Newsletter 3rd November 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

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, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Jack Keating into Christ’s family at 11.30am. Please keep Jack, his family & friends in your prayers and support them if possible.

Sausage & Bacon Butties

Delicious sausage and bacon butties are being served with coffee this morning. All proceeds are going to the Armed Forces Charities. Suggested donation £3.00 per roll. We hope you will come and enjoy!

Charities Committee

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.

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. 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, singing the duet version of ‘How Beautiful are the Feet’.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from and at the door on the night; depending on availability.

Christmas Bazaar – 23rd November

The Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Church & Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 23rd November.

Father Christmas is hoping to see as many children as possible.

Those listed below have kindly offered to be responsible for the various stalls:

GRAND DRAW Peter and Jenniei Morgan 417502
CAKES Pam Ayres
NEW GIFTS Lucilia Azevedo 411541
KNITWEAR Phillipa Leipa 413657
TOMBOLA Janet Ranger and Pauline Molyneaux 457018
BOOKS Liz and Peter Irving
BOTTLE STALL David Bowers 413621
BRAN TUB Gill Bathurst
GAMES Helena Azevedo.

Stalls will be ready for preparation by 10.30am. Items such as Grand Draw prizes, new gifts, produce, cakes, toys and unopened bottles would be very welcome. Please contact individual stallholders or bring items to the Church or Church Hall by 1pm on the day.

If you would like to help in any way, eg run the Games or help with the Gift Stall please contact Jean Morgan on 417502 or

Christmas Bazaar Teas

The Wives’ Group have been asked to provide teas at the Christmas 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 is the Newsletter compiler during November and December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.