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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.

Your Vote is Needed!


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Four local charities have been shortlisted for Lloyd’s Community Fund 2013. The two charities receiving the most votes will each be awarded £3,000.

For the charities involved – and to vote – call into Lloyds bank, or online at

You can vote for any of the four charities but we’d like it to be for the Foodbank, please.

Voting ends next Friday 1st November.

Diane and Derek


Broken Boiler – Wrap up Warmly!


The boiler has broken beyond repair. When the PCC met this week concern was expressed that this situation needs to be resolved asap. We have three estimates for both an ordinary replacement and an eco-condenser boiler. The ordinary boiler would cost approximately £15000 and the eco condenser boiler £21000 (because a condenser boiler requires the fitting of a new flue). The eco condenser boiler is much cheaper to run and so we would achieve substantial savings; it is estimated that it would have paid for itself in approximately seven years. This is why the PCC have opted for this type of boiler.   We have been quoted a time of at least two weeks for the parts to arrive and the work to begin.   So, we need the “Dunkirk Spirit” and wrap up warmly. Please would you pray and respond appropriately to the appeal leaflet.

Christianity Explored


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We are really pleased that, already, seven people have signed up to come to Christianity Explored which begins on October 30th at 7.30pm. Rita and Rod are co-leading it and it is an opportunity to go over the basics of our faith.

You don’t need to know anything about the Bible.

You won’t be asked to read or pray aloud, and you can ask any questions you want.

We begin with tea, cake and a chat. Do join us in the Upper Room!

Be assured that the Upper Room is on a different heating system and it will be warm. You will receive a warm welcome too!

Organ Fund: Use Your Talents


The amount raised so far is £2,123.39, generated from £130 of the original distribution of £220.  Several of these projects are still ongoing, and money is yet to be received from holders of the remaining £90.

Very many thanks to all who have used their talents or have supported the venture with purchases and sponsorship.

Weekday Welcomers Needed


We are in desperate need of more volunteers to help as Weekday Welcomers, to cover alternate Thursdays and Fridays.    Our church will not be able to stay open in the afternoons unless we have more support, and that would be a great shame.   If you feel you can help for just a few hours each month, please contact Sandra Jordan via the parish office.

Cancellation of Holy Communion


Holy Communion at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th October is cancelled.

At 7.30pm that evening there will be a Memorial Concert for John Cole given by Orchestra West.

A third of the collection will go to the Organ Appeal. The programme is Sibelius’ Finlandia, Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations and Vaughan Williams’ 5th Symphony.

A Visit from Fr Charley


We are pleased to welcome Fr. Charley from The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka who will be joining us from the middle of November for several days.

We are so grateful to Richard and Margaret Austin who have offered to host him.

We do need to meet to decide what we can do as a parish to make Charley’ s visit special.

The date will be published next week.

Harvest Festival Service and Bring-And-Share Lunch


We do hope you will be able to come to the Harvest Festival Services on 6th October.

The 10.00 am service is followed by a bring and share lunch. The list is filling up fast so don’t miss out!

This year our Harvest offerings will go to Open Door and there is a list of needed items at the back of church.

Thank you again for your generosity.

Shoebox Appeal


Kim Dunster who organised the Shoebox Appeal has decided not to organise it this year but we hope it will return in 2014.

Rachel Lee spotted the following video clip about the shoeboxes on You Tube called “Journey of a Shoebox in Three Minutes “. Well worth a look!

Congratulations Jane and David!


It was lovely to attend the wedding of Jane and David Vass Ward last weekend. It went so well and it was a joy to see Paul too.

We wish them both every happiness and may God’s blessing be upon them.

New Benefice of St Mary Magdalene and St John the Evangelist


There is a proposed new Benefice of St. Mary Magdalene and St. John the Evangelist which is being legally formed and is likely to come into being early in the new year.

Rod will be the first incumbent.  Do look at the legal work which relates to the new benefice with St. Johns.

If you have any questions, please ask the church wardens.