Newsletter 29th September 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 sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Funeral of Kenneth Anslow

The Funeral of Kenneth Anslow, late of Eynesbury and originally from Godmanchester, will take place at 2pm on Monday 30th September. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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

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.

Quiz Night – 5th October

The Roman Gate Surgery Patients Forum are organising a quiz on 5th October to raise funds to help the surgery to buy new furniture for the enlarged waiting room on completion of the current building works. It will be in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £3 per head and tables of up to 6 people. Any queries call Sandy Ferrelly

01480 394986

Churchyard Ivy Clearance

A big thank you to the 2nd Godmanchester Brownies, organised by Ruth Ekblom, to clear ivy off gravestones in the churchyard on Wednesday afternoon. We had 15 Brownies and six adults who concentrated mainly on the area to the north of the church, removing a lot of material. Their work has made a big difference, and the churchyard is looking even smarter than it was.

Robert Francis

Save the Date!


A Lecture by Dr Annie Gray (From BBC R4’s ‘The Kitchen Cabinet’)

The Life and Times of Georgina Landemare, Churchill’s Wartime cook

Event in aid of the church transformation fund.

Saturday 9th November 2019, 7.30pm at St.Mary’s, Godmanchester.

TICKET: £15 to include food

WINE: £3 a glass from licensed bar; soft drinks 50p;

RAFFLE: £1 a ticket SEATS: Reserved

Choral Music by Candlelight

The Hunts Phil will be singing the Fauré Requiem and Dupré De Profundis on Saturday 2 November in our church at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets at £15 (Students £5) are available at or on the door. As this concert is likely to be very popular I have obtained a few tickets in rows F, G and H for sale to members of our congregation for cash or cheque payable to Huntingdonshire Philharmonic.

Colin Thirlwall 457018

Film Night. Mama Mia, Here We Go Again. The Abba musical.

Presented in the Church Hall, Chadley Lane, 7pm for 7.30pm

Come to our delightful film night on October 19 and enjoy a wonderful evening of romance, Abba’s great music, friendship and delicious food. It’s a star studded film with Meryl Streep, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and comedienne Christine Baranski from the American hit series The Good Wife and The Good Fight. And then there’s Cher as the magnificent grandmother.

The music will carry you along and lift your heart withAbba’s sunny and joyful world famous hits. The romantic comedy of course takes place in Greece. In the intervalthere is a light Greek flavoured supper of delicious Moussaka, baklava and Turkish delight, included in thebargain ticket price of £10. There will also be a bar and a raffle.

From the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester.

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for afun evening of barn dancing at the Harvest Hoedown. It is being held on Saturday 12th October at St Anne’s School, starting at 7pm. Ock ‘n dough will be entertaining us and leading all the dancing, and a delicious ploughman’s is included in your ticket price. Prices are £15 per adult, £5 per child and a family ticket is £35. All proceeds will be split between St Anne’s School and Uganda Orphanage.For tickets please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941119630 or Dilys Ward on 07515854025 or Kate Barkshire on 07982245298

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

There will be a parish Quiet Day at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, on Wednesday October 9, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. This will be a time of reflection, prayer, discussion, and as the name implies, quiet, and is of course open to all. The cost will be £21 per person, to include lunch and other refreshments. Please indicate on the sheet by the south door if you would like to come – a name is sufficient at the moment.

Newsletter Compiler

Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for September& October. Contributions by 8pm on Thursday please to:01480 380950 or thefool1981