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News & Updates

Here’s what we get up to at St Mary’s. Activities, news, notices – lots to interest and inform. You can also take a look at the Today sheet (pdf) and selected articles from our Together magazine.

Harvest Festival


We have a great deal to be thankful for so do come to the Harvest Festival on 6th October. This will be a Family Communion Service and we will begin with the glorious hymn, “Come Ye Thankful People, Come”.

We will follow the service with a bring and share Harvest Lunch. There is a sign up sheet at the back of church.

Purple Paul for Organ Appeal

Purple Paul from Rod

Paul Oates & Buster

“BUSTER AND I would very much like to raise money for the ‘Father Willis’ organ at St.Mary Magdalene’s Church. 

Buster asked me to dye my hair purple and he would wear a purple harness and scarf. 

Miles Quick, our Music Director, says Buster can take lessons when the organ is better. 

God bless all who give.” 

Paul Oates & Buster

Using his £10 ‘talent’ from the ‘Use your Talents’ initiative, Paul Oates is bravely raising money for the Organ Appeal by dying his hair purple for a whole month and dressing his dog Buster in purple too!

He is also wearing each Sunday his robes that he received as a gift from Lusaka Cathedral.

He is happy to receive gifts large or small to go to the restoration of our beloved Father Willis organ.

If you are able to sponsor Paul and Buster, please fill in the form at the back of church or alternatively donations can be given to the Parish Office or the Book Shop in an enveloped addressed:  ‘Purple Paul – Organ Appeal’.

Well done Paul!

And now, what will you do?

Vacancy – General Synod


There is a vacancy in this diocese for a lay member of General Synod.

This is open to any member of the church but they must be nominated and seconded by members of Deanery Synod. Any member of the church who might be interested in this position should in the first instance contact a Church Warden or a member of Deanery Synod.

Notice Boards


We are wanting to renew the image of our outside and inside notice boards.

Does anyone have or know someone who has graphic designer skills?

If so let Dennis Cavaghan (421013) know or the parish office (272441).

Mothers’ Union Meetings


MOTHERS’ UNION recommences on Wednesday 4th September at 2pm in the Coffee shop area of the church. Meetings last about an hour.

Everyone is welcome, members and non-members, male and female.

There will be a bring and buy at every meeting.

Welcome Amelie Sophia


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Congratulations to Rod and Rita on the birth of their third grandchild, Amelie Sophia, a little sister for Rowan and Luca.

Mother Laura and Amelie are doing very well.

Bells of St Mary’s Christmas cards


You can now buy your Christmas cards in aid of the Bells of St Mary from the bookshop and so support the fundraising for our new bells.

A pack of 10 cards costs £5 (only 50p per card – what a bargain!) Various combinations of design are available, two of which are blank inside and so perfect to use as notelets.

Do have a look or speak to any of the bellringers.

Bound “Together”


Thank you to those who have responded to our appeal for past copies of the Together magazine.

We are still missing the following copies: 2009: May, September and November; 2010: November; 2013: July. Please can you help by providing any of these.

Once we have received the missing copies we will have a complete set and will be arranging for them to be bound.

The bound copies are kept at the vicarage and date back to 1880. They provide a fascinating record of what has happened in the parish.

If you would like to borrow a volume – maybe to look up a marriage, confirmation or baptism record – just ask.

New Speakers


Barring a last minute hitch, we should be experiencing our new sound system today. The old system pushed sound from the front of the speakers. If you were in the right place, everything was fine but there were many places in church where the sound was muffled or almost non existent. The new system uses a bank of small high frequency speakers placed in a stone coloured casing which blends into the pillars. The speaker cabinets are at head height. This should mean the audio sound is distributed evenly around the church.

We would welcome your comments.

We thank Mick Polley, who has worked very hard on this project, securing a beneficial deal with the contractors.

Agape Home Group Meetings


Meetings will recommence on Tuesday 3rd September at 2pm in the Upper Room and will continue fortnightly for the rest of the year.

The Revd Dennis Cavaghan will be leading the initial sessions and we will be studying the First Letter to Timothy.

Please contact him (421013) in order to borrow the Study booklets which you can then keep for the rest of the course .

Welcome Tim!


Last Saturday, there was a thanksgiving celebration for Nik Hurst who has now left us.

We welcome Tim Bowery who will be Nik’s replacement.

Tim comes from a caretaking background and has recently been working in a primary school. He is married to Val and they have two children.