Newsletter 4th August 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Alice-Rose Adam Hurst into the family of Christ. Please support her, her parents and friends with your prayers and all present with them in church this morning.

Holiday arrangements

While David Busk is away (until 12 August) all pastoral needs should be referred to Jonathan Young, either at home (453350) or after any service, including Morning and Evening Prayer every weekday at 9.00 am and 6.00 pm

Jonathan Young

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.

Bacon Butties

There will be bacon / sausage butties along with coffee after church on Sunday 8 September. The plan is that it will become a regular bi monthly event in aid of charity.

Kate Barkshire

It’s nearly time to


With HUM Swing Band

Doors open at 7pm, Saturday 7 September

at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

£25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm

Pay bar. Raffle.

Dancing until 12:30am

1940s dress optional, sit and listen or dance the night away…


In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the community in the 21st century

To reserve your ticket, please call

01480 437090, or email partyinthepews

Organ recital

If you are going to the far south of France on holiday, why not go to the recital by John Dillistone at Notre-Dame de Quillan? The organ, by Puget, dates from 1793. John’s recital is at 9.00 pm on Thursday 8 August and includes works by Balbastre, Bruhns, Wesley, Smart and Bach. The proceeds of the recital will go to the music foundation at Notre-Dame de Paris. Quillan is about 50 Km south of Carcassone.

Jonathan Young

Godmanchester Town Show

Saturday September 14 is the date for this year’s Godmanchester Town Show. Since the Town Show has become an annual feature of the town’s calendar the wonderful ladies of St Mary’s congregation have provided cakes for the refreshment stall at the show. Thank you so much for doing this and I would ask you if would be good enough to repeat your baking effort for this year’s show please? Cakes can be brought to the church on the morning of the show or delivered to Deb Watts (07804095921) 39, West Street beforehand. Bobby Jones (Town Show Committee)

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.


Little Gidding is one of England’s ‘holy places’ well known because of the 17th century community led by Nicholas Ferrar. TS Eliot visited Little Gidding and was inspired to write the poem of that name as one of his Four Quartets.

Today the church remains a place of pilgrimage. On the second Friday of each month the Eucharist is celebrated at 12 noon and lunch is available afterwards at Ferrar House. Those wishing to stay for lunch should notify the warden (01832-293383)

Further information is avail from Robert Caroe or Jonathan Young.

District Council By-Election

In the HDC by-election on Thursday Sarah Wilson was elected to represent the Godmanchester ward. Sarah is a town councillor and has served as town mayoress and deputy mayor. She now succeeds David Underwood on the District Council.

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray is the Newsletter compiler for July and August. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: 01480 457722 orbizzthackray.