David will be away from 8th to 14th April; please join me to wish him and Anja a very restful break. There will be no Joint HC on zoom on Wednesday or Bible Study on Friday this week. In his absence, Jonathan Young will be responsible for the flock and Church Matters. Also, we are having morning prayer in Church, starting at 9, while David is away. Please join us if you can. Jonathan’s contact is 01480 453350.

Devotional organ recitals for Lent and Easter

John Dillistone will be giving half-hour organ recitals on five Thursdays, 1.15-1.45 pm. The dates are March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, April 11th, and April 18th. The aim is devotional and meditative. All welcome.

St Mary’s Church, Big Jumble Sale

Dear all, the Jumble Sale started yesterday and will carry on until Saturday 13th.

I will be here all the time and I am asking if anyone want to give a bit of their available time to come and have a coffee, a chat, a prayer, etc. You are very welcome. Also, you can surf around the racks and tables. Who knows you find something suitable. Please check the diary on the newsletter to see function times. Thank you. Lucilia

Funeral of Christopher Leffler 15th April 11.30, St Marys Church

The family hope you will join them to commemorate his life in this occasion. The service will be followed by a family only cremation. Members of the congregation are warmly invited to attend the wake, which will be held at Queen Elizabeth School. Family will join soon after the Cremation. We hope, together, we can share stories about Christopher’s life while enjoying a buffet. For further information, please contact Ruth Ekblom.

Taizé worship

In place of Evening Prayer, on Sunday April 14th at 6.30 pm there will be a service of worship in the style of the Taizé Community. This involves simple musical chants that all can sing, reflection on scripture, prayer and silence. There will be refreshments afterwards. Do come.

A Springtime Concert, April 20th, 7.30 pm

The Ensemble of Friends: The choir is a mixed group of experienced and talented singers drawn from a wide area, who rehearse and perform a cappella under the direction of Douglas Coombes, MBE. The richly varied repertoire includes music from all traditions and ages, often in superb arrangements by the musical director. A most enjoyable evening is promised. Tickets £10 on the door.

Election of Churchwardens, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Church Electoral Roll

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on 19 May 2024, starting at 11.15am (after the 9.30am service). The meeting includes the election of two Churchwardens and two members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from David Busk, as I am away for almost the whole of April. If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to David or me by Friday, 3 May 2024.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the Local Government Electoral Roll is entitled to vote in the Election of Churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the Church Electoral Roll and wish to vote at the APCM, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me by Friday, 3 May 2024, as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Copies of the form are available by the south door; the form is also on the church website. Look under Church Electoral Roll Applications – there is a copy of the entire leaflet as well as a separate copy of the application form. You can download the form, complete it and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business at the APCM are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80) by Friday, 3 May 2024, please. Thank you.

Kate Robinson

Annual Report & Accounts

If anyone wishes to look at these in advance of the APCM on 19th May they have been uploaded to the website. Also, copy of 2023 report and accounts can be found on notice board by the fountain for consultation. Please do not remove. Thank you.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. Add to that, we get half of the money raised back and the Trust makes both loans and grants to churches which need funding for maintenance and improvement.

Last year we had sponsored cycling around the churches from Huntingdon to St Ives and out into the country side, a sponsored organ recital and two sponsored hymn singing events in church (which could be loosely described as Ancient and Modern!). We have, coincidentally, a visiting team of bell ringers in our tower from 11.30 to 12.15 that day. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive and the Treasurer will tell everyone that we need to build funds. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

Prayer List

Should you wish to add a name to the list, or have one removed, then please contact either David Busk or Jim Heeley who will oversee the list at this time.

Newsletter Compiler

Lucilia Azevedo will be taking over Newsletter duties for April and May. Please send any contributions that you may have to Lucilia by 8pm on the Thursday by email luciliazevedo or call 07786 234571.

DIARY

Sunday 7th April – Easter 2

0800 BCP Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist with Healing

1130 Baptism – Bonnie Strong

12.30 Big Jumble Sale Until 4 pm

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 8th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 9th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

Wednesday 10th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

Thursday 11th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0945 Holy Communion

1030 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

1315 Devotional Organ Recital including preludes by Lionel Roget and Percy Whitlock; Karg-Elert and Buxtehude

Friday12th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 13th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Packing Day

Sunday 14th April

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 United Service St Mary Magdalen, Hilton

1815 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 31st March 2024

St Mary’s Church, Big Jumble Sale

Dear all, we are having a Jumble Sale in our Church from Saturday 6th to Saturday 13th April, from 9 to 5, excluding any service times. Please see posters at the table and please take one to put up in your window at home, I would be most grateful.

This is a big job so, if you can spare any time during the duration of the event, please let me know. I will have refreshments available, a warm smile and chit chat. Money raised is going towards the transformation project. Love, Lucilia

Annual Report & Accounts

If anyone wishes to look at these in advance of the APCM on 19th May they have been uploaded to the website.

Coffee & Croissants for Thrive

The two Coffee & Croissants held in February and last Sunday raised a total of £180, which has been sent to Thrive. Thanks to everyone who supports these events. Charities Committee.

Quiz Night – Saturday 6th April

The charities committee are hosting a quiz night on Saturday 6th April, 7pm in aid of Thrive. Please come and support. There will be cottage pie provided and you are invited to brink your own drinks. £12.50 for each person with teams of 6-8. You are welcome to come as a team or we can assemble the teams, so no worries if you are on your own. There will be a raffle (of course!) and any contributions to this are welcome. Please see Deb, Jane, Kate or Dilys after church for tickets. Or phone Deb on 07804095921.

Devotional organ recitals for Lent and Easter

John Dillistone will be giving half-hour organ recitals on five Thursdays, 1.15-1.45 pm. The dates are March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, April 11th, and April 18th. The aim is devotional and meditative. All welcome.

A Springtime Concert, April 20th, 7.30 pm

The Ensemble of Friends: The choir is a mixed group of experienced and talented singers drawn from a wide area, who rehearse and perform a cappella under the direction of Douglas Coombes, MBE. The richly varied repertoire includes music from all traditions and ages, often in superb arrangements by the musical director. A most enjoyable evening is promised. Tickets £10 on the door.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. Add to that, we get half of the money raised back and the Trust makes both loans and grants to churches which need funding for maintenance and improvement.

Last year we had sponsored cycling around the churches from Huntingdon to St Ives and out into the country side, a sponsored organ recital and two sponsored hymn singing events in church (which could be loosely described as Ancient and Modern!). We have, coincidentally, a visiting team of bell ringers in our tower from 11.30 to 12.15 that day. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive and the Treasurer will tell everyone that we need to build funds. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith.

Taizé worship

In place of Evening Prayer, on Sunday April 14th at 6.30 pm there will be a service of worship in the style of the Taize Community. This involves simple musical chants that all can sing, reflection on scripture, prayer and silence. There will be refreshments afterwards. Do come.

Election of Churchwardens, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Church Electoral Roll

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on 19 May 2024, starting at 11.15am (after the 9.30am service). The meeting includes the election of two Churchwardens and two members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from David Busk, as I am away for almost the whole of April. If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to David or me by Friday, 3 May 2024.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the Local Government Electoral Roll is entitled to vote in the Election of Churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the Church Electoral Roll and wish to vote at the APCM, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me by Friday, 3 May 2024, as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Copies of the form are available by the south door; the form is also on the church website. Look under Church Electoral Roll Applications – there is a copy of the entire leaflet as well as a separate copy of the application form. You can download the form, complete it and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business at the APCM are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80) by Friday, 3 May 2024, please. Thank you.

Kate Robinson

DIARY

Sunday 31st March – Easter Sunday

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hiltom)

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 1st April

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 2nd April

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

19:30 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 3rd April

14:30 Joint Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 4th April

09.45 Holy Communion

13:15 Devotional organ recitals with John Dillistone including Choral Preludes by J S Bach from the Orgelbüchlein

Friday 5th April

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

17:15 Friday at 5.15

Saturday 6th April

19:00 Quiz Evening (Church Hall)

Sunday 7th April

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 BCP Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

11:30 Baptism of Bonnie Strong

18:30 Evening Prayer